Friday, 18 December 2009

Worth Inspired Bustle Dress 1880s

Here is my most recent dress. Inspired by an original by Worth. The two brocade panels are original pieces of fabric I've been hoarding for a while. I'd like to wish all my followers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I really appreciate your comments.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Visit to Germany

Earlier in the month I visited my boyfriend in Osnabruck. He took me to a lovely little museum near the city which displayed tradition dress of the area. The whole museum was packed with beautiful original clothes and accessories from the 1820s to the modern day. I also attended a lovely Ball in Leipzig at 'The White House' hosted by Club Concordia part of the FLG in Germany.

I love the storage system for gloves and parasols. The final photo is Karsten and me at the ball. I'm wearing one of my own creations, a net and tulle dancing dress based on 1812 Costume Parisien

A little advice, if you plan to make a dress in net be prepared for it to catch on sharp objects! However adding the flowers to the hem helps the dress to hang properly and not waft around too much.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Restoration Project Court Dress

I was very fortunate to purchase the unmade pieces of an Important French Court dress from 1810-20. It is unusual as the metal plate embroidery is made on black tulle.Over the next few months I will be restoring this dress. Watch this space.

I am also pleased to announce the Dressing for Napoleon. Fashion from 1790-1820 will take place at La Triennale, Milan from June 2010.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Bath 1809-2009

During the last weekend of the Jane Austen Week in Bath, England, a group of friends came together to take part in an 1809 weekend party. I would like to thank everyone who helped make the weekend a success in particular Cristina Barreto, Lizzy Drake and Nichola Taylor. Also a special mention to Julian and Mechthild of Bathwick Gardens for their hard work and hospitality.

You can view the superb photos by Phil Thomason at

I will always treasure the memories of this event and I am so lucky to be surrounded by such special friends.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

New and Old Makes

Bonnet de police for the Xeme Escadron. My version next to an original .

Also cream wedding pelisse specially commissioned for a winter wedding. Blue dolman made in 2005 for the bi-centennial of Austerlitz

Thursday, 13 August 2009

23rd Welsh Fusiliers Jacket

Recently made this jacket for a member of the 23rd Welsh Fusiliers Napoleonic group.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

More Work!

Here are my latest projects. 1815 16th Light Dragoon Jacket and 1880s bustle dress for Petworth House, National Trust.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Next Year in Milan - Dressing for Napoleon

I'm proud to be involved in a major exhibtion of clothing dated 1790 - 1820. It is the largest specialist collection of womens clothing and accessories of this period in the world. I'll keep updating progress and dates but here is a sneak preview of some of the dresses.

Friday, 17 July 2009

New Clothes

I recently attended the fantastic 1809 event in Veere. Here are some photos of my recent dresses and hat. The brown dress is made entirely from an antique shawl. The printed fabric had been used to construct a short gown from an original in Colonial Williamsburg.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Latest Makes!

Writers get a block and I think sometimes I get sewing block! Just completed three 18th century corsets for the National Trust. The only problem was I agreed to buttonhole all the eyelets. Ouch!..........After 90 of those I am glad not to be making anymore for a while.

Latest work,

23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers Jacket

15th Hussars Dolman and Pelisse

3 x 18th Century Corsets

Here's a photo of me in one of my creations. I'll upload the new uniform pictures soon.

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Wonderful wool

I can't believe that it is over a year since my business started. It has been a bumper year for business despite the economic downturn.

I have been very lucky to have many customers. So far my costumes have been used by the BBC in Tess of the D'Ubervilles and I am making a lot of interpretation costume for the National Trust.

For the uniform wool I use H.E Box Ltd. They are a very friendly company with high quality meltons, doeskins and lots of other qualitites.