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Making Victorian Needlework Buttons

decor13Gina shows us how to make needlework buttons inspired by a Victorian dressing gown - good buttons can raise an average gown to astounding.

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When Can I Wear It?

squarepicWhat fastenings, fabrics, techniques and accessories can you use? Polly has a timeline of new fashion inventions.

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When Can I Wear It, Part 2

SquarepicIn part two, Polly looks at the development of fabrics, dyes and fastenings, and when they became part of popular fashion.

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Working with Lace

LaceApplique   1Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage. 

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Historical Fastenings

SquarepicThrough history we have invented various ways to close our garments, but which one is right for your period? Izabela explores a range of historical fastenings. 

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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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Making Period Tassels

TasselsLynn McMasters shows us how to make three kinds of tassels to add color, weight, and movement to any period costume.

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Press As You Sew

SquarepicExpert costume makers know it is vital to press seams and shape fabric with an iron as you sew. Lisha tells us why and shares tips for how to press more effectively.

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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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Taming the Stash

icon free smHere's how to manage your fabric, trim, patterns, buttons, and other costuming materials before they take over your home!

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

SquarepicIn Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!

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Sewing: Health & Safety 2

icon free smAny hobby or occupation has implications for your health. Let us point out pitfalls & tips to help you sew longer!

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