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Rio Rancho, NM, United States

Quick Blurb

Hello! Welcome to my store. I create 19th Century Period inspired apparel & millinery, as well as the fiber arts.


Sewing, millinery, self sufficiency & non electric items, treadle & hand crank sewing machines, spinning on a spinning wheel & drop spindle, cook & bake from scratch, fine dining, fashion history, knitting, crochet.

Skills and Techniques

Professional sewing since 1974, fiber arts, (knitting, crocheting) since 1973, millinery since 1985. Spinning since 2011.

Get to Know

Born in Westchester County, NY, raised the first 8 years in Northern NJ, then Eastern PA until I was an adult. It was there I that learned the garment trade (1974) starting at age 18. As mentioned above, worked in many venues in the garment industry & all over the country until 1991, when I retired from it because the industry was being outsourced overseas. Have been working since then by word of mouth & and now through the internet.

The inspiration of my work in 19th Century & especially Civil War Era apparel & millinery is in honor of my mother, Dorothy McCormick Tritchler and her Southern born ancestors, especially my great-great-great grandfather: Capt. Lewis Ervin Lindsay of "K" Company, 4th Alabama Regiment of the CSA, who was killed in action at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Manassas, VA at the age of 42.

Check out my Facebook page: ~ Oh! Susannah ~ where you will find many other examples of my work as well as an old photo of my Civil War ancestor.

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    Gown that I sold to a lady in KS. This one I'm especially proud of.

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    Here is the matching bonnet.

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    Here is a day cap that was popular during the early Victorian era: 1840 - 1860.

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    Here is a 100% wool 19th century pioneer slat bonnet.