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10 Tips for Better Costuming

10 Tips for Better Costuming

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. 

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Ask The Experts - Diana Habra

Ask The Experts - Diana Habra

This month, Diana Habra of renaissancefabrics.net answers your questions about historical fabrics and how to use them, touching on Regency recreations, breathable linings and using sheer materials with confidence!

 

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Ask The Experts - Katherine Caron-Greig

Ask The Experts - Katherine Caron-Greig

Katherine Caron-Greig is the epitome of the obsessed amateur costumer. A teacher by trade, she spends her free time collecting and recreating historical costumes for her own amusement. Despite her taxing profession, she seems to retain boundless energy for her sewing and now boasts a historic wardrobe of dizzying proportions!

With experience of almost every historical period of clothing, Katherine has a special understanding of the pitfalls and opportunities that await the passionate hobbyist. After being our interviewee last month, Katherine kindly agreed to get comfortable in our hot seat for this month's Ask the Experts!

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Ask the Experts - Kendra van Cleave

Ask the Experts - Kendra van Cleave
This month, Kendra van Cleave answers your questions about making costumes the old-fashioned way, discusses making historical styles work on every size of woman, and enthuses about her personal favourite costume movies!

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Ask the Experts - Sarah Lorraine

Ask the Experts - Sarah Lorraine

This month, Sarah Lorraine answers your questions about historical accuracy, matching patterns and the delicate art of wig-making...

 

 

 

 

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Letters, Q&A

Letters, Q&A

We answer your questions about the Double Period Project and about lace knitting patterns.

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Letters, Questions, Advice: May '10

Letters, Questions, Advice: May '10

Discussion on what style of dress suits a plus size lady best; adjusting a 1770's waistcoat pattern for a man with a large stomach.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

This month on the Letters, Questions and Answers page we have:

Two requests for men's clothing articles (and the answer) Regency pinafores as seen in Jane Austen films: did they really exist? A free, globally available wealth of Regency fashion plates in full color What does Dickens mean by a "comforter" in A Christmas Carol?

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Letters, Questions & Advice: February 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: February 2010

This month we have two questions: One on ruffles and the effect of grain and the other on working with large, light colored projects.

We also ask for your feedback about our newly re-organised site - are you finding YWU easier to use now?

 

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Letters, Questions & Advice: Jan 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: Jan 2010

Athena asks about costuming events, and we ask you, the readers, if you'd like an event calendar on the site in the new year.

Grace, winner of this year's SPP, responds to a request for more information on how she created the beautiful decoration on her gown.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: December 2009

Letters, Questions & Advice: December 2009

We hope you're not getting too stressed out by the approaching holidays!

This month on Letters, Questions & Advice, we've got three questions: Corey asks about sleeves on men's doublets from the Elizabethian period, a Frustrated Fan asks Cathy some pointed questions about the DPP, and Hanna asks about lining the back pleats in a 1775 Caraco jacket.

 

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Letters, Questions and Advice: November 2009

Letters, Questions and Advice: November 2009

This month on Letters, Questions & Answers, Melissa Barton reviews "The King's Servants", the latest release from Ninya Mikhaila's new publishing company.

Meanwhile, Naath Cousins shares the secrets of how a relative beginner can pull off an entire underwear-out SPP entry without even appearing to break a sweat!

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Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009

Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009

Thank you very much if you took time out to answer the survey recently. In response to your feedback, we're going to try some improvements to the format of the Ask the Experts page.

There's such talent and experience amongst our readers as well as our writers that this month we'd like to enhance it and make it into a "Letters, questions and advice" page - so not only will you be able to ask questions, you'll be able to share your own tips and advice and your own experiences, as well as your letters, to the mix!

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Ask the Experts: September 2009

Ask the Experts: September 2009

We've got quite some tough questions this month!

Bethan asks about different seam finishes on corsets Natalie inquires about hand sewing stitches and finishing techniques in Regency era clothing Alywen would like to know how to take patterns off of antique clothes.

 

Our experts have been busy answering these questions and Jennie Chancy of Sense and Sensibility patterns graciously offers her expertise on Regency era sewing techniques.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!

 

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Ask the Experts: August 2009

Ask the Experts: August 2009

I hope everyone is having a great summer (and winter for all those south of the Equator)! Cathy and  I are really looking forward to meeting a lot of you at Costume College at the end of the month.

Thank you all for all of the responses to our request for questions and stories, we had over 25 questions sent in!  Out of all those, we picked  four questions this month. More will be answered next month, and some of them are great ideas for future articles!

The first question is  on the scale used in Norah Waugh's books. The next is  on getting 5mm grommets to set smoothly, and the next on how to get pleats in silk crepe to lie smoothly. The  last one is on the rarity of an embroidered chemise.

We also share a humorous  story sent in by Jennie on the importance of asking clarifying questions to your client or customer...

 

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Ask the Experts: July 2009

Ask the Experts: July 2009

This month we have a special edition of Ask the Experts devoted to your questions about the Single Pattern Project '09.

You've seen lots of how-tos now - the in-depth analyses from Sunny, Cathy's run-down of the possibilities and the rules, trimmings ideas from Gina, Ginger's petticoat, and so on - and the deadline for your entry is less than three months away.

We have two important questions: how do you finish the hem, and how does one wear the finished outfit?

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!

 

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Ask the Experts - June 2009

Ask the Experts - June 2009

We have three questions this month, and lots of answers!

Emma asks about different methods of pre-shrinking fabric for goods that will be sold. Melanie askes about where to get tailoring supplies in the UK and Hanna asks on where to purchase hard to find tailoring and corset books.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!

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Ask the Experts: May 2009

Ask the Experts: May 2009

This month we have one question about a YWU sister site and two questions about corsetry - one concerning types of boning and when to use them (with an interesting variety of opinions from four of our experts amongst the answers), and the other on building a corset/chest binder for a female-to-male transsexual.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!

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Ask the Experts: April 2009

Ask the Experts: April 2009

This month there is the wide variety of questions that Ask the Experts is known for!

Questions this month range through how to find tutorials on styling Georgian wigs, good sources for aiglettes, pattern drafting instructions for a late 1920's day dress, how to make a frou-frou petticoat and a wire mesh crinoline and sewing corsets without wrinkles.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!

We welcome questions about any sewing or costume related subject, and your questions will be passed on to the group of experts to answer. You're welcome either to specify whom you're asking, or not to, whatever is your preference. Anonymous questions are also welcome!

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Ask the Experts: March 2009

Ask the Experts: March 2009

This month we have a question on sources for where to buy silk ribbon, drafting a corset with gores and the rules for the Single Pattern Project.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column! 

We welcome questions about any sewing or costume related subject, and your questions will be passed on to the group of experts to answer. You're welcome either to specify whom you're asking, or not to, whatever is your preference. Anonymous questions are also welcome!

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