This is a collection of thoughts relating most often to historical costume: the articles of clothing people used to dress themselves in the past. Occasionally I will adventure into sewing modern garments and other projects, as well. I encourage you to join me in sharing your thoughts, inspirations, and resources.
I am a professional costumer with a passion for the construction of historical clothing, particularly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. I understand and enjoy both making clothing with historical accuracy and also building and altering costumes for theatre and film. I always strive to create products that show exceptional workmanship. My website is available here.
A little more
I possess a strong interest and foundation in history: costume history, social history, and material history. I also have an unusual aptitude for creativity which has always been a catalyst for my imagination. I often combine the varied facets of my background and am able to create, study, and wear historical clothing (often, though not always, with The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, a 501c(3) organization that I am a performing member of). This unique multi-faceted knowledge brings me personal joy and provides a refreshing perspective in the construction of both modern and historical clothing and costumes. There is much to be learned when the three avenues of researching, making, and wearing intersect!
See & hear me in action
‘Undressing History: Active Pursuits, Women’s Sportswear c. 1900‘: a historical clothing presentation at the Newport Historical Society.
Providence NBC 10 Coffee Break (:55-6:54): an interview that takes a look at some of the garments that were a part of the Undressing History presentation at the Newport Historical Society.
‘Why Not Skate Like It’s 1895?‘: an interview on WBUR’s Here & Now also looking at women’s sportswear c. 1900.
Wearing The Past: A Modern Woman’s Fascination With Period Dress: an interview with Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.