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, Dean Emeritus of 2018 Costume College; Past President of the San Diego Costume Guild, member of Orange County Costume Guild, and a representative of the San Diego History Center. 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, August 27, 2009

Making three 1873 polonaises at the same time


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.

Celery Polonaise

The Purple Floral Polonaise

Polkie Dot Polonaise

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