I began my sewing career in 2005, at the age of twelve, when I ambitiously attempted a 1770’s Colonial dress on my own. I never dreamed I’d one day be making costumes of my own design, drawing and drafting patterns, and creating unique garments inspired by period fashion plates. I’ve come a long way since bashfully wearing my first dress around Colonial Williamsburg that summer. Every spare moment since that day I’ve spent studying everything from sewing magazines to antique pieces and patterns. I’ve made everything from modern wear and accessories to authentic ball gowns and corsets, spending more time and effort on each one than I often like to admit.
I currently offer custom seamstress and design work for living historians, re-enactors, and dance enthusiasts in the Southwest Missouri region. I primarily focus on women’s clothing from the past, as well as formal and non-formal contemporary fashions. I am also beginning to branch out into men’s apparel as well, which will be announced on the site when offered. Currently, I offer both private and group sewing classes for individuals inspired to create modern and period clothing. My goal is to someday design quality, modest wedding dresses in addition to historical clothing and offer my work long distance across the United States.
I owe my every success to God, who has helped me in outstanding and humbling ways from my very first gown until now. It is because of His guidance and grace that my original fragile ambition and silly hope has turned into something greater… How amazing it’s been to watch and learn!
Ms. Gonzalez will be on-hand at the Homeschool History Fair of the Ozarks to show visitors her craft. If you would like to learn more about Ensembles of the Past, please visit the www.ensemblesofthepast.com.