Meet the Artists
Jackie Wakeling Jacobs
Jackie Wakeling Jacobs has been reproducing historical clothing since 1985. Many of the outfits that she has reproduced have won her top honors across the United States. Jackie started sewing at a young age and by High School was making costumes for the Drama Club annual plays. After graduating from High School she continued sewing for Ice Shows, theater groups and private individuals as well as her family. Jackie and her mother started a Bridal business and she continued in that line of work for some time. In 1988, Jackie and her mother, Monette, started Past Reflections. Since then, Jackie has reproduced historical clothing for customers not only in the United States and Canada, but Germany and Switzerland as well. Also inlcuded in her clientele are various movie and dance companies, the National Park Service and museums. Jackie has also worked as a living historian at Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum, Wyandotte Historical Museum and the Monroe County Historical Society. She does living history with 3rd Battery, 1st Michigan Light Artillery and the Michigan Soldier's Aid Society. Some of the other organizations that she belongs to include the Costume Society of America, the North-South Skirmish Association, M.O.M.C.C and local historical societies.
Jackie has worked with many museums, including the Detroit Historical Musuem researching 19th Century clothing. She has also done some curitorial work for municiple Historical musuems and commissions in the cities of Wyandotte, Troy and Monroe, Michigan. Many of the patterns she has drafted have come from these collections, that of private collections and her personal collection. Jackie has been a guest lecturer for many conferences and workshops. She also has presented historical fashion shows and exhibits for the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Mich., the State of Michigan Historical Museum, the Downriver Council for the Arts, National Embroiders Guild, Great Lakes Lacemakeers Guild, local historical societies and women's groups.
Jackie enjoys collecting historical clothing and fashion magazines from the 19th century. She has a passion for drafting patterns from these two sources and making garments from the patterns. In her spare time, she can often be found at the rifle range shooting blackpowder weapons or curled up in a chair reading from one of the many 19th century books she has on her bookshelf. She also enjoys Contra and Swing dancing.
Beth Fausell Tart
Beth's true interest in sewing began in her girlhood shortly after her mother stated she would no longer sew the lavish gowns Beth wanted to wear at American Civil War re-enactments. From that spark her interest has intensified to include the skills of pattern making and alteration, costume and clothing design, historical clothing and fabric embellishments. Beth studied theatrical design and technologies at Western Michigan University with an empahasis in costume design. Her days in the costume shop at WMU included trial by fire draping and flat patterning assignments, teaching fellow students basic sewing skills and learning to sew on a serious deadline. Other WMU opportunities included costume design for Settling Sophia, and Brighton Beach Memoirs and the assistant costume design for Charley's Aunt for which she designed, draped and built and 1860s day dress, hoop and day cap for the 6'5" actor who played Lord Fancourt Babberly. Beth has re-enacted the American Civil War with her family in Michigan Cavalry unites since 1986 and World War II with the 5th Armored Division since 2003.
Beth has been creating historical clothing since 1990 for herself and for others in more recent years. She has created theatrical costumes for western Michgan University for two and a half years and for The Madison Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." Beth served as an intern at Past Reflections before becoming a partner at Past Reflections in January 2006.
Beth has a zeal for fashion and costume clothing from all eras, learning new and old sewing techniques and embellishments and putting these techniques to use creating modern and recreated fashions. She also enjoys movies and knowing the talented people that make them happen, photography and dancing.