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.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Did you go to Costume College this year? I did!

If I met you, or you saw me, let me know here!
This is just a quick overview of my four costumes I wore. It will be awhile until I get all my photos resized to put in my album.
The first day I wore my 1872 Purple Polonaise, here with my friend, Cindy. I got a lot of compliments on it, and it remains one of my favorites.

Later that evening at the Ice Cream Social, I wore my 1850s Turquoise Plaid, and here again with my friend, Cindy. Me thinks I need something on top of my head, but not a bonnet.

The next day I wore my new Bloomer gown all day and into the evening for the Gala. Here with friends, Cat & Cindy. I had a couple ladies literally melting into a puddle of jelly when they saw my gown, and are excited to make them too. The pattern is almost ready to market but I was able to take pre-orders so they will get them before they go on the market.

Sunday was my La Belle Epoque Tea and I was completely happy with how it and my gown turned out.

Of course my favorite shot was from the back.
This is Shawn, my thoroughly obnoxious and snooty French Maitre d'.

I took lots of photos of the tea setup, and the greenery I brought into the room really made a difference.
I know I'll come across better shots as people post their photos. Mine don't always turn out well when I hand my camera to someone. But we did have a couple professional photographers there, so I have my hopes.
As I said, if I met you there, and you have photos, feel free to leave a link here so we all can see.


  1. All of your costumes are so fabulous!!! Val, I agree I love the view of the back of your dreamy blue dress. I can't wait to see more photos, especially the tea event. Looks like a lot of fun for you, I can tell because your glowing in the pictures.

  2. Your gowns are SO beautiful!
    Gosh, the back of that Belle Epoque is just breathtaking!!!

  3. It looks like you had a lot of fun! And all of your gowns are gorgeous, thank you so much for sharing them here! Someday I will make it to Costume College... *sigh*

  4. I really enjoyed seeing your brown Titanic suit in person at the exhibition. Sad I missed you in person, hopefully at the next guild event.


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