Widow Corney from Oliver!

I recently completed this gown and apron ensemble for Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Oliver in NYC. The fabric was supplied by the costume shop. The dress and apron design are mine. It is a modified version of my American South dress (with an added collar) and the apron is simply a half apron with double patch pockets.


Iabsolutely love the variety of texture ( both real and implied) in this outfit. The dress body has a very soft hand but the apron is stiff and almost coarse in texture. The collar and cuffs are made of a small white on white cotton print and complements the large bold pattern of the dress body. The beige cotton apron has very subtle variegated navy blue pinstripes running through it- tying the entire ensemble together.


These fabric were really lovely to work with. The dress is super light and billowy. The apron is a bottom weight cotton and has a great deal of body to it. The bodice front and back are fully lined with cotton muslin and the hem is reinforced with a wide muslin binding.

About Susan

Hi! My name is Susan and I am a historian, seamstress, teacher, mother, and wife. My passion for history has manifested itself in the art of recreating clothing from different periods of time. Growing up in the American South, I am heavily schooled in the art of recreating clothing from the 19th century. After nearly a decade of immersing myself primarily in the Victorian period, I found the need to branch out and explore other periods of time. However, it is my connection with the American South and the clothing of rural America that continues to be the driving force behind my designs.