A small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.
Life often brings unexpected treasures. Kat studies an extant dress pattern from 1882 and looks at how this Natural Form Era gown fits a modern, uncorseted body.
You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?
A wonderful example of fashionable US Victorian day dress, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 2 features the complete pattern.
A wonderful example of fashionable Victorian day dress in America, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 1: overview & skirt pattern.
The Victorian tall hat ruled the fashion pages in the 1880s. Chantal teaches us how 19th century ladies made, trimmed and wore this striking style.
Trains are gorgeous, but nothing beats a walking-length costume for sheer elegance and practicality. Izabela describes the construction of her late C19th walking dress.
Good examples of 19th century ladies tailoring aren't always easy to find. Chantal walks us through a study of her new treasure, a Directoire coat from the 1880s.
Research is great, but nothing beats recreation. Katherine walks us through her reproduction of an 1880s bustle dress.
Discussing authentic Victorian sewing methods, including 50 detail photos inside & outside an antique bodice.
Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. If Worth could do it, so can we, right? Here's how Cynthia went there - and made it work.
You can never have too many bicycle bloomers. Here's how to make a pair with a poofy leg, and another pair with a really poofy leg.
In 1890s fashion, giant sleeves are essential. Here's how to get that classic leg o'mutton structure and perfect voluminous shape.
Naomi completes her 1890s walking suit by constructing a woollen jacket with classic leg o' mutton sleeves and soutache braid trim.
Naomi Barnes continues her study and construction of an 1890s spring walking suit with the creation of the skirt and its soutache braid trim.
In a new series, Naomi Barnes constructs an 1890s ladies walking outfit, starting with researching and making a tailored waistcoat.