Custom Commissions for 2023 now open. Space is limited. Contact us to discuss your project and reserve a spot.
Who we are
At the Sign of the Golden Scissors our goal is to provide the most accurate patterns and goods for the 18th century living historian and re-enactor, whether on the field or in a museum setting. The Larkin & Smith patterns are the result of years of reenacting, research, and teaching by Hallie Larkin and Stephanie Smith. Patterns and kits are suitable for beginners to advanced sewers, with something to offer every person at every skill level.
Enjoy the creative process
Will most people notice that your shift and stays are entirely hand sewn? That you created the tiniest rolled hems known to mankind on your delicate linen cap? Maybe not, but that doesn't mean you can't take the time to develop those skills and to enjoy every part of the creative process as you build or expand your historical wardrobe. Learn new techniques! Sharpen those skills! And above all, have fun!
Passing of the scissors
We are pleased to announce the sale of the Larkin & Smith pattern line and At the Sign of the Golden Scissors sutlery to Emily Stringham of Emily's Vintage Visions. We had decided to sell the pattern line a while ago but wanted to make sure that it would stay “in the family” and be in capable hands. Emily has taken almost every workshop we ever offered and is a skilled seamstress and accomplished historical researcher. We can’t imagine a finer person to have sold the business to.
- Hallie and Steph, August 2021
Emily's Vintage Visions
Introducing a curated collection of vintage and antique items as well as reproduction clothing and accessories.
Emily's Vintage Visions specialized in classic styles from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, our reproduction clothing is carefully created using vintage sewing patterns and patterns drafted from original items in our private collection. Many of you may be familiar with Emily's sewing and research through her blog, Emily's Vintage Visions, or social media accounts of the same name. Now, her work has a home right along side the Golden Scissors.
Be sure to check back frequently for updates on great one-of-kind items!