An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.
An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!
It was a couple of years ago that, resigned to a half hour of boredom, I picked up a nondescript magazine in my doctor's surgery. To my surprise and delight, it wasn't long before I was willing the delay to continue for as long as possible, for within the pages of that dog-eared periodical was an article about the Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company.
Costuming is fun, but winning is pretty fun, too. Elizabeth gives some tips on how to make a good impression in a live costume contest.
A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.
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.
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.
In Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!
Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.
Michelle's clever painted embellishment techniques allow you to reproduce the beauty of historic embroidered fabrics and help those dream dressmaking projects become a reality.
When making a historical dress, it can often be difficult to find interesting trim in a suitable color. Mette shows us how to make our own fringe.
Ageing, dyeing, and distressing aren't downers when we're talking about fabric. Here's how to make new clothes look old.
The key to an accurate 18th century gown is the right fabric. Hallie explains what to look for and what to avoid when you're shopping.
Gina Barrett shows us how to make Deaths' Head buttons, one type of the many different type of passementerie buttons.
How to create stand-alone miniature works of textile art with cord, thread and a few pins.