This month Kendra van Cleave completes her series from earlier in the year with a discussion of how to go about using original sources.
What you specifically look for will depend on your own research aims, but all of these and more can provide incredibly valuable information about costume. Even better, they provide the thrill of holding, reading, and/or looking at a piece of history in your hands, and are the tools that will enable you to take your costumes beyond the standard secondary sources to which everyone has access!
This month, we talk to a master of accurate historical costume, German artist Mauritia Kirchner. Her portfolio features a vast selection of the most extraordinary historical reproductions, complete in every detail down to the exquisite hand embroidery and taking an average of six months to complete.
Mauritia agreed to talk to us about her work, her principles, her methods and her dream project.
We have three questions for the New Year: Jade asks about re-covering bras for clients, Charlene wants to know more about 18th century buttonholes and Jane asks for more details about the Single Pattern Project.
Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column! We welcome questions about any sewing or costume related subject, and your questions will be passed on to the group of experts to answer. You're welcome either to specify whom you're asking, or not to, whatever is your preference. Anonymous questions are also welcome!
If you make costumes for yourself, it's important not only to study the past, but to develop a sense of personal style.
One woman who has no trouble combining her own take on the Victorian bustle period with elements of Goth, steampunk and pure fantasy is Kathryn Stelzer of Philadelphia in the United States, known to her friends as Madame Kat.