During the Regency many women wore hats designed after early C19th military styles. Here's how to make the distinctive pompoms.
Reproduce authentic looking turban headdresses - as well as the beautiful ornamental pins that were used to secure and decorate them.
Sometimes you have a purse frame with tons of possibilities, but no pattern. Here, Lynn shows us how to make our own.
The world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)
My passion for Ostrich plumes started when I saw the opening credits of the 1997 movie Wings of the Dove.
Where do such plumes come from?
How do milliners fabricate them and can I create such confections?
These are all questions I asked myself then, and they led me on a course of study and experimentation. In this article I will share some of what I have learned along the way.
or My hat looks like it has a dead fish on top because the bow just lies there! How can I fix that?
One of the most often used decorative elements on late Victorian and Edwardian hats were bows and ribbon loops.
To a non-milliner, trying to recreate some of these fantastic hats may seem a daunting task. Here are some tricks that simplify things.
This month Lynn shows us how to add large areas of silk flowers or ribbon decorations to a hat, without using glue and without sewing each one on individually.
Why would you want to add decorations to a hat in this way?
There are several reasons, but the most important would be to save the base hat from being damaged, either because it is vintage or because you might want to redress it in the future and anything you do now will have to be undone.
Have you ever walked into a large craft or fabric store to purchase the things you need to decorate that fantastic hat you're making, and been totally overwhelmed by the possibilities?
Should your hat be simple and elegant, or should it be a liberally decorated, multi-coloured feast of delights?
Professional period milliner Lynn McMasters shares her secrets with us in this new series on millinery design.
Lynn McMasters shows you how to make three different styles of 1912 straw hats, just in time to go down with the ship in fabulous style!
Covering and finishing a fantasy topper for a Mad Hatter, including printing fabric and making supersized hatpins
When is a flat pattern not a flat pattern? When you can use it to create a hat that looks like it couldn’t have been made with a flat pattern...
Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage.
This is the one you've been waiting for — let's bling out those costumes with some beautiful beaded tassels!
Lynn McMasters shows us how to make compound tassels.
Lynn McMasters shows us how to make three kinds of tassels to add color, weight, and movement to any period costume.
Lynn finds out whether several tools and machines are worth the money, or whether they just make a simple job more complicated.
In her final chapter on spectacular Romantic Era hair, Lynn demystifies two more hairstyles, including the infamous Apollo's Knot.
It can be difficult to find examples of daytime hairstyles in paintings and fashion plates, but Lynn can show us how to make some.