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A Costumed Ball at Versailles

Screen Shot 2016 09 29 at 11.22.40All dressed up with nowhere to go? Your 18th century gown would probably enjoy a nice trip to Versailles to party like the Sun King. 

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

SquarepicThe 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 6 - Robe a l'Anglaise

SmallPicWe are now tantalisingly close to finally meeting Mrs Gainsborough in her complete C18th ensemble. Julia describes the making of her silk Robe a l'Anglaise.

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Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

SquarepicIn 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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18th Century Women’s Dress 3

18th-Century Women’s Dress Part 3 by Katy WerlinA straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1 by Chantal FilsonThe bergere hat looks terrific on everyone. Chantal walks us through making a perfectly lovely one from a placemat, of all things!

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18th Century Women’s Dress 1

18th Century Women’s Dress 1 by Katy WerlinFashion is deeply connected with the socio-cultural world in which it arises. Katy explains some of the driving forces of the 18th c. world. 

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 3

Bandeau 10In the final instalment, Chantal shows how to make your own buckram crown and create a finished, functional hat.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 2

Image 45Katy walks us through the undergarments and accessories that helped create the fashionable 18th century look.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 4

Image 19Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

flathatMaking 18th century hats out of modern placemats? What about the crown? Here's how to add a soft silk crown, and a buckram option too.

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Setting in 18th c. Sleeves

icon free smSleeve patterns for 18th century dresses have a rather striking feature - they have corners. Here's how to set them in.

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