Frequently Asked Questions

Please note, I am no longer taking new commissions, only fulfilling old or delayed ones, or from regular customers.

I do not take anyone on work experience/work placement, nor do I employ staff. Please do not ask, as you will be disappointed.

I do not link to anyone I have not dealt with personally, so please do not ask to link with my site.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. I only make historically based corsets. However, these can be adapted to make bodices for dresses, or for wearing over a shirt or top. I do not make leather or rubber corsets, corsets for tight-lacing, or for medical purposes such as correcting posture.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. Most corsets start at £300.00; a Victorian corset is from £400.00. This includes black or white corset material, boning, and lacing, but not postage and packing. These are individually made to measure, and not kept in stock. Other materials cost extra. Corsets for outerwear cost from £450.00 not including fabric, post and packing. Contact me for a personal quotation; see below for contact details. Please be sure to tell me your deadline.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. As each item is priced individually, depending on what is required, I do not have a price list available. However, a basic Regency or medieval dress starts from about £500.00, not including materials, postage or packing. Corsets start from £300.00, a man’s Regency coat from £550.00. These are all making costs, and materials are not included.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. I make men’s shirts in fine linen or cotton lawn, with neck and cuff frills, from £60.00, not including fabric, postage and packing. These are not in stock, but are made to order. Other materials such as lace or muslin frills and cuffs cost extra.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. I make frock coats for men from £550.00, not including materials, post and packing. These are not in stock, and have to be made to order.

In general I no longer make wedding clothes, although you can always ask.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. If you send me a request, with details of the garment you require, together with the date when you want to wear it, I will try to reply the same day. (Please note I am not taking orders for wedding clothes.) See below for contact details.

I do not make any historical period clothes after about 1900. This includes dress of the “Titanic” period, 1911.

I no longer make uniforms or livery of any kind. Large numbers of costumes are not possible.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. I make soft hats and head-dresses and trim straw or felt obtained elsewhere. For anything else I use a wonderful milliner called Catherine Delaney. I do not provide wigs but I recommend Derek Easton, who has provided wigs for many of my customers.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. I do not make shoes. I hand stitch leather gloves in whatever style is appropriate for a particular period. I also hand embroider gloves, but this is very, very expensive. I do not buy gloves from other suppliers, but make them myself.

I am not involved with fancy dress of any kind, nor do I hire out costumes as I have no stock. I can make fantasy and some science fiction costumes, but not “Superman” or “Spiderman”, (body suit) type costumes. If the costume is from a film, CD, DVD or Video game, I would need a picture of some kind to work from.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. My costumes do not work out cheaply. I have a basic minimum price for each garment, which is non-negotiable. However, please ask for a price for a specific garment. I do not make patterns for sale as every costume I make is made and fitted to order.

I do not normally recommend other costumiers. My Links page has a list of suppliers I have used and recommend, which includes jewellers, material shops, haberdashers and so on.

As I only made clothes to order, I do not have stock or costumes to hire, or any ready-made clothes. I do not have a catalogue for the same reason. Contact me for a personal quotation; see contact details below.

I do not have space to run workshops from my business, but any group or society can arrange for me to run workshops on their behalf, using premises arranged by them. I am happy to travel if the venue is easily reached by train. I do not have the facilities to teach individual students.

I do not take work experience students of any kind.

I do not employ staff, and I have no intention of doing so in the foreseeable future. Please do not send me your CV as I will not be able to help you.

Unfortunately I cannot spare the time to help with school or college projects. For genuine research projects, e-mail me for further information and fees. See contact details.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above. See note at the top of the page. I work in London. I do not take customers from anywhere abroad . I also do not make costumes without personally fitting wherever possible. My address is easily accessible from most London mainline stations. For further information, e-mail me, see contact details.

I am no longer taking new commissions, please see above.

You can see pictures of some of the clothes I have made on my Photo Gallery.

I apologise for there being no direct link to my e-mail address. This is because I am currently overwhelmed with spam. If you have a query, please put something costume-related in the subject line.

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