Patterns for New Costumers

Patterns for Beginners1

First and foremost it’s all about the silhouette of the time period you want to achieve. You build the undergarments first then all the pretty things that go on top. But as a beginner you’re starting from ground zero. You have nothing…. Except maybe a bonnet or a petticoat or your grandmother’s fur jacket. And […]

Being real. A note from the heart

From the heart

While listening to a podcast from Steven Furtick last week, a moment of inspiration and conviction came over me to share some thoughts with you. An honest confession of my (costuming) life in the last few months. Most of my readers think of me researching Victorian fashions and prancing around the house in bustle dresses […]

Applying Hook & Eye Tape

Various Tapes 2

Yay! You’ve just finished the bodice proper but now you are faced with hand sewing on a dozen little hooks and corresponding eyes so you can actually close the bodice. Boo… At this point many costumers let the garment sit. Not that it needs a time out, but that they are simply not looking forward […]

1883 Summer Rose Tea Dress

1883 Rose Polonaise front2

Do you remember your first true historical costume? Did you like it? My first Victorian gown was made specifically for the first Costume College year I attended (in 2000) for the Sunday Fantasy Tea that year. Since I had been making my own clothes from the time I was in junior high (mid-1980s) I knew […]

Vodka and Sewing: Mixology Basics

Vodka & Sewing

Did someone say vodka?? I will let you in on a little secret. But it isn’t what you think. I’m not here to tell you how to mix the perfect cocktail when your latest project goes awry. I won’t recommend drowning your sorrows at any time, unless perhaps it’s with chocolate, wine or tea rather […]

Flatlining 19th Century Skirts

Skirt with underlining & hem facing

  The importance of flatlining skirts cannot be understated. Although, there is a time and place for using underlinings or a lining or both. Or even leaving off linings altogether and simply relying on hem facings and petticoats to keep the silhouette in place. To follow up my post on how to flatline bodices, let’s […]