American Duchess, Now Open For Business

Nov 4, 2009 4 comments
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]


  1. Exciting! I will be sure to send referals to you. Can't wait to see your business grow.

  2. 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

  3. 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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