Custom, handmade historical clothing and accessories

Worcester, United Kingdom · 27 Sales


Custom, handmade historical clothing and accessories

Worcester, United Kingdom 27 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Vicky B


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Anonymous on Aug 13, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful hand spun yarn. Thank you for making such a lovely yarn :)

Anonymous on Oct 4, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

A++ seller. Beautiful made houppelande gown. The seller was wonderful to work with. Great communication and very fast shipping. Thank you!

Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Vicky is both exceptional in her designing and her construction, much of which is delicately hand-done. The finishing details continue to amaze me. The stages of this particular project have proceeded with a flow not unlike that of her exquisite, carefully chosen fabrics. I've worked in costuming for over 40 years, and as I've probably said before, but can't overemphasize, Vicky's "costumes" are the most like period clothing when viewed up close, than any I've ever dealt with, yet they "read" with equal strength and grace from a stage. Most importantly, when working over long distance, everything goes with remarkable smoothness. I feel I can entrust Vicky with complex decisions, and over and over, she has shown herself capable of making design and construction choices that draw upon her enormous knowledge of historical clothes while closely reflecting my own requirements. She seeks out the best materials for each individual item, as to weight, wearability, durability, and beauty; she is excellent at budgeting, and at getting maximum visual impact from the finest fabrics and embellishments, without any visible signs of the "theatrical shortcuts" always needed to keep a costume comfortable and easy to put on and take off. Her deep understanding of period fabric patterns increases the seeming reality of her garments, and she is continually incorporating new skills, especially in the realm of embellishment. Vicky, as any true designer, works within the overall gestalt of an Outfit, so each part works successfully with all the others. Hers is the productive form of perfectionism: everything is completed on time and beautifully. Truly, finding someone of Vicky's caliber was my great, good luck. She has my highest possible recommendation.

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Costuming: A Tale of Passion

Vicky has always loved history and textiles, growing up on a rich diet of trips to castles, music and arts. Her mother taught her bobbin lace from the age of four and theatrical performance on stage started from the age of two. Hours mesmerized watching her seamstress grandmother at work sealed Vicky's fate.

For the last eight years she has been a medieval re-enactor, camping at Castles, sword fighting, dancing, singing, sewing, knitting, spinning, cooking and entertaining with friends.

Despite illness in her late teens, Vicky reached University with the support and encouragement of teachers and family to study Historical Archaeology - a long held passion. Having graduated with a 2:1 and with high hopes of a job, she found herself as one of many young British people struggling to find work.

Thanks to the Prince's Trust Enterprise scheme and the help of her already self employed partner Matthew along with family, she started up business as a Costumier in 2011-2012. It pairs her fascination for history with analyzing archaeology and using textiles to recreate. She's made many friends since and met incredibly talented, brave crafts people from all over the world.

Matthew and Vicky now trade all over the UK at fayres, selling hand made historical costume, bronze castings and armour.


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  • Vicky B

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Seamstress, Archaeologist, Researcher

    Vicky is a self employed English costumier and historical re-enactor, residing in Worcestershire, UK with her partner Matthew. Matt specialises in reproducing bronze castings and historical armour.

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Last updated on April 25, 2012
Aquerna Fabricae produces handcrafted items that have been uniquely tailored to each customer's needs. As such, no two items will ever be exactly the same!

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Items can be purchased by cheque or paypal. You must purchase the listing in order to have the item created, though customised products can be discussed and an individual listing will be reserved for your own item. Materials may be supplied by you the customer for your item, however by Etsy's guidance you do so at your own risk. If you see a material you want used and it is in the UK, it may be purchased by myself in order to save you unnecessary postage costs. Please make sure you know the correct quantity of material to purchase if you choose to buy the components yourself.
Since I am an international seller in the UK, please note that customers are responsible for any duties or charges that may be incurred in the delivery of their purchase. If the material components are purchased outside the UK, customers must please cover all shipping costs, unless otherwise arranged.

I will ship between six to eight weeks after purchase, all items will be securely packaged in tissue paper or a bag and a cardboard box. If you wish to have insurance added to the cost of delivery, please inform me with your order or within the first four to five weeks after purchase.
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If a 50/50 payment method is agreed, then the first 50% deposit is non-returnable since it covers material costs. My products are completely non-returnable once posted and signed for, as they are specially suited to the individual. If there are any major issues, e.g. wrong size or wrong item sent then I am willing to be flexible. If it is a garment that can be rectified or altered, then it may be returned for the changes and sent back to you. If there has been a mistake and the wrong item was sent, then either a full refund or the correct product will be sent.