Chantal Filson

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Making 18th century hats out of modern placemats? What about the crown? Here's how to add a soft silk crown, and a buckram option too.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

The bergere hat looks terrific on everyone. Chantal walks us through making a perfectly lovely one from a placemat, of all things!

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Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

Dolman mantles were exceedingly popular late Victorian outerwear. Chantal shows us how to recreate this type of sleeved 19th century cloak.

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1880s Tall Hats

1880s Tall Hats

The Victorian tall hat ruled the fashion pages in the 1880s. Chantal teaches us how 19th century ladies made, trimmed and wore this striking style. 

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1880s Directoire Coat Study

1880s Directoire Coat Study

Good examples of 19th century ladies tailoring aren't always easy to find. Chantal walks us through a study of her new treasure, a Directoire coat from the 1880s.

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Period Costume for Film 2

Period Costume for Film 2

In part 2 of her series, Chantal explains the practicalities of working in Wardrobe and gives plenty of excellent insider tips and tricks...

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Period Costume for Film 1

Period Costume for Film 1

Ever wondered how those costumes get on screen? Chantal explains the process of getting hired and starting out in film costume design.

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Vintage Circus

Vintage Circus

Halloween is nigh, but no time to sew a new costume? Chances are you've already got something great in your closet - here is some inspiration to get you started!

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