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Drafting 1: Bodice Sloper

icon free smWho better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?

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How to Fit Yourself

squarepicA sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it. 

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Drafting 5: Publishing Patterns

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What if you want to "standardize" your patterns and sell them? It's not as complicated as you might think... Jennie shows how.

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Drafting 4: Sleeves and Skirts

Pattern Drafting 4: Sleeves and SkirtsJennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.

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Drafting 2: Historical Pattern

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Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.

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Draft Your Corset Pattern

icon free smHow to make your own personalised Victorian corset pattern - a class suitable for beginners! You'll be surprised how well it fits...

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Drafting 3: Regency Bodices

Pattern Draft 3 - Creating a Regency BodiceHow to transform a basic bodice pattern into three Regency bodices styles: gathered and two different styles of crossover bodices.

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Resizing a Historical Pattern

spp icon free sm How to manipulate historical patterns like Janet Arnold's to fit you, both by draping on the dress form and by a flat pattern adjustment method.

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Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

icon free sm Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.

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Forensic Costuming

forensic_iconWhen making a costume, an extant garment is the ideal research source. Once you have one,  how do you analyze it?

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Managing Big Commissions

SquarepicSewing historic costumes as a business takes far more planning and organization than as a hobby. Izabela has some tips on time management for commissions.

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Period Costume for Film 1

squarepicEver wondered how those costumes get on screen? Chantal explains the process of getting hired and starting out in film costume design.

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