Earlier I posted an article entitled Portfolios: "This is me!" in which I laid out my three guidelines for creating a physical paper portfolio. I thought I'd show you what mine currently looks like as I have it set up to apply for MFA Costume Design programs. Then I'll mention what I would probably change if I were going for a Technical position/job.
When I was constructing my paper portfolio I was hard pressed to find any examples of them for costume designers. Hopefully seeing a physical portfolio laid out will help any visual learners (like myself) start to construct their own.
If I had been going for a technology based degree or job I would have lead with my TECHNOLOGY section and beefed it up with other projects I've done. I would have then continued with DESIGN (scaled down to just one or two shows) and still ended with ART.
Make sure you collect swatches for not only your designs but from projects you've worked on. After the garment is finished grab a piece of leftover fabric so that those viewing your portfolio can feel the kind of materials you used.
Also, save your technical drawings. These allow interviewers to understand your thought process when creating a piece. I can't tell you how many times I have thrown a technical drawing away and then wished I hadn't when creating my portfolio.