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Historical Work and Historically Inspired Work

1890s Bicycle Outfit:

I built this outfit over the Summer of 2022 to practice for the upcoming show Dr. Faustus. I patterned the black bicycle pants and cravat myself. The Vest I used a pattern I bought online and the shirt I used a McCall's pattern for.

I also patterned a little hand bag with the remaining vest fabric.

All Professional Photography was done by Karen Smith Photographer

Orange Tudor Dress:

During  the Covid lock down I built an Orange "Fall" Tudor dress. I worked with a Tudor Tailor pattern and a regular simplicity pattern to make it. I built the kirtle and fore-part as one and then built the gown, fore-sleeves, and stomacher.  I added lace and trims as needed to the piece. The Kirtle and the Gown are both boned and laced with small button holes instead of grommets. 

All Professional Photography was done by Karen Smith Photographer

Green Tudor Dress and Golden Baby Tudor Dress:

One of the first big personal projects I worked on was this early 1520s-30s green Tudor dress built from a pattern with a matching French Hood (1535 style). I added all of the trim, lace, and the beadwork.

After doing some research I also patterned and built a baby Tudor dress as well. I added all the trim and lace. The beadwork I did as well.  I also made a pink child's French Hood.

All Professional Photography was done by Karen Smith Photographer

French Hoods:

These French Hoods I built  in a 1535 style using a  pattern I found online. I shaped them using a heavy buckram and wire. The black one is inspired by Anne Boleyn. 

All Professional Photography was done by Karen Smith Photographer

Ophelia "Spring" Gown:

In the Covid lockdown I draped and built a Medieval dress. I draped the pattern because I didn't have one here to use.  I did this based on the Ophelia gown featured in the 2018 Ophelia movie starring Daisy Ridley. I wanted it to have a spring feel, almost like it was fairy or sprite in it's natural element. Whom ever was wearing it was one with the woods and flowers. I over dyed some green into the main blue fabric for a random texture. 

All Professional Photography was done by Karen Smith Photographer