1890s Plaid Walking Ensemble, Photos

25 Mar

I’ve already talked about this project a lot, so I won’t ramble on for too long. But I wanted to say once again that i’m really pleased with how this project turned out.

I don’t think these pictures are the best photos in the world, but i’m so happy with how the costume looks in them. Sometimes I see other bloggers photos and wonder how they make historical costumes look so…right, and effortless when worn. Mine always take ages to lay out, and if I move the skirt has to be refluffed and the bodice adjusted to make sure it looks okay.

This costume doesn’t have any of those issues. Even after walking for half a mile on dusty trails it looked fine as soon as I dropped the skirt. So when I see these photos I see the ease of wearing this costume, which makes me feel like i’m one step closer to making things that are on the same level as the costumers I admire. And that is a pretty wonderful feeling!

A brief write up of this project can be found here, along with links to the “Making of” posts which detail the entire process of creating this costume. 

I’ve also uploaded a video that shows the details of this costume, the process of getting into it, and some footage of it being worn. If that interests you it can be watched here!

Now as promised, here are the finished photos of the ensemble!

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Plaid 1, Resize

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And a close up of the back – I don’t like this photo, since the wig looks shiny, but I wanted the show off the soutache detailing!

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That’s it for today, thanks for reading!


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28 responses to “1890s Plaid Walking Ensemble, Photos

  1. Sassy

    March 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Wow! Would you mind me sharing this on Sassy Sewing Bees in the future? I link to your post and let you know when.

  2. Chris @ makeandwear

    March 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Breathtaking work, and so very well styled.

  3. Ruby Byrne

    March 25, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Wow everything you do is amazing! I’m finding it hard just to finished my high school textiles project! Let alone even think about the amount of the amazing work you do. I love this dress sooooo much! It’s so gorgeous.

  4. Tamara

    March 25, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    So impressive. I enjoyed following your process and picked up a few ideas. Can’t wait to see what you doe next!

  5. Squonk Hunter

    March 26, 2016 at 12:37 am


  6. Ellie

    March 26, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Amazing! You look just like you’ve stepped out of the 1890s!

  7. Kathryn louisignau

    March 26, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Excellent work! Very impressed. Love the pleating and how the seams match up. You’re amazing!

  8. Kathryn louisignau

    March 26, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Could watch all day. Love watching you create.

  9. lauraclaycomb

    March 26, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Dear Angela,

    I am an opera singer, and I am wondering if you have ever thought about going to do an apprenticeship with any of the costume shops at one of the big opera houses in the U.S.? I know some excellent seamstresses and tailors at the costume shops that have learned to make AMAZING things! Just an idea, but I know that I have worn some amazingly constructed costumes over the years that take the kind of ingenuity that you have shown on your blog to realize the concepts of the designers. I don’t know where you live, but Jenny Green at L.A. Opera is an old friend, and I’m sure the Met must have a pretty amazing costume shop as well… San Francisco Opera, too, although I don’t remember who’s in charge there now. One of the tailors who worked with men’s suits at LA Opera, Enrique, eventually went out on his own, and now designs all the stuff for the Black Eyed Peas and Puff Daddy (whatever the heck his name is these days) and the like. He still designs and fixes stuff for my sister and me, as well. 😉

    Anyhow, just to put a bug in your ear, as you are obviously very talented. It might be good for you to get in the midst of a lot of other like-minded people and see what you can learn there!

    All my best, your fan, Laura Claycomb


  10. Susan Krzywicki

    March 26, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Oh my goodness…congratulations on an amazing feat. The soutache was a crowning touch. The symmetry!

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Kushuri

    March 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I simply can not put into words how much I love this ensemble

  12. davidbruceblog

    March 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Beautiful: You, Your Outfit, and Your Father’s Photography

  13. Pixi-Pai

    March 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    You are truly amazing! The entire ensemble looks so fantastic and real. Lovely, so lovely! I admire you and your patience endlessly!

  14. Colleen Marble

    March 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! It’s gorgeous! I’ve noticed in several of your finished projects that the hems are very long (too long?), which I would think limits mobility. Is there an historical reason for doing this? It is my only negative critique of anything you’ve done. I keep thinking “If only she had shortened the hem by an inch or two!” Been following your blog for quite some time and each project is absolutely stunning! You are incredibly talented.

  15. nolaquilter

    March 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    You are just getting better and better all the time. Great job matching the plaid, not easy to do!

  16. Adv Shailendra Garg

    March 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Very Nice..

    On 3/26/16, Angela Claytons Costumery & Creations

  17. Zora

    March 27, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Hey there!
    Wow, this turned out extremely well. Of all your costumes I like this one best so far, I think. May be, because I really like this time period, could be because the fabrics match so wonderful and the pleats line up so well. It just looks like it is tailored very well. I wish I could learn more about your pattern-making process tough. What rulers do you use, how many mock-ups do you have to make, before getting the finished thing, how much of it is based on patterns you already have or made?


  18. Amy Barber

    March 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    It is lovely, you did an amazing job to refining those small details that simply put this look over the top. Your comments about care remind me of why they had people who specifically cared for their wardrobes. I cannot wait to see your next posts.

  19. Patricia Goette

    March 27, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Fantástico!! Thanks for share whit us every creation!!

  20. Michelle

    March 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm


  21. abigailcossette

    March 28, 2016 at 8:36 am

    It came out fantastic!

  22. Mi

    March 28, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    It turned out so lovely!

  23. Diana Bass

    March 28, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I would have been very impressed by this in a plain fabric. In a plaid…WOW!

  24. GDR.

    March 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Look at you, so sharp! Amazing job.

  25. Nanik

    April 1, 2016 at 3:48 am

    It’s so beautiful!!! I love it!!!


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