Bespoke commissions are at the heart of what I do. My 'Bespoke' page will give you an idea of the scope of my work, along with Guide
Prices.

I also offer a range of basic garments that are 'made-to-order'. Please see below for full descriptions, options and prices for the following: 

~ JACKETS ~

~ BEDGOWNS ~

~ PETTICOATS ~

~ CAPS ~

~ APRONS ~

~ HANDKERCHIEFS ~


Here's how it works -- 

  • Please contact me expressing your interest in a particular garment.

  • I'll reply with any questions I have and advise on availability.

  • Once I have your reply, I will confirm price, payment details, timeframe and method for collection/delivery.

  • Once any questions you may have are answered, you confirm you accept the quote and terms as we've agreed.

  • I send you an invoice.

  • You pay the invoice.

  • I make your garment.

If you have any suggestions for making this process even easier, please let me know!

I ask you to please bear in mind all the following: 

  • Please ensure you have read and understand the sizing notes for each type of garment, as set out below, as your garment will not be custom fitted to you. Unless specified for your garment, you do not need to send measurements (and any I may ask for are minimal and easy to do yourself).  I won't make a mock-up. You don't need to come see me for a fitting.  This arrangement saves you significant costs and time in getting your item. So, if you find standard sizes generally fit you, then you're good to go!  Otherwise, please do consider going with a bespoke option, especially if the garment is fitted like a jacket.

  • I don't make these garments up in advance. They are not inventory or stock.

  • Prices do not include fabrics. Fabrics appropriate for basic working class garments as most of these (linens and wool being most common) typically run £15/meter. I do not use cheap fabrics from mainstream outlets: most are manufactured and processed for machine sewing and are not suitable for historical sewing. Please do ask if you have questions about my historical fabric sources. 

  • Fitted upper body garments are designed to be worn over stays and will not fit you otherwise, even if your measurements exactly match those on historical pattern size charts. This is due to the shape of the pattern pieces, which can't be 'fudged' to fit natural curves or over modern underwear (without going into bespoke non-historical costuming, which is not what I do). 

If you see something you like but you're unsure exactly what to order (questions about size, fabrics, etc.), please get in touch and I'll be happy to answer your questions and discuss what options are available.

Jackets 

Depending on fabric choice and optional trimmings*, these jackets are suitable for any class from working classes to upperclass. 

Entirely handsewn in your choice of wools (in a variety of weights from tropical to Harris Tweed), linen or printed cottons (such as Dutch chintz or block-printed Indian cotton), using appropriate silk or linen threads. I use documented period construction techniques.

Options:
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  • As shown here in red Harris Tweed - features a long full skirt, centre bodice front closure and winged cuffs, suitable for mid 18th century. Price: £200






















  • As shown here in chocolate brown Irish linen - features long full skirt, laced front bodice, cuffed sleeves, suitable for 1760s.
    Price: £250. 

    Stomacher available for an additional £50. Unless we agree otherwise, the stomacher will be in the same fabric as the jacket.


























  • (Photos coming soon) - featuring a short full skirt, laced bodice front and curved sleeves, appropriate for 1770s.
    Price: £250. 

    Stomacher available for an additional £50. Unless we agree otherwise, the stomacher will be in the same fabric as the jacket.


  • As shown here in printed cotton (this jacket sized and cut by me but stitched by my intern) - featuring a short skirt with "swallowtail" back, laced bodice front and curved sleeves, popular from late 1770s to early 1780s.
    Price: £250. 
    Stomacher available for an additional £50. Unless we agree otherwise, the stomacher will be in the same fabric as the jacket.
























* Trims not included in these prices -- please enquire.
Sizing:

My pattern blocks are on a par with the sizing that is typical in commercial patterns such as J P Ryan. Let me know your bust and waist measurements and I will block up the appropriate size for you.

As noted above, this will work just fine for figures of average proportions for your size, provided you are wearing 
well - fitting  stays .
Fabrics:

Shown below are just a few of the printed cotton fabrics I have available. Most of these designs can be sourced in alternate colours -- please feel free to contact me to see more.

Wool is also an option - common colours of the period were navy, mustard, browns and reds.

I can also source linens in period-correct colours, either solid or striped.
Bedgowns
This is a basic, unfitted garment worn by working class women throughout the British Isles for much of the entire 18th century. 

The sizing is quite flexible so just let me know your normal dress size with a note of any special concerns such as wanting sleeves longer or shorter than mid-forearm. 

Current range of fabrics include linen in solids (blue, navy, brown, gold, red), a few striped linens, also wool (navy, mustard, rose brown) - and I have sources for others so do let me know what you're looking for. Lining and contrast collar also available in various solids, striped and checked linens. 

The example below is a bedgown I made for myself from block printed cotton purchased from India, lined in undyed twill weave linen.

Price: £150.

Basic Petticoat

I use the drafting and construction methods outlined on the Marquese.de website. Due to the adjustability of the waist, one size runs across 2-3 dress sizes.  Waistbands are self-fabric, with linen tape ties.

I keep a small assortment of linen and wool petticoats in solid colours (navy, brown, mustard, madder reds) in stock. These are suitable for working to middlin classes with no/minimal skirt support and can be worn in layers as either petticoat or under-petticoat. 

Price: £100.

Caps

Women wore a range of cap styles, with variations reflecting locations and cultural influences. In Anglo-American society, they most commonly fell into two types: those with lappets and those of the 'dormeuse' style. The former were ubiquitous in various forms throughout the century, with the dormeuse becoming very popular in the last quarter or so, especially amongst the middle and upper classes. 

The styles I most typically make are similar to patterns by Mill Farm, Larkin & Smith and those in the American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, and the construction and sewing techniques are the same. 

Prices for plain caps run about £50; those with ruffles and/or lace and/or silk ribbon trim range from £100-£150 depending on complexity -- please let me know what you have in mind so I can give you a quote.

Below are photos of just a few caps I have made recently. 
Aprons

Every apron is 100% hand sewn as per the construction and style of the period: essentially, a panel of fabric approximately 55-60in/140-150 cm wide and 30inches/75cm long (34-36in/85-90cm for a dressier version), finely hemmed all round, with the width gathered to a narrow waistband with linen tape ties.  The finished width of the apron at your waist should be approximately half of your waist circumferences (as measured over stays and petticoats) and 16-18in/40-46cm will suit most. If you need a waist size significantly smaller or larger, do let me know. 

White linen of a light-to-medium weight is suitable for everyone. I can also source linen in period correct stripes and cross-bar patterns for working class aprons, as well as fine white cotton voiles and silks that are more "for show" rather than for getting dirty!

Prices: 

£65 for linen apron suitable for working/middlin classes  (examples below)
£75 for dressier version in cotton voile
£150 for fully-ruffled "fancy" apron for upperclass, as seen in fashion plates and paintings circa 1770s-1780s
Handkerchiefs

Call it a handkerchief, neckerchief or "fichu", this small item was essential daily wear for every 18th century woman, of every class and nearly every occasion.  Mine are handsewn of period correct linen, printed cottons or silk, with fine narrow hems, your choice of square or triangular in shape. 

Price:  £50 for linen or printed cotton; £75 for silk. 

Embellished neckerchiefs (with ruffles, lace and/or embroidery) are available in combination with a bespoke gown commission, only. 

Shifts

A few notes about shifts (which the aspirational began to call "chemises" at some point in the early 19th century) -- 

Shifts are not particularly complicated and there's a great deal of range in how historically accurate each person needs theirs to be. If you do not need it to be made of period-correct fabric or using historical construction techniques, then making your own by machine out of a lightweight cotton will be the cheapest option for you. There are some reasonably good commercial patterns out there, which can be adapted as needed to make them just a bit more historically accurate, starting with using linen instead of cotton and avoiding the more obvious 'cosplay' features like drawstring necklines and ruffles. Going this route, even with machine sewing, may be good enough to meet requirements for living history interpretations and some of the less stringent re-enactment groups. 

If, however, you don't sew or for any reason are looking for someone else to make your shift, then read on. 

Firstly, if your budget is tight or you're happy to have a machine-sewn shift, then a quick look round the Internet will find you something at a reasonable price. Etsy is a good place to look. If you see something of a good quality but it has a drawstring or ruffles that you don't want, don't be shy about contacting the maker and asking for one without those things -- it should cost less without, anyway.

If you do want or need as close to the 'real thing' as possible, then your options are narrowed considerably. As far as I know, only myself and one other professional historical seamstress currently make, to sell to others, fully hand-sewn historically constructed linen shifts. The other seamstress is in the US while I am in the UK. It seems that our prices are pretty comparable. However, depending on where you are, you may need to factor in currency exchange rates and variable extras like shipping/import/Customs charges. Then, if you are in the US, it would make more sense to order from her rather than me and I'd be happy to point you in her direction. If you're in the UK or elsewhere in Europe, then you'll save a little money, time and hassle by ordering from me, and I think that will be the case even post-Brexit.

What can I offer you?  For me, making shifts is something of an art form. I will only make shifts to the highest standard that I possibly can, based on the evidence adduced from study of a very few surviving extants. This essentially means following the advice and construction methods advocated by Sharon Burnston, who is regarded by the historical dress community as the undisputed expert when it comes to shifts. If you're interested in her findings and conclusions, then please do go have a good read of her website:  http://sharonburnston.com/shifts.html

Historical shifts were constructed in very particular ways in the 18th century. It takes meticulous care and concentration to make them -- especially the shifts in the first three-quarters of the 18th century, with their stroke gathered sleeves. Further, the end result is significantly better if it can be made with reference to an individual wearer, with attention given to overall body shape and particular measurements such as shoulder width and the circumferences of the upper arm, the bust and the hips. Ideally, they shouldn't be treated as "one size fits all".

I therefore treat shifts as bespoke items rather than ready-to-wear, to be made " to spec[ification]", not " on spec[ulation]"!  My preference is to make your shift in conjunction with your commission for a bespoke gown, so I can ensure that the shift has the right amount of fullness in key places and, crucially, the right size and shape to the neckline to best suit your gown. 

My guide prices for shifts are set out on the ' Bespoke ' page.  Shifts with gathered sleeves cost in the region of £250. This price reflects the time required to make them -- and the results are to a very high standard! If you've researched what a period correct shift looks like and how it should be made, then I hope you'll consider this very good value for money. The shifts for the fourth quarter of the century (~1775-1800) are simpler and take about a third less time to make, with plain 'narrow' sleeves, and are priced accordingly at around £175. I hope you'll agree this is a fair price and it's the perfect design to go under your quarter-back gowns and jackets of that period.