Theories and new ideas on how French Hoods were likely constructed 1530-60, and their evolution afterwards.
Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.
Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...
Strap-work, an interesting and rich-looking technique, can enhance a garment without the need to spend a lot of money.
More historically accurate than Disney, yet quick, easy and inexpensive, with separate pieces that can begin a mix-and-match costume collection.
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.
The bergere hat looks terrific on everyone. Chantal walks us through making a perfectly lovely one from a placemat, of all things!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to make 18th century hoops - small, pocket and medium sized - and some humorous period stories about their use.
The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.
Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.
Serena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.