Early 20th Century

Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet was one of the great designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Joy introduces us to the man and his work.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

A little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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How to Revive Hinged Purses

How to Revive Hinged Purses

The world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)

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1908 Dinner Dress, part 1

1908 Dinner Dress, part 1

A famous sketch of a beautiful period gown is re-united with its real life counterpart, and is then accurately recreated as new.

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Tales of the Duster

Tales of the Duster

Travel could be a truly grimy experience back in the day. Astrida introduces us to the dusters that kept clothes from getting filthy.

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Bathing Boots

Bathing Boots

Bathing boots and shoes were very popular from the late 19th century through to the 1920s. Nicole constructs a functional, but very cute, pair.

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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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Creating a Vintage Wardrobe

Creating a Vintage Wardrobe

Have you ever wanted to take your love of period clothing into everyday life, but felt overwhelmed? Constance shows us how.

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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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A 1940s Evening Gown from the House of Worth

A 1940s Evening Gown from the House of Worth

The Chicago History Museum has a collection of over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. Here Katy analyses a 1940s example.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service In WWI - Part 3

The Australian Army Nursing Service In WWI - Part 3

Lorna continues to explore the process of recreating an Edwardian or WWI era nurse's uniform, using traditional dressmaking techniques.

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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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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 2

The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 2

Lorna plans the construction of an Edwardian nurse's uniform, using traditional dressmaking techniques such as classic flat fell seams.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

2014's Centenary commemorates the start of the ‘war to end all wars’; the Great War of 1914-18. In a new series, Lorna introduces us to the brave nurses of WWI.

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Two 1920s fabric handbags

Two 1920s fabric handbags

Properly researched accessories add credibility to your historic attire. Two wristlet purses, artfully gathered and sewn onto Bakelite bangles of the era: I'll show you how to recreate both.

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Lanvin Roses & Other Artificial Flowers

Lanvin Roses & Other Artificial Flowers

The techniques for making artifical flowers are simple. The effect, with some effort and practice, can be wonderful, either mimicking real flowers or merely suggesting them.

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The Ragtime Years

The Ragtime Years

In times of rapid social and technological change, what people wear changes dramatically as fashion collides with reality. One such era is the early 20th century.

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Tailored Details for Trousers

Tailored Details for Trousers

Details matter in tailored clothes. Nicole gives us a crash course in advanced high-end finishes that will elevate any garment.

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How to Make Edwardian Trousers

How to Make Edwardian Trousers

Charlotte concludes her series on patterning and making 19th century men's trousers with this smart Edwardian pair from 1901.

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