I first met Deb while working as a sewer on a movie called “Eaters of the Dead”, not that affectionately known as “Eaters” to all who worked on it. That was just a working title. The movie was released in 1999 under the title The 13th Warrior, although, I’m fairly certain that we worked on the costumes in 1997! That was the first time I saw Antonio Banderas in person… the second time is the better story, so I’ll save that for another post!
Deb, was the head cutter on this feature film, and I really looked up to her. For the laymen readers, a cutter is essentially in charge of interpreting or identifying what the costume designer wants. They then use the measurements given to draft a pattern, cut out the fabric and instruct all the seamstresses on the construction techniques, often they need to estimate how long each process will take and how much of each of the materials are required.
She had such a stressful position, but, she never, ever let it phase her or change her positive outlook toward her job or those around her. She was always patient and extremely knowledgeable.
We had many laughs on that show, probably most of them due to the extreme deadlines, last minute changes, and brutal work schedule…everyone was giddy with exhaustion.
That job lasted for many months, but, the friends I met on it are still around. Deb’s one of those friends, and I’m so happy that we are embarking on this new journey together!