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Written by Sharon Ann Burnston
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.
Written by Nicole Rudolph
How to make 18th century hoops - small, pocket and medium sized - and some humorous period stories about their use.
Written by Julia Barrett
The 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.
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.
Some 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.
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.
Written by Serena Dyer
The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.
Written by Loren Dearborn
How to dismantle and re-assemble modern shoes into sturdy, beautiful, convincing historical footwear - and even improve the fit!
Written by Cathy Hay
Binding stays and corsets is frustrating... isn't it? Find out how to perfect your stays and corsets with our indispensible guide!
Written by Carolyn Dowdell
Within such a climate of change during the 1770s and 1780s, it was impossible that fashion would not be influenced by social conditions.
An introduction to late 18th century frippery and furbelows - the items commonly used to complete feminine ensembles of the beau monde.
A 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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