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Milliner and costume maker with a penchant for creative Anachronism, Terry uses her 50 years of sewing experience to create unique woollen cloaks, corsets and accessories for living history and Live Action Role Play (LARP) enthusiasts from her home workshop in Adelaide’s Valley View

09 July 2021

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Milliner, costume-maker, and creator of clothes for the unafraid, Terry: ‘I love the joy I give people when I make the dream wedding dress they’ve always wanted, the warm woolly cloak that keeps the cold out, the piece of jewellery to finish off their costume’

My name is Terry Brown and I've been sewing since I was 13. I'm now 63!! I’m the face behind the brand, Dragon’s Blood Creations and I creating everything from warm woollen cloaks to custom Victorian corsets.

Two women crossing a busy urban road, dressed in all black except their striking emerald green hooded velour cloaks by Dragon’s Blood Creations

My working life started in the Australian Taxation Office in 1974 and during my last few years there I started sewing wedding gowns for work mates. Not many, but enough to get a feel for sewing for payment.

Terry modelling the 1776 Georgian gown that won her Best Master at the Australian branch of the International Costumers Guild Ball in Melbourne in 1997: ‘I also joined the Society of Creative Anachronism’ where I started making pre 17th century clothing’

I also joined the Society of Creative Anachronism where I started making pre 17th century clothing for myself, and learnt Millinery under the tutelage of Rick McGill at TAFE. When I was finally paroled from the ATO in 1991, I travelled overseas a bit, assisted Rick with the headwear for the Opera Macbeth and then bought into a Costume Hire business where I honed my skills in making costumes for hire. Over 100 of them!! While there I joined Victoriana Society and the Costumers Guild, both of which expanded my ability massively.

A man in a full-length dark hooded wool cloak descends the stairs: ‘(I) bought into a Costume Hire business where I honed my skills in making costumes’

When I left the Hire shop I started my own business with an old friend from the ATO and Adele and I ran our shop Dragon's Blood Creations from 19 Peel Street in central Adelaide until it closed in 2009 after the GFC hit. All through the time we had the shop, we sold at big events here in Adelaide; The Medieval Fair and Body, Mind & Psychic Expo being two.

Terry’s Dragon’s Blood Creations stall at one of her many medieval fairs: ‘my best sales are at fairs where living history and Live Action Role Playing (LARP) people gather’

Since I closed the shop, events are my major source of sales and, oddly, my best sales are at Fairs where living history and Live Action Role Playing (LARP) people gather, including Gumeracha Medieval Fair, Viking Festival and Barossa Medieval Fair, which are local to me.

Another of Terry’s stunning and intricate period gowns in ivory

You’ll also find me at Ironfest, Winterfest Medieval Fair and St Ives Medieval Fair in NSW, plus a few in Victoria; Goldfields Medieval Fair, Timeline Festival and the Baroque Horse Festival.

Milliner, costume-maker, and creator of clothes for the unafraid, Terry: ‘I love the joy I give people when I make the dream wedding dress they’ve always wanted, the warm woolly cloak that keeps the cold out, the piece of jewellery to finish off their costume’

I did have an Etsy shop but the upkeep cost more than I was selling so closed it after about a year. I was very grateful when I came across Madeit, which was quite by accident. The fact that it's Aussie based is brilliant and Louise makes it SO easy to ask questions and is really quick with the answers.

A woman in a forest setting models one of Terry’s warm wool cloaks in purple: ‘Warm wool cloaks are my best sellers, but I do make other things’

Warm wool cloaks are my best sellers, but I do make other things. Custom Victorian corsets are usually my best sellers from my workroom at home in Valley View, but I make all sorts of accessories and jewellery as well, all to sell at the events I attend - when they haven't been cancelled due to Covid of course!

Terry at work pinning one of her wool cloaks

My workspace is a converted 2 car garage, built on the block before our house was built in the 70's. Always a bit of a mess but with the help of my friend Sandy, it's slowly getting better. 😊

Terry at work pinning one of her wool cloaks

I am a strong believer in buying local, especially if handmade and I know that my customers appreciate that I make 95% of what I sell.

Terry’s sister, Sonia, and workroom dog, Bea: ‘My sister Sonia helps me cut out and my workroom dog, Bea, is my constant shadow’

I have several local friends who help sew for me when I'm under the pump with an upcoming event and my sister Sonia helps me cut out and of course, there’s my constant shadow and workroom Dog, Bea. I couldn't do what I do without them all.

A model shows off one of Terry’s ‘Black Widow’ shrugs

I love doing what I do. I don't make much of a living from it but I love the joy I give people when I make the dream wedding dress they've always wanted, the warm woolly cloak that keeps the cold out, the piece of jewellery to finish off their costume.

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