About Me…

Kate Barton

Curriculum Vitae

17 Stuart Street, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF44 7LY, 07751250174, katiecelf@gmail.com





I have worked as a Costume Maker and designer with many production companies including the BBC and Welsh National Opera. These opportunities have enabled me to gain valuable experience and skills. My roles have included designing costumes, making and maintaining them and dressing artists. In these roles I have often been required to work unsupervised, taking initiative and using my own creative ideas in order to solve a problem. I have experience on set. Most recently I have made costumes for Doctor Who and WNO.




  • BA/Hons Costume Construction for Stage and Screen – 2:1

This course enabled me to produce costumes for both theatre and film through study of historical costuming techniques, putting the costumes in context historically and socially. The course encouraged research, design and problem solving skills through practical work and written assignments.


Dates Course Institution
2008-09 BA/Hons Costume Construction for Stage and Screen – 2:1 University of Glamorgan – The Atrium
2006-08 FdA Costume Construction for Stage and Screen Coleg Morgannwg – GCADT
2005-06 Surface Pattern Design for Textiles – 1st year BA/Hons course  (transferred to Costume) Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Swansea
2002-05 BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design Technology (Fashion and Textiles) – Distinction Coleg Morgannwg, GCADT
2001 A Level English Language and Literature – C Coleg Morgannwg, Aberdare
1997-2001 GCSE English Literature Grade A, 6 GCSE’s Grade C including English Language, Maths, IT, RE and Welsh, 2 GCSE’s Grade D St John Baptist Church in Wales High School, Aberdare


Employment History

Dates Role Employer
December 2006 – Present Freelance Seamstress / Costume Maker / Designer KatieCelf, Aberdare
June 2016 Costume Maker BBC Doctor Who, Cardiff
May-June 2016 Dresser / Maker Welsh National Opera, In Parenthisis and Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci
Dec 2015 Costume Maker Cinderella, RCT Pantomime, The Coliseum Aberdare
Oct – Dec 2015 Costume Designer / Maker Dacw Mam a Dwad, Martyn Geraint Pantomime, RCT
July – August 2014 Costume Cutter,  Maker, designer, seamstress SWICA, Cardiff Carnival 2014
January – August 2013 Sewing Tutor Calon Yarns Craft Centre and Shop, Cardiff
July 2011- Present Milliner (Freelance) Ani Townsend, Theatrical Milliner, Bristol
May 2013 Mens Tailor Bristol Costume Services, Bristol
June 2009 – Jan 2013 Ladies Costume Maker Welsh National Opera, Cardiff
June 2011 Artist Blaenavon World Heritage Day Committee, World Heritage Day Carnival, Blaenavon
Feb – April 2009 Wardrobe Supervisor / Designer Videotapes, Skillset Screen Academy Wales, The Atrium Cardiff
Jan 2009 Costume Maker Bink and the Hairy Fairy, The People’s Theatre Company, London
Oct 2008 Dresser / Wardrobe Assistant Cyrano, Theatr Na N’og, Brecon
Sept 2008 Assistant Maker – Costume and Millinery / Dresser Otello, Welsh National Opera, Cardiff
May – June 2008 Dresser Aida, Welsh National Opera, Cardiff
March – July 2008 Trainee Wardrobe Assistant / Maker / Dresser The Calling of Maisy Day, Welsh National Youth Opera, Cardiff
Jan – Feb 2008 Costume Maker Venus & Adonis with Acis & Galatea, Edinburgh Studio Opera
June – Nov 2007 Wardrobe Trainee / Costume Maker Young Dracula, CBBC
Nov 2006 – Feb 07 Costume Maker Moll Flanders, Mappa Mundi Theatre Company


Interests and Skills


  • Sewing – Industrial and domestic machines and by hand
  • Pattern cutting
  • Fitting
  • Corsetry
  • Tailoring
  • Millinery
  • Dying and Printing
  • Design
  • Alterations


As well as sewing I enjoy knitting, crochet, drawing and painting. I am well organised, punctual and motivated. I am extremely dedicated and I feel my experience, enthusiasm and skill make me a strong person to have in a team.


References available upon request




2 thoughts on “About Me…

  1. Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to mention that I’ve really loved browsing your blog posts.
    In any case I will be subscribing for your feed and I’m hoping you write again soon!


    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I’ll be writing more soon. Got some great things in the pipeline which I’ll be sharing lots about! Thanks again. Kate x


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