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Costumes at your event
Create the Mood

just a few of the outfits we wear
page 4 - Victorian and early 20th century

I hope that you enjoy looking at these images as much as we have enjoyed designing, making and wearing these outfits. New outfits are under preparation all the time, so ask if you cannot see something that fits in with your event. Links in the final column take you to related parts of this website.

These items are up to 'living history standards'; that is they look as authentic as possible when you are standing next to them. We do take advantage of 21st century technology, in that we use sewing machines and use polyester boning rather than whalebones, for example. But there is a great deal of hand sewing, no velcro, fabrics are generally natural wool, cotton, silk and linen and all outfits have appropriate underwear to achieve the correct silhouette for the era.

Please note that we do not hire out costumes; a few of these are available for 'try-on' events (together with other costumes and accessories not shown here), and all can be used as part of an exhibition. We can teach you how to make clothes like these yourself or you may order similar costumes from our workshops.



photographs of the layers worn underneath a crinoline dress


how to make an 1850's crinoline outfit

[add jacket with layered skirt] photographs of the layers worn under an 1850's - 60's dress

photographs of the layers worn underneath a bustle dress


how to make a Victorian bracelet


how to make a boater with pleated and feather trim

how to make a hat with silk flowers




how to make a drawstring bag - under construction
[add black / white outfit]
20th century







[add 1900 black/gold lace outfit]

[change pic - with jacket]

[change pic - suit renovated]
how to make a 1912 picture hat

  how to make a 1912 outfit
under construction
[add 1912 dress] [add 1920's dance dress]    


[ed note - these photographs have been taken by many passersby. Thank you to everyone who has offered over the years.]

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last updated 14 July, 2012