My Resume: Jessica Hartman Jaeger -- Costume Technician

I am a professional costume technician, most recently employed in the costume shop at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater (1998 - 2020.) In August of 2020 my position at Milwaukee Rep was eliminated due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it's devastating economic impact on the performing arts sector.

I have experience as a Draper, First Hand, Stitcher, and Tailor. I have also done work for Writers' Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, The Milwaukee Ballet, American Players Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Virginia Opera, and Renaissance Entertainment Productions - Bristol Renaissance Faire.

From August 2013 to September 2014 the Milwaukee Repertory Theater Costume Shop collaborated with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee on the creation of their fall 2014 exhibit about Hedwig Strnad, Stitching History from the Holocaust; I was the Milwaukee Rep Costume Shop project manager and also worked as a draper, first hand, stitcher, and tailor on this project.

In addition to my costume background in the world of professional theatre I have experience with industrial sewing; including, but not limited to, stitching Naugahyde and vinyl seat covers, nylon golf bags, American flags and other large banner type items for a local Milwaukee company during my summer lay-offs (2000, 2001, 2002, and 2006).

Historical fashion and clothing are two of my passions. I am a collector of vintage clothing and accessories, antique and vintage books, manuals, and ephemera relating to the needle crafts, tailoring, sewing, and fashion. I am involved in living history as a member of WW2 USO Preservation Association and am a member of the WWII Historical Re-Enactment Society, Inc. and the Warbirds Living History Group. I am a knitter, I enjoy gardening, I am an EAA member and aviation aficionado, I am a mini bike enthusiast, I like vintage camping, I am an amateur/hobbyist photographer, and I also collect and love using vintage film cameras.

Memberships and Affiliations: Costume Society of America

I will accept sewing and costume commissions; my services include bespoke and made-to-order/made-to-measure. My prices reflect a high level of individualization and quality craftsmanship, Wal-Mart or your local off the rack shop I am not. Please keep that in mind when considering a custom commission. I do not operate on a mail order basis; a full set of measurements are required, as are multiple fittings. Measurements and fittings need to be done by me, in person, face-to-face. Here are some helpful links about Bespoke and Made-to-Order:
The Bespeaker's Guide to Tailored Clothing for Women
The Bespeaker's Guide to Tailored Clothing for Men
Pret-A-Porter, Made-To-Measure, and Bespoke Costume Production

This site and its contents 2003-2021 Jessica Hartman Jaeger
Photograph on this page 2013 Front Room Photography