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The Adventurer’s Wardrobe

The Adventurer’s Wardrobe

Athena explores how to integrate aspects of other cultures into your costumes to help make your Steampunk unique.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

How to add more detail to your historic fashion illustration, how to use shadows and highlights, how to draw fabric, and how to add color.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

If you want to design your own historic fashions, you'll do well to learn how to make your own fashion sketches. Lisha shows how.

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An Absinthe Fairy Gown

An Absinthe Fairy Gown

Jema Hewitt shows by example how to design fantastical Steampunk outfits without resorting to the same old clichés.

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Victorian Costume Design

Victorian Costume Design

How to design an original Victorian costume—something new, that would be right at home on the pages of La Mode Illustrée.

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Tackling Ambitious Projects

Tackling Ambitious Projects

Pulling you a little bit closer to tackling your dream project - why it's worth trying such intimidating projects, and how to succeed.

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Costume for a Character

Costume for a Character

A new character enters the scene. The moment you see them, before they open their mouth, you know exactly who they are. Why?

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

In Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.

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Matching Plaids & Stripes 2

Matching Plaids & Stripes 2

Diane shows us how to use "Match Points" to guarantee that your garment has perfectly matched plaids or stripes.

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Matching Plaids & Stripes 1

Matching Plaids & Stripes 1

Plaids are Difficult, Stripes are Tricky, so we avoid them. But they can be tamed to impressive results: Diane shows how!

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Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Early medieval clothing: a potato sack with a girdle? Not necessarily: here lies an astonishing wealth of fabric, colour & detail.

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Early 19th Century Rouleau Trims

Early 19th Century Rouleau Trims

In the 1810s and 1820s rouleaux, or bias tubes of fabric, were a go-to trend for trimmings. Astrida shows us some inspirational examples.

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Fashion Forecast: Oct-Dec 1812

Fashion Forecast: Oct-Dec 1812

A closer look at fashions for Autumn 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and presented here for competition hopefuls!

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Fashion Forecast: July-Sept 1812

Fashion Forecast: July-Sept 1812

A closer look at fashions for Summer 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Fashion Forecast: Apr–Jun 1812

Fashion Forecast: Apr–Jun 1812

A closer look at fashions for Spring 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Designing with a Regency Eye

Designing with a Regency Eye

The nuts and bolts of Regency:  how to be original, innovative AND authentic when Regency costumes are so often reproduced.

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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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9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

Myths about Victorian clothing can be pervasive. Here, Lisha sets us straight on 9 common misgivings about Victorian dress.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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