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Marion McNealy

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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Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1812

Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1812

A closer look at fashions for Winter 1812 from Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée, presented here for competition hopefuls!

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Fashion Forecast: Oct-Dec 1812

Fashion Forecast: Oct-Dec 1812

A closer look at fashions for Autumn 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and presented here for competition hopefuls!

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Fashion Forecast: July-Sept 1812

Fashion Forecast: July-Sept 1812

A closer look at fashions for Summer 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Fashion Forecast: Apr–Jun 1812

Fashion Forecast: Apr–Jun 1812

A closer look at fashions for Spring 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Oh, to be a wealthy American traveling to Paris to order a dress from Worth! These original guides discuss what it was like...

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Beyond the Cloche 3: 1927 Velvet Hat

Beyond the Cloche 3: 1927 Velvet Hat

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.

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Beyond the Cloche 2

Beyond the Cloche 2

What are the key design hallmarks of an authentic 1920s hat, making it unique and special and setting it apart from later imitations?

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Beyond the Cloche

Beyond the Cloche

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!

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World War One Fashion Library 1914-18

World War One Fashion Library 1914-18

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!

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1912 Bookshelf & Influences

1912 Bookshelf & Influences

What books would have influenced fashion choices for a lady of 1912? What dress advice would a "stout" lady have been given?

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Color Harmony in Dress, 1912

Color Harmony in Dress, 1912

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.

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Underpinnings supplies

Underpinnings supplies

The best sources for cage crinoline supplies, corsetry, fine cotton fabrics for undies, and wide eyelet and cutwork lace for frilliness.

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Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.

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Corsetry Supplies

Corsetry Supplies

Here's a wide collection of suppliers for just about any corsetry supply you might wish for, even legal Baleen (real whalebone)!

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Fine New Laces and Trims

Fine New Laces and Trims

Following a reader request, here's a brief tour of several websites that carry good quality, not-too-expensive new laces and trims.

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Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

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.

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Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

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.

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Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.

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Designing a Fabulous Gown

Designing a Fabulous Gown

A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.

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