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Written by Izabela Pitcher
Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.
Written by Alyxx Iannetta
Strap-work, an interesting and rich-looking technique, can enhance a garment without the need to spend a lot of money.
Written by Elisa Edgren
Period makeup is probably the most overlooked part in a re-enactors outfit, but Elisa walks us through the process for the mid-17th century.
Written by Katherine Weber
The pirate look has been dominated by the media since before Hollywood. Katherine sees what sailors and buccaneers really wore in the Golden Age of Piracy.
The popular image of the pirate is very different from the reality of C17th and C18th seamen - and how did that look even come to mean "pirate"? Katherine explains...
Written by Cathy Hay
More historically accurate than Disney, yet quick, easy and inexpensive, with separate pieces that can begin a mix-and-match costume collection.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...