Frequently asked questions

Q: Can you copy a garment that I already have in my wardrobe?

A: Yes!!! I can take a pattern from an existing garment and remake the garment for you. I can also adjust the size of the new garment as needed. This is particularly helpful for those "old favorites" that were so comfortable but no longer fit.

Q: Do you make your own patterns?

A: Yes!!! I have over 16 years of experience constructing costumes and hats. Creating my own patterns allows me the freedom to design unique garments for my clients.

Q: Do you have a collection of vintage patterns available?

A: Yes!!! In addition to my collection of research books, I have over 1,000 patterns indexed by decade. These patterns range from the 1910's to the present time.

Q: Can you make a garment from a drawing or picture?

A: Absolutely!!! This is primarily what a costumer does. A costumer can take a 2-dimensional drawing and use it to create a 3-dimensional garment using the knowledge of clothing construction methods.

Q: I have an idea but I don't know how to draw it.

A: I would be glad to draw for you as you describe your idea. As I draw, we can discuss the fine details of your garment. When the drawing is finished, you will have an idea of the fit and drape of the fabrics that will be used to create your garment.

Q: Where are you located?

A: I have a studio in my home, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Q: What are your hours?

A: All client meetings are by appointment only. I strive to set appointment times that work with my clients' schedules.

Q: Can I order a costume if I am not local to you?

A: I have successfully created garments for clients that lived outside of Florida. I am glad to guide the client through taking accurate measurements. I will try to accommodate your needs.