How We Work

Completely Customized just for You

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Choose a standardized ensemble by era*

All costumes can be made complete with all undergarments & structures, or… as individual pieces.

There are 3 “standardized” costumes per each era*.

Example below of real, historic garments, shows how it works:

Casual/Rural

Dress Up/Urban

Formal/Court

Choose the construction method:

A) AUTHENTIC HISTORIC – designed to FEEL like your character ! We research actual persons to design specific cultural, geographical, political, or other factors including personality & preferences to develop a completely unique and individual ensemble.

  • ┬áHISTORIC uses extant (real-garment) based patterns, historic methods of construction including hand or machine sewing as era dictates, original fabrics & notions, and as close to authentic structures & materials available.
  • ┬áHISTORIC is highly recommended for those who will be living and working in their costumes for extended times, and those who will be giving educational performances where there will be “show and tell” of the garments (especially undergarments) & their history

B) THEATRICAL REPRODUCTION – to LOOK like your character! We research & design for your character, and use prototypes of the era & select representational fabrics, notions, & materials from modern sources that will appear to be like those in history.

  • ┬áTHEATRICAL uses modern patterns & methods in combination with some historical to hand build your ensemble. The difference between this and Historic is that we may use closures & modern materials that would not have been available, plus modern methods for corsetry that modifies designs for comfort for modern performers.
  • THEATRICAL will cost approximately 1/4 that of an historic costume, depending on materials used (e.g. silks will be much more either method). They are best for special events where comfort and outward appearance are key.

All designs are original & developed alongside the customer, using customer inspiration & sources such as photos, sketches, or other costumes. While some materials may be imported due to limited availability of historic sources, all design & construction is done in the US at our shops in Wyoming.

We work with other Wyoming specialists for products such as understructures, fur, leather, milliner, & footwear on a referral or cooperative basis.

(* Web graphics for standardized costumes in progress…)

Click here to learn how to Start a Project or find out how we work…

Click here to go to the Historical Fashion Era pages…

Click here to go to the Contact page…

OR FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW:

 

First & Last Names
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Your Email
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Retype Email
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Your age in years
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We need to know how old you are, to get an idea of your intended project
Type of Performer You Are
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Which type of performance will you be using your costume for; e.g. re-enactor, storyteller, actor, docent, etc.? This is 1 or 2 words. If not performer - write NONE. We'll ask for more detail next.
Year to Depict
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Write the number for the year(s) your character depicts, to give an idea of the date and type of project you need to have built
Your City & State Location
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Your city & state in the United States. We want to know if it's possible to travel for fittings or if things need to be done via mail. We sell only within the 50 United States
What is Your Current Gender
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While we LOVE people of all genders, we build costumes only for women, but will consider on a project by project basis. Please indicate something
Are You Women's Size 10-20? Write YES or NO
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If you are US commercial clothing size 10-20, check yes. We may need to make special items if you are larger or smaller than that. Everything is customized to your exact needs, but this gives us an idea when we talk to you if we can use materials in shop, or will need to get others
Your Project Needs ?
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