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1785 Riding Habit

1785 Riding Habit

Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.

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Dress Fabrics 1770-89

Dress Fabrics 1770-89

A bad fabric choice can cause an accurate, researched, handsewn reproduction to look disappointingly modern. Here's how to do it right.

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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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Designing with a Regency Eye

Designing with a Regency Eye

The nuts and bolts of Regency:  how to be original, innovative AND authentic when Regency costumes are so often reproduced.

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9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

Myths about Victorian clothing can be pervasive. Here, Lisha sets us straight on 9 common misgivings about Victorian dress.

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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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Two Worth Bodices

Two Worth Bodices

Charles Frederick Worth is remembered as the father of haute couture, and Suzi Clarke has a couple of treasures of his to show us...

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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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Beyond the Cloche 2

Beyond the Cloche 2

What are the key design hallmarks of an authentic 1920s hat, making it unique and special and setting it apart from later imitations?

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Perfect Welt Pockets

Perfect Welt Pockets

Tailoring depends on well finished details like pockets. Here are four styles of welt pockets that will make your sewing look professional.

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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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Revolutionary Menswear

Revolutionary Menswear

Making sense of the vast array of shirts, breeches, trousers, waistcoats, jackets and coats, stocks, stockings, garters and cravats.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Authentic period techniques, simplified for the benefit of tailoring beginners. In part 5, Jason fits and finishes the jacket.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

In our fourth instalment, we're finally ready to get into the art and the nitty-gritty of historical tailoring by hand and machine.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 2

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 2

A complete guide to period fabric weights and types, transferring the pattern to card, cutting out the pieces and economical lays.

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Making Your Workspace Work For You

Making Your Workspace Work For You

If you want to sew but never seem to do it, maybe it's your space that's the problem. Here are some clever hacks to fix YOUR sewing space.

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Working with Lace

Working with Lace

Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage. 

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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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Buying a Sewing Machine

Buying a Sewing Machine

Choosing a sewing machine can be overwhelming. Lisha explains what to look for when buying and advises on the features you'll really use.

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