Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.
A bad fabric choice can cause an accurate, researched, handsewn reproduction to look disappointingly modern. Here's how to do it right.
In the 1810s and 1820s rouleaux, or bias tubes of fabric, were a go-to trend for trimmings. Astrida shows us some inspirational examples.
The nuts and bolts of Regency: how to be original, innovative AND authentic when Regency costumes are so often reproduced.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.
Bloomers got all the press, but most women still wore skirts for bicycling. How to draft and make an attractive, functional bicycle skirt.
What are the key design hallmarks of an authentic 1920s hat, making it unique and special and setting it apart from later imitations?
Tailoring depends on well finished details like pockets. Here are four styles of welt pockets that will make your sewing look professional.
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.
Making sense of the vast array of shirts, breeches, trousers, waistcoats, jackets and coats, stocks, stockings, garters and cravats.
Authentic period techniques, simplified for the benefit of tailoring beginners. In part 5, Jason fits and finishes the jacket.
In our fourth instalment, we're finally ready to get into the art and the nitty-gritty of historical tailoring by hand and machine.
A complete guide to period fabric weights and types, transferring the pattern to card, cutting out the pieces and economical lays.
Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage.
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.
Choosing a sewing machine can be overwhelming. Lisha explains what to look for when buying and advises on the features you'll really use.
A visit to London is the perfect time to enhance one's stash. Constance takes us on a tour of the city's best places for fabric shopping!
Transferring embroidery designs onto dark fabric can be difficult, but Sunny walks us through a time-tested method used by embroiderers for centuries.