Costumes and Clothing

Still a lot to be added here, so come back and see more soon!

The Lattice Gown
Silk 1860's ballgown based off an image from the fashion magazine De Gracieuse.  Gown finished in early 2011.  Skirt and overskirt custom draped by me, bodice heavily altered from a Simplicity pattern.  Trimmed with handmade organza roses, sheer gauze ruffles hand-dyed in custom colors, and bias strips woven in a graduated lattice formation.

Orange Sari Regency Gown
Regency dress made from a cotton/silk blend sari.  Pattern custom draped by me.  The sari fabric is cross-woven, giving the fabric a gorgeous sheen.  

Dickens Faire Bonnet
Dickensian bonnet made from Lynn McMasters Early Victorian Bonnet Pattern.  Base made with buckram and millinery wire then covered in wool; inside is lined in silk gauze.  Trimmed with a silk cravat and store bought fake flowers. 

The Polka Dot Dress
Mid-1850's day dress featuring a triple tiered skirt and separate bodice in polka dot fabric.  Entire dress is made of cotton and is easily washable.  Skirt pattern drafted by me; bodice to be made using a Truly Victorian Pattern.  In progress...

Titanic Gown
1912 gown with unique faux hobble skirt design.  The gown is made with silk charmeuse and a vintage dupatta featuring goldwork embroidery.  Further embellished with parts of a salvaged sari border heavily ornamented with goldwork.  Pattern is custom draped by me. 
Brown Wool Mid-Victorian Day Dress
Mid-Victorian dress created for Dickens Fair, made with pinstripe brown wool and trimmed in blue wool.  A crochet collar and white cotton undersleeves complete the outfit.  The bodice is a heavily altered version of Truly Victorian's 443 pattern with self drafted sleeves, and the skirt is simply 3 rectangles cartridge pleated into a waistband.  The dress is worn over 95" custom made hoops.

Short Corded Petticoat
Cotton organdy petticoat corded with Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn. 


  1. Good Morning! I'm not a regular here, but just wanted to let you know that your corded petticoat is getting some buzz over at the WeSewRetro fb group ( Most of the ladies there sew from the first half of the 20th century, but what era doesn't require fabulous undergarments?! Anyways, as a fellow blogger, I know it's fun to see where your posts end up. You do beautiful work (your Lattice Gown is AMAZING!). Happy sewing!!

    1. That's awesome, thanks! I hope it's super useful to folks!


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