I really like historical clothing.
Oh, you want more information than that? Well, ok then! I’m Sarah Lorraine and I’ve been maintaining Mode Historique (and it’s earlier incarnations “Sewing the Seeds of Rebellion” and “The Elizabethan Lady“) since 1998. The information I put up here is shared with y’all out of a desire to help other costumers of all technical abilities understand the process of creating an historical wardrobe. I come from a long line of teachers and writers, so the teaching and writing aspect comes pretty naturally to me. I also come from a long line of clothing engineers (my mom’s pathological drive to find the Perfect Fit and to match every plaid that ever came her way rubbed off on me; my grandmother is a raging perfectionist except where putting buttons on her finished garments is concerned – something I must have inherited, because almost all of my skirts are held together with safety pins at the waistband; and I’m pretty sure my great-grandmother spins in her grave every time I don’t hand-finish my hems using a blind hem stitch).
I have a B.Sc. in Design with an emphasis in Clothing & Textiles and Design History from the University of California, Davis (go Ags!), and I have taught fashion design professionally. I am currently working on my Master’s in Art History & Visual Culture from San Jose State University. I live with my awesome boyfriend, Francis, who makes historical shoes and menswear, and my cat, The Noodle, who helps us both with our projects whenever he gets the chance. We are members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild, an 18th century society of friends, and occasionally we dabble in Ren Faires and travel the world hauling our costumes with us.
I love hearing from people who enjoy this site, and every email I get from you makes it all the more worth it to me to keep going.