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1849-1911 Clothing Portfolio

This page includes costumes from Civil War,
Victorian, Steampunk, Edwardian, and Gilded Age/Art Nouveau Eras



This is just a sampling of what we have created in the past.  

For custom made clothing similar to that shown here or in a different style
 please see our custom orders page then contact us for a price estimate.

Civil War Style Wool Cape with Silver Silk Lining Civil War Era Wool Cape with Silver Silk Lining
Women's Civil War style cloak created from blue wool lined with gray silk and embellished with three rows of black soutache braid and a tassel on the point of the hood.

Fuschia Wool Victorian Dolman Style Wrap
A collaborative student project with Camille Gray.  This fuschia wool flannel dolman wrap was inspired by and patterned from an example from 1872, although there are also examples of this same style dolman wrap in other historic references from 1852.  With my assistance, Camille drafted the pattern from a grid reference, cut out, embellished, and constructed this garment.  The inside of the dolman is pink synthetic taffeta (same fabric as shown here in the skirt), and the hood lining is black synthetic plush velvet.  There are nine yards of black braid and over four yards of black fringed venise lace (see the six inch wide black Venise lace here for a detail view).  Five black frogs provide closures.  Replicating this Victorian dolman wrap would take about 8-10 hours to create with similar details to that shown here.  Shown here with Rhododendron taffeta costume - please check our Women's Clothing page for availability.
Civil War Style Day Dress Susan in Civil War Day Dress
Photo by Keith Dixon Studios, makeup by Faces by Ren.
Custom made Civil War inspired printed cotton day skirt and bodice set with white ribbon trim, neckline piping and dainty pink buttons for a local customer. 
Civil War Style Wedding Gown Susan in Civil War Ballgown
Photo by Keith Dixon Studios, makeup by Faces by Ren.
Custom made Civil War inspired ball gown for a local customer. The original museum-held gown had a separate back lacing bodice and skirt set, this is a one piece gown closing at center front with hidden hook and eyes.   This lightweight pink cotton print gown features lace trimming at the neckline, center front and sleeves.
Damage Done behind the scenes still
Dorothy Victorian Outfit

In the spring of 2010, we worked again with Sam Balcomb of Rainfall Films to design, construct and source all of the costumes used in his award winning short Western film "The Damage Done".   The costumes shown above were made by us from scratch with the exception of the leather belt, leather suspenders, leather gloves and fabric bow tie.  After the garments were created, we weathered, aged, and distressed them to suit the occasion.

Shown at right is the lady's Victorian style bodice jacket and skirt with an embroidered silk and linen shirtwaist.

Production still (c) Rainfall Films used here with permission.
Neo Victorian Womens Clothing
Mina Harker Inspired Victorian Outfit from Taffeta and Velvet
Mina Harker Inspired Victorian Outfit from Taffeta and Velvet






This neo Victorian style outfit was based on a historic reference from 1874 -1877 and was inspired by the character Mina Harker from the Victorian classic "Dracula".  The majority of this outfit was made from a shot garnet colored synthetic taffeta that 'whispers' and shimmers from ruby to nearly black.  
The center front and center back bodice panels were made from crush resistant black velvet.  The bodice buttoned up the front with eight antiqued gold tone buttons with an "Art Nouveau" style frame surrounding the shiny black plastic center - this button is viewable very close up on our Buttons for Sale page. The bodice was fully lined with matte black synthetic satin, but was not boned.

The unlined matching taffeta skirt had a tie at the waist for a bit of flexibility in fit at the waistline, and an arrangement of tapes that gather the skirt at the back and pull it in at the sides.  There were hook and eyes on the tapes and skirt that allowed the train (shown above) to be pulled up for walking (shown to the left).

The final touch to this modern Victorian style ensemble was a black organza ruffled vintage scarf and a brooch with a faux red gemstone.

Ada Lovelace Inspired Victorian Steampunk Ensemble
Ada Lovelace Inspired Steampunk Victorian Ensemble
Ada Lovelace Inspired Victorian Steampunk Ensemble
Ada Lovelace Inspired Victorian Steampunk Ensemble

This neo Victorian style outfit is based on a historic reference from 1874 -1877 and was inspired by the contributions to the computer age by Ada Lovelace who assisted Charles Babbage with programming his difference engine.  The daughter of poet Lord Byron, she is considered the world's first computer programmer, making her an ideal Steampunk heroine!  

The majority of this outfit is made from a shot brown synthetic taffeta that 'whispers' and shimmers from bronze to nearly black. The center front and center back bodice panels are 100% silk dupioni in a golden tan color.  The bodice buttons up the front with nine gold tone buttons, and features a small watch pocket on the left hand side - perfect for your dainty fob watch. (Watch and chain not included with this purchase). The bodice is fully lined with matte black synthetic satin, but is not boned.

The unlined matching taffeta skirt has a tie at the waist for a bit of flexibility in fit at the waistline, and an arrangement of tapes that gather the skirt at the back and pull it in at the sides.  There are hook and eyes on the tapes and skirt that allow the train (shown above left) to be pulled up for walking (shown above right).

The final touch to this modern Victorian style ensemble is an embroidered eggshell colored silk chiffon scarf and a vintage gold tone brooch with a faux black gemstone - both of these are included with this purchase.

Currently available for purchase on our  Womens Clothing For Sale Page.
1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Victorican Girl Outfit for Book Cover This Victorian girl's outfit was created as a custom order as part of a book cover graphic design.  Since the story centered around the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, we researched fashion plates and other primary sources of the era for the summer season, then created this costume. Though cotton candy was not available until the 1904 World's Fair, the "Fairy Floss" idea inspired the color and 'feel' of this costume.  The dress has an inner layer of cream 100% cotton overlaid with sheer pale pink striped and dotted organza.  Lace, ribbon, a satin sash belt, and a heart shaped 'locket' completed the look.  We do not normally create clothing for children.

Edwardian Style Opera Coat/Robe
Edwardian Opera Coat inspired Butterfly Robe
Based on an Edwardian era evening or opera coat from 1909, this robe was made from unlined heavyweight silver satin brocade with a tone on tone butterfly design.  The edges are trimmed with wide black velvet ribbon. There are two ornamental streamers decorating the front with vintage Victorian faceted black glass beads and tassels.




Edwardian Opera Coat Butterfly Robe detail
Robe detail

Neo Victorian Mens Waistcoats
Night Watch Victorian Style Waistcoat The Mercury Victorian Style Waistcoat
This neo Victorian style "Night Watch" waistcoat is made from shot black and red fabric with small red dots and is fully lined with matte black satin.  This waistcoat or vest features two working pockets at the front, and buttons closed with a series of black velvet buttons. Perfect to add to your steampunk character's look or to spice up your evening wear.  

Available for purchase on our Men's Clothing for Sale page!
 This neo Victorian style "Mercury" waistcoat is made from shot black and silver taffeta fabric that resembles the color and reflectivity of a bead of mercury.  This waistcoat or vest features two working pockets at the front, and buttons closed with a series of solid pewter steampunk watch mechanism buttons. Perfect to add to your steampunk character's look or to spice up your evening wear.  

Maitre du Monde Victorian Style Brocade Waistcoat The White Star 2 Victorian Style Waistcoat
This neo Victorian style "Le Maître du Monde" waistcoat was made from olive green and old gold brocade and has matching olive lining.  This waistcoat or vest features two working pockets at the front, and buttons closed with a series of rustic old-gold toned metal buttons. Perfect to add to your steampunk character's look or to spice up your evening wear.  

This neo Victorian style waistcoat was made from striped textured fabric and was fully lined with matte white satin.  This waistcoat or vest featured two working pockets at the front, and buttoned closed with a series of satin covered buttons.


The Mechanic Steampunk Leather Waistcoat
The Laureate Gold Painted Velvet Victorian Style Waistcoat
This neo Victorian style waistcoat was made from chocolate brown garment weight leather.  This unlined waistcoat or vest featured two working pockets at the front, and buttoned closed with a variety of our Steampunk style buttons, including 3 hand-cast bronzed pewter buttons.  This unique waistcoat had multiple hand-placed rivets at various stress points for extra strength.   

While we are not expert leatherworkers, we do occasionally make one of a kind pieces from leather and suede.  These are unique pieces that will not be exactly repeated.

We are not taking custom orders for leather goods.
This neo Victorian style "Laureate" waistcoat was made from gold painted rust colored velvet and was fully lined with matte burnt-orange satin.  This waistcoat or vest featured two working pockets at the front, and buttoned closed with a series of gold tone metal buttons. 


Black Wool Melton Dickensian or Inverness Style Caroling Cloak
Black Wool Melton Dickensian Style Caroling Cloak - New Style
The armsceye openings under the shoulder cape allow for ease of wearing a sport coat or jacket with this cloak.


Steampunk Airship Captain Ensemble
Steampunk Airship Captain Ensemble
Steampunk Airship Captain Ensemble
Based on an artistic rendering provided by the customer, this custom made Steampunk Airship Captains outfit was done in colors representing the various shades of copper - from new penny through to verdigris, with brass accents.  The asymmetrical coat featured custom digitized and embroidered gear motifs, bronzed gear buttons, and leather accents by Kim.  The other parts of this ensemble were a white cotton Victorian style shirt with tall collar and mother of pearl buttons, an ivory silk cravat with bronzed watch mechanism pin, and natural organic cotton twill gear button fly trousers with back waist gusset and button flap pockets.


Victorian Caroling Capes
December 1904 Stylish Cloak Victorian Style Caroling Cloak
Victorian Style Caroling Cloak December 1904 Stylish Cloak
This caroling cape was based on a ‘stylish cape’ design from an original McCall’s Magazine dated December 1904.  We melded ideas from several different views in the historic reference to come up with the cape you see here.

This prototype Victorian caroling cape is made from unlined hunter green coat weight wool melton for the main body and shorter shoulder cape, each trimmed with burgundy colored velvet ribbon.  Over these is a burgundy velvet stole with lappets trimmed with gold passementerie, and lined with matching burgundy satin.  Around the neck area is a gold 100% silk dupioni band lined with hunter cotton velvet featuring decorative gold buttons and Winter Festival trim.

Similar caroling capes are currently available on our Cloaks for Sale Page.

Green Wool Flannel Snowflake Cloak

Custom created embroidered Snowflake cloak for Mrs. Claus.  


Steampunk Santa and Mrs. Claus
Steampunk Santa

Steampunk Santa Ensemble
Victorian Shirt, Edwardian Breeches and Gaiters

Victorian Shirt, Breeches and Gaiters
This original ensemble was based on Victorian and Edwardian Era historic garments from around 1910, for a Santa outfit with a Steampunk twist!

Steampunk Santa Hat:  Based on early 20th century aviator hats, this hat was made from red pleather and completely lined with white velboa short pile faux fur.

Steampunk Santa Coat: Based on a 1910 pattern for a military trench coat, this unlined organic cotton chili pepper colored double-breasted coat featured 12 gold tone metal buttons, back vent, two large external pockets, and buttons and tabs at each sleeve.  White velboa short pile faux fur was used on the uniquely styled collar and the facings in each cuff and inside each side of the center front.  The Steampunk Santa coat is shown here with cuffs turned back to show the facings.  

Santa Breeches (shown to right)  Made from chili pepper colored organic cotton twill to match the coat above, these unlined button fly breeches were based on 1910 military style breeches with wide thighs, and are slender at the calf and ankles - just right for fitting into spats or gaiters!  

Gaiters (or spats):  Made from black pleather, these 1910 style gaiters were fully lined with cotton twill, and snapped up the side with eleven nickel snaps.  

Steampunk Mrs. Claus Costume

Steampunk Mrs. Claus Costume
Steampunk Mrs. Claus Costume

Steampunk Mrs. Claus Costume
This steampunk style outfit is based on a historic reference from 1874 -1877.  The center front and center back bodice panels are in metallic gold pleather.  The remainder of the bodice is hunter green silk velvet with tiny gold sparkles.  There is a tiny watch pocket at the left front side.  The bodice snaps up the front and has a ruffled lace collar, and the body of the jacket is fully lined with cotton twill but is not boned.  

The red cotton velvet skirt has an arrangement of tapes that gather the back and pull it in at the sides.  There are hook and eyes on the tapes and skirt that allow the train (shown above) to be pulled up for walking.  The front panel of the skirt is a jacquard with a leaf and vine design in red and green.  There is a gold ribbon trim around the base of the skirt.

The ensemble shown above was modeled with several garments underneath.  A corset, petticoat, and bustle are recommended to achieve the shape shown - but these are not included with the outfit.  

This outfit is currently available on our Womens Clothing For Sale Page.


Victorian Santa Outfit
Victorian Santa Costume
Victorian Santa Pants and Waistcoat

Victorian Santa Costume
Victorian Santa Pants and Shirt with Suspenders
Victorian Santa Costume
Victorian Santa Jacket and Pants
Victorian Santa Suit
Victorian Santa Suit
Victorian Santa Suit Embroidery Detail
Victorian Santa Suit Embroidery Detail
Victorian Santa Costume

As with many of our other custom ordered items, this Victorian Santa costume was designed in collaboration with the customer via detailed email correspondence, and was inspired by various images of Victorian Santas painted by different artists to which the customer kindly provided pictures and links. 

The gold-embroidered coat was made from red 100% wool flannel with 100% cotton broadcloth lining in the hood, mantle, body and sleeves.  Every edge of the coat, hood and mantle aside from the sleeve cuffs has plush white faux seal fur trim which was hand stitched into place then embellished with machine stitched gold braid. The sleeves have turned back faux fur cuffs with red wool flannel bound edges and buttonholes as depicted in a reference image.  There are three solid bronze clasps at the front of the jacket featuring stags, oak leaves and acorns -we had used this clasp on a previous Santa inspired ensemble as a reasonable reindeer stand-in. The pocket flaps and sleeves were embellished with custom digitized gold embroidery based on a design we found and subsequently decorated with small brass bells and a star at the top for a more 3 dimensional effect - these embellishment ideas were approved by the customer.  This ensemble also featured matching wool button-fly pants and a waistcoat made from gold-painted green velvet.  Not pictured was a matching Santa hat.  

This outfit is unique as some of the fabrics are no longer available.
The shirt pictured here is one of our Victorian style shirts, currently available on our Mens Clothing for Sale page.

A similar ensemble is only available as a custom order from January 1st through June 30th yearly.  
Pricing starts at $2500.00 based on the actual time it takes to create and the current cost of materials.




Other Victorian Style Clothing
Phantom of the Opera inspired waistcoat, shirt and cravat

This custom ordered outfit was inspired by the Phantom of the Opera film.  We created the Victorian style white cotton shirt, black silk cravat, brocade waistcoat and the white satin lined true half circle black wool cloak shown here.  The customer provided his own mask, jacket, pants and gloves.

Depending on the brocade cost for the waistcoat, this ensemble (Victorian style shirt, silk cravat, waistcoat, and lined wool cloak) would cost about $550-585 + shipping.

This exact waistcoat fabric is no longer available, and a fabric similar to the original is impossible to find.  If you would like a similar style of waistcoat made from a different fabric, please let us know your desired color and style of brocade so that we can source options for you.


Phantom of the Opera inspired shirt, waistcoat, cravat and cloak
Thank you for modeling Kevin!


Imperial Style Dress Jacket with Sash

This imperial dress jacket was inspired by one seen in "The Illusionist".  It was made from white cotton duck lined in white satin and embellished with black piping, black velvet and shot-gold fabric.  Shown here with a matching sash and decorative medallion.
Alice in Wonderland Victorian Era Costume

Alice discovers a mysterious bottle...
Waterhouse Inspired Embroidered Blue Gown Over a year in the planning, this gold embroidered blue wool flannel gown with red linen undergown was inspired by a series of paintings created by John William Waterhouse.  It seems that not only did the painterly Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood share models, the models shared one blue dress between them.  This appears particularly in Waterhouse's "The Tempest", Waterhouse's "Ophelia" from 1910, Waterhouse's "Fair Rosamund", and "Meeting on the Turret Stairs" by Fredrick William Burton.  Waterhouse's "Destiny" may be the undergown by itself. 

Our version of this gown has a gold embroidered Art Nouveau design on the bodice that we digitized from scratch.  The sleeves are fully lined in hand dyed cranberry silk satin.  There is an invisible zipper at the front of the gown.  The full skirts extend into a train at the back.

Shown here with the red linen undergown  tucked in at the bodice, the undergown sleeves extend to the wrist.