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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.

 

ate_icon.jpg This month we have quite the variety of questions. 

  • Setting in tailored sleeves
  • How to work with silk habotai without losing your sanity
  • Costuming the man in your life
  • Finding ladies stockings
  • Making ruffled straps for bras
  • Calculating turning ease in corset patterns

 

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.

Mens Coats, Fashion Plate 1872 This month in Ask the Experts we answer questions on costuming terminology, drafting bust curves and where to find historical patterns for gentlemen.

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.

Hilary_Davidson_icon.gifThis month we interview Hilary Davidson, a curator of fashion and decorative arts at the Museum of London.

 

 

 

 

La sauteuse, 1806, by Huster This month we feature a great research site: Wikimedia Commons. It's so much more than a place to host pictures for a Wikipedia entry!

We'll show you how to use the site, demonstrating its vast scope, giving you some in-roads and showing you where to start when you're looking for ideas or references. No longer will you need to stare at a blank search box, wondering where to begin!

Detail from The Music Party,1774, by Louis Rolland TrinquesseThis month we feature two books that focus on the details: buttons and three dimensional fabric manipulation. Both of the featured books are fun to look through as pure eye candy and inspiration for future projects.

 

 

 

 

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