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Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

London and Paris ladies magazine of fashion, July 1881Straw was popular year-round for Natural Form headgear. Here's how to create three different shapes by altering modern sun hats.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

flathatMaking 18th century hats out of modern placemats? What about the crown? Here's how to add a soft silk crown, and a buckram option too.

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An 1890s Bicycle Skirt

bicycleskirtBloomers got all the press, but most women still wore skirts for bicycling. How to draft and make an attractive, functional bicycle skirt. 

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Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Mrs HeraldIntroducing the Boston Herald's fashionable paper doll, Mrs. B.S. Herald, and her spectacular wardrobe showcasing the latest styles.

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History of the Sailor Suit, Part 2

Butterick 2089 1923The sailor suit finds its way full circle, back into the fashions, the sewing classes and the uniforms of the 20th century, completing  the tale.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Pleating Image 8Techniques for Victorian and Georgian clothing. This week, several types of box pleats, and then we'll step it up to discover ruching.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 4

Image 19Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...

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History of the Sailor Suit

John Singer Sargent 1887The sailor suit was a ubiquitous part of the Victorian era. Emmalia explores its development and why it was so popular. 

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Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Frugal FashionFour very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.

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