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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.

Betty Myers' wigsAlways dreamed of having one of those towering 18th century wigs? Some lessons from a workshop.

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Lorna tells us about her life in sewing, from her first minidresses in the Sixties right through to a very modern bridalwear business!

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This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.

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This month I've bitten the bullet and taken the hot seat myself! Thank you very much for all your great questions, I had a terrible time trying to choose between them!

 

 

 

 

This month, our interviewee tells us all about her work as a designer and maker of fine historical costumes.

Laurie Tavan's obsession with costuming comes as something of a surprise to many people, including herself. She trained in the life sciences at Cornell University, diving into study of ornithology and marine ecology with great enthusiasm.

Nobody would have expected that just a few years after leaving school for the "real world," she would be on another track entirely, having fallen completely in love with historical costuming. She approached it with her signature single-minded zeal, personifying the concept that "anything worth doing is worth overdoing."

She brings to costuming a potent blend of rigorous historical research and free-spirited artistic drive.

 

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ImageLoren studies surviving examples of Marseilles cloth, not on display to the public, and finds out more about the quilted clothing of the period.

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Katherine Caron-Greig is the epitome of the obsessed amateur costumer. A teacher by trade, she spends her free time collecting and recreating historical costumes for her own amusement. Despite her taxing profession, she seems to retain boundless energy for her sewing and now boasts a historic wardrobe of dizzying proportions!

With experience of almost every historical period of clothing, Katherine has a special understanding of the pitfalls and opportunities that await the passionate hobbyist. After being our interviewee last month, Katherine kindly agreed to get comfortable in our hot seat for this month's Ask the Experts!

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