The fashion of bygone eras has a certain magic to it. Angela Clayton is among its most ardent admirers. She’s been sewing since was just 12-years-old, and now, at age 22, the New York-based ‘self-taught seamstress’ has already made a name for herself thanks to her unbelievably accurate and downright magical creations. And as if that were not enough, she then goes on to show off her work through a series of enchanting photos.
Clayton credits her interest in cosplay in paving her path towards her success. The hobby allowed her to experiment and grow her love for creating costumes, makeup, photography and dressing up. Since then, she’s translated her interest in history through every ruche and crafty applique application she makes.
“If I want to create something I’ll do something regardless of how complicated it is. I’m not sure what job would suit me best, but I know I want to spend my whole life doing what I love, so it has to somehow involve sewing and dresses.”
Thanks to her amazing handcrafted costumes, Angela Clayton has become a celebrity in the costume world
Since becoming known in 2013, Clayton has become a celebrity in her own right. She currently has over 418K subscribers on YouTube and 88K followers on Instagram. Angela documents and shares her sewing process through her channel. Since starting, her channel has already amassed over 33 million views. Do these figures surprise us? Yes. But she absolutely deserves every view, because her meticulous work deserves the attention it gets!
The range of her costumes encompass nearly all time periods, like the Renaissance and the mid-1800’s to the Mod Era. Fellow sewing and costume enthusiasts flood her comment section with queries and praise. “Still recovering from the ‘made this in two days’ comment,” one follower quipped when Clayton shared that the gown she wore to a field of sunflowers came together in just two days. Her quick work is definitely something worth admiring, as sewing tends to be a challenging and time consuming activity.
Her ‘Christmas Angel’ ensemble is one of her most famous works to date
Her Heinrich Mücke-inspired ensemble is absolutely regal
She collects vintage sewing patterns and guides to create her clothing and accessories as accurately as possible
She’s creates costumes inspired by different time periods – from the Medieval era to the 20th Century
Angela never really had any formal training. She learned the necessary techniques from various sewing tutorials online, and by a lot of trial and error. And her passion has clearly paid off, as she is now an official designer of McCall Patterns! But you can always go to her blog if you want a more detailed and personal guide on how she creates a masterpiece. If you want to support this aspiring seamstress make more regal creations, you can support her through Patreon.