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1908 Dinner Dress, part 2

iconThe construction of gowns in this era is often complex - but with the original gown as a reference, this dress can be rebuilt piece by piece.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

squarepicLisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall. 

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1908 Dinner Dress, part 1

iconA famous sketch of a beautiful period gown is re-united with its real life counterpart, and is then accurately recreated as new.

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Interview: Cynthia Settje

SquarepicCynthia Settje has made a successful career sewing for theater and historical costumers. What advice does she have for us?

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

iconA little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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How to Make 1840s Trousers

squarepic Patterning and observing the fit and style of a properly made pair of trousers for the gentleman of the 1840s. With drafting instructions.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

squarepicThe most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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Designing with a Regency Eye

Designing with a Regency EyeThe nuts and bolts of Regency:  how to be original, innovative AND authentic when Regency costumes are so often reproduced.

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Early 19th Century Rouleau Trims

SquarepicIn the 1810s and 1820s rouleaux, or bias tubes of fabric, were a go-to trend for trimmings. Astrida shows us some inspirational examples.

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