Known for her meticulously sewn 18th century and early 19th century caps with teeny-tiny rolled hems, Amber of Virgil’s Fine Goods specializes in beautiful custom millinery and accessories. Her shop features a variety of items like tucker and ruffle sets, kerchiefs, caps, and hats, as well as various haberdashery kits and supplies to complete your outfit. A busy mom of two, Amber only takes commissions on a selective basis at the moment, but if you are in the market for a beautiful piece of millinery, her work is worth the wait!
If you would rather sew your own clothing and accessories, Virgil’s Fine Goods can also help! Amber recently launched her own pattern line, focusing on grow-with-me historical children’s clothing and historical accessories for all. Her first release, the Longbourn Infant Frock, is an adorable 1790–1825 gown pattern based on extant examples, and has multiple skirt and sleeve options so you can make a whole wardrobe as your child grows.
Her second release, the Scotty Edwardian Bustle Pad, is a direct reproduction of a 1900–1905 piece in Amber’s collection. It features grommets for ventilation and graduated quilting for shaping, and the pattern is multi-sized so you can achieve the perfect Edwardian silhouette for your outfit!
In addition to her own pattern line, Amber has also collaborated with Scroop Patterns to create the beautiful Augusta Stays pattern, just right for an 1775–1789 impression! It has instructions for both period accurate and modern construction methods, and two different bust-to-waist ratio size sets for the best fit. They also have more collaborations in the works, with 1780s jacket pattern to be released in the near future.
Amber also has a YouTube channel with a range of videos, from 18th century stays pattern tutorials to a fun series called CostuMoms with Cait from Willoughby and Rose all about how to maintain balance as a mom, costumer, and business owner.
You can find a selection of print-at-home e-patterns, paper patterns, and beautiful millinery and haberdashery products from Virgil’s Fine Goods in their Etsy store: www.etsy.com/shop/virgilsfinegoods
You can also find Virgil’s Fine Goods on social media at:
Facebook — www.facebook.com/VirgilsFineGoods
Instagram — @virgilsfinegoods