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.
Early medieval clothing: a potato sack with a girdle? Not necessarily: here lies an astonishing wealth of fabric, colour & detail.
Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.
Study & construction of these two garments, plus how to make a fashionable gown/jacket worn over the doublet.
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!
Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...
Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.
Izabela shows you how to recreate a habit much like the beautiful example in Kyoto, and even tests it for us, on horseback!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.