Virginia Crawford Greyish watermark

Designer     Dressmaker     Costumier

My speciality is making bespoke clothing & costumes for men, women & children of all ages, shapes & sizes.


In addition to this, I make  jewellery & accessories, I undertake garment alterations & I make a variety of different art dolls.


I make to my clients' personal measurements wherever possible. Clients must be available for fittings at various key stages - first in a calico mock-up of the garment, then in the 'real' fabric. The amount of fittings varies from garment to garment.

The process goes something like this:


- we speak on the phone or via e-mail.

- we meet for an initial consultation to discuss design, fabric, time scales, price etc. If appropriate, I take your measurements & we arrange a first fitting appointment. At this point a deposit is required.

- first fitting, in the calico mock-up. We arrange our next meeting. Fittings continue as neccessary, in calico or the 'real' fabric. Once the 'real' fabric is cut, no design details can be altered.

- final fitting/check, final payment is made, then you can take it home!








400 - Madame de Paris 1745 Ladies' Maid and Gent

Most clients purchase their own fabrics, but I can advise & help with sourcing. If a client provides a commercial pattern it must be in the correct size for their actual measurements. Fittings must be done with the underwear & shoes the client will be wearing with the finished garment, so that we get the right silhouette & length (this mainly applies to fitted garments & costumes).


Made-to-Measure Service for Living History & Costume