Patternmaking

Fitting a Bodice, Part 5

Fitting a Bodice, Part 5

In Part 5 of this series, we'll go historical now, taking what we've learned from the modern sloper and using it to fit a Victorian bodice pattern.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 4

Fitting a Bodice, Part 4

A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In Part 4, a failsafe method of checking the fit step by step, and we'll begin tweaking from there.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 3

Fitting a Bodice, Part 3

A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In Part 3, you'll make horizontal adjustments to the sloper, and then the first mock-up! 

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 2

Fitting a Bodice, Part 2

Nothing draws admiration from other seamstresses like a correctly fitted bodice. In Part 2, we'll select a sloper and make vertical adjustments.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 1

Fitting a Bodice, Part 1

A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In this series, Michelle shows us how to fit a modern sloper and then use it to make a Victorian bodice.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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An 1890s Bicycle Skirt

An 1890s Bicycle Skirt

Bloomers got all the press, but most women still wore skirts for bicycling. How to draft and make an attractive, functional bicycle skirt. 

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1890s Bicycle Bloomers Pattern

1890s Bicycle Bloomers Pattern

How to draft made-to-measure 1890s bicycle bloomers - "translated"  from a confusing but authentic historical source!

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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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1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

Natasha's quest to create a 1907 wedding gown from the bottom up has brought us to the second layer: the Edwardian petticoat, underskirt, and corset cover.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise. 

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Edwardian Revival Skirt

Edwardian Revival Skirt

Making historical fashion wearable: original 1910s design & 1970s revival, all intended to flatter a curvy body as it is.

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1912 Bookshelf & Influences

1912 Bookshelf & Influences

What books would have influenced fashion choices for a lady of 1912? What dress advice would a "stout" lady have been given?

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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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How to Make 1860s Trousers

How to Make 1860s Trousers

Continuing Charlotte's investigation of men's trousers of the 1800s. In this installment, she drafts and tests a pair from 1867.

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How to Make 1840s Trousers

How to Make 1840s Trousers

Patterning and observing the fit and style of a properly made pair of trousers for the gentleman of the 1840s. With drafting instructions.

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How to Make 1820s Trousers

How to Make 1820s Trousers

There are many styles of trousers through history, and many pattern making methods. Here's how to draft trousers from 1822 and 1826.

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A History of Trouser Drafting

A History of Trouser Drafting

Need some trousers? YWU Competition winner Charlotte Thomasius traces the history of fashion and cutting in mens' pants.

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Norfolk Jackets and Knickerbockers 1

Norfolk Jackets and Knickerbockers 1

Put some sporty spice into your look with a Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers. Denise shows us how to get started, with an overview and the pattern.

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Victorian Trousers, pt 1

Victorian Trousers, pt 1

I'm back with a tailoring topic that some of you requested and I'm more than happy to supply: how to cut and sew a pair of gentlemen's trousers. 

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