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Stripes! History and How-To

Stripes!  History and How-To

What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.

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Drafting 4: Sleeves and Skirts

Drafting 4: Sleeves and Skirts

Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.

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Drafting 2: Historical Pattern

Drafting 2: Historical Pattern

Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.

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How to Make a Mini Tricorn Hat

How to Make a Mini Tricorn Hat

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. 

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part II

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part II

Continue to refresh and strengthen your core fabric manipulation skills with gathered ruffles and pleating techniques.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part I

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part I

Our ancestors did not hold back with embellishment! Let's strengthen our own core fabric manipulation skills to match theirs.

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How to Make Cartridge Pleats

How to Make Cartridge Pleats

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.

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Sewing With Hooks & Eyes

Sewing With Hooks & Eyes

It's always worth revisiting the basic techniques that we give little thought to, just to check there's nothing we've missed...

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3 Secrets for Beginners

3 Secrets for Beginners

Three quick head-start techniques to help beginners attract maximum compliments with minimum blood, sweat and tears.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!

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Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

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!

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A Plethora of Presser Feet

A Plethora of Presser Feet

We all keep various presser feet in our sewing arsenal, but do we use them all, or know how to get the best from each? Lisha shows us what they're for. 

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How to Build a Hatbox

How to Build a Hatbox

A good hatbox is essential for keeping vintage or handmade hats safe and in good condition. Lynn shows us how to build one big enough for even the Romantic era.

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