Victoria Smith of The Lady Victoria sewing blog

Hello, I'm Victoria

I started this website many years ago in 2013 when I first tried my hand at sewing historical garments. Even though I was still in high school, I admired all the talented women I saw making historical clothing and writing about their experiences. I'd only been sewing for a few years at that point, and my love history gave me something to focus my time and effort on as I challenged and improved myself.

I now live in Wellington, New Zealand and work as a video game developer. I love sewing and researching historical, vintage and alternative fashion, and my everyday wardrobe has wandered into many strange places over the years. I not only make reproduction garments to explore old techniques and styles, but I love to incorporate history into my everyday clothing.

My main areas of study are the 18th century and the 19th century - as well as anything vintage - but I also have a fondness for the 16th century. I have a particular love of undergarments throughout history, which is why this blog is almost entirely about underwear.

The landscape of the historical costuming community has changed so much since I started this website, there are so many more resources available to help people make beautiful, accurate period clothing. Hopefully I can contribute in some small way by sharing my experiences, educating, entertaining and and inspiring people.