Researching your Garments

With over 200 garments studied, 60 patterns taken and in-depth stitch analysis’ done into 18th c. costume, there’s a lot of background facts and statistics that we can bring to your garment.

As a research company we can offer various packages into dating and helping you to get to know your garment – packages that include a completed stitch report, dating and alteration analysis and any common or unusual elements that your garment may contain. The packages can also include a replica or instructions on how to make if your museum hosts a team of sewing volunteers.


  • Package 1 – Study of Construction Report
  • Package 2 – The History of your Garment Report
  • Package 3 – Full Report + Replica
  • Package 4 – Full Report + Instructions and Pattern

Please email: on use the ‘Get in Touch’ form for more information and prices.

We engaged Michelle to work with us when we were conserving an eighteenth century court mantua. The dress came to us in pieces and we needed to undertake conservation work on it. Michelle, with her excellent knowledge of historical garments, was able to work with our conservator and together they pooled their knowledge and expertise and pieced the garment back together. We all found her extremely easy to work with. Super-enthusiastic. Careful. Considered. And great fun! I would have no hesitation in recommending Michelle for work on re-creating historical garments. Derw Thomas, Berrington Hall, National Trust
Michelle came to Coleridge Cottage and put on a beautiful exhibition of Georgian costumes. She interacted with our visitors, explaining about the different costumes and helping to bring them to life and provided a brilliant experience for our visitors. Her costumes and exhibition really helped to show visitors the variation in clothing for Georgian people. Bethan, Coleridge Cottage, National Trust

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This has been a bit of a stop-starter due to other works and deadlines, but this is such an exciting mantua to be replicating that we’re itching to crack on with it again....

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About Us

For us it all starts with the garments themselves – and some of them are M.E.S.S.Y! But, making sense of the logic behind the mess is one of our favourite jobs. Click here to read more of what we do and where we come from.

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