Reproductions, Bespoke Garments, Materials, & Timeless Heirlooms for Generations to Come


Ensembles of the Past - Est. 2010

     Ensembles of the Past is a small, American-made business owned by Sara Gonzalez, and currently includes two additional team members.  Our company began out of a need for custom-made historical clothing and garments in the Southwest Missouri region, and quickly grew to extend beyond those initial requests!

     We currently offer dressmaking, tailoring, and design work for living historians, re-enactors, brides, dance enthusiasts, theaters, film companies, museums, and individuals  across the country and around the world. Our favorite projects include gown and uniform reproductions from all eras, custom-made wedding dresses, and historic flag reproductions from extant originals. Since 2015, Ensembles of the Past has also offered an ever-changing line of historical-based fabrics, sewing kits, and reproduction 19th century ladies' buckles. Sara Gonzalez, former costume design college professor, designer, and head seamstress at Ensembles of the Past, also offers private sewing lessons for individuals, and presents and teaches at conferences across the United States. 
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~From the Owner and Proprietress of Ensembles of the Past, Sara Gonzalez~ 

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     My sewing career unexpectedly began at the age of twelve, when I rather ambitiously attempted and completed a 1770’s colonial dress on my own. At that time, I never dreamed I’d one day be making garments of my own design, drawing, drafting, and draping patterns, and creating unique creations inspired by extant garments for clients around the world. I’ve come a long way since bashfully wearing my first historical piece around Colonial Williamsburg that summer. With every spare moment since, I've enjoyed studying period fashion plates to fragile museum pieces, and taking time to recreate facsimiles for use in our modern day!

     It's my absolute joy to serve each and every one of the customers and clients the Lord has graciously brought my way through the years. By His grace, I am able to live my passion, and I can honestly say that I have found my calling. On a spiritual standpoint, the Lord has helped me in outstanding and humbling ways from my very first gown until now, and it is because of His guidance and never-ending mercy that my original fragile ambition and silly hope has turned into something much greater… How utterly amazing it’s been to watch and learn!


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