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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.