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Painting with a Needle (Young Yang Chung)

With the Olympic Games controversially due to begin in Beijing this month, we thought we'd take this opportunity to give our costume construction-based Website of the Month an Oriental theme.

Here you'll find the best of the Far East, from traditional patterns to fine fabrics and the smoothest silk thread you'll ever sew with.

 

Books

In part three of her four part series, Kendra van Cleave shows us some tips and techniques to find good information on the Internet.

This month, she adds books, journals and conferences to our arsenal of resources, recommending the most useful ones, showing us how best to use them, and telling us what to look out for.

 

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!
Tags: Interviews

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

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!

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!

 

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