Ramblings of a Mantua-Maker
In 1986 my boyfriend took me to BayCon and my first costume contest. I've been addicted to costuming ever since. My boyfriend married someone else (a wonderful woman), and I 'married' my sewing and craft room. ;-)
My costumes -- historic and fantastic -- have won awards at Costume Con, organized by the International Costuming Guild, WesterCon, BayCon, and WorldCon.
I create sewing patterns for historical clothing from the skin out - underwear, corsets, skirts, and bodices. It seems important to me that we remember how clothes used to be made, especially because clothing has changed so much, from the cloth to the styles we choose.
All Mantua-Maker patterns are designed, drawn, and written by me, then printed in small batches by local print shops.
I also run three other Etsy shops:
I'm a long-time costumer and historical clothing lover. I also enjoy creating fantasy costumes, such as a centaur or a demon goddess. :-) I love to create historical sewing patterns and write books on historical costuming topics.
The sweetest cat in the world, Churchill supervises all my work, and he even tries to help with the typing.
Print and copy shop
A former blue-print printer that now prints bond copies.
Each pattern is carefully researched and tested, so that any garment made from a Mantua-Maker pattern will be historically accurate, but with allowance made for the changes in women's physical build between the time the garment was originally worn and modern times.
Sewing should be fun! I try to simplify my pattern pieces to the most basic - but historically accurate - shapes. No fussy details - unless they are unavoidable to create an authentic costume. No bizarre concoctions - unless a period woman really wore it. Lots of options, variations, and decoration ideas.
I personally draft and describe my patterns: corset patterns, general underclothing and underpinning patterns, skirt patterns and bodice patterns. I work hard on creating instructions that are interesting, as well as useful. The instructions are geared toward someone who knows a little about sewing, but not necessarily a lot. Corsets need a little advanced sewing knowledge, but even there, with persistence and patience even a beginner can make a corset.
My apologies for shipping costs, but postage went up outrageously in January. I'll refund any excess postage costs over $1.00.
Accepted payment methods
Texas residents must pay state sales tax of 8.25%
I can ship to any country that accepts USPS deliveries. Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred. I cannot change the value on the customs record.
Feel free to email me for a quote on shipping multiple patterns. I can weigh your order and ask the Post Office for exact charges. If I can ship it cheaper than my posted rates, I'll refund any excess postage over $1.00
Returns and exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Refunds must be requested within 7 days of delivery (14 days in the EU), and will be issued after the item has been returned in salable condition. If you choose to return an item, outgoing and return postage will not be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
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For a long list of FAQs, please see https://www.mantua-maker.com/FAQ.html
FYI 1 - All instructions are in English.
FYI 2 - I do have a cat (allergy warning; my cat has such fine fur I find stray hairs in places he could *never* get to!) but he has little contact with my patterns. My home is smoke-free, but vintage books and trim may carry their own distinctive odors.