Lisha Vidler

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part II

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part II

Continue to refresh and strengthen your core fabric manipulation skills with gathered ruffles and pleating techniques.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part I

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part I

Our ancestors did not hold back with embellishment! Let's strengthen our own core fabric manipulation skills to match theirs.

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Sewing Terms: US vs UK

Sewing Terms: US vs UK

For all of you who are tired of being confused, Lisha gives us a glossary of sewing and fashion terms translated from British English to American English.

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A Plethora of Presser Feet

A Plethora of Presser Feet

We all keep various presser feet in our sewing arsenal, but do we use them all, or know how to get the best from each? Lisha shows us what they're for. 

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9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

Myths about Victorian clothing can be pervasive. Here, Lisha sets us straight on 9 common misgivings about Victorian dress.

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Victorian Underwear Myths

Victorian Underwear Myths

Not every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

Now that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

Lisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall. 

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

A little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures. 

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Victorian Underarm Hygiene

Victorian Underarm Hygiene

Today's standard of hygiene is vastly different from Victorian standards. Lisha investigates some ways to keep tidy in 19th century costume.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

You wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police, part 2: eveningwear & sportswear.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

You wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police. Part 1 covers daywear.

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Making a Balayeuse

Making a Balayeuse

You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?

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Pattern Illustration, Part 2

Pattern Illustration, Part 2

In part two of her series on illustrating your own pattern directions, Lisha teaches us how to create a digital sketch, step-by-step!

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Pattern Illustration, Part 1

Pattern Illustration, Part 1

Creating your own line of sewing patterns? You'll need strong illustrations, an appealing cover image and clear diagrams - here's how...

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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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