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Sherlock Holmes Did you know that the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute has a large online photo archive of their collection?

Neither did I until recently, since it's impossible to find from their home page!

 I've found the back door to it, and sleuthed out a great many other museums with online costume collections!

Detail of A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881, William Powell FrithHow do you clean and care for wool without shrinking it? Diana answers some questions we've all asked ourselves at one point or another!

corsetry_supplies_icon.jpgHere's a wide collection of suppliers for just about any corsetry supply you might wish for, even legal Baleen (real whalebone)!

Pull Harder! Le Corset, 1905You sent in some tough questions this month! Thanks for keeping us on our toes, and keep 'em coming!

  • Washing coutil
  • Fusible Interfacing problems
  • Ethics of making a tightlacing corset for a 16 year old
  • Sewing with silk velvet
  • Dress forms
  • Working with stripes


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.

Detail of lace made for Queen Maria Hendrikka of the belgians; Royal Collection ca. 1878Following a reader request, here's a brief tour of several websites that carry good quality, not-too-expensive new laces and trims.

The Lovers: Morning RecreationThe HEARTH  (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History) online library is devoted to books and journals published in the field on home economics.

It has a large variety of books on many different subjects, and I'll teach you how to get the most out of this valuable resource! I also share some of the books that caught my attention and a few favorite quotes.

Linda Sparks This month we interview Linda Sparks, owner of Farthingales LA and Farthingales (Canada).

She talks about how she got started, why she started Farthingales and about her book on corsets coming out in December!

Costuming Strangers Costuming people you have never met can be frustrating, but with experience and forward planning, many pitfalls can be avoided.

The village tailor, 1894, Albert Anker As a seamstress, you may be happy to tackle just about any type of garment, but the thought of tailoring probably makes you feel a little faint and a lot intimidated.

Here are Cathy Hay's three favourite tailoring books that'll take away the mystery and show you the way, step by step, to beautifully tailored clothes both for you and for the gentleman in your life.


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