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Position available:

Props Room Manager

Full time position: 40 hours per week, negotiable. £16-£20 per hour.

Starting rate: Dependent on experience.

Location: In-house, Stockport SK4 and/or local remote working.

Costumes with Character is one of the world’s leading mascot and costume character manufacturers, creating bespoke characters for a wide variety of clients from all sectors including leisure, entertainment, sports, education, corporate, charities and many more across the globe.

The Props Room Manager’s duties will include:

  • Managing the day-to-day workings of the Props Department and its 4 staff members, ensuring a quality product and efficient processes.
  • Attending planning meetings and working closely with other department heads.
  • Providing creative training for props staff members and monitor working timeframes.
  • Creating character heads and props which are an accurate representation of the design alongside being comfortable to wear, with good vision and ventilation.
  • Working to a high standard and within given timeframes using a range of tools and materials. Plastazote, ABS vac formed plastics, faux fur, Lycra etc.
  • Excellent skills in patterning with Plastazote foam and creating a 3D character from a 2D design essential.
  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a professional prop/costume manufacturing environment and ideally some team management experience.
  • Good sculpting skills required.
  • Cutting and sewing skills would be an advantage.

The interview will require a short workshop skills test.

Please send your CV and covering letter to:


Position available:

Pattern Maker/Cutter

Full time position – 40 hours per week, negotiable. £12-£15 per hour.

Starting rate: Dependent on experience

Location: In-house, Stockport SK4

Costumes with Character is one of the world’s leading mascot and costume character manufacturers, creating bespoke characters for a wide variety of clients from all sectors including leisure, entertainment, sports, education, corporate, charities and many more across the globe.

The Pattern Maker/Cutter’s duties will include:

  • Creating new patterns for heads and costumes using flat pattern drafting and draping techniques.
  • Working with a variety of fabrics, faux furs, Lycra and foams.
  • Working closely with the creative team to achieve a quality product.
  • Cut costumes using efficient lay plans to a high standard, within agreed timeframes and to short deadlines.
  • Instruct machinists and other team members on how to construct costumes.
  • Sew mock ups and perform fittings to check pattern work.
  • Update standard patterns when needed.
  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a professional costume manufacturing environment. Excellent skills in creating a 3D character from a 2D design.
  • Pattern digitising skills using Gerber systems would be an advantage but not essential.

The interview will require a short workshop skills test.

Please send your CV and covering letter to:


Position available:

Prop/Pattern Maker

Freelance position – Hours variable dependent on workload.

Starting rate: Dependent on experience. £14-£16 per hour, averaging 1 day per week.

Location: In-house, Stockport SK4 and/or local remote working.

Costumes with Character is one of the world’s leading mascot and costume character manufacturers, creating bespoke characters for a wide variety of clients from all sectors including leisure, entertainment, sports, education, corporate, charities and many more across the globe.

The Prop/Pattern Maker’s duties will include:

  • Creating character heads and props which are an accurate representation of the design alongside being comfortable to wear, with good vision and ventilation.
  • Working to a high standard and within given timeframes using a range of tools and materials. Plastazote, ABS vac formed plastics, faux fur, Lycra etc.
  • Excellent skills in patterning with Plastazote foam and creating a 3D character from a 2D design essential.
  • Working closely with the whole creative team to achieve a quality product.
  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a professional prop/costume manufacturing environment.
  • Sculpting skills would be an advantage.
  • Cutting and sewing skills would be an advantage but not essential.

The interview will require a short workshop skills test.

Please send your CV and covering letter to:


Positions available:

Sewing Machinists x2

Maternity cover and a permanent contract.

Full time positions – 40 hours per week, negotiable. £10-£12 per hour.

Starting rate: Dependent on experience

Location: In-house, Stockport SK4

Costumes with Character is one of the world’s leading mascot and costume character manufacturers, creating bespoke characters for a wide variety of clients from all sectors including leisure, entertainment, sports, education, corporate, charities and many more across the globe.

The Sewing Machinists’ duties will include:

  • Constructing costume components using industrial machines and overlockers.
  • Working with a variety of fabrics, faux furs, Lycra and foams.
  • Working closely with the creative team to achieve a quality product.
  • Following existing technical specifications and documenting construction methods for other makers to follow.
  • Working to agreed timings and short deadlines.
  • Assisting in the Cutting department when required.
  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a professional costume manufacturing environment. Excellent industrial sewing skills, straight stitch and overlocking alongside fine finishing, hand sewing, binding and applique.
  • A good understanding of patterns, garment construction and professional costume construction methods. Pattern-making skills would be an advantage. Attention to detail is essential.

The interview will require a short workshop skills test.

Please send your CV and covering letter to:


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