What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.
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.
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.
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.
It's always worth revisiting the basic techniques that we give little thought to, just to check there's nothing we've missed...
Three quick head-start techniques to help beginners attract maximum compliments with minimum blood, sweat and tears.
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!
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.
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.