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.**

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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.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Colored Pencil photo of my red/black bustle gown

In lieu of anything substantial to post about right now, since I'm in the middle of 4 projects, I wanted to post this photo that was taken of me at the recent Biltmore Winter Tea I went to. The photographer posted it, saying it was slightly out of focus, so she photoshopped it.

What I also like is that it looks like an older photo but with the two different eras of dress being together. 


  1. I liked the effect of this photo. How fun to see. Good luck with all your projects.

  2. I love us in this photo!! Thanks for sharing it.



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