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When Can I Wear It, Part 2

When Can I Wear It, Part 2

In part two, Polly looks at the development of fabrics, dyes and fastenings, and when they became part of popular fashion.

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When Can I Wear It?

When Can I Wear It?

What fastenings, fabrics, techniques and accessories can you use? Polly has a timeline of new fashion inventions.

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Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

Creating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...

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Steampunk - Where History Meets Fun!

Steampunk - Where History Meets Fun!

Steampunk style blends historic know-how with imagination, engineering and a dose of good humour. Here's how to get started...

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A Brief History of Smocking

A Brief History of Smocking

These textural effects have been used for centuries, from farmer's workwear to Liberty silks. Polly investigates and has a go.

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Interview With Slogger Rose

Interview With Slogger Rose

Meet Slogger Rose of The Ragged Victorians, who reject silks and crinolines to portray the great unwashed of 19th century society.

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The Etiquette of Mourning

The Etiquette of Mourning

The Victorian cult of mourning reached its height in the 19th century. Polly explores the traditions and etiquette behind it. 

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The Essential Apron, Part 2

The Essential Apron, Part 2

As 19th and 20th century fashion and society changed, so did the rules for when, where, what and how to wear aprons.

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The Essential Apron, Part 1

The Essential Apron, Part 1

Aprons are basic items but can add an authentic feel to a costume. Polly explores the history and explains why we should wear them more.

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