This 18-Year-Old Girl Is Sewing Gowns That’ll Take Your Breath Away

Sew much talent.

1. Angela Clayton is an 18-year-old budding costume designer from Long Island, New York.

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2. She started out making incredible cosplay costumes. Check out these awesome Elsa and Merida costumes!

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3. She soon upgraded to historical and fantasy-inspired gowns.

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“I realized I was a lot more interested in making things I found visually pleasing than making costumes of characters I liked,” Angela tells BuzzFeed Life. “Once I tried making costumes outside of cosplay I was completely won over.”

4. She runs a blog that features helpful progress pictures and construction notes.

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The majority of her sewing skills are self-taught.

“I love the freedom of working on original designs, and the complexity and detail work that comes with historical projects.” Angela said.

5. Recently she started a YouTube channel with tutorials and informative videos.

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Ever wanted to learn how to make a butterfly crown?

6. Her Elsa costume took around 250 hours to create, with 170 of those hours dedicated to embellishing the cape by hand.

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See her detailed posts here.

7. This feathery white dress was inspired by some of the opulent gowns on the Marchesa catwalk.

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Read more.

8. Here, she re-created the outfit from the Portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens painting by Raphael and Giulio Romano.

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Find out more about her process.

9. This pleated navy Renaissance dress used 12 yards of fabric!

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Read more here.

10. Her Cinderella-inspired dress is a beautiful take on Disney’s version.

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You can see her progress here.

11. Angela says this Christmas angel dress is one of her favorite costumes she’s made so far.

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She even implemented LED lights in this design.

12. At the moment, she’s obsessed with medieval fashion.

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“I really love English fashion from the 1620s and 1630s, and ball gowns from the 1860s. And I always find myself going back to Renaissance styles since there is so much variety,” Angela says.

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Angela tells BuzzFeed Life, “My motivation for making costumes is because I really like elaborate dresses! I also love the process (and sometimes, the challenge) of making them.”

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