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Easy 18th c. Quilted Petticoat

icon free smI love 18th Century quilted petticoats but I really hate quilting. So here's how to fake an 18th century quilted petticoat convincingly.

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Early 19th Century Rouleau Trims

SquarepicIn the 1810s and 1820s rouleaux, or bias tubes of fabric, were a go-to trend for trimmings. Astrida shows us some inspirational examples.

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Designing with a Regency Eye

Designing with a Regency EyeThe nuts and bolts of Regency:  how to be original, innovative AND authentic when Regency costumes are so often reproduced.

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Fitting Regency Gowns

Mrs Harrison Gray Otis by Gilbert StuartEven Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.

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1790s Transitional Brocade Bodice

1790s Brocade Bodice This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.

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The Regency Petticoat 1790-1820

Detail from Regency PetticoatsExamining and challenging myths and assumptions about the petticoat’s style, use and nature during the Regency period. 

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Regency Riding Habit, c.1810

Regency Riding HabitIzabela shows you how to recreate a habit much like the beautiful example in Kyoto, and even tests it for us, on horseback!

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Making a Close Bonnet of c.1810

Close bonnet of c.1810

The bonnet is the iconic accessory of the early nineteenth century: Serena shares how to construct a Close Bonnet of c.1810.

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Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1812

1812 Winter fashionsA closer look at fashions for Winter 1812 from Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée, presented here for competition hopefuls!

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Fashion Forecast: Apr–Jun 1812

April - Ackerman's Ball gownA closer look at fashions for Spring 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Fashion Forecast: July-Sept 1812

September 1812, Walking dress, Ackerman's RepositoryA closer look at fashions for Summer 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Fashion Forecast: Oct-Dec 1812

1812 Fall Fashion reviewA closer look at fashions for Autumn 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and presented here for competition hopefuls!

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