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Tailor Made Girl, 1888Professional costumer Suzi Clarke reminisces about her years at the RSC dressing actors, and then shares some helpful tips on fitting.

Rose Adélaïde Ducreux, wearing a robe a l'Anglaise

This month we switch to a different format for the "Ask the Experts" column.

Instead of just asking one person questions, you get to ask the whole group! We have two questions this month, one on using velvet for a Robe a l'Anglaise and one on starting a business.

 

 

dianasmall.jpg This month, Diana Habra of renaissancefabrics.net answers your questions about historical fabrics and how to use them, touching on Regency recreations, breathable linings and using sheer materials with confidence!

 

1790s robe by Suzi Clarke

British costumier Suzi Clarke has over 35 years' experience working with costume for theatre, including the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal National Theatre, Amsterdam Opera, film, T.V., museums, and for static displays, re-enactors, historical dancers and costumed interpreters.

Friend of both Jean Hunnisett and Janet Arnold, she talks a bit about them and shares some tips with us.

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Books

It's All Online - Right?

Wrong, wrong, wrong. One of the biggest myths of our current era is that, "Everything is available online."

There is indeed a great deal of research you can do online. But if only rely on online sources, and particularly if you only rely on the websites created by other costumers, you are looking at a fraction of the information commonly and easily available to you.

Detail of Camille, by Claude MonetA new character enters the scene. The moment you see them, before they open their mouth, you know exactly who they are. Why?

Lucet In this extensive beginner's guide, we'll look at lucet cording, fancy braiding and inkle and tablet weaving.

ImageHow do I know they'll pay, and won't ruin and try to return what I've made them? The answer to most business concerns is to have a good contract.

Historical bridal couple Wouldn't it be great to sew for a living? Here are a few of the pitfalls peculiar to sewing, and a few tips on how to make it work, too.

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