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Sewing: Health & Safety 1

icon free smPossibly the most important article at YWU: pointers to help you avoid and manage potential ill effects to your health.

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Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Detail from Portrait of Peter Saltonstall, 1610Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.

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Fine New Laces and Trims

Detail of lace made for Queen Maria Hendrikka of the belgians; Royal Collection ca. 1878Following a reader request, here's a brief tour of several websites that carry good quality, not-too-expensive new laces and trims.

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Underpinnings supplies

Detail from US Patent 21839, 1858The best sources for cage crinoline supplies, corsetry, fine cotton fabrics for undies, and wide eyelet and cutwork lace for frilliness.

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How to Care for Wool

Detail of A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881, William Powell FrithHow do you clean and care for wool without shrinking it? Diana answers some questions we've all asked ourselves at one point or another!

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Choosing Historical Fabrics

icon free smAren’t sure what type of fabric to use for period costume? Diana steers you toward more convincing, historically accurate fabrics.

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Stripes! History and How-To

Detail from Portrait of Louise Dupin, 1733What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.

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Corsetry Supplies

corsetry_supplies_icon.jpgHere's a wide collection of suppliers for just about any corsetry supply you might wish for, even legal Baleen (real whalebone)!

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