Hi! I’m Liz.
I am a scholar and folk artist who enjoys learning about the lives of historical and literary characters beyond their textbook descriptions. Researching historical context occupies a large chunk of my time when I am not performing my library duties. A habitual, almost obsessive collector, I love gathering vintage, antique, and handmade costumes as well as creating a few limited pieces of my own. Understanding history is the key to understanding humanity and conserving what small pieces of our past we have left–be it a shoe button, family bible, or vase– will help educate future generations about the “why?” and “how?” of culture. This blog was spurred by that love, and by the desire to make history and its costumes more accessible to the general population: those who are just entering the world of historical costuming and those looking to learn more. As a wobbly seamstress myself, I strive to do my best with my limited skills and means. I do not aim for perfection in my craft, but I strive to constantly grow my knowledge. I hope that my sewing experiments, research, and tricks will help others enter the wide, wonderful world of history, crafting, and costuming. All are welcome here, no matter your skill level, accuracy aims, budget, or preferred era.
You can contact me easily via The Pragmatic Costumer Facebook page:
Costuming is my hobby. I am not a reenactor nor am I a professional seamstress for hire, so I do not do consultations or commissions. However, I am happy to answer other questions if you have them! This blog has grown along with me, so there may be older, outdated research in a few spots. I try to catch most of it, but without censoring myself. This blog is a record of my journey from clueless plebeian to slightly-more-informed plebeian and I am so excited to have others join me on the road! If you haven’t already, please take a gander at the Pragmatic Manifesto and the Costumer’s Code. If you are looking for something specific, I recommend using the Search Bar and Category Menu to the right to help you navigate through the myriad of rambling pages.