I discovered a couple years ago that for me to learn how to make a pattern properly, it might take me three times doing it to get it right. So I came up with my "assembly line" method, working on 2 or 3 at a time. In the end, I would have three completed gowns. Granted, this is only beneficial if you WANT 2 or 3 of them. I made each one as a base, then each was trimmed up differently.
I started the first one in July, 2009. It was made out of a white with a celery green multiple striped cotton. I began calling it the Celery Polonaise. I hope to have it done in time to wear to an 1870s picnic in Los Angeles on Sept 20.
The Purple Floral Polonaise
Polkie Dot Polonaise
This is a photo diary of my costuming "travels"; where I've learned and struggled to make historical costumes for myself. They're not always pretty, but always fun. most of the time. And I want to share with others what I learn along the way. **You can find me on Facebook, or have my posts delivered to your email by signing up at the lower part of the right column.**
- Time Traveling in Costume
- HI, my name is Val. I'm a member of Costumer's Guild West in Los Angeles, member & Past President of the San Diego Costume Guild, member of Orange County Costume Guild, a representative of the San Diego History Center, & an honorary member of SITU (Someplace in Time, Unlimited) in Seattle. This year I am the Dean of Costume College 2018. I make my own historical costumes but don't sell any unless I get tired of one.The eras I've made so far are 1770 up to 1918. My favorite is the 1880s bustle.