What We Do

We would have been called “Dressmakers” in days past because we research, design, & build custom “costumes” specifically to fit women.

Using the very finest reproduction materials & methods available (no whales these days..), we give the wearer the authentic FEELING of years 1740 to 1914 in America.

Perfect for Interpreters, Docents, Storytellers, Teachers, & Performers – anyone who uses their costume & uses it hard – as it would have been done in the past, & TEACHES while doing so.

Providing appropriate undergarments & structures for your period robe/dress/gown, along with accessories & attention to detail – we work with you to present the specific image you want to portray. We have subcontractors who are professional, long-time experienced milliners, furriers, corsetierres, wigmakers, & bootmakers to build a part or a whole of the ensemble. You can work with them directly, or we can do it all for you.

We can do everything from the simple “little white dress” gown of Regency to the complexities of Victorian bustles & draping with all the “frou-frou”.  (Read the “Era” Sections to find out what those are!)

Let us join you on your journey to the past.  Along the way you’ll learn the “who, what, why’s” of your era so you can share them with others.. and thus become a part of history yourself. 

Fill out the form below for a free phone consultation about your special project.

Every customer gets hand sketched designs & notes for use in discussion & interpretations

 

Project Boards in the Shoppe assure we stay on track with the approved designs. We actually build from our sketches using methods of flat pattern, draped, & tailoring!
You’ll be sure to find several complex projects going on at the same time in the Shoppe when you drop in
“Re-creating the Changing Shapes of Women Through History”

Click here to Start a Project or learn How We Work…

Click here to go to the Historical Fashion Eras Introduction page….

First & Last Names
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Your 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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