Dressmaking is as much an art as it is a science.  Finding the right fabric, creating the desired effect, fitting the style to the client, all requires not just technical knowledge of design and construction, but also years of experience with materials and designs.  I have 20 years of experience in the dressmaking trade, both in alterations and in custom design.  While I am not formally trained as a designer, I can sew clothing from sketches and photos, taking into consideration the differences in size and body type between the model and the client. 

I welcome clients of all sizes and lifestyles, whether  Petite, Misses, Plus or Super Sized.  I consider all clothing to be a form of costume, designed to create an effect, and my goal is to create the effect you, the client, wish to convey, whether it is traditionally feminine, tailored, or a more radical edgey look.  I am very aware that I am not my clientele, and that my personal tastes may differ from theirs.  My concern is to make the clothing that you, the client, desires.

I have sewn dresses, skirts and blouses in a wide variety of styles.  Simple styles are often more challenging than complex ones, as simple styles must be designed and fitted absolutely flawlessly, as any minor imperfection will show clearly. Each garment is personally fitted to your unique body dimensions, with your guidance concerning how closely fitted you wish it.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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