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.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Second wearing of my 1860s gown

Over the weekend, I had a chance to wear my olive Civil War gown again to the CW encampment at Fort Knotts, across the street from Knotts Berry Farm, in Buena Park, CA. It's mostly demonstrations for the public to see, but the soldiers and their families all live in their tents for 2-3 days. Some of the ladies have their own set-ups for their demonstrations, such as cooking. I went with a friend of mine to help in her sutler's booth, and got to take lots of pictures too.
This is the only one I have so far of me wearing my gown there. Fortunately it was mostly grassy so I only got a little mud and water on the hem.

I saw another pretty gown that has my fingers itching to make, using this Peachtree Mercantile pattern.

I have a couple beautiful sheer fabrics that would work very well with it. But I have a Regency dress and pelisse I need to make next.


  1. I just love all the beautiful outfits you make. What a great job and keep on sharing and sewing.

  2. hi i realy love your blog , i am also busy with making all kind of old dresses for some fantasy events .

    i like the rococo , victorian , bustle dresses the most .

    thanks for sharing your dresses with us .

    greetings brigitta


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