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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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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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