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1875 Wedding Dress (2)

1875 Wedding Dress (2)

I have the honor to own my great-grandmother’s 1875 wedding dress. The more I look closely at this heirloom, the more fascinating it is!

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1875 Wedding Dress

1875 Wedding Dress

A close look at an authentic Victorian dress, with many photos, construction and sewing details, and fashion plates of the time.

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Seaside Jacket, 1873 (part 2)

Seaside Jacket, 1873 (part 2)

 How to true up the pattern, fit the jacket, draft the sleeves and construct the jacket, plus some key lessons - and a classic mistake to look out for!

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Seaside Jacket, 1873

Seaside Jacket, 1873

How to overcome the challenges of using original magazine patterns (in this case, from Peterson's), and pattern this interesting jacket.

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How To Make A Simple Bustle

How To Make A Simple Bustle

A small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.

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The Point Princess Dress - 1882

The Point Princess Dress - 1882

Life often brings unexpected treasures. Kat studies an extant dress pattern from 1882 and looks at how this Natural Form Era gown fits a modern, uncorseted body.

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Making a Balayeuse

Making a Balayeuse

You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?

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1876-8 Dress: Polonaise

1876-8 Dress: Polonaise

A wonderful example of fashionable US Victorian day dress, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 2 features the complete pattern.

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1876-8 Day Dress: Skirt

1876-8 Day Dress: Skirt

A wonderful example of fashionable Victorian day dress in America, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 1: overview & skirt pattern.

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Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Straw was popular year-round for Natural Form headgear. Here's how to create three different shapes by altering modern sun hats.

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1880s Tall Hats

1880s Tall Hats

The Victorian tall hat ruled the fashion pages in the 1880s. Chantal teaches us how 19th century ladies made, trimmed and wore this striking style. 

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The 1883 Walking Dress

The 1883 Walking Dress

Trains are gorgeous, but nothing beats a walking-length costume for sheer elegance and practicality. Izabela describes the construction of her late C19th walking dress.

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1880s Directoire Coat Study

1880s Directoire Coat Study

Good examples of 19th century ladies tailoring aren't always easy to find. Chantal walks us through a study of her new treasure, a Directoire coat from the 1880s.

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1880s Bustle Dress Recreation

1880s Bustle Dress Recreation

Research is great, but nothing beats recreation. Katherine walks us through her reproduction of an 1880s bustle dress. 

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Victorian Wedding Gown 3

Victorian Wedding Gown 3

Izabela patterns and sews two Victorian wedding gown bodices, and offers tips on accessories and styling for the big day. 

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Victorian Wedding Gown 2

Victorian Wedding Gown 2

Izabela gives patterns and details for creating the skirt, apron skirt and a detachable train with ruffled balayeuse for a wedding gown.

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Victorian Wedding Gown 1

Victorian Wedding Gown 1

Ah, to be wed in Victorian finery! Izabela first shows how to make the many layers of underwear, including full length bustle cage.

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A Real 1880s Evening Bodice

A Real 1880s Evening Bodice

Discussing authentic Victorian sewing methods, including 50 detail photos inside & outside an antique bodice.

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How to Make: Worth Ironwork Gown

How to Make: Worth Ironwork Gown

Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. If Worth could do it, so can we, right? Here's how Cynthia went there - and made it work.

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A Tale of Two Bicycle Bloomers

A Tale of Two Bicycle Bloomers

You can never have too many bicycle bloomers. Here's how to make a pair with a poofy leg, and another pair with a really poofy leg.

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