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Shoes of Madame de Pompadour, 1755How to dismantle and re-assemble modern shoes into sturdy, beautiful, convincing historical footwear - and even improve the fit!

Laura MellinThis month we interview Laura Mellin, aka "The Attack Laurel", about her extreme costuming and embroidery work. As someone who not only embraces but actually carries out Holy Grail projects every day, she's an inspiration to us all at YWU!
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Proper Measurements, The Home Needle, 1882 Starting this month, we'll be reviewing several books each month.

They could be new releases or old-but-good books that are key building blocks in any costumer's library.

This month, Marion McNealy reviews several pattern drafting books that are key components in her costumer library.

 

Google Books Starting this month, we will be having two websites of the month. One will be focused on business or suppliers, the other will be research focused.


This month's research website is Google Books, specifically the home economics, sewing and dress-making categories. We'll share with you some of the really great full text/picture books from days gone by that we've found and give you pointers on where to find more!

Frock Coat, 1904

This month, we feature the blog, EnglishCut as our website of the month. Hear a classically trained Savile Row tailor share some of the secrets and the everyday realities of this ancient profession, including a half hour video in which you can watch him sharpen his chalk and work with the fabric.

 

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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