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Mother and Son, 1840, Thomas SullyJema Hewitt and Alexis Black advise on the warning signs of a problem customer or project, and how to tactfully say "no"...

icon free smFolding and draping the fabric of a Victorian bustle was an art form. Let me show you how to create a simple "Butterfly" bustle drape.

icon free smPulling you a little bit closer to tackling your dream project - why it's worth trying such intimidating projects, and how to succeed.

Degas, The Cotton Factory, 1873, detail

The third instalment features an exclusive set of patterns for YWU members: Jason shows you how to get the best out of them.

icon free smA small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.

icon free smDiscovering ways to make your costumes distinctive and imaginative within the realms of historical accuracy.

icon free smAny hobby or occupation has implications for your health. Let us point out pitfalls & tips to help you sew longer!

Detail from The Bridesmaid, James TissotWho'd like a shelf full of free Victorian tailoring manuals? Yes, I knew that would prick up your ears! It's been a full year since Marion last shared a collection of dressmaking and sewing books. Inspired by Jason's series, she's been building another collection: mens' and womens' wear tailoring books from 1855-1886.

Looking for riding habit ideas? Searching for cutting instructions for a Norfolk jacket or a Newmarket skirt and jacket? We've got the answers here, in these complete digitised online copies of original Victorian books, ready for you to download and enjoy.

Cynthia Barnes

This month, we talk to Cynthia Barnes, a woman whose passion for historic dance has led to a consuming costuming hobby. Her costuming efforts have crossed a broad range of periods, and her efforts to get the right look have led her to collaborate with other craftsworkers to discover ways to reproduce distant costume accessories, like wheel farthingales and chopines.

In this interview, Cynthia joins us to discuss her latest projects, costuming herself as a man and the fine line between enthusiasm for vintage dance and historic costuming.

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