Harriet Engler


Harriet's TCS, LLC is a specialty costume shop, emphasizing in designs from 19th century. We offer a full range of patterns, tailoring and rentals, as well as offering a full line of supplies.

Men's designs include over sixty military and civilian items from outerwear to coats, trousers, jackets and outerwear featuring 1300 to 1945.

Ladies designs feature over ninety styles including underpinnings, day dresses, ball gowns, millinery, accessories, and outerwear. Period styles from 1300 to 1920 are available.

Children's designs come in over 35 styles of civilian and military wear. A christening gown for newborns, dresses for toddlers, undergarments children; coats, jackets and trousers for boy; and a variety of dresses for young ladies. c.1850-1905.

Excellence in workmanship is our tradition
Historic Designer Clothing
Original-One of a kind
Period and Theme Weddings
Keepsakes for the next generation!

Custom Tailored Reproductions
Over 200 Authentic Patterns sewn using authentic methods.
Only fine fabrics and supplies used.
Original detail - Quality workmanship
plus sizes available
All new and revised pattern directions.

Harriet's Then and Now ©
A Civil War 'how to' magazine is now available
For information on contacting Harriet's TCS, LLC, please see our contact section, or you can also order a catalog

On the set of
North & South


About Harriet
Harriet A. Engler studied costume history & design in the graduate  program @ the U. of WI; Milw. campus from 1985~1987. Prior to that; she was self-taught, gaining access to museum collections and researching through written documentation. Combining this with an art, drafting & sewing background she founded her business in 1975.

During this period she attended costume workshops sponsored by museums in the US & Canada. Winning several regional & national competitions led to judging them as early as 1978. She wrote & presented a paper, From Original to Pattern to Reproduction, the Process, to the Costume Society of America. In addition to numerous costume history presentations nationwide & at the British Embassy, she’s instructed Stuhr Museum staff on pattern drafting & draping and taught Men’s 19th C. Tailoring @ the west coast’s Costume College, Newport Beach, CA. 

Her reproductions may be seen at and patterns have been used by museums & NHS  worldwide. A few clients are: Arlington House NHS (McLean, VA), Harper’s Ferry NHS, Allegheny Portage RR NHS (Johnstown, PA), Staten Is. Hist.Soc; Edison Foundation, Carghill Foundation (NYC), Quartermaster Museum NHS (Ft. Lee, VA), Lincoln Home NHS (Springfield, IL), DAR (Washington, DC), Ft. Glanville Hist. Site (South Australia), Confederate Hist. Assn. of Belgium, Club Confedere de France, Ontario Museum Assn; Parks Canada,  Independence NHS (Philadelphia, PA), Dearborn (MI) Hist. Soc.; Old Bethpage (NY) Restoration, Rutger’s U; Florida DNR, Museum of FL History, KY ED. TV, Staten Is. Richmondtown Restoration, Montgomery Co. (MD) Hist. Soc; Forts Bliss (TX), Davis (TX), Scott NHS (KS), Larned (KS), Laramie NHS (WY), Bents Fort (La Junta, CO), KS State Hist. Soc; Truman Museum (MO), Heritage Museum (MO), Manassas City Museum, Sherwood Forest Plantation (Pres. John Tyler Home) James City, VA; Milw. Co. Museum, Old World WI~WI. Hist. Soc; Cheyenne Frontier Park, Museum of American Presidents & Hupps Hill Teaching Museum(Strasburg, VA), Belle Boyd Museum (Martinsburg, WV), Peebles Is. Hist. Site (NY), Fulton Mansion (Austin, TX) & Jefferson Courthouse (Dandridge, TN).  Sculptor-Doyle Glass & artists-Don Stivers & Keith Rocco. 

Other reproductions: made for Warner Bros., Mario Van Peebles, Steven Spielburg & Turner Productions, Canadian Independent TV; ABC, PBS, Freddie Field’s Productions, Sam Zarcoff and K & P Productions. Movie, TV & Live Theatrical credits include: North & South I & II, Glory, Posse, Class of ‘61, A Traitor in My House, A Special Friendship, Champagne Charlie, Major League I, John Wilkes Booth, Amistad, Amadeus, Henry IV, Me & Jezebel, Dangerous Liaisons, Lost in Yonkers, Nunsence, the Passion of Dracula, Other People’s Money & A Christmas Carol, Greater Tuna, Tom Jones and Dr. Jekyll & Miss Hyde & Legacy  (1998 Fall television season).

In May of 2006, Harriet decided to join the ranks of the "semi-retired" and concentrate on her sewing patterns only. She began selling off her inventory of custom-made period reproductions and all of her rental inventory. Anyone interested in items seen as "gently used" rentals, please contact Harriet by email.

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