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Welcome to Victorian Treasures by Mary!  My name is Mary Bogumilll and I am the proprietress of Victorian Treasures by Mary.  I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself.

All through my childhood, I was surrounded by creative women...my mother and grandmothers.  Nana DeHart taught me to use a treadle sewing machine and patience. Dandaw Wedekind wove baskets, made jewelry, and just about anything she could imagine -- and let me help and learn at her side. Mom, of course, was a perfectionist about sewing and doing her crafts so there was always something to do. I started making my own doll clothes when I was about six!

My love of Victorian came from our family connection with the Benninghoffen House in Hamilton, Ohio which is now a museum, and where I was allowed to go behind the ropes to try on the original clothing and hats.

My obsession with the clothing of the Civil War happened June 19, 1999 when I went to my very first reenactment -- Grant vs. Lee in Virginia!  I remember to the day since there was no turning back after that event!  There were about 90 Sutlers and I visited each one at least twice, some of the three times, and decided then and there that I wanted to create the wonderful garments I saw for someone just like you.

I do a considerable amount of research about this time period and I collect original pieces from underpinnings to outerwear, millinery and periodicals and use the same construction techniques and materials (or as close as possible) in my creations.

My promise to my customers is that I will strive to the best of my abilities to create your items to fit well and be as outwardly accurate as possible.  (Unless otherwise agreed upon, all seams are machine finished to prevent fraying.) I use the most common historical technique of construction which is flat or where the lining and fashion fabric are treated as one piece. Skirts (except for ball gowns) have a 6 to 12 inch dust or mud panel inside and hem tape. Bodices are boned and eyelets are hand sewn.

I prefer to do a personal fitting where muslin is cut and fit to the torso which is included in the construction price. There is no discount when a fitting is not done.

There will be additional charges for trims, some notions, hand finishing seams or anything out of the ordinary or more elaborate designs than what is shown.

I look forward to working with you in the near future.

Your Obedient Servant,
Mary Bogumill