The Victorian cult of mourning reached its height in the 19th century. Polly explores the traditions and etiquette behind it.
Steampunk style blends historic know-how with imagination, engineering and a dose of good humour. Here's how to get started...
Creating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...
In part two, Polly looks at the development of fabrics, dyes and fastenings, and when they became part of popular fashion.
What fastenings, fabrics, techniques and accessories can you use? Polly has a timeline of new fashion inventions.
These textural effects have been used for centuries, from farmer's workwear to Liberty silks. Polly investigates and has a go.
As 19th and 20th century fashion and society changed, so did the rules for when, where, what and how to wear aprons.
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.