ClassicCostume

Historical Costumes, Vintage Treasures and Textile Gems

Plymouth, United Kingdom | 147 Sales

ClassicCostume

Historical Costumes, Vintage Treasures and Textile Gems

Plymouth, United Kingdom 147 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (63)

Announcement   Happy Holidays! Classic Costume is taking a break over the festive season.
Orders will be dealt with on January 2nd 2019. I will be checking in for messages.


For Custom Made clothing please feel free to contact me. These are significant purchases and there are many options in colour, fabric and trimmings to discuss. This shouldn't affect the prices (within reason ladies!) and I'm always happy to talk about frocks or offer advice. I'm also happy to arrange deposits and payments to suit.

I use only natural fabrics, linen, silk, wool and cotton. I love to experiment so I never make the same dress twice, though some are similar, and I'm always up for a commission if my work is the style you want.

I've always loved a good bit of weaving, tailoring or embroidery as well - which is why I have quite an ecclectic mix on here - so take a look at what's on sale as you never know what you might find.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 21, 2018

Happy Holidays! Classic Costume is taking a break over the festive season.
Orders will be dealt with on January 2nd 2019. I will be checking in for messages.


For Custom Made clothing please feel free to contact me. These are significant purchases and there are many options in colour, fabric and trimmings to discuss. This shouldn't affect the prices (within reason ladies!) and I'm always happy to talk about frocks or offer advice. I'm also happy to arrange deposits and payments to suit.

I use only natural fabrics, linen, silk, wool and cotton. I love to experiment so I never make the same dress twice, though some are similar, and I'm always up for a commission if my work is the style you want.

I've always loved a good bit of weaving, tailoring or embroidery as well - which is why I have quite an ecclectic mix on here - so take a look at what's on sale as you never know what you might find.

Karen

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I just love frocks!

I love fabrics and I love hand sewing too. I kept seeing historical outfits and thinking I can make that! Tunred out not to be so easy though. I fell in love with the 18th Century look from Pirates to Jane Austen, and started making dresses for sale in 2010. Since then I've learned soooo much about the shapes, the patterns, the styles, the decoration and the making. I've had to research and develop patterns for the entire range of underpinnins in order to make the frocks look right .
Finding the correct fabric and trimmings is the hardest part, and I sometimes leave things plain for the new owner to decorate , rather than spoil it with a bit of ployester ribbon. I love to use vintage or antiques trims where I can, they're getting harder to find but it makes a huge difference to the finished item..
I've also met a huge online community of similar costume nuts, and I'm amazed at the wealth of knowledge, expertise and generously shared resources out there.
Its my aim to make somethign completely by hand - its the only way to get the look 100% - but historically seamstresses were never well paid and I don't think I'll be offering these for sale. I do take pride in the fact that there is no visible machine stiching on the outside of my garments - andi find that the hand finishing adds so much to the authentic look. I'm also struggling to remember that not everyone wore ballgowns all the time - and intend to to make some more everyday items in good plain linen and wool.
I love what I do and I'd like to thank all my customers ,past and future for enabling me to keep doing it.

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  • Karen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've had a lifelong love affair with fabrics and costumes, and while I love fashion I've often thought that current western clothing is rather dull. Bring on the cloaks and corsets, frills and feathers, beads, braid and brocade say I! Seems like

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