|Although I'm happy to be known as an historical costumer, please do not fall under the
misapprehension that my clothes are costume in the sense of most modern fancy dress (not that
there's anything wrong with fancy dress.
The bulk of my work is bespoke, made to measure, historical or modern clothing, literally covering
from prehistoric times to the present day, or "Neolithic to Now", or standard sized custom pieces.
I also make flags, banners, and the like, and create embroidery (both by hand and by machine).
Basically, anything made with needle and thread.
I can cater for the widest time span possible, and for many periods that other costumers are unable
to supply, for one reason or another, including modern bespoke clothing.
My work is used by museums, for live or static display, guided tours, or for educational work; by
TV and theatre companies and actors; by re-enactors and living historians; by brides, grooms and
wedding guests looking for something 'different'; by collectors; and probably by people I haven't
thought of yet, for reasons I haven't thought of yet. One client has worn my stuff to awards
And yes, it is used as fancy dress, too.
Reenactor Quality vs. Museum Quality vs. Film Quality
I do not have more than one "quality". Whether my work is machine sewn, hand finished, or hand
sewn, the quality of the final product will be the same. Whether clothing is for a museum, or a
wedding, or a fancy dress party, the quality will be the same.
Whether for a man, a woman, or a child, the quality will be the same. You get the point... (and yes,
the differentiation of different 'qualities' for different clients is a pet hate of mine!)
As to the question of 'what is the quality our clothes are made to?' - to give an idea, well used, but
cared for clothing that I made 20+ years ago is still going strong and regularly in use.
I do not have a size range as such - I can make clothing for you if you are tiny, or if you are on the
large side, and I do not charge extra for non-standard people, or for smaller or larger people. The
price I quote you will be the price you pay, (assuming you don't suddenly decide that you no longer
want linen, but hand cut silk velvet, for example).
Normal "made to measure" clothing, (such as one would find in a high street store), involves taking
a few measurements, and adapting an existing pattern to those measurements. I do not do this. I
make true 'bespoke' clothing. That means that I cut a new pattern from scratch for every customer.
Therefore, you can choose exactly the garment you want - you can specify everything, right down to
Occasionally, however, I am asked to make outfits in standard sizes (usually in situations where the
clothes have to fit more than one person). This is not a problem - I am perfectly happy to do so, and
customers requiring this are still able to specify all the other details if they choose to.
I am fortunate to have access to an extensive library, detailing many, many original sources. Clearly
I also have access to the internet. (And I'm lucky enough to have a husband who's moderately
obsessed with military and uniform history.) Whichever period I am working in, I apply the same
research methods, and the same thoroughness, to all projects that I undertake.
I do not charge extra for historical research if you are buying clothing, although I do charge for the
research alone. I have written about some of my research in the gallery pages and on my blog.
I am able, availability of correct materials allowing, to produce exact replicas of extant garments in
However, I much prefer to base my designs on a number of sources, including extant garments and
illustrations, unless I have the permission of the museum in question to make a copy. When I do
make an exact replica, I put an identifying mark on the finished article, so that it cannot be confused
with an original at any point in the future.
Modern Clothing and Historically Inspired Clothing
Having trained in fashion design, I am also able to design unique modern clothing, for weddings,
evening wear, and proms, etc - often historically inspired to a greater or lesser extent. I'll be adding
some more info on this to the site in due course, but in the meantime, the ordering process is the
same as for historical clothing (click here to read how to order).
It's not that widely know that I make hats as well as clothing, and that I'm, in fact, a fully trained
milliner. I am able to produce a variety of different hats and headpieces (male and female), and I
make both modern hats, and historical styles.
All of my work is made in Britain.
Wakefield, in West Yorkshire, to be precise.
|"Costume n 1. a style of clothing belonging to a particular place or period or
group or suitable for a particular purpose."
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