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The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.
Bloomers got all the press, but most women still wore skirts for bicycling. How to draft and make an attractive, functional bicycle skirt.
How to draft made-to-measure 1890s bicycle bloomers - "translated" from a confusing but authentic historical source!
A famous sketch of a beautiful period gown is re-united with its real life counterpart, and is then accurately recreated as new.
Natasha's quest to create a 1907 wedding gown from the bottom up has brought us to the second layer: the Edwardian petticoat, underskirt, and corset cover.
Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise.
Making historical fashion wearable: original 1910s design & 1970s revival, all intended to flatter a curvy body as it is.
What books would have influenced fashion choices for a lady of 1912? What dress advice would a "stout" lady have been given?
Charlotte concludes her series on patterning and making 19th century men's trousers with this smart Edwardian pair from 1901.
Continuing Charlotte's investigation of men's trousers of the 1800s. In this installment, she drafts and tests a pair from 1867.
Patterning and observing the fit and style of a properly made pair of trousers for the gentleman of the 1840s. With drafting instructions.
There are many styles of trousers through history, and many pattern making methods. Here's how to draft trousers from 1822 and 1826.
Need some trousers? YWU Competition winner Charlotte Thomasius traces the history of fashion and cutting in mens' pants.
Put some sporty spice into your look with a Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers. Denise shows us how to get started, with an overview and the pattern.
I'm back with a tailoring topic that some of you requested and I'm more than happy to supply: how to cut and sew a pair of gentlemen's trousers.
The third instalment features an exclusive set of patterns for YWU members: Jason shows you how to get the best out of them.
With 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.
Creating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...
Have you come across a piece of clothing or costume that you'd love to replicate? Caroline shows how to copy garments from our closet.
In 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.