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Gardena, CA 90247
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18th Century clothing is one of our favorite time periods to re-create.
Probably due to the intricacy of each
garment. The white Marie Antoinette and Louis 16th costumes were to be
elaborate replicas of court
costumes. Marie Antoinette's dress has a classic falling lawn back, yards
and yards of trim, and elaborate
stomacher. The underpinnings needed to be correct also. Chemise,
pantaloons, panniers and hoop cage were
made first. Always make your underpinnings first. Everything else fits
over them. Louis 16th has classic frock
coat trim lines, extra large cuffs, and wide coat skirting with splits.
Under the coat is the waistcoat, breeches,
shirt and cravat. The felt Tri-corn has silver and pearl trim. Edging is
Custom Pirate Frocks for the Eighteenth Century. Pirate Frocks are a basic
18th Century men's jacket style. If a pirate
was wearing an elaborate
frock coat, he probably stole it. Frock coats of the early 18th century
were full cut below the waist.
Extra large cuffs, elaborate trims, lace
and the best fabric you could afford. Think of the men looking like fancy
The custom leather Tri-corn hat was custom made from the inside to the
outside. This required an inside
framework, wiring to hold the shape, lining, and leather. Due to the
thickness of the leather, most of the
hat needed to be hand stitched.
Renaissance is our specialty. Nobles are the favorite. We love making
replica costumes from portraits',
brass rubbings and anything else we can find. We have researched
Renaissance costumes in museums, castles
and private collections in the UK, France, and Italy. Special care is
given to trim, trim designs, shoulder and
waist embellishments. Decorative rolls, picadills and skirting. Split
sleeves, Queen sleeves, slashed sleeves...
So many delightful choices. And so many places to put the trim. Bodices
have three layers plus steel boning.
Sleeves can be sewn in or tied in. Underskirts are usually beaded
according to your station and wealth. The
overskirts can be knife-pleated or cartridge pleated. Our Elizabethan
corsets have three layers, a minimum
of 24 steel bones. And under this add a silk chemise, bloomers,
farthingale, stockings and a bum roll. Doublets
can be button front or lace back. Custom slops or Venetians. Add shirt,
tights and maybe a surcoat.
Don't forget to add a sword, pouch and hat. Need a tall hat! We love doing
those! And ours has a great
arch of the brim. If you need costume approval, just let us know.
Elvis Presley custom costume was made for a impersonator. The large and
small eagles were the hardest to create without
costing a fortune. There
was one company that made sequin appliqué eagles. They had the perfect
sizes. Even the split eagle
for the front. Parts of the jumpsuit were
studded with stars. More stars could be added later if the need arose.
custom cape with an immense eagle on the back was made later for this
The 19th Century corsets were for a Victorian Fool's party. And we needed
to practice corsetry for men. Both
corsets were custom fitted to provide cleavage and shape over the hips.
Hooked center front and back laced.
The skirts were short and drapey in the front, while long in the back to
cover. The gentleman looked good enough
to be hit on, pinched and ogled.
The Josephine regency costume was beautiful to make. The graceful lines of
this period showed in the attached vest with
long cape train. Embellished with sequin fleur de lis'. Made of black
velvet and gold lame. Black velvet designs are also
appliquéd onto the front of the dress.
The Erte design was for Costume College's Ragtime era convention. We are
not sure he ever actually made this piece.
It was one of the drawings in his book. It looked so different and
impossible to make, so we had to do it. We tried to make
the ribbons blow with small fans attached to the legs. Not enough blow
from the fans used. We will try again. The under
dress was a gold stretch lame with ribbons sewn across the front. A
separate skirt was made for the rest of the ribbons.
This way it could also be used as a 1920's swim suit. Since we could not
get it to blow this time, we attached pearl wristlets
to achieve some dimension. Leggings also attach to the dress and wrap down
to the shoes. Yards and yards of ribbons were
used. It also has been used for a Mardi Gras costume.
The regency costumes were made for the Jane Austin ball. The gentleman's
costume consists of jacket, waistcoat,
breeches. All from silk, and brocades. The ladies gown is a simple empire
waist gown made from silk.