Edwardian

Working with Lace

Working with Lace

Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage. 

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Making Period Tassels

Making Period Tassels

Lynn McMasters shows us how to make three kinds of tassels to add color, weight, and movement to any period costume.

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Goldwork Embroidery

Goldwork Embroidery

Cathy introduces this exciting and underused technique, and demonstrates how to make a peacock feather from the famous dress.

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Tassels by the Yard

Tassels by the Yard

Gina Barrett shares with us the easy method for making yards and yards of tassel and pom-pom trim for your Victorian gowns.

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Passementerie Ornaments

Passementerie Ornaments

How to create stand-alone miniature works of textile art with cord, thread and a few pins.

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How To Make Lace

How To Make Lace

No matter how good a garment is, it can always be improved by adding some lace. Izabela looks at Punto in Aria and bobbin lace.

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Frock Coat Drafting Review

Frock Coat Drafting Review

Elizabeth Estervig applies the scientific method to four frock coat drafts, testing each one and rating them all on speed, ease, and accuracy. 

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Early 1910s Hairstyles

Early 1910s Hairstyles

The 1910s were a decade of rapid change in fashion and hairstyling. Lynn show us how to create several pretty hairstyles of the period.

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Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet was one of the great designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Joy introduces us to the man and his work.

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Fancy Dress Part II

Fancy Dress Part II

So you've decided you want to make a fancy dress costume? Trust Laura to get you started.

 

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Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress

Costuming has been going on longer than we have been around. Laura introduces us to Fancy Dress and the ways people have dressed up through the ages. 

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Designing a Fabulous Gown

Designing a Fabulous Gown

A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.

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A Brief History of Smocking

A Brief History of Smocking

These textural effects have been used for centuries, from farmer's workwear to Liberty silks. Polly investigates and has a go.

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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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Interview: American Duchess

Interview: American Duchess

Lauren of American Duchess turned her costuming hobby into a career designing historical shoes. She talks to Elizabeth about getting started and the delights of embroidered 18th century mules...

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Whitework Embroidery

Whitework Embroidery

Is it Ayrshire, Madeira, Dresden work, Hardanger, Limerick, Carrickmacross lace or Broderie Anglaise? Know your whitework!

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The Essential Apron, Part 2

The Essential Apron, Part 2

As 19th and 20th century fashion and society changed, so did the rules for when, where, what and how to wear aprons.

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How to Build a Hatbox

How to Build a Hatbox

A good hatbox is essential for keeping vintage or handmade hats safe and in good condition. Lynn shows us how to build one big enough for even the Romantic era.

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The Importance of Worth

The Importance of Worth

The House of Worth was intoxicating, compelling, essential to any woman who intended to make the ultimate impression. But what was it about Worth that made him so special?

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