American Duchess, Now Open For Business

American Duchess is now accepting costuming commissions, yay!

I am not solely an 18th century seamster – I also work in Elizabethan, Baroque, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, and retro fashions from the 1920s-60s.

I am open to commissions from both ladies and gentlemen, and can provide a full wardrobe, from underpinnings to accessories. I am able to develop patterns through draping, drafting, or scaling historical examples (from Janet Arnold, for instance), as well as work with patterns you specify, such as Truly Victorian. I offer a full design service to help you visualize and develop your costume and character.

Costs will always depend on materials used and the complexity of your project. However, I always look for ways to reduce the cost of an ensemble, and make it a garment that is beautiful, wearable, and durable.  For custom creations, I only work with clients in my area, whom I can meet with in person, but do check in at the American Duchess Etsy shop for one-of-a-kind costume pieces that may be just right for you.

If you are interested in commissioning, please e-mail Lauren at [email protected]


  • Angela

    November 5, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Best wishes for a prosperous endeavor! Also, I think it is great to form a sister organization, in Reno, to GBACG. As a member of the Art Deco Society of California its great working with sister organizations in Sacramento and L.A. You can really network with like-minded people. Good luck and keep these wonderful posts coming. I am seeing Kendra tonight! I will say hello from you? Angela

  • American Duchie

    November 5, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Thanks, Angela! I'm working on the Great Basin Costume Society little by little, though it's slow going (with the rest of my life in tumult, lol). Have fun tonight! 🙂

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