About

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 blog portfolio can be viewed here. It contains images of clothing, accessories, and ensembles that have been featured here on the blog.

My professional portfolio can be viewed here: www.quinnmburgess.com. The “galleries” tab contains photos of my professional work, including some overlap with images that are contained my blog portfolio.

A little more…

I possess a strong interest and foundation in history: historical costume, social history, and material history. In addition, I have an unusual aptitude for creativity, which has been a catalyst for my imagination since childhood. I often combine the varied facets of my background and activities and am able to create, study, and wear historical clothing. This unique multi-faceted knowledge brings my personal joy and provides a refreshing perspective in the construction of both modern and historical clothing and costumes.

I am a performing member of The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers.

(This is a humorous definition of a costumer in the wearing-the-clothes rather than building-the-clothes sense: “Noun: A person willing to spend unlimited time, money and resources to attire themselves in less than comfortable – usually difficult to wear – garb for the possible momentary satisfaction of recognition and/or approval of at least one other costumer.”)

14 responses to “About

  1. Quinn, your Dad just told me about your awesome post to Boston College – that just tickled me no end!! Congratulations and Way To Go!

  2. Quinn, I follow your posts with awe and envy. Keep positng; I’m costuming vicariously through you.

  3. Quinn,
    Such lovely work, I am very impressed!
    I’m the editor for an historical costumer’s magazine, Your Wardrobe Unlock’d, and I’d love to have you write for us. Please email me if you’re interested.

  4. Hi!
    I love your blog and have nominated you for a “Liebster Award”.
    Read more and claim your award at: http://www.fashionthroughhistory.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/blog-award/
    Best wishes /Åsa

  5. Good afternoon! I just stumbled across your blog while starting my research for constructing a Civil War era ball gown. I have a feeling that your links might be a start for a goodly number of resources. Once I actually get going on my project & begin my documentation, any source I come by will be attributed in said documentation.

    I am also a member of the SiliconWeb Costumers’ Guild, a chapter of the International Costumers’ Guild. I know a great many people would be fascinated with all the information here on your blog, so I will be sharing with them, if you don’t mind!

    I am excited to browse your blog, I can see that you have a lot of time and effort into your work. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!

    • Hello Elaine,

      Thanks for your kind comments about my work. I’m excited that you found my blog and I sincerely hope that you find the information and resources helpful as you pursue your project! I’d be pleased to know that you’ve shared resources with others who might find it helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting, and have fun looking around!

  6. HI –

    I want to let you know that I’ve nominated you and your blog for a Leibster award. It’s a way of spreading the word to let others know there are more wonderful blogs out there. Your blog has great writing, good information, lovely projects…and I feel more people should know about it. Accepting the award is completely voluntary, so please don’t feel pressured.

    I wish there was a period dance group close to me – I’m a bit envious. OK, a lot envious.

    Here’s wishing you continued success with your sewing and your blogging!

    Susan
    http://www.threadingthroughtime.wordpress.com

  7. Hello,
    I’m hoping to make a sleeveless Regency chemise. Do you have a tutorial on how you did yours?

  8. Hi,
    We wanted to nominate you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. https://romancingthesewn.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ If you have time to participate that would be great if not no worries. We love your work!

  9. Very impressive work! We’ve met in person, but I just stumbled across your blog and am truly impressed. You have done some great work!

  10. Hi Quinn,
    My name is Gianna Dethier, I live in Belgium and I’m in my second year of shoe design. This year, for starter, I’m making a historical replica and I’ve chosen a pair of bathing boots from the 1910-1920’s. I was wondering if I could ask you sole questions, maybe by mail? As I can’t find alot of information about the patterns and other stuff. And yours looks amazing!

    Thans in advance.

    Kind regards,
    Gianna Dethier

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