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!
A close look at an authentic Victorian dress, with many photos, construction and sewing details, and fashion plates of the time.
How to overcome the challenges of using original magazine patterns (in this case, from Peterson's), and pattern this interesting jacket.
A small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.
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.
You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?
A wonderful example of fashionable US Victorian day dress, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 2 features the complete pattern.
A wonderful example of fashionable Victorian day dress in America, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 1: overview & skirt pattern.
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.
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.
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.
Research is great, but nothing beats recreation. Katherine walks us through her reproduction of an 1880s bustle dress.
Discussing authentic Victorian sewing methods, including 50 detail photos inside & outside an antique bodice.
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.
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.