Construction

Reconstructing The French Hood

Reconstructing The French Hood

Theories and new ideas on how French Hoods were likely constructed 1530-60, and their evolution afterwards.

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16th century Comparative Corsetry

16th century Comparative Corsetry

Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.

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The La Maupin Mantua

The La Maupin Mantua

Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

1650-60 Banqueting Gown

Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.

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A Banqueting Suit

A Banqueting Suit

Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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16th and 17th c. Strap-work

16th and 17th c. Strap-work

Strap-work, an interesting and rich-looking technique, can enhance a garment without the need to spend a lot of money.

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Caribbean Pirate Dress

Caribbean Pirate Dress

More historically accurate than Disney, yet quick, easy and inexpensive, with separate pieces that can begin a mix-and-match costume collection.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Making 18th century hats out of modern placemats? What about the crown? Here's how to add a soft silk crown, and a buckram option too.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

The bergere hat looks terrific on everyone. Chantal walks us through making a perfectly lovely one from a placemat, of all things!

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 6 - Robe a l'Anglaise

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 6 - Robe a l'Anglaise

We are now tantalisingly close to finally meeting Mrs Gainsborough in her complete C18th ensemble. Julia describes the making of her silk Robe a l'Anglaise.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

The creation of Mrs Gainsborough's Georgian wardrobe continues, as Julia explains the construction of her linen chemise and accessories.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 4 - Hoops & Petticoats

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 4 - Hoops & Petticoats

After a brief diversion last month to Gainsborough’s daughters, we return to Mrs Gainsborough’s own Georgian wardrobe and explore her 18th century underwear. 

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18th Century Upcycling: The Afterlife of a Quilted Petticoat

18th Century Upcycling: The Afterlife of a Quilted Petticoat

When researching garments, one often comes across items that force us to think about clothes in a new way. Serena walks us through a mysterious pair of breeches.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 3 - Mrs. Gainsborough's Daughters

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 3 - Mrs. Gainsborough's Daughters

Some of Gainsborough’s loveliest paintings are the relaxed, informal and intimate portraits of his two daughters. Julia walks us through the process of dressing them.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Working from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.

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How to Make a Shift of 1730-1750

How to Make a Shift of 1730-1750

The shift as we know it emerged in western European fashion by c. 1000 CE. Here, Sharon shows us how to make one to suit early-mid 18th century styles. 

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Hoops, Large and Small

Hoops, Large and Small

How to make 18th century hoops - small, pocket and medium sized - and some humorous period stories about their use. 

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Constructing a Late 18th c Calash

Constructing a Late 18th c Calash

The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.

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1785 Riding Habit

1785 Riding Habit

Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.

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c. 1775 Dress: The Skirt

c. 1775 Dress: The Skirt

Serena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.

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