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Detail from US Patent 21839, 1858The best sources for cage crinoline supplies, corsetry, fine cotton fabrics for undies, and wide eyelet and cutwork lace for frilliness.

mauritia.jpgThis 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.

ate_icon.jpgWe 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!

Detail from Portrait of Louise Dupin, 1733What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.

icon free sm Do your photos do your work justice? Here are the tips and advice that will help make your costume photos as good as they can be.

Cover of the song, Redhead Rag, 1910In times of rapid social and technological change, what people wear changes dramatically as fashion collides with reality. One such era is the early 20th century.

Kathryn Stelzer 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.

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Traugott Riedel, 1801This month we have a special treat!

YWU reader absintheskiss reviews Elizabeth Friendship's brand new book Pattern Cutting for Men's Costume.

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Les Dessous Élégants N° 8, page 129; 1905

 This month we have two questions about corsets and one about scissors.

Our experts talk about what makes an S-bend an S-bend and where to find a pattern for one, plus boning channel placement.

They also discuss the best kind of scissors to use to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. 

 

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.

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