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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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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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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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And Now for That Other Stash . . .

August Macke, Hat Shopping, 1914"The Other Stash?" you ask. Shoes, hats, coats, wraps, parasols, stockings, undies... here's how to organise The Other Stash.

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Bows, Rosettes and Cockades

Princess Charlotte of BelgiumRibbon embellishments are a recurring feature throughout history. Gina shows you how to recreate some of these effective details.

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Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

measurment-iconBefore you can draft your own, personalized pattern, you have to take measurements. Marion walks you through this easy process in a few short video tutorials.

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Copying Your Closet

SquarepicHave you come across a piece of clothing or costume that you'd love to replicate? Caroline shows how to copy garments from our closet.

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Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

squarepicCreating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...

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Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

quarepicWith a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897. 

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Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

Pattern drafting iconIn part two of pattern drafting, we move from measurements to creating a basic front and back block, a mockup, fitting and creating a final pattern, with seven step-by-step videos.

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Frock Coat Drafting Review

squarepicElizabeth Estervig applies the scientific method to four frock coat drafts, testing each one and rating them all on speed, ease, and accuracy. 

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Easy Pattern Drafting

icon free smTaking the mystery, the jargon and as many numbers as possible out of the process of drafting your own patterns, step by step.

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