Historical Fashion

Clothing that makes history

Custom clothing and costuming for cosplayers, dancers and anyone who wants to be able to move in their clothes - and still look great. Want the style but can't make it or find it? Tired of clothes that don't fit or fall apart? Historical Fashion will work with you to design and sew the garments you imagine.

We specialize in imaginative clothing & costumes for hard to fit women. Special occasion dresses. Historical costumes. Cosplay. Dancewear. Everything is sewn in the USA and custom made to fit YOU!


Tomo from Fushigi Yuugi debuts at Ohayocon 2015

My customer has wanted this costume for 15 years. She has waited patiently on our commission list for 3 years. At long last, she has her Tomo! Fondly known as " Tomo the Homo," he is a wildly over the top character inspired by the Beijing Opera.
Using source material from both the manga and the anime series, my customer developed her concept of the character. Crimson brocade, yellow satin, Tomo's signature peacock feathers. She was going for a more realistic look, closer to the manga than to the more coloring book style of the anime. She did her own makeup and finished the crown once we designed and constructed the base.
In-process photos and design blogs coming soon.
Photo by Shavana Pickelheimer.

Porthos Doublet

Porthos is done at last! We sewed the buttons on at Ohayocon. My customer will be coming to pick up his commission later on in the month. We are discussing more work together, including a Boromir cloak and a silk shirt inspired by one he saw in The Prince and The Pauper. Looks like it takes about 5-6 yards of silk!

Wedding Ensemble

This ensemble was my own wedding attire. Based on Rosie Cotton’s wedding dress from The Lord of the Rings, this project includes a lined and underlined bodice with a contrast panel and laced closure, a separate boned corselette to provide structure for the bodice, a full-length tulle petticoat, and an underlined, gathered skirt. Silk dupioni was the primary fabric for both the skirt and bodice and the contrast panel in the bodice was satin brocade. Underlining for both pieces was silk organza. Starting from the inside out, the undergarments were completed before the fashion garments to assure a proper fit. Numerous fittings were required for the corselette and a full muslin of the bodice was used as the final pattern. The project required both machine sewing and intricate hand sewing. It was worth every minute I spent!

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