We are particularly well known for our Civil
War era Ball Gowns. Made from unusually fine brocades or moires, we have
custom-made and shipped these gowns all over the country. If you are in need
of a gown for a Civil War Ball, Victorian soiree or historically themed Prom
or Wedding one of our gowns will set you apart as an elegant lady of taste and
Emily's Boutique is also
your supplier of Regency era gowns. These dresses are a must for Jane Austen,
Pride & Prejudice and Napoleonic enthusiasts and are also the right style
("period correct") for those associated with the bicentennial of Lewis &
Clark's expedition, Jefferson's presidency and the War of 1812.
Examples of our Civil War / Victorian Gowns
are above. Examples of our Regency Gowns are below.
Support and undergarments such as corsets,
stays, hoopskirts, panniers, pantalets, shifts and chemises were all necessary
to historic ladies of the Georgian / Colonial, Regency and Civil War /
It is impossible to
achieve a historically accurate look without the proper corset or stays for
your time period. Historic clothing was designed with the assumption that a
corset would be worn as all ladies did so. Your posture and the fit of your
clothing won't be right without one. A proper corset will make the difference
between looking like a princess who has stepped out of an historic painting or
looking like someone on their way to a modern costume party.
We are your source for the
historic fashions of former times, supplying historic reproduction gowns, stays, corsets and undergarments for classically conscious
ladies and historical reenactors who enjoy the dress of the Georgian, Colonial, Regency,
Civil War and Victorian periods of the 18th & 19th centuries.
"Why shouldn't you have
all the elegance of days gone by?"
Measurements, Pricing & Ordering
Please give us:
(A) bust size
(B) cup size
(C) waist size
(D) hip size
(E) the measurement from
the nape (base) of your neck down your back to your waist
(F) the measurement from
your waist to your ankles
(G) the circumference of
your upper arm
(J) modern dress size
If you already have a
corset please take the above measurements with your corset and undergarments
on. If you already have a hoopskirt or know what size hoopskirt you will be
using, please let us know the circumference, i.e 120", 150", etc.
If ordering a Regency
gown we also need:
(K) a measurement of the
circumference of the body immediately under the bust.
(L) a measurement from
just under the bust down the front to your ankles
Note: The Regency era
is the one time period for which you can do a reasonable "fake" by using a
push up bra instead of a corset though this only works if you are not too well
endowed. If you will be wearing a push up bra in lieu of a corset please take
your measurements with the bra on.
Please keep in mind
that accurate measurements are necessary! If you give us "wishful" measurements
rather than real measurements then your clothing may not fit properly!
Civil War / Victorian Ball
Corsets / Stays for the
Georgian, Regency or Victorian eras: $245
Day dresses and
undergarments such as hoopskirts, panniers, pocket hoops, pantalets, shifts
and chemises are available upon request. Please
email for information.
incredible prices for high-quality custom sewing backed up by many years of
study and experience with historic attire! All items are constructed from
historically accurate patterns and sources. The gowns are made with fabrics
which are chosen for a period look. They usually come with the
skirt unhemmed as your choice of undergarments will effect the length.
email to let us know which items
you desire, along with your measurements, your color preferences, any
questions you might have and what date (if any) by which you need the items. A
recent photo of yourself can be helpful too!
(2) We will answer any
questions and advise as to total due.
(3) Once we have come to
agreement please send the total due plus $12 for shipping, handling
and insurance to We Make History, P.O. Box 12874, Scottsdale, Arizona 85267.
Comments from Customers
just now getting the chance to write and let you know I received my ball
gown and that it is, to sum it up in one word, exquisite. It's even more
beautiful than I imagined. It does fit quite nicely. Now to go to another
ball! Please forward this to Emily as my thank you to her for her wonderful
ball gown (mulberry) arrived this week, and is beautiful! I appreciate the
workmanship and nice fabric. I can't wait to wear it dancing. Thank you."
"I got the dress yesterday.
It is lovely and fits very nicely. I love the burgundy fabric and the gold
trim you picked out. Thank you so much --I appreciate it a lot."