Historical personality disorder since 1991

What’s the deal with Sarah?

11 comments on “What’s the deal with Sarah?
  1. Cilean says:

    Hey Sarah?

    How do you attach the Paste? Do you pin it or have hooks and eyes? Did you wire your coif’s front piece? Still trying to wrap my brain around the concept!


  2. Jennifer Krieger says:

    Just found your site. I, too, love historical clothing, although I have no drive to create any. You’ve another devoted reader!

  3. Rose says:

    Do you have your notes from your Costume College class on the Florentine soft stays? I am attempting to make my own and I think that I must be missing a crucial part of the process. I basically made a bodice that was my size, but snug, out of several layers of mid-weight cotton and it’s still very “bunchy”. Suggestions?

  4. Beara says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I’ve just found your site and – see less I see till now – I like it very much. I’m looking forward to explore the things you have written and done in the past and looking forward to all the things in the future. Your costumes look marvelous.
    An inspired reader from Germany.

  5. Giovanna says:

    I’ll just put this right here. Francis will probably take his usual fifty billion years to respond to an e-mail, and then forget to share. Once again, we take matters into our own hands.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I have a wordpress site and would like to “follow” you but I don’t see the link to “follow”. Is there one?

  7. Paula Lusk says:

    Hi Sarah- I have been reading your blog on occasion and your gowns are beautiful. Today I was deleting a bunch of old stuff off of my computer and I ran across a picture of you, I didn’t know it was you, (I found it on some flicker site) It was your Ren Faire outfit from 10/13/01! I used it as an example for a new vest and skirt for Ren Faire in Southern CA. Mine was my first time dealing with stays in the bodice. Just an ironic coincidence. Love your speakeasy. Fun times. Paula Lusk

  8. Dorothye Bolton says:

    I must be blind, m’lady, for I cannot find your e-mail address anywhere. How may I contact you privately?

  9. Mary Dineen says:

    Sarah – A few months ago I asked you to recommend some places to go while we where in England – you recommended the V&A. We went to England in October, and I dragged Dan to various places to see costume.
    The first was in Bath at the Fashion Museum- that was a great introduction of clothing from various periods starting from the 1600s to present day. They had a “dress up” spot to try on modern versions of stays, dress, crinoline, and mens clothing. I came away with the thought you had to be pretty strong to carry all that yardage around.
    When we went to London we went to the National Portrait Gallery where they were having an evening event where they dressed up models in Tudor clothing. We weren’t able to get in the gallery where they were dressing the queen, but we did get to see the finished product that was dazzling! We ended up in the gallery where they were dressing a man-an actor who acts at the Globe. They explained each piece of clothing, how and why it was put on – it was put on by the School of Historical Dress.
    The NPG had recently cleaned the portrait of Katherine Parr-she was beautiful! I had never noticed previously.
    The V&A was the icing on the cake – it was wonderful the amount of clothing on exhibit. My only complaint, even though I understand why, was how dark the rooms were kept.
    I dragged home a couple of beautiful books- 17 & 18th Century Fashion in Detail by Avril Hart & Susan North (published by the V&A), and In Fine Style, The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion by Anna Reynolds. There had been an exhibit In Fine Style at the palace, but it ended just before we arrived in England. They’re both BIG coffee table size books, with wonderful detailed photographs.
    I enjoy your blog so much, and am a big fan of yours on Facebook (i’m the one who said you look like Maid Marion when you modeled your costume for the boar feast). Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. Kim Kluge says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Great website, thanks! I’m an American ex-pat living in France and I plan to write an historical fiction novel involving the Huguenots and I was researching what they might have worn in the 16th century in Brittany, France. Do you have any ideas? Did the Huguenots dress more austerely than the Catholics, or did they dress pretty much the same? My main character was the lord of three manors who murdered several people with the aid of his wife in the 1560’s. (True story). Websites like yours are a godsend to me.

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