Lisha Vidler

Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.

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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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Steampunk on a Budget

Steampunk on a Budget

The world of Steampunk is mysterious and enchanting. Lisha tells us how to add Steampunk elements without spending a lot of money.

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Fashion Sketches: Drawing Flats

Fashion Sketches: Drawing Flats

In a previous article, Lisha showed us how to draw our own fashion sketches. Here she introduces another type of costume drawing: the flat. 

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Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Want to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha guides us through the process, with valuable tips on doll size costuming.

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Replicating a Costume, Part I

Replicating a Costume, Part I

Have you ever wanted to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha examines the five steps to creating a costume replica.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

How to add more detail to your historic fashion illustration, how to use shadows and highlights, how to draw fabric, and how to add color.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

If you want to design your own historic fashions, you'll do well to learn how to make your own fashion sketches. Lisha shows how.

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Victorian Costume Design

Victorian Costume Design

How to design an original Victorian costume—something new, that would be right at home on the pages of La Mode Illustrée.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Completing our series on the world of fabric manipulation, Lisha walks us through techniques of shirring and puffing for a fabulous result.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Techniques for Victorian and Georgian clothing. This week, several types of box pleats, and then we'll step it up to discover ruching.

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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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Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part II

Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part II

Having a dedicated sewing room is a dream for many costumemakers. In part two of her series, Lisha shows us how to arrange and organize a perfect sewing space.

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Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part I

Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part I

In the midst of a costume project, we all sometimes find our sewing area can get quickly out of hand. Lisha shows us how to organize our sewing furniture and supplies.

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