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World War I

Tales of the Duster

Tales of the Duster

Travel could be a truly grimy experience back in the day. Astrida introduces us to the dusters that kept clothes from getting filthy.

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Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 2

Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 2

Finally, Mrs. Pretty's 1915 velvet-trimmed ensemble is complete with her classic teens tailored skirt and jacket, and spectacular hat.

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Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 1

Mrs. Pretty in 1915, Part 1

It's a new year, 1915, and Mrs. Pretty needs a new outfit. Here, Julia starts on the construction of an elegant teens walking suit.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 7 - The Eve of War

Mrs Pretty, Part 7 - The Eve of War

Now we've come to know Mabel Pretty fairly well, Julia takes us through her wardrobe, her dressing routine and her day. 

 

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Mrs Pretty Part 6 - Hat and Coat

Mrs Pretty Part 6 - Hat and Coat

We're tantalisingly close to meeting Mrs Mabel Pretty, so consider the rest of the ensemble for her day out in Suffolk: the hat and coat.

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Mrs Pretty Part 5 - 1914 Day Dress

Mrs Pretty Part 5 - 1914 Day Dress

Over the past few months we've got to know Mrs Pretty very well. Today Julia describes the construction of her 1914 day dress.

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Mrs Pretty Part 4 - Slips and Petticoats

Mrs Pretty Part 4 - Slips and Petticoats

In part four of our series on dressing Mrs Pretty in 1914, Julia takes us through the construction of her slips and delicate petticoats.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

Mabel Pretty's family were famous in the early C20th as corset manufacturers. Julia researches and constructs a suitable 'Pretty' corset. 

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British VAD Uniform, Part 4

British VAD Uniform, Part 4

Constance finalises her reconstruction of a WWI Voluntary Aid Division nursing uniform with the apron, cap and accessories.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 2 - Underwear

Mrs Pretty, Part 2 - Underwear

Previously we met Mabel, Mrs William Tertius Pretty. Now Julia investigates the foundations to Mrs Pretty's 1914 outfit.

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British VAD Uniform, Part 3

British VAD Uniform, Part 3

Constance continues her exploration of a WWI VAD nurses uniform with the construction of the dresses' shirtwaist bodice.

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Discovering Mrs Pretty, part 1

Discovering Mrs Pretty, part 1

Mabel Pretty is an ideal figure for a 1914 living history event. Julia introduces the fascinating woman she will be dressing in this series.

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British VAD Uniform, Part 2

British VAD Uniform, Part 2

Constance continues her exploration of the WWI VAD nursing uniform with the construction of the undergarments.

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Three Teens Blouses

Three Teens Blouses

Few looks are as instantly recognizable as the classic teens blouse. Nicole studies three originals and makes patterns from them. 

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British VAD Uniform, Part 1

British VAD Uniform, Part 1

Following our series on a WWI Australian Nurse's uniform, Constance explores the British Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service In WWI - Part 3

The Australian Army Nursing Service In WWI - Part 3

Lorna continues to explore the process of recreating an Edwardian or WWI era nurse's uniform, using traditional dressmaking techniques.

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World War One Fashion Library 1914-18

World War One Fashion Library 1914-18

Fashion changed immensely from 1914-18 and there's a wealth of information to explore. Here's our pick of the best resources for your library!

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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 2

The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 2

Lorna plans the construction of an Edwardian nurse's uniform, using traditional dressmaking techniques such as classic flat fell seams.

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WWI Mourning Suit

WWI Mourning Suit

Izabela recently acquired a lovely WWI-era mourning suit in need of just a little TLC to be wearable again. Here, she describes its construction in detail.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

2014's Centenary commemorates the start of the ‘war to end all wars’; the Great War of 1914-18. In a new series, Lorna introduces us to the brave nurses of WWI.

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