For the longest time I've been desperate to make an 1890s dress in the Aesthetic style of Liberty. I've been lucky enough to study an extant example up close, I've bought the fabric, but I'm in need of a smocking machine to work the intricate gathers that are key to the design.
Hello! I'm Claude, a costume maker and sewing teacher both IRL and on YouTube.
I trained and worked in costume production in London's West End before my disability meant I had to change track. I've since started teaching others to sew with a focus on advanced skills such as tailoring and couture finishing.
My focus is on vintage and historical clothing as that's what I love to wear! I also have a master's degree in Victorian Studies and hope to make a series of videos about 19th century dress.