I started up this venture in August of 2010, after being laid off from my job as a teacher. It began as a sort of hybrid of costuming and everyday fashion. I've been a cosplayer since 2004, but I've mostly lost interest in anime, so I turned my attention to other types of costumes, including historical. I love fashions of the past, but so many aren't accessible, won't fit certain body types, or simply wouldn't fit into everyday wardrobe. I wanted to create different fashions from the past, but not just to wear as costumes, and not as historically accurate replicas.
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I'm inspired by the imagination of the steampunk and neo-Victorian movements, but aim for something a bit more low-key and practical. Some designs are created using vintage patterns that I collect, and some are my own design, often based on pictures of the time period. Sadly, I have more time and imagination than I do money to continue buying fabric, so my collection of clothing pieces is not as prolific as I would like it to be. I try to even it out by adding accessories and a bridal collection.
Next time: Am I trying to do too much?