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Gerard ter Borch, Lady writing a letter, 1655Thank you very much if you took time out to answer the survey recently. In response to your feedback, we're going to try some improvements to the format of the Ask the Experts page.

There's such talent and experience amongst our readers as well as our writers that this month we'd like to enhance it and make it into a "Letters, questions and advice" page - so not only will you be able to ask questions, you'll be able to share your own tips and advice and your own experiences, as well as your letters, to the mix!

Miniatur of Princess Frederikke of DenmarkTwo easy techniques to create beautiful and convincing portrait and mourning jewelry appropriate for 18th and 19th centuries.

Miniatur of Princess Frederikke of DenmarkTwo easy techniques, using polymer clay, to create beautiful and convincing portrait and mourning jewelry appropriate for the 18th and 19th centuries.

Lounge jacket, 1898

In our fourth instalment, we're finally ready to get into the art and the nitty-gritty of historical tailoring by hand and machine.

AtE_iconWe've got quite some tough questions this month!

  • Bethan asks about different seam finishes on corsets
  • Natalie inquires about hand sewing stitches and finishing techniques in Regency era clothing
  • Alywen would like to know how to take patterns off of antique clothes.


Our experts have been busy answering these questions and Jennie Chancy of Sense and Sensibility patterns graciously offers her expertise on Regency era sewing techniques.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!


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.

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