Sewing instructions continually warn us to avoid bulk. But what is "bulk"? Emmalia explains good bulk and bad bulk...
We've all seen costumes that look breathtaking - such as our competition entries. Here Lisha shares 10 tips to help us achieve a top-quality finish.
Sewing could try the patience of a saint, but it is possible for an impatient person to sew with ease and pleasure. Alison has tips to help keep frustration at bay.
The Victorian cult of mourning reached its height in the 19th century. Polly explores the traditions and etiquette behind it.
Some you know, some you won't, but in any case, the next time you travel, consider incorporating your passion for fashion.
Steampunk style blends historic know-how with imagination, engineering and a dose of good humour. Here's how to get started...
In a previous article, Lisha showed us how to draw our own fashion sketches. Here she introduces another type of costume drawing: the flat.
Mini hats are a great, fun accompaniment to an ensemble and an adorable way to use up extra fabric. Lisa shows us how to block and decorate a mini tricorn.
Want to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha guides us through the process, with valuable tips on doll size costuming.
Have you ever wanted to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha examines the five steps to creating a costume replica.
A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.
How to add more detail to your historic fashion illustration, how to use shadows and highlights, how to draw fabric, and how to add color.
If you want to design your own historic fashions, you'll do well to learn how to make your own fashion sketches. Lisha shows how.
Plagued by unfinished costumes? Sick of all-nighters? Big ideas that never quite come off? Here's how to make sure it works next time.
Have you come across a piece of clothing or costume that you'd love to replicate? Caroline shows how to copy garments from our closet.
A sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it.
Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.
Who better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?
Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.
Choosing a sewing machine can be overwhelming. Lisha explains what to look for when buying and advises on the features you'll really use.