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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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c.1775 Dress: The Bodice

1775 dress bodiceSerena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.

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c. 1775 Dress: The Skirt

bodice-iconSerena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.

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18th Century Upcycling: The Afterlife of a Quilted Petticoat

SquarepicWhen researching garments, one often comes across items that force us to think about clothes in a new way. Serena walks us through a mysterious pair of breeches.

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1785 Riding Habit

1785 riding habit Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.

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Creating Rococo Trims

iconThe further back in time that you go, the more anachronistic modern trims appear... So what's a girl to do? Make her own, of course!

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Miniatures & Mourning Jewelry

Miniatur of Princess Frederikke of DenmarkTwo easy techniques to create beautiful and convincing portrait and mourning jewelry appropriate for 18th and 19th centuries.

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18th c. Marseilles Cloth Clothing

ImageLoren studies surviving examples of Marseilles cloth, not on display to the public, and finds out more about the quilted clothing of the period.

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