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.
A closer look at fashions for Winter 1812 from Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée, presented here for competition hopefuls!
A closer look at fashions for Autumn 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and presented here for competition hopefuls!
A closer look at fashions for Summer 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.
A closer look at fashions for Spring 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.
Need a new hat? Maybe a fresh velvet hat for Fall will pick up your spirits. Try this easy-to-make hat from Fall 1927.
What are the key design hallmarks of an authentic 1920s hat, making it unique and special and setting it apart from later imitations?
In the beginning there was the Cloche, and that was the only truly fashionable hat in the 1920s. Or was it? Marion sets the record straight!
Fashion changed immensely from 1914-18 and there's a wealth of information to explore. Here's our pick of the best resources for your library!
You've been asking us for more information about using color and line in clothing, so we have hit the library and found the most relevant (and entertaining!) information from history.
The best sources for cage crinoline supplies, corsetry, fine cotton fabrics for undies, and wide eyelet and cutwork lace for frilliness.
Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.
Here's a wide collection of suppliers for just about any corsetry supply you might wish for, even legal Baleen (real whalebone)!
Following a reader request, here's a brief tour of several websites that carry good quality, not-too-expensive new laces and trims.
In part two of pattern drafting, we move from measurements to creating a basic front and back block, a mockup, fitting and creating a final pattern, with seven step-by-step videos.
Before you can draft your own, personalized pattern, you have to take measurements. Marion walks you through this easy process in a few short video tutorials.
Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.
A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.