A bad fabric choice can cause an accurate, researched, handsewn reproduction to look disappointingly modern. Here's how to do it right.
In part two, Polly looks at the development of fabrics, dyes and fastenings, and when they became part of popular fashion.
What fastenings, fabrics, techniques and accessories can you use? Polly has a timeline of new fashion inventions.
A visit to London is the perfect time to enhance one's stash. Constance takes us on a tour of the city's best places for fabric shopping!
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!
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.
The key to an accurate 18th century gown is the right fabric. Hallie explains what to look for and what to avoid when you're shopping.
Tips and tricks for scoring big on eBay - and introducing some less well-trodden auction sites for vintage and antique deals.
The best sources for cage crinoline supplies, corsetry, fine cotton fabrics for undies, and wide eyelet and cutwork lace for frilliness.
Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.
Here's a wide collection of suppliers for just about any corsetry supply you might wish for, even legal Baleen (real whalebone)!
Following a reader request, here's a brief tour of several websites that carry good quality, not-too-expensive new laces and trims.
We've gone through our links, pored over the bookshelves and searched for the best in books to help you create a masterpiece for the Natural Form Era 1876-1882.
We've got an awesome trilogy of ladies' tailoring books by Charles Hecklinger and his equally amazing trilogy of men's tailoring books.
Having trouble getting a smooth fit to a cuirass bodice or Princess dress? We've found period fitting guides with step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process. Want to know what options women had for corsets and petticoats? Check out a mail order catalog from 1883. And that's just the free stuff, not from a bookstore!
Marion's got all the books and resources you need to create an amazing ensemble for the Revolutionary period:The Must Have books and the Nice-to-Haves; A 1785 French fashion magazine with men's and women's dress, hat and wig fashions; and much more!
This month I'm going to send you to another site that's not a costume site at all, but a site that you can use as a tool to open up your costuming horizons. And rather than tell you the theory, I'm going to show you how it works.
Regardless of whether you've been naughty or nice this year, we've got lots of tempting ideas for your gift list, from tools to calendars!
It was a couple of years ago that, resigned to a half hour of boredom, I picked up a nondescript magazine in my doctor's surgery. To my surprise and delight, it wasn't long before I was willing the delay to continue for as long as possible, for within the pages of that dog-eared periodical was an article about the Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company.
Burnley and Trowbridge is a go-to source for historical costuming supplies and information. But how did they get started?