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Monochromatic Embroidery

Monochromatic Embroidery

Monochromatic Embroidery is an umbrella term used to describe a type of embellishment popular during the 16th Century.

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Tudor Cinderella (2)

Tudor Cinderella (2)

Making a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.

Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.

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Dressing the Tudor Cinderella

Dressing the Tudor Cinderella

Making the entire ensemble for a young Tudor gentry girl (all techniques and patterning can be applied to adult gowns.)

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16th century Comparative Corsetry

16th century Comparative Corsetry

Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.

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Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

In the final poignant installment, Julia brings Mrs. Gainsborough and her daughter home to the Georgian artist's historic Suffolk base, to show the complete outfits in all their glory.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

The creation of Mrs Gainsborough's Georgian wardrobe continues, as Julia explains the construction of her linen chemise and accessories.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 4 - Hoops & Petticoats

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 4 - Hoops & Petticoats

After a brief diversion last month to Gainsborough’s daughters, we return to Mrs Gainsborough’s own Georgian wardrobe and explore her 18th century underwear. 

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Working from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.

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How to Make a Shift of 1730-1750

How to Make a Shift of 1730-1750

The shift as we know it emerged in western European fashion by c. 1000 CE. Here, Sharon shows us how to make one to suit early-mid 18th century styles. 

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Hoops, Large and Small

Hoops, Large and Small

How to make 18th century hoops - small, pocket and medium sized - and some humorous period stories about their use. 

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The Regency Petticoat 1790-1820

The Regency Petticoat 1790-1820

Examining and challenging myths and assumptions about the petticoat’s style, use and nature during the Regency period. 

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Victorian Underwear Myths

Victorian Underwear Myths

Not every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.

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Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

The lobster tail bustle is a classic for a reason. Here, Christina shows us how to put some junk in that trunk (includes free pattern).  

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Bustles, Bustles, and More Bustles

Bustles, Bustles, and More Bustles

What's not to love about a bustle gown? Christina puts aside the lobster tail, makes some different bustles and compares the effects.

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The Cage Crinoline, Part 3

The Cage Crinoline, Part 3

Constance concludes her exploration of the Victorian cage crinoline with the recreation of a large covered crinoline from 1868.

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The Cage Crinoline, Part 1

The Cage Crinoline, Part 1

Constance explores how, during the mid C1800s, skirts expanded - supported firstly by stiff petticoats and then cage crinolines.

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The Cage Crinoline, Part 2

The Cage Crinoline, Part 2

Constance MacKenzie continues exploring the crinoline's development, making a light & collapsible Victorian cage crinoline.

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How to make a Tucked Petticoat

How to make a Tucked Petticoat

Tucks were a favorite decoration from the 1820s to Teens: here's how to create a mid-19th c.-style tucked petticoat, start to finish.

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Early Victorian Layers, part 2

Early Victorian Layers, part 2

In Part II, we look at the numerous skirt supports that the early Victorian woman wore to hold out her skirts and look fashionable.

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