Aug 2013

How to Fit Yourself

How to Fit Yourself

A sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it. 

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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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The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

Building on her investigations into the evolution of women’s clothing in the sixteenth century, Julia now looks at the male wardrobe in the Tudor and Elizabethan periods.

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Turkish Dress in 16th Century Venice

Turkish Dress in 16th Century Venice

Fashion is a significant area of cultural borrowing. Sarah Lorraine examines the 16th century Venetian appropriation of Turkish dress. 

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Master Tailors' Exam and Books

Master Tailors' Exam and Books

Extant C16th garments are rare, but some tailoring books survive still. Marion explores the German and Austrian tailor's masterbook and the master tailor's exam.

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Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

We've seen the Tudor wardrobe of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, take shape and now we join her in the bedchamber as she dresses in the finished clothes.

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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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Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

The mid-1890s were a dramatic time in fashion history. Astrida explores the history and construction of this eye-catching, high-fashion, late C19th coat. 

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise. 

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Paul Poiret: A New World in Fashion

Paul Poiret: A New World in Fashion

Paul Poiret was known as the King of Fashion from the Belle Epoch to the Roaring 20s. Joy introduces us to one of the most important designers of the 20th century. 

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