Mar 2013

Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

In part two of pattern drafting, we move from measurements to creating a basic front and back block, a mockup, fitting and creating a final pattern, with seven step-by-step videos.

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Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Spanish Renaissance style can be tough to identify. Kate continues her field guide to Hispano-Flemish style by looking at men's fashions in 15th and 16th century Spain.

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Making 16th Century Ruffs

Making 16th Century Ruffs

Few garments are as instantly recognizable as the 16th century ruff. Constance shows us how to make the perfect finishing touch to your Elizabethan costume.

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Frances' 16th Century Petticotes

Frances' 16th Century Petticotes

Previously we explored Frances’ body linens as we began to piece together her Tudor noblewoman's wardrobe. This month we investigate more of her undies...

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Regency Children's Clothes

Regency Children's Clothes

What's a reenacting mum to do when the kids are too big for baby clothes and too small to be mini grown-ups? Regency toddler style!

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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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1860's Day Dress Study

1860's Day Dress Study

Museums are full of elaborate, high-end Victorian gowns, but working-class garb is more elusive. Joy takes an in-depth look at an 1860's day dress.

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Managing Big Commissions

Managing Big Commissions

Sewing historic costumes as a business takes far more planning and organization than as a hobby. Izabela has some tips on time management for commissions.

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Writing a Sewing Diary

Writing a Sewing Diary

A sewing diary gives a fascinating look into the creative process of making costumes. Lisha explains how to chart progress and share accomplishments with others.

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