Welcome to Classic Costume

 I offer quality ready-made and custom-made reproduction historical costumes for ladies and gentlemen, specialising in the Regency and Georgian (18th Century) eras.

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 I have been busy with custom orders so far this year but samples and ready-made items are for sale in my Etsy Shop

For custom items, prices start from £300 for Regency Gowns, £350 for 1-piece Georgian. It usually takes 4-6 weeks for a custom order, and that is if I am not booked up, so please allow plenty of time.

Contact: karen@classic-costume.co.uk

 Each design is thoroughly researched and inspired by original period patterns, illustrations or paintings. I use genuine natural fabrics and sewing techniques so there are quite a few pins, ties and laces involved in my gowns.

Custom-made items

For any of the items shown on the website I am happy to make up your size, fabric and colour, plus small variations like sleeve length, neckline and trimmings, for the standard price.  Extras like lots of  ruffles, pintucks and elaborate trims will cost a little more. I do try to keep costs down and can source a lot of items quite reasonably, but be aware that special fabrics and in particular, trims, can add quite a lot to the cost of a gown.

New items are added depending on the fabrics, trims and new techniques I discover.  I try never to make the same dress twice so you can be sure that no other lady will be wearing the same dress.

Contact karen@classic-costume.co.uk  if you are thinking about a dress.  I know it is not easy to do these things by mail order – but e-mail is free and I’m always happy to talk frocks

I am based in Plymouth, Devon, and can do custom fittings by appointment only.