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A House of Worth Evening Gown

A House of Worth Evening Gown

The Chicago History Museum has over fifty gowns from The House of Worth in its collection. Katy examines their 1890s evening gown.

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Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

The mid-1890s were a dramatic time in fashion history. Astrida explores the history and construction of this eye-catching, high-fashion, late C19th coat. 

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Case Study: The 1890s Long Jacket

Case Study: The 1890s Long Jacket

Kelly takes us deep inside this Belle Epoque jacket - a lucky garage sale find - to explore the complex 'engineering' behind late Victorian tailoring.

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The Grey Shirtwaist Study

The Grey Shirtwaist Study

Luthien delves deep into the guts of her gorgeous, late-Victorian, grey shirtwaist blouse to figure out its history and how the Victorian dressmaker made it.

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1908 Dinner Dress, part 2

1908 Dinner Dress, part 2

The construction of gowns in this era is often complex - but with the original gown as a reference, this dress can be rebuilt piece by piece.

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1908 Dinner Dress, part 1

1908 Dinner Dress, part 1

A famous sketch of a beautiful period gown is re-united with its real life counterpart, and is then accurately recreated as new.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

Natasha's quest to create a 1907 wedding gown from the bottom up has brought us to the second layer: the Edwardian petticoat, underskirt, and corset cover.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise. 

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Last month I analyzed the skirt of a lingerie dress. This month I'll be looking at the associated blouse. In the Belle Époque it goes by many names: waist, shirt-waist, lingerie waist, lingerie blouse...

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Edwardian Revival Skirt

Edwardian Revival Skirt

Making historical fashion wearable: original 1910s design & 1970s revival, all intended to flatter a curvy body as it is.

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Beyond the Cloche 3: 1927 Velvet Hat

Beyond the Cloche 3: 1927 Velvet Hat

Need a new hat? Maybe a fresh velvet hat for Fall will pick up your spirits. Try this easy-to-make hat from Fall 1927.

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Beyond the Cloche 2

Beyond the Cloche 2

What are the key design hallmarks of an authentic 1920s hat, making it unique and special and setting it apart from later imitations?

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Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 1

Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 1

It's a new year, 1915, and Mrs. Pretty needs a new outfit. Here, Julia starts on the construction of an elegant teens walking suit.

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Mrs Pretty Part 5 - 1914 Day Dress

Mrs Pretty Part 5 - 1914 Day Dress

Over the past few months we've got to know Mrs Pretty very well. Today Julia describes the construction of her 1914 day dress.

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A 1940s Evening Gown from the House of Worth

A 1940s Evening Gown from the House of Worth

The Chicago History Museum has a collection of over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. Here Katy analyses a 1940s example.

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Mrs Pretty Part 4 - Slips and Petticoats

Mrs Pretty Part 4 - Slips and Petticoats

In part four of our series on dressing Mrs Pretty in 1914, Julia takes us through the construction of her slips and delicate petticoats.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mabel Pretty's family were famous in the early C20th as corset manufacturers. Julia researches and constructs a suitable 'Pretty' corset. 

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British VAD Uniform, Part 4

British VAD Uniform, Part 4

Constance finalises her reconstruction of a WWI Voluntary Aid Division nursing uniform with the apron, cap and accessories.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 2 - Underwear

Mrs Pretty, Part 2 - Underwear

Previously we met Mabel, Mrs William Tertius Pretty. Now Julia investigates the foundations to Mrs Pretty's 1914 outfit.

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British VAD Uniform, Part 3

British VAD Uniform, Part 3

Constance continues her exploration of a WWI VAD nurses uniform with the construction of the dresses' shirtwaist bodice.

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