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Alice McCoy (England)

Welcome to the “Looking Glass”. If you find the fine work of the experienced seamstresses and corsetieres a little daunting, then you are in good company.

I started making my first corset last year. I am lucky enough to have found a tutor to work it through with me. I would never have taken the first few steps on my own otherwise. It is an interesting journey.

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Sunny Buchler (Ohio, USA)

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In January, Your Wardrobe Unlock'dTM featured an article about personal "Holy Grails", meaning costumes that you desperately want but are impossibly out-of-reach due to time, money, experience, extravagance, whatever. So I find myself wondering, what are my Holy Grails?

I’m Sunny Buchler – I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is a bit of a mecca for historical costuming, and moved to Cleveland, Ohio a couple years ago.

 

 

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Vicky Clarke (England)

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Hi. My name is Vicky Clarke, and I'm a writer, housewife, bellydancer, and general creative rebel. I live in Cambridge, UK, along with my partner and a quite ridiculous collection of craft materials.

My interest in home-made clothes began in my childhood; growing up in the late 70s it was the handmade clothes I wore (along with mustard-brown Denby crockery and nasty, nasty wallpaper) that formed the backdrop of my daily life.

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Ask the Experts - Bess Chilver

This month, Bess Chilver talks about the many-layered sixteenth century outfit, getting used to the Tudor life, and about how re-enacting can really set a costumer alight...

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Ask the Experts - Kendra van Cleave

ImageThis month, Kendra van Cleave answers your questions about making costumes the old-fashioned way, discusses making historical styles work on every size of woman, and enthuses about her personal favourite costume movies! Register to read more...

Ask the Experts - Sarah Lorraine

ImageThis month, Sarah Lorraine answers your questions about historical accuracy, matching patterns and the delicate art of wig-making...

 

 

 

 

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Katherine Caron-Greig

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Katherine Caron-Greig is the epitome of the obsessed amateur costumer. A teacher by trade, she spends an inordinate amount of her free time collecting and recreating historical costumes for her own amusement.

Despite her taxing profession, she seems to retain boundless energy for her sewing and now boasts a historic wardrobe of dizzying proportions, most of which you can see for yourself at her website, www.koshka-the-cat.com.

With experience of almost every historical period of clothing from the 1550s to the 1950s, Katherine has a special understanding of the pitfalls and opportunities that await the passionate hobbyist.

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Bjarne Drews

Bjarne Drews

Danish embroiderer and costume maker Bjarne Drews has a magnificent obsession with the costume and embellishment of the eighteenth century European royal courts. Your Wardrobe Unlock'd caught up with him in Copenhagen to talk about what it is that fascinates him, how he got started and how you can get started too in the intricate art of hand embroidery.

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Manon Antoinette Gelens (Netherlands)

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My grandmother had her own atelier where she made fur coats after World War II until they went out of fashion. My mother is a costumer and has studied arts. I studied Graphic Design & Mediation and always loved crafts.


I did not start sewing until after my divorce, when I had to sell my horses I suddenly had time and a desire to do something new and for myself. I used to help my mother with basting and cutting of clothes to make, but never actually used a sewing machine.

I only started in 2004, I made most improvement by one simple rule, sew everyday for at least one hour. First it's to make progress, next it's to maintain your level.

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