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Astrida Schaeffer

Early 19th Century Rouleau Trims

Early 19th Century Rouleau Trims

In the 1810s and 1820s rouleaux, or bias tubes of fabric, were a go-to trend for trimmings. Astrida shows us some inspirational examples.

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Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.

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Celestia's Homemade Dress

Celestia's Homemade Dress

We're not the only ones who curse over our sewing. In the early 1870s, Celestia Freeman made herself a dress - and she struggled too!

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Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Introducing the Boston Herald's fashionable paper doll, Mrs. B.S. Herald, and her spectacular wardrobe showcasing the latest styles.

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Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

Appliquéd Beauty: An 1890s Coat with Flair

The mid-1890s were a dramatic time in fashion history. Astrida explores the history and construction of this eye-catching, high-fashion, late C19th coat. 

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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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