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Perfect Hand Sewn Buttonholes

Detail from Portrait de Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de BuffonThe art and science of hand sewn buttonholes, looking close-up at museum examples and then making our own in four simple stages.

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Passementerie Buttons

Thread wrapped buttons

Gina Barrett shows us how to make Deaths' Head buttons, one type of the many different type of  passementerie buttons. 

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Passementerie Ornaments

passenentarie-iconHow to create stand-alone miniature works of textile art with cord, thread and a few pins.

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How To Make Lace

lacemakingNo matter how good a garment is, it can always be improved by adding some lace. Izabela looks at Punto in Aria and bobbin lace.

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eBay and Beyond

eBay and beyondTips and tricks for scoring big on eBay - and introducing some less well-trodden auction sites for vintage and antique deals.

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Man vs Machine

machine-iconLynn finds out whether several tools and machines are worth the money, or whether they just make a simple job more complicated. 

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Soutache Braid

stouache-iconSoutache is a fantastic looking Victorian trim. Even better, it offers a huge visual impact with relatively little work attached to it!

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Matching Plaids & Stripes 2

plaids2-iconDiane shows us how to use "Match Points" to guarantee that your garment has perfectly matched plaids or stripes.

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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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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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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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Matching Plaids & Stripes 1

plaids1-IconPlaids are Difficult, Stripes are Tricky, so we avoid them. But they can be tamed to impressive results: Diane shows how!

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