My name is Jennifer, but I usually go by my published pen name, Lydia Gastrell. I have been making historical clothing since 2006. That's when I was invited to a costume party and decided to just buy a pattern and see what I could manage. <That's me in the very first costume I ever made. Oh! I've come a long way since the polyester organza and pin-tucked satin. I still like that hat, though ;)
I work from my home in western Florida. My garment pictures are usually taken in my side yard, where the neighbors can get a good view and wonder just what the heck is going on in my house. It's not everyone in Florida who gets to see their neighbor dragging an 18th century court dress into the yard.
Most of my work is just making whatever strikes me at the moment, then putting it up for sale on Etsy or Ebay as an already finished item. I do take custom orders, though, and have lost count of how many I've done over the years.
If you would like to talk about a custom project, please find me on Facebook (The Antique Sewist), or contact me here though the blog. =)