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Easy 18th c. Quilted Petticoat

Easy 18th c. Quilted Petticoat

I love 18th Century quilted petticoats but I really hate quilting. So here's how to fake an 18th century quilted petticoat convincingly.

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Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding

Binding stays and corsets is frustrating... isn't it? Find out how to perfect your stays and corsets with our indispensible guide!

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Making 18th Century Shoes

Making 18th Century Shoes

How to dismantle and re-assemble modern shoes into sturdy, beautiful, convincing historical footwear - and even improve the fit!

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18th c. Marseilles Cloth Clothing

18th c. Marseilles Cloth Clothing

Loren studies surviving examples of Marseilles cloth, not on display to the public, and finds out more about the quilted clothing of the period.

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Military Inspired Hat Pompoms

Military Inspired Hat Pompoms

During the Regency many women wore hats designed after early C19th military styles. Here's how to make the distinctive pompoms.

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Regency Baby Clothes

Regency Baby Clothes

A child’s development during the Regency period could be charted by the clothes he or she wore. Here's how to clothe the newest of the new.

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Regency Riding Habit, c.1810

Regency Riding Habit, c.1810

Izabela shows you how to recreate a habit much like the beautiful example in Kyoto, and even tests it for us, on horseback!

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Making a Close Bonnet of c.1810

Making a Close Bonnet of c.1810

The bonnet is the iconic accessory of the early nineteenth century: Serena shares how to construct a Close Bonnet of c.1810.

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Making an 1812 Muslin Gown

Making an 1812 Muslin Gown

Serena takes us step-by-step through constructing an 1812 spotted muslin dress by traditional hand- stitching methods.

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A Regency Baby Gown

A Regency Baby Gown

Amanda analyses a rare find and compares it to museum examples around the world so that the techniques can be recreated accurately.

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1790s Transitional Brocade Bodice

1790s Transitional Brocade Bodice

This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.

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Turban Headdresses

Turban Headdresses

Reproduce authentic looking turban headdresses - as well as the beautiful ornamental pins that were used to secure and decorate them.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

Now that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

Lisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall. 

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Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.

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Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Sometimes you have a purse frame with tons of possibilities, but no pattern. Here, Lynn shows us how to make our own. 

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Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Nikki concludes her Swiss waist study by constructing a final garment from an original 1860 pattern using accurate methods.

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Swiss Waist, Part 3

Swiss Waist, Part 3

Now that we've studied many original Swiss Waists, here's how to draft and construct as close to the original style as possible.

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Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

The lobster tail bustle is a classic for a reason. Here, Christina shows us how to put some junk in that trunk (includes free pattern).  

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How To Make A Worth Gown 2

How To Make A Worth Gown 2

Studying the construction of an original Worth bodice so that we can discover and recreate the magic of Worth in our own work.

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