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How to Make a Shift of 1730-1750

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

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Introducing Mrs Gainsborough

Mrs GainsboroughThe first part of a series which will dress Mrs Gainsborough, wife of painter Thomas Gainsborough, from the bottom up. Here, Julia introduces us to her subject.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

SquarepicWorking 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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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 3 - Mrs. Gainsborough's Daughters

SquarepicSome of Gainsborough’s loveliest paintings are the relaxed, informal and intimate portraits of his two daughters. Julia walks us through the process of dressing them.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 4 - Hoops & Petticoats

SquarepicAfter 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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Constructing a Late 18th c Calash

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The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.

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Making 18th Century Shoes

Shoes of Madame de Pompadour, 1755How to dismantle and re-assemble modern shoes into sturdy, beautiful, convincing historical footwear - and even improve the fit!

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Perfect Binding

icon free smBinding stays and corsets is frustrating... isn't it? Find out how to perfect your stays and corsets with our indispensible guide!

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1770-1789: Rococo to Revolution

1776 Riding habitWithin such a climate of change during the 1770s and 1780s, it was impossible that fashion would not be influenced by social conditions.

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Accessories, 1770-89

Portrait of Ekaterina Ivanovna Nelidova, a student of the Empress School for Noble Maidens, 1770's Dmitry Levitzky An introduction to late 18th century frippery and furbelows - the items commonly used to complete feminine ensembles of the beau monde.

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Dress Fabrics 1770-89

icon free smA bad fabric choice can cause an accurate, researched, handsewn reproduction to look disappointingly modern. Here's how to do it right.

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