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, July 11, 2018


I don’t really want to show my finished outfits yet because I want them to be a surprise. But I decided some little peeks at them wouldn’t hurt anything. Yes, there will be tiaras.
To make it easy on myself this year, I put together 3 Regency outfits to wear; 2 for daytime, and 1 for the Friday Night Social. I call these easy because I’d already made the patterns before, and they still fit, and there’s not a lot of fitting required. One of the white dresses will be worn with both daytime outfits. These are 1795 open robes, which themselves are also fairly easy to sew. Doing them on an assembly line by sewing up all the skirts, then the bodices, and then doing the final finishes on each went rather quickly.

See? Just a peek. I’m working on the accessories right now.

I spent more time on my 1837 court dress for the Royal Coronation Ball. And I kid you not, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, as complicated as it was. I’m bringing out all the bling and glitz for this. I *think* I’m finally done with it.

And, of course, I have to have a fancy headdress. 
So that’s it. A sneak peek. Two more weeks and I’ll be at Costume College and be all blinged out. Stay tuned.