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1912 to Modern Day Clothing Portfolio

This page includes costumes from World War I, Flappers,
World War II, Cold War, and Modern time periods.


This is a sampling of vintage style items we have created in the past,
some from the actual historical patterns, and some hand drafted. 
 
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.

1918 schoolgirl costume for book cover 1918 schoolgirl costume for book cover detail


This school girl's costume from 1918 was created as a custom order for part of a historic fiction book cover graphic design. Using clothing catalogs from the time period and historic photographs from Shorpy.com, I found examples of what girls were wearing and created the costume shown here.  The skirt was a navy textured linen look fabric embellished with buttons, the shirt was made from textured lightweight cotton, and the navy tie was hand dyed silk.  The ensemble was completed with the white silk bow shown at right.  We do not normally create clothing for children.

The finished book cover is viewable here.
1918 school girl costume detail
1918 Tea Dress 1918 Tea Dress Back
This historically inspired dress was based on a pattern for a 1918 tea dress by "May Manton's Bazar Glove-Fitting Patterns".  The pattern is accurate to the time period, the fabrics we used are not.  Our 1918 tea gown is made from a center front pleated panel in white Ming brocade, the body is an optic white shimmering crinkle fabric.  There is braid trimming the join between the skirt and the pleated panel, and ruffled organza ribbon and braid decorating the neckline and sleeve ends.  The shoulder drape is white crystal organza.  The empire waistline is decorated with a silver embroidered and beaded ribbon and two antiqued silver tone metal findings.  Side front closure is a series of hidden snaps and hook and eyes.  The skirt is lined in matching white satin acetate, the bodice and sleeves are lined with a soft white 100% cotton twill.

Available now on our Women's Clothing For Sale Page.

1918 Style Pumpkin Witch Costume
Inspired by vintage turn of the century Halloween greeting cards, this pumpkin witch costume is based on a 1918 tea dress pattern.  The gown was made from textured gold fabric and orange and gold brocade lined with burnt orange colored satin.  Black ruffled organza embellishes the sleeve ends and down the center front.  This one-of-a-kind witch's costume came with a black fringed shawl, decorative belt and burnt orange lined black wool hat embellished with black ribbon and black and orange ostrich feathers.  We made the hat with a black comb inside to help it stay on the head as well as two ties for under the chin.  Hat and  sleeve end are shown above left, front and back of the costume with belt and shawl shown middle and right above.  
1930s Style Green Silk Satin Dress
1930's style green silk dress.

Ice Blue Silk Satin 1930s Style Dress

Ice Blue Silk Satin 1930s Style Dress
1930's Style Ice Blue Silk Satin Evening Gown
This 1930's style 100% silk satin evening gown's bodice is self-lined, with the rest of the gown being lined with pale blue 100% cotton.  The front of the gown is decorated with an ice-blue and silver toned button.   The back of this vintage style gown closes with hidden clear plastic snaps, and two functional silver and ice blue buttons with hand crocheted loops.


1945 girl's costume for book cover

Another historic fiction book cover costume - this one was from August 1945.  This outfit was made from a vintage 1940's pattern.  The cotton print jumper ties at the back and features two patch pockets at the front.  A cotton blouse was made and tea dipped to match the off-white color of the printed cotton jumper. We do not normally make clothing for children.

The finished book cover is viewable here.
Shot Green Taffeta Futuristic Outfit
Futuristic 1940's Style Outfit

This outfit was created from a vintage 1940's pattern with a futuristic twist. The suit was made from a synthetic shot taffeta that shimmers between peacock blue and emerald green. The matching emerald green hat with veil was found after the fact, and is from the same time period.
Blue Silk Linen Blend 1950s Style Slip Dress
1950's Style Blue Silk/Linen
Slip Dress

This 1950's style silk/linen blend periwinkle blue slip dress bodice is self-lined, and the rest of the gown is unlined.  The neckline features a band of rhinestone trim for an extra bit of elegance.
 Available now on our Womens Clothing for Sale Page.

Green and White Polka Dot Outfit

Made from vintage patterns, this costume was paired with a found sweater for the 1950's horror film parody Night of the Balloon.

Lemon Drop Yellow Wrap Dress

1950s Style Pink Flower Dress
These dresses were made from vintage patterns for the 1950's horror film parody called Night of the Balloon.
1950s Style Gingham Weskit and Blue Cotton Pedal Pushers
This weskit and pedal pushers ensemble was made from vintage patterns for the 1950's horror film parody Night of the Balloon.

Playbook replica coat for Sharon
Earlier this year we were delighted to have our friend Sharon out for a visit. It was a golden opportunity to create and provide in-person fittings for a one of a kind custom ordered fitted coat based on the one in Silver Linings Playbook (which apparently is no longer commercially available). This sassy cotton twill coat featured front pockets, back lacing, and belt like accents using a textured pleather/leather look fabric. Trivia: the lining was made from the same brocade we used for the Community (tv show) Halloween special 'vampire' waistcoats a couple of years ago.  Thanks for modeling, Sharon!