Summer of Costume Dramas

This spring and summer has been fabulous for all of you period drama fans!

Programme Name: Strange & Norrell - TX: n/a - Episode: Ep1 (No. 1) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Mr Norrell (EDDIE MARSAN), The Gentleman (MARC WARREN) - (C) JSMN Ltd - Photographer: Matt Squire

Programme Name: Strange & Norrell – TX: n/a – Episode: Ep1 (No. 1) – Picture Shows: (L-R) Mr Norrell (EDDIE MARSAN), The Gentleman (MARC WARREN) – (C) JSMN Ltd – Photographer: Matt Squire

Magic is Afoot and Very Regency

On BBC America, a fantasy tale of two of Britain’s magician’s trying to bring magic back to the island and helping the nation in the war cause (1812). Great costumes, fun magic ideas and a Faerie King. Late 18th century costume for some of the older characters with Regency younger men and women. For more on the series, check it out at

Poldark Returns and will Steal a New Generation’s Heart

Dark and brooding Captain Ross Poldark is revamped for a new generation. Starring Aiden Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human UK), who definitely cuts a fine figure in his military and civilian costumes. Fabulous cinematography. Running on PBS this summer, you can catch it on the Masterpiece website.


Turn Finishes Season 2

For those of you hooked on mysteries and spies, going back to our fledgling country’s first spies under George Washington is filled with intrigue and some pretty good costuming to boot. Not to mention a lot of regimental uniforms on both sides, as well as our allied France. The story continues with our characters getting deeper into spying for the general, and we see how soldering on both sides was very different than today, however the same betrayals and loyalties get turned when some lines blur. I have to say the History channel has done very well with this one, and the spy gadgets are very wacky and interesting.


Mr. Selfridge Season 3

Can’t tell you how much I love this series, it’s up there with Downton as one of my favorites. And the fashion! This season it’s going into theselfridge roaring 20s, post WWI time and much goes on for a favorite characters, and Harry has two grown daughters to contend with, both with great fashion sense and of course it doesn’t hurt that their Dad is a department store magnet.

How to get the look: Go to our 18th century and Regency sections at :

For Retro Teens and 1920s looks go to our Teens and Retro sections:

Long Time Missing and Lost, Lost Coast is Back

Sorry that we have been unavailable for over 6 months, the business was put on hold while I started teaching full time, of course had to move, and then pack up the business in a temporary hold pattern.

We are slowly opening stock and getting things back available for all of you costume creators. We have started getting product back on Etsy and eBay has some clearance. The main store will be on hold for a bit longer.

Italian Underpinnings Pattern

Just in from Historic Costume Patterns, the new Italian Renaissance Lady’s Underpinnings pattern. This pattern has all you need to make the support garments for the ladies gowns of the Italian Renaissance. Included is a detailed instructional manual. The support garment can be boned or not. Included is a corded petticoat option. Check out this pattern and the other patterns of the renaissance in our pattern offerings for your complete wardrobe.ital_up_med

What are your end of summer costume plans?

The summer may be ending with it’s long days of either being at faire or being in your costumes for many a picnic, but you are sure to have new costume dreams. Time to plan for some fall and winter sewing and events. Check out some new patterns that have come in stock.

The folks over at Laughing Moon have been very busy revamping and adding new eras to their line. There is a new Regency Ladies’ Round and Trained Gown wit High Stomacher Front, Men’s Narrow Fall Breeches c. 1790-1820, and Men’s Late Georgian Coat and Vests. Just in time for The Poldark series remake coming soon!

Are you a Poldark Fan? Take a look at the Facebook page or at the BBC

New Pattern Arrivals


Men’s Late Georgian Coat 1795-1810. Two full size patterns to recreate the late Georgian and Early Regency Frock Coats. Create in wools or linens for day wear, or be a dandy and make up in the finest striped silks. Sizes 34-56


Men’s Narrow Fall Front Breeches, c. 1790-1820 Also known as Small Falls. Men’s short breeches with a narrow fall front opening, with side frog pockets and watch pocket. These breeches can be cut long, to reach to the calf, or short, ending just under the knee. Men’s 28 to 56 waist.


Ladies’ Round or Trained Gown with a High Stomacher Front c.1800-1810 Also known as a Bib or Apron Front.This gown opens on both sides of the front, with the entire front bodice and part of the front of the skirt falling down and open. The inside of the bodice ties together with strings and the falling bodice is pinned into place at the top of the front bodice on the shoulder straps. Ladies’ Sizes 4 to 34


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Just Can’t Get Enough of the Teens

Foundations were very important during this period. While women had less bulk in their clothing, an frills became small and lingerie like on outerwear, the corset shape went through it’s last big hurray. Indeed when we came to the 1920s, the corset migrated to what were know as girdles and true bras showing up in the 1930s.

To help you celebrate your viewing loss of Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge for another season, you may whip up some costumes and watch the DVD or stream repeats at your leisure with friends.

Check out these patterns we now carry: