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Passementerie Ornaments

Passementerie Ornaments

How to create stand-alone miniature works of textile art with cord, thread and a few pins.

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eBay and Beyond

eBay and Beyond

Tips and tricks for scoring big on eBay - and introducing some less well-trodden auction sites for vintage and antique deals.

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Man vs Machine

Man vs Machine

Lynn finds out whether several tools and machines are worth the money, or whether they just make a simple job more complicated. 

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Matching Plaids & Stripes 2

Matching Plaids & Stripes 2

Diane shows us how to use "Match Points" to guarantee that your garment has perfectly matched plaids or stripes.

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Matching Plaids & Stripes 1

Matching Plaids & Stripes 1

Plaids are Difficult, Stripes are Tricky, so we avoid them. But they can be tamed to impressive results: Diane shows how!

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And Now for That Other Stash . . .

And Now for That Other Stash . . .

"The Other Stash?" you ask. Shoes, hats, coats, wraps, parasols, stockings, undies... here's how to organise The Other Stash.

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Taming the Stash

Taming the Stash

Here's how to manage your fabric, trim, patterns, buttons, and other costuming materials before they take over your home!

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Stripes! History and How-To

Stripes!  History and How-To

What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.

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Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.

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How to Care for Wool

How to Care for Wool

How do you clean and care for wool without shrinking it? Diana answers some questions we've all asked ourselves at one point or another!

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Choosing Historical Fabrics

Choosing Historical Fabrics

Aren’t sure what type of fabric to use for period costume? Diana steers you toward more convincing, historically accurate fabrics.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Completing our series on the world of fabric manipulation, Lisha walks us through techniques of shirring and puffing for a fabulous result.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Techniques for Victorian and Georgian clothing. This week, several types of box pleats, and then we'll step it up to discover ruching.

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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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