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 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.