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.**

About Me

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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.


Friday, January 4, 2013

Where I have to talk about myself

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm being interviewed on another sewing blog, The Mother Goose Blog.  Nadia started out selling her vintage patterns on it, and then began writing about her own sewing, pattern designers, crafters, and in general encouraging other seamstresses. When she and Andrea Schewe (of Simplicity patterns) contacted me a couple months ago after she had interviewed Andrea in an extensive series of articles, she asked to interview me about my costuming history and how my catering tea parties led me to it.
I'm used to talking about my costumes, how I make them, and where I wear them. So I felt it odd that someone would want to know about me and wanted me to talk about myself. But after some squirming and a few prods and questions, Nadia has posted her first interview of me, with more to come, and telling more about my tea parties.
A Closet Full of Costumes & A Cabinet Full of Tea


  1. Dear Val,

    I enjoyed the first interview installment. So interesting to see how others get started. Mine started in a quilting class when someone (now a friend) brought in a hand-crank sewing machine. I was goggle-eyed and enthralled with that machine, and it went from there...

    Very best,


    1. LOL, I remember being enthralled by the Singer Featherweight in the quilting groups I was in. And later the hand-crank, which I finally gave in and bought one. I was actually eyeballing a Featherweight today but its still too pricey and I think I have enough machines for now. Unless I find one at a truly excellent price. :D

  2. You are indeed the expert when it comes to women's fashions of the past. Please contact me to see how we can bring your expertise to the new Women's Museum space in Liberty Station. Call 619 233-7963 or email

    many thank

    1. Ashley, I've been in your fashion shows a couple times thru the San Diego Costume Guild. I don't really have a lot of time to volunteer at this point. I did mention to you a year ago about doing my Bloomer presentation for you. It's the same one I'll be doing at the San Diego History Museum on Jan 28.


I would love to hear if this was any help to you. Pretty please!