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Dates Have Been Set For The 2019 NCA Conference

Posted: May 24, 2018

Save the dates for the 2019 NCA Conference, July 11 - 14 in Kansas City, Missouri. More details will be coming soon! 


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New Sources Have Been Added To The NCA Source List!

Posted: May 23, 2018

The following sources has been added to the NCA Source list. 

19. Harlots and Angels - Unbelievable patterns for everything. Steampunk, Victorian etc., Clothes, belts accessories EVERYTHING!!!!

20. Amazon - Gelvshi appliques (sorry only on Amazon) Any kind of 3D appliques you could imagine.  Fairly reasonable. **it all comes from out of the country. 

21. Sportman’s Guide - Military garb amazing prices.  Good quality. Great for Sound of Music and other uniforms. www.sportsmansguide.com1-800-888-3006

22. American Duchess - A great reference website for period shoes and costumes. Good photo references.
 www.americanduchess.cominfo@americanduchess.com1-775-238-3674920 Matley Lane Suite 2, Reno, NV 89502-2160

 NCA members, click here to see the full source list. Not a member? Please join us. 


Spring Fling May 2018 Recap

Posted: May 16, 2018 

Submitted By: Pam Markel, NCA Director

View more photos from the Spring Fling on the NCA Facebook page.

Costumers from all over the United States gathered in Sugarcreek, Ohio this past weekend to have fun, and mostly talk and eat!!!! (it seems that’s all we do) haha.

We had a great turn out, drawing members and friends from as far north as Vermont, far south as Tennessee and as far west as Illinois. It was so good to see everyone and catch up on what’s going on in their lives and businesses. I’m happy to say everyone is doing well.

Friday of Spring Fling weekend is always highlighted by a trip to Zinck’s Fabric store in Berlin, Ohio and a day filled with antique and thrift store shopping.  The consensus among the group was we didn’t need anything but we all bought something. It’s hard to pass up a good deal, right???  Most of us had lunch at our favorite restaurant Boyd and Wurthman, saving room for their great pies or apple dumplings (really lunch was on the back burner, it was all about the dessert).

Friday night after a pot luck dinner, we finished off the night with quite an aggressive game of “Spoons”. Tina Lorenzoni, Dennis Markel and Jason Torrence, each thought they were going to win. However Marion Bradley took the prize.

Saturday, was more thrift store and antique shopping. Our afternoon tour of the Victorian House in Millersburg was unbelievable.  The President of the Holmes County Genealogy Society gave us a wonderful tour of the amazing house. The history of the house was quite fascinating and the gorgeous displays and furniture added to the enchantment. We also took a tour of the Millersburg Glass Museum.

For those who were not able to come this year, we truly missed you. The National Costumers Association is a wonderful organization that has helped each of us in many different ways.

But … I think the best thing about the organization is the friendships and camaraderie we share with each other. The listening, the sharing and the laughter are priceless. 

See you next May 2019 in Sugarcreek, Ohio.


What Do You Want To Learn At the 2019 NCA Conference?

Posted: May 15, 2018

The NCA Board is meeting next Wednesday to discuss the programming for the 2019 NCA Conference. The conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. We want to know what topics would interest you! Email your ideas to by Tuesday, May 22 so that they can be included in the discussion. 


How Killing Eve Gets Its Killer Costumes

Posted: May 15, 2018


"Some of the most interesting costuming work on TV right now is happening on BBC America’s Killing Eve. Clothing is an explicit part of the off-kilter, intimate relationship between Sandra Oh’s spy character Eve, and Villanelle, the serial killer she’s trying to capture (played by Jodie Comer). The show’s costume designer, Phoebe de Gay, spoke with Vulture about the unusual opportunities of costuming someone like Killing Eve’s psychopathic Villanelle and the impossibility of making Sandra Oh look anything less than elegant." Read the full article online at:

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