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Women's Costumes for Sale

All of our costumes and clothing are handmade in our Bristol, VA studio. 

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On this page, you will find:
Chemises, Nightgowns, and Undergarments
Historic Gowns and Clothing
Fantasy Gowns and Clothing


Chemises, Nightgowns, and Undergarments

Chemises
Renaissance Style Chemise

These handmade long Renaissance style chemises would be an excellent addition to your Ren Faire or SCA wardrobe, or even used as nightgowns at events.  They have adjustable drawstrings at wrists and neck, and may be worn on or off the shoulder.  These chemises are 51" from drawstring to bottom hem at center front. The arm length along the underarm seam measures approximately 18".  The chest, waist and hips measurements are reflected in the garment circumference measurements below.

White 100% Cotton Renaissance Chemise
 68" Circumference

Price: $55.00

Available Now: 1

Off-White/Pale Ivory 100% Linen Renaissance Chemise 
86" Circumference
Handkerchief Weight Linen

Price: $80.00

Available now:  1




Victorian Style Chemises


Pink Linen Victorian Chemise Pink Linen Victorian Chemise Sleeve Detail
Based on 19th century style chemises worn under corsets, this pale pink handkerchief weight 100% linen chemise features lace and ribbon at the neckline, and lace on the cap sleeves.  This garment can also be worn off the shoulder (we could not show this on the mannequin as it has no arms).  This Victorian style chemise is ideal for a 36" - 38" bust, a 28" - 30" waist, and 38" - 40" hip.  This chemise measures 29.5" from center front base of mannequin neck to garment hemline.

If you would like this style chemise made in a different material, in another size, length or color, please see our custom orders page then contact us for a price estimate.

Pale Pink 100% Linen Victorian Chemise

Price: $115.00

Available now:  1



Plus Size Pink Linen Cotton Blend Victorian Chemise Plus Size Linen Cotton Chemise Cuff Detail
Based on 19th century style chemises worn under corsets, this pink handkerchief weight 51% linen/49% cotton chemise features lace and ribbon at the neckline, and lace on the cap sleeves.  This garment can also be worn off the shoulder (we could not show this on the mannequin as it has no arms).  This Victorian style chemise is ideal for a 52" - 54" bust, a 46" - 49" waist, and 24" - 26" hip. This chemise measures 39.5" from center front base of mannequin neck to garment hemline.

Pink Linen/Cotton Blend Victorian Chemise

Price: $115.00

Available now:  1



If you would like this style chemise made in a different material, in another size, length or color,  please see our custom orders page then contact us for a price estimate.


Linen Romantic Nightgown
Hankerchief Weight White Linen Romantic Nightgown  Handkerchief Weight White Linen Romantic Nightgown
Linen Romantic Nightgown   Photos by Nina Rizzo. Copyright 2007.

This romantic nightgown shown above is made from handkerchief weight 100% linen.  The double layered empire waisted bodice has drawstring ties at the neckline and underbust to adjust for a comfortable fit.  There is a hidden hook and eye at the center front opening for extra security and modesty.  The bell shaped sleeves button along the top opening with small vintage Victorian mother of pearl buttons - the sleeves can be worn buttoned as shown, or unbuttoned for a sleeveless look with the sleeves draping gracefully at the sides.  The skirt is a full circle.  This handkerchief linen is translucent and not suited to modest public use without a slip, robe or overgown.  

The currently available gown is made from a slightly heavier weight 51% linen/49% cotton and measures 58" in length from center front of person's neck at clavicle to the hem of the gown.  This would be about floor length for someone 5'10" tall with no shoes on. Maximum full bust is 52.5", maximum underbust 46" - as mentioned above, this gown can be drawn in to fit smaller measurements also.  We would be happy to shorten this gown after purchase and before shipping to your measurement specification at no additional charge - but please allow an extra 24 hours prior to shipping so that we may re-hem it for you.
  
If you would like this style gown made in a more opaque material, in the handkerchief weight 100% linen shown above, in another size, length or color, please see our custom orders page then contact us for a price estimate.  In the handkerchief weight 100% linen, this gown would cost $265 + shipping.

51% Linen/49% Cotton Romantic Nightgown

Price: $235.00

Available now: 1





Historic Gowns and Clothing
Faux Fur Lined Wool Tunic This very warm medieval style winter overtunic made from walnut colored 100% wool flannel completely lined with short-pile faux (synthetic) fur.  The hem and hanging sleeve openings are trimmed with longer pile faux fur, which was hand-stitched into place.  Ten brass filigree buttons close the front opening.  The hanging sleeves are open all the way up their front.

This wool tunic is intended to be worn over another garment, and could be worn unbelted (as shown here), or with a belt.

This tunic measures up to 50" at the bust, 44" at the waist, 48" hip, and is 41" from neck to hem.

Faux Fur Lined Wool Tunic

Price: $225.00

Available now: 1

Shot Purple and Black Silk Taffeta Rev War Caraco Jacket
1775 Caraco Jacket in Silk Taffeta

This jacket was patterned after a historic caraco jacket from c. 1775-85.  Our jacket is made from a shot 100% silk taffeta that is royal purple and black with matching royal purple 100% cotton broadclith lining throughout.  There are ruffled black embellishments at the neckline and on the sleeve, black lace at the elbow, and black soutache braid along the hemline edge.  The front fastens with a series of hook and eyes and is lightly boned along the center front opening and at the side front.  This snug fitting jacket is not adjustable for fit, and will accomodate a 35-36.5" bust, to a 33" waist, and 12" bicep (flexed) - this garment is made for a different size than the display mannequin, and will thus fit a human form differently due to the "squish" factor. 

The jacket fabric is no longer available, so this is a one of a kind garment.

Revolutionary War Era Royal Purple Silk Caraco Jacket

Price: $195.00

Available now: 1 - One of a Kind!




Mina Harker Inspired Victorian Outfit from Taffeta and Velvet
Mina Harker Inspired Steampunk Victorian Ensemble
Mina Harker Inspired Victorian Outfit from Taffeta and Velvet This neo Victorian style outfit is 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 is 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 are made from crush resistant black velvet.  The bodice buttons 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 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) to be pulled up for walking (shown to the left).

The final touch to this modern Victorian style ensemble is a black organza ruffled vintage scarf and a brooch with a faux red gemstone - both of these are included with this purchase.

The ensemble shown here was photographed with only a small ruffled bustle underneath - it could be worn without, or with an even larger bustle for a more historic look.  While not strictly necessary to wear this outfit, a corset, petticoat, and bustle are recommended for greater historical accuracy in garment layering and movement - but these are not included with the outfit.  

The bodice will fit between a 36"-38" bust, 29"-31" waist, 43" hip with small bustle.  When measuring yourself to determine if this will fit, please measure over any garments you will be wearing with this outfit (i.e. corset, chemise, corset cover, etc.).  The skirt measures 42" from waist to hemline at the center front with a train that can be worn up for walking or down for a more dramatic look.  From center front base of neck to hemline on this mannequin measures 56".

Steampunk Victorian Mina Harker inspired Ensemble
(bodice, skirt, black kerchief and brooch)

Price: $465.00

Available now: Sold - Another style coming soon.
Ada Lovelace Inspired Steampunk Victorian Ensemble
Ada Lovelace Inspired Steampunk Victorian Ensemble
Ada Lovelace Inspired Steampunk Victorian Ensemble




Ada Lovelace Inspired Steampunk Victorian 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.

The ensemble shown here was photographed with only a small ruffled bustle underneath - it could be worn without, or with an even larger bustle for a more historic look.  While not strictly necessary to wear this outfit, a corset, petticoat, and bustle are recommended for greater historical accuracy in garment layering and movement - but these are not included with the outfit.  

The bodice will fit between a 36"-38" bust, 29"-31" waist, 43" hip with small bustle.  When measuring yourself to determine if this will fit, please measure over any garments you will be wearing with this outfit (i.e. corset, chemise, corset cover, etc.).  The skirt measures 42" from waist to hemline at the center front with a train that can be worn up for walking or down for a more dramatic look.  From center front base of neck to hemline on this mannequin measures 56".

Ada Lovelace Inspired Steampunk Victorian Ensemble
(bodice, skirt, eggshell kerchief and vintage brooch)

Price: $495.00

Available now: 1




Rhododendron Blossom Day Costume
A collaborative student project with Camille Gray.  This bright pink (Rhododendron blossom colored) synthetic taffeta bodice and skirt were inspired by and patterned from a day dress example from 1902.  Together Camille and Andrea drafted the pattern from a grid reference, cut out, embellished, and constructed this costume over the course of seven months.  The bodice is made from pink synthetic taffeta and a textured white cotton, then embellished with pintucks, white venise lace and rhinestone and silver tone beads in a brooch arrangement on the collar.  Cuffs close via white hook and eyes at the wrist, on a real person with arms, this will form a graceful puff at the wrist end of the sleeve, similar to the center front of the bodice.  The skirt also features pintucks and appliqued white lace, as well as a hand dyed velvet ribbon band at the waist.  There is a back zipper on the bodice and a side zipper on the skirt (not historically accurate, but works for theatrical and cosplay use).  Neck measures about 14.5", 37" bust, 28" waist, bodice neck to waist (front) is 14", wrist circumference 8", skirt front is 40" waist to hem, skirt back is 44" waist to hem - other measurements are available upon request.  Support a student's learning experience by purchasing this work/study project at materials cost!

Fabric swatches are available upon request ($2 each including domestic shipping) for accurate color matching - the camera had difficulty capturing the cool tone of the pink.

Rhododendron Blossom Day Costume

Sale Price: $195.00

Available now: 1 - One of a Kind!



1918 Style Tea Dress
1918 Style Tea Dress
1918 Style Tea Dress
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.  This gown will accomodate a 35-37" bust, 32.5" underbust (snug), and measures 52.5" center front of neck to hem, and 58.5" nape of neck to hem.

1918 Tea Gown

Price: $385.00

Available now: 1 - One of a Kind!



Mrs. Claus Style Outfit
We have a new volunteer trainee who is enthusiastic about costuming.  She wanted to learn and explore some different skills to see if costuming would be a good match for her as a career choice in the future.

 One of the projects we have worked on together so far is this Mrs. Claus ensemble that I had designed and wanted to create for a *very* long time.  Apparently, while there are references to Mrs. Claus as far back as the mid to late 1800’s, she did not become a very visible part of the holiday mythos until the 1960’s.  This was a time of great change for women in general, and Mrs. Claus represented a nostalgic view of the supportive wife and home-maker.  Thus, my take on Mrs. Claus was created from vintage 1950’s era patterns, a time that would have been fondly remembered by some from the 1960's and a time of stereotypical domestic bliss.  The pinafore apron is embroidered with a holly motif on one of the two pockets and is adjustable via buttons and buttonholes at the back.  The apron shoulder straps can cross in the back (pictured), or can come straight down to button at the waist.  The skirt is made from unlined hunter green 100% wool flannel and features a side zipper and drawstrings at the waist to allow for some variability in sizes.  The skirt is 40.5 “ long and the maximum waist is 42.5”.  The 100% cotton shirt is printed all over with little sprigs of holly and features red drawstrings at the wrist so the sleeves can be adjusted higher for making cookies.  There are red buttons down the front of the blouse.  The mannequin bustline is 45” in circumference.

Also available in custom sizes for $295.00.

One of our Capes or Wraps here would go well with this outfit.
Mrs. Claus Outfit Detail

Mrs. Claus Costume Ensemble

Price: $255.00

Available Now: 1



1950's Style Red Magnolia Wrap Dress
Based on a vintage 1950's wrap dress pattern, this fun summer dress is made from a linen-cotton blend fitted front piece and a 100% cotton magnolia print back piece.   There are two sets of ties on this dress which allow for some variance in sizing:  One set ties the white front together at the back of the dress under the red magnolia print, and the other set of ties holds the dress closed at the front.  The mannequin that is shown here has a 36" bust and 28" waist, and the dress measures about 44" neck to hem.

1950's Red Magnolia Dress

Price: $165.00

Available Now: 1



Blue Silk Linen Blend Dress
1950's Style Blue Silk/Linen
Slip Dress
Blue Silk Linen Blend 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.  This gown was used in a music video by Lisbeth Scott and Rainfall.tv.

The mannequin in these photos was set to 35 inch bust, 30 inch waist, 36 inch hips.  From the center front of neck to hem this dress measures 60 inches, from nape of neck to train hem line is 65 inches.

1950's Style Blue Silk/Linen Slip Dress

Sale price $150.00 (Regular price: $225.00)

Available now: 1



1950s Style Bubblegum Flower Dress
Created using a pattern from the 1950's, this dress was made for a film project, but not used.  The outer part of the gown is a translucent crinkle synthetic fabric with a bubblegum pink floral design, and it is fully lined with cream 100% cotton.  There is a left side zipper.  This gown will accomodate Bust 34-40", waist maximum 32", hip maximum 44", center front base of wearer's neck to hem line is 47".  Coordinating belt included.  


1950's Style Bubblegum Flower Dress

Sale price $185.00 (Regular price: $255.00)

Available now: 1


  
Fantasy Gowns and Clothing
Lady Death Robe
This women's version of our crinkle textured black 100% cotton Reaper robe could be used as a chemise, undergown, or layered with other costume pieces to create a variety of characters.  It differs from the regular Reaper robe in that it has pleats at the shoulders and a black veil attached to the inside of the hood that can be tucked in at the front of the neck to hide the face and neck.  The veil could also be folded back inside the hood if you prefer to wear a mask or have your face showing.  The sleeve and garment hemlines have been distressed and shredded.  Shown here with a textured silk waist piece (93% Silk/ 7% Lycra - sold separately), this gown/robe could also be worn with your corset over top or simply belted with a rope, scarf or belt to create different looks.  The model in these pictures is 5'6" tall.  The generously sized gown measures 72" around the bust, 24" around the armpit/armsceye, and the train extends 68" from nape of neck to hemline.

Lady Death (robe/chemise/gown only)

Price $165.00

Available Now: SOLD - more available in 2015



Textured stretch silk waist 'cincher'
(will fit between 27" waist to 38" waist)

Price $30.00

Available Now: SOLD
Textured stretch silk waist 'cincher'
(will fit between 30" waist to 42" waist)

Price $30.00

Available Now: SOLD


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 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.  

The bodice measures 36.5" bust, 29" waist, 21" long at center front.  The skirt measures 43" long at the center front and has a 29" waist.

Steampunk Mrs. Claus/Christmas Ensemble - Prototype Price
(Bodice and Skirt only)

Price: $295.00

One of a Kind!