Izabela Pitcher

12th Century Dress – The Bliaut

 12th Century Dress – The Bliaut

Mention a medieval dress to someone, and odds are they'll imagine a bliaut. Izabela walks us through the construction of this iconic 12th century dress.

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Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Early medieval clothing: a potato sack with a girdle? Not necessarily: here lies an astonishing wealth of fabric, colour & detail.

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Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.

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15th c. Doublets and Jackets

15th c. Doublets and Jackets

Study & construction of these two garments, plus how to make a fashionable gown/jacket worn over the doublet.

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Katherine of Aragon

Katherine of Aragon

There are many Tudor dresses of 1530 and later on the re-enactors' circuit, but few earlier ones. Let's go back to 1510 and do something different!

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The La Maupin Mantua

The La Maupin Mantua

Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

1650-60 Banqueting Gown

Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.

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A Banqueting Suit

A Banqueting Suit

Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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1785 Riding Habit

1785 Riding Habit

Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.

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Regency Riding Habit, c.1810

Regency Riding Habit, c.1810

Izabela shows you how to recreate a habit much like the beautiful example in Kyoto, and even tests it for us, on horseback!

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1876 February Dress

1876 February Dress

Izabela describes the construction of a dramatic February 1876 ensemble - from original Victorian fashion plate to final trims and accessories. 

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The 1883 Walking Dress

The 1883 Walking Dress

Trains are gorgeous, but nothing beats a walking-length costume for sheer elegance and practicality. Izabela describes the construction of her late C19th walking dress.

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WWI Mourning Suit

WWI Mourning Suit

Izabela recently acquired a lovely WWI-era mourning suit in need of just a little TLC to be wearable again. Here, she describes its construction in detail.

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Historical Fastenings

Historical Fastenings

Through history we have invented various ways to close our garments, but which one is right for your period? Izabela explores a range of historical fastenings. 

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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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Marketing for Small Businesses

Marketing for Small Businesses

Being the 'mysterious costumer' may sound interesting, but it doesn't pay too well. Izabela tells us how to market our costuming businesses to ensure success.

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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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Steampunk Collection Part 2

Steampunk Collection Part 2

In Part 1, Izabela discussed the inspiration process for her Steampunk Travellers collection. See how it all turned out in this continuation ... 

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Designing a Steampunk Collection

Designing a Steampunk Collection

A lot of work goes into the design of a fashion collection. Izabela takes us through the process for her Steampunk Travellers collection.

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