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Drawing of Anaïs Fargueil (1819-1896), French playwight (Benjamin, 1840)This month our questions centre around fabrics and fitting - both fitting for modern figures and fitting for an authentic historical look and feel.

Detail from Roman dela Rose

Marion McNealy reviews several books on Medieval Era fashion and clothing.

Of course there's the must have Medieval Tailor's Assistant, but there are two others that you may not know about that she thinks you need to have on your library shelves.

Would you like to review a book for us? Drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including your YWU username and what titles you'd like to review.


Tags: Books

Jill Salen, author of

This month we have the pleasure of having an exclusive interview with Jill Salen, author of the new book "Corsets", which we are reviewing this month.

She shares with us what insprired her to write the book, how she got started and what her next book will be.

Replica of 1890 corsetThis month Cathy Hay reviews the new exciting new book: "Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques"  by Jill Salen.

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.

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