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Custom-Made Historical Clothing for Women and Children - $35. per hour for hand sewing and $25. per hour for machine sewing, plus materials.

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Custom-Made Historical Clothing for Women and Children
Custom-Made Historical Clothing for Women and Children
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#119 Custom-Made Historical Clothing for Women and Children

I am happy to provide a free, detailed estimate for custom-made garments. Please enter the details of the item you would like made below - hand or machine sewing, size, year and other specific design requirements, and fabric type and color.

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So I can quote the cost to you, specify the following information in the "Request Quote " area below:

1) Hand or machine sewing
2) Size
3) Year and other specific design requirements
4) Fabric type and color or Reproduction Fabrics item number

Approximate Shipping Time: 6-8 weeks

1790's Open Gown
1790's Open Gown
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#120 1790's Open Gown

This gown is made of red/black changeable acetate and lined with linen. The acetate was chosen as a substitute for more costly silk and was used as an example for a teaching lecture. The choice of a substitute fabric was integral to the demonstration.

The gown was sewn by hand using single strands of silk and linen thread. The bodice of the gown is lined in linen. The skirt of the gown was pleated onto the bodice lining and then the outer fabric was stitched in place from the front side of the gown. The bodice has no fasteners and is pinned together or pinned to the wearer’s stays using straight pins. This gown is meant to be worn over a matching petticoat.

The 1790’s gown and matching petticoat are based on a gown worn by Anne Northrop Taylor in her 1796 portrait by Ralph Earl. In order to draft a pattern for this gown, I had to study other portraits from the same geographic location and time period, as well as extant gowns. The original 1830’s gown was remade using the fabric from Taylor’s 1796 gown. I was able to use the actual 1830’s gown to draft a pattern. Both the 1830’s gown and Taylor’s portrait are in the collection of the New Milford, CT Historical Society.

To order this gown custom made in your size please specify your exact measurements. Your measurements should be taken when you are wearing the appropriate under garments (i.e. stays and petticoats) and shoes.

Approximate Shipping Time: 6-8 weeks

$1750.00
1796-1806 Striped Dress
1796-1806 Striped Dress
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#121 1796-1806 Striped Dress

This example has been mainly hand sewn with only the long seam lines sewn on machine.

Total time 15 hours
(14 hours hand stitched, 1 hour machine stitched)
Materials $70
Total Price $560

To order a similar gown in your size, please enter your exact measurements while wearing appropriate undergarments and your fabric preferences below.

Approximate Shipping Time: 6-8 weeks

$560.00
1830's Silk Gown
1830's Silk Gown
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#122 1830's Silk Gown

This gown is made of changeable red/black silk taffeta (currently known as iridescent taffeta), brown glazed cotton, and linen. It was sewn entirely by hand using single strands of cotton and silk thread. The gown has full gigot sleeves and self covered cording around the neckline, armholes, back opening, front trim, “lapels” and wrists. The “lapels”, which mimic the silhouette of the fashionable 1830’s pelerines, are basted onto the gown and may be removed to achieve an alternate look. The center front bodice trim is also removable. The bodice is lined with linen. The “lapels” and lower half of the skirt are lined in glazed cotton. The gown fastens in the back with seven brass hooks and eyes and has a circumference of 98-¼ inches at the hemline.

This gown is an exact reproduction; it took 18-½ hours to draft and adjust the pattern for the gown. Sixty and ¼ hours are required to cut out and sew the gown.

The 1790’s gown and matching petticoat are based on a gown worn by Anne Northrop Taylor in her 1796 portrait by Ralph Earl. In order to draft a pattern for this gown, I had to study other portraits from the same geographic location and time period, as well as extant gowns. The original 1830’s gown was remade using the fabric from Taylor’s 1796 gown. I was able to use the actual 1830’s gown to draft a pattern. Both the 1830’s gown and Taylor’s portrait are in the collection of the New Milford, CT Historical Society.

To order this gown custom made in your size please specify your exact measurements below. Your measurements should be taken when you are wearing the appropriate under garments (i.e. stays and petticoats) and shoes.

Approximate Shipping Time: 8-10 weeks

$3000.00
Reproduction Two-Piece Woman's Dress c.1850-1860
Reproduction Two-Piece Woman's Dress c.1850-1860
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#123 Reproduction Two-Piece Woman's Dress c.1850-1860

This dress is made of reproduction print cotton fabric. The bodice is fully lined with antique glazed cotton and the skirt is fully lined with new cotton fabric to match the antique glazed cotton. The bodice has pagoda sleeves, shoulders that are dropped 3 inches past the natural shoulder line, is partially boned in both the front and the back, has self bias piping around the neck, armholes, and waist, and has detachable undersleeves made of cotton nainsook that button at the wrist with mother of pearl buttons. The bodice fastens with 15 vintage hooks and eyes. The skirt is made up of seven underlined panels that are cartridge pleated onto a waistband, it opens at the left front, and has ½ inch black wool braid around the bottom at the hemline.

This dress was sewn by machine, as would have been appropriate for the 1850-1860 time period, using cotton thread, and finished with considerable hand sewing.

With the exception of the antique glazed cotton used in the bodice lining of the dress, all fabric is newly made reproduction fabric. The scarcity and fragility of antique fabrics make them impractical to use in making reproduction clothing, especially if the clothing is to be worn. The wool braid is also newly made.

To order a similar dress, please provide your exact measurements and fabric preferences. Your measurements should be taken when you are wearing the appropriate under garments (i.e. corset, caged crinoline, and petticoats) and shoes.

Approximate Shipping Time: 6-8 weeks

$870.00
1830's Full High Gown
1830's Full High Gown
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#124 1830's Full High Gown

This dress is 59 ¾ inches long and is about a modern woman's size 14. The fabric used is a modern reproduction printed cotton. The fragility of 170 year old fabric, combined with the extreme scarcity of antique material in a large enough quantity, makes it impractical to use period fabrics.

This gown has long, bias cut gigot sleeves that have been cartridge pleated (or gauged). The bodice is fully lined in a contrasting fabric, has dropped shoulders, and the arm holes and neckline have narrow self bias covered piping. The waistline of the gown sits approx. three inches above the wearer’s natural waistline to allow room for multiple petticoats and pockets to be tied on at the waist.

The skirt of this dress is made up of five cartridge pleated panels, with a hemmed slit in the seam line of one of the front panels to allow access to a separate pocket, which would be worn under the dress and over the petticoats. The skirt is finished with a broad false hem in the same contrasting fabric as the bodice lining. The back of the bodice and the waistband are closed with large antique brass hooks and thread loops.

This dress was sewn entirely by hand using a single strand of waxed cotton thread. A pelerine would have typically been worn over this gown. Seven and 3/8 yards of fabric are required for the dress, plus 1-¼ yards for the lining and 1 yard for the false hem. It took 23 hours to complete.

You may buy this specific dress or custom order in your size in a different fabric of your choice. Please provide your exact measurements and fabric preferences below. Your measurements should be taken when you are wearing the appropriate under garments (i.e. stays and petticoats) and shoes.

Approximate Shipping Time: 8-10 weeks

$900.00
Gown as pictured in size 14 (immediate ship)
Custom gown (6-8 weeks)
c.1830's to Mid-1840's Dress for a Very Young Boy
c.1830's to Mid-1840's Dress for a Very Young Boy
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#125 c.1830's to Mid-1840's Dress for a Very Young Boy

18-¼ inches. As pictured in Early American Life. Made of printed cotton. Closes with three drawstrings, has a cartridge pleated (or gauged) skirt, and trimmed with narrow hemmed bands of contrasting striped fabric. Sewn entirely by hand.

This is an exact copy of a garment in my personal collection. The original is pictured on the left of the first photo.

Approximate Shipping Time: 4-6 weeks

$450.00
Late 1840's to Late 1850's Young Child's Dress
Late 1840's to Late 1850's Young Child's Dress
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#126 Late 1840's to Late 1850's Young Child's Dress

20-½ inches. This dress is made of printed cotton, has a drawstring at the neck, is sewn partially by hand and partially by machine, and is trimmed in bands of contrasting striped fabric.

This is an exact copy of a garment in my personal collection. The original is pictured on the left of the first photo.

Approximate Shipping Time: 4 weeks

$375.00
Early to Mid 19th Century Infant's Dress
Early to Mid 19th Century Infant's Dress
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#127 Early to Mid 19th Century Infant's Dress

The dress shown as an example is a reproduction of an early 19th Century dress. It is made of new fabric in a reproduction weave, with antique eyelet and lace trim. The neckline and sleeves are gathered with five tiny cotton tape drawstrings. The overall length of the dress is 48 inches.

The pattern for this dress was drafted from an original dress in my collection, then resized and a more elaborate hemline was added. Available in two sizes, newborn and six months.

Approximate Shipping Time: 3-4 weeks

$320.00
Newborn
Six months
1830's Girl's Dress with Van Dyke Trim
1830's Girl's Dress with Van Dyke Trim
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#128 1830's Girl's Dress with Van Dyke Trim

I drafted the pattern for this dress from a dress in the collection of the New Milford, CT Historical Society. The original dress came from the home of Isaac Chenery in Montague, MA. It was given to the New Milford Historical society in 1946 by Mrs. Spencer Beves (Mr. Chenery’s granddaughter).

This dress is 19 ½ inches long and would fit a child two to three years of age. There is Van Dyke trim around the sleeve bands and the hem, made up of one inch squares of fabric for the sleeves and 1 ¼ inch squares for the hem. Each square has been folded and pressed in 1/8ths to form a triangle before being sewn onto the dress. There are 40 triangles around the sleeves and 108 around the bottom edge of the dress.

The bodice of the dress has been gathered onto a shaped waistband. The top of the bodice has a hemmed casing that has a 92 inch long, 3/8ths inch wide length of twill tape run through it. The skirt is cartridge pleated to the waistband. There are two 1-3/8ths inch deep tucks in the skirt that may be let out to lengthen the skirt as a child grows.

This was sewn entirely by hand using a single strand of waxed cotton thread. The close-up highlights the Van Dyke trim around sleeve and skirt hem, the skirt tucks and the stitching used to construct this dress.

Total Time 27 hours
Materials $20
Total Price $965

Approximate Shipping Time: 6-8 weeks

$965.00
c.1890-1910 Apron
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#129 c.1890-1910 Apron

This example is entirely stitched by machine, as is the original (to keep costs reasonable machine made buttonholes are substituted for handmade ones). The pattern has been drafted from an antique in my collection.

You may order this apron custom made in your choice of colors in 100% cotton fabric, with vintage buttons in sizes S, M, & L. Please provide your waist measurement (remember that aprons are worn over the top other clothing) and your desired finished length.

Price for Four Button Version (original) $85.

Price for Buttons From Neck to Hemline (to enable you to wear as a jumper) $109.

Please see Pattern section to purchase the pattern for this apron if you would like to sew your own.

Approximate Shipping Time: 3-4 weeks

Four buttons $85.00
Buttons neck to hemline $109.00
1860s Womans Paletot
1860s Womans Paletot
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#263 1860s Womans Paletot

This is a wonderful classic woman’s paletot, dating to the 1860’s. I sewed this paletot primarily using a sewing machine, as was the original garment it is based on. It has hand-sewn finishes, and hand-covered buttons. Available in heavyweight linen or lightweight wool.

Equally wonderful worn over reenactment crinolines and skirts, or your favorite blue jeans.

Your purchase of this paletot includes my cost of buying a pattern in your size from patternmaker Kay Fig. It is her pattern; you will be hiring me to be your dressmaker and paying for materials.

To order this jacket custom made in your size, please specify your exact measurements. For reenactment wear, measurements should be taken when you are wearing appropriate undergarments (i.e. stays, crinoline and petticoats). You may specify your fabric color. The original was made of black wool.

Approximate Shipping Time: 6-8 weeks

Linen $200.00
Wool $265.00