Masks are great fun for carnivals, cosplay or balls. Caroline shows how to make a new accessory that's a real conversation starter.
An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.
An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!
This month Marion McNealy shares with you some of the vintage corset making and fitting books that are online.
The books range from patterning and making an 1857 corset (perfect for the Single Pattern Project!) to 1920's and 30's corsets, corselettes, brassieres, bandeaux and girdles. We've even got an excellent book from the 1950's for corset saleswomen on fitting a customer and making her feel at ease during the fitting process, still applicable to customers today!
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.
Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.
Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.
Unless your garment is fully lined, it's important to finish the seam allowances so the raw edges won't fray. Lisha shows us seven options.
Expert costume makers know it is vital to press seams and shape fabric with an iron as you sew. Lisha tells us why and shares tips for how to press more effectively.
Through history we have invented various ways to close our garments, but which one is right for your period? Izabela explores a range of historical fastenings.
In Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!
Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.
The art and science of hand sewn buttonholes, looking close-up at museum examples and then making our own in four simple stages.
Lynn finds out whether several tools and machines are worth the money, or whether they just make a simple job more complicated.
Diane shows us how to use "Match Points" to guarantee that your garment has perfectly matched plaids or stripes.
Plaids are Difficult, Stripes are Tricky, so we avoid them. But they can be tamed to impressive results: Diane shows how!
What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.
Continue to refresh and strengthen your core fabric manipulation skills with gathered ruffles and pleating techniques.
Our ancestors did not hold back with embellishment! Let's strengthen our own core fabric manipulation skills to match theirs.
Cartridge pleating is one of the best ways to fit a ton of fabric into a small space. Here's two tried and tested methods to accomplish it.