Completed Projects

Kateri Traveling Reporter 1895

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Suzi 1884 Dairy Farm

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Shelly 1790 Small Southern Town

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5 Great 1883 Projects to buy for the Wild West

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Pegram “Revolutionary Tea Party” In Progress

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Development of a complete authentic, beautiful, historical period costume is done in many steps over a period of weeks or months:


  •  General Time Period research:  including environmental, political, economical, & social factors & their influence  to fashion in the world.
  •  Era Specific research:  those same factors in the character’s narrower world view.
  •  Character development:  study in the mental & physical state of the person to be portrayed including their views on the world, social status, availability to materials, & special stories, personality quirks, or insight into how they might think & behave that can help enhance the performance.
  • Design concept:  research on garments required, materials for that character based on historical samples.
  • Design development:  decisions on materials & methods that will be used, including dyes, colors, patterns, etc.
  • Materials acquistion/Final Design:  final sketches for customer approval, showing details & methods to be used, & based on real materials currently available (modification of original concept to suit modern methods & availability).
  • Construction:  starts with the garment closest to the body (usually the chemise), and builds to the outer garments & then accessories “from the underwear up”.
  • Completion:  adjustment & details including period markings, fancy work, or additions.



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