Fitting

Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

We've seen the Tudor wardrobe of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, take shape and now we join her in the bedchamber as she dresses in the finished clothes.

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Fitting Regency Gowns

Fitting Regency Gowns

Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.

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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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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

How to make up for disproportions such as erect and stooping figures, and how to make your menswear stand out as historical.

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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 3

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 3

The third instalment features an exclusive set of patterns for YWU members: Jason shows you how to get the best out of them.

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Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

Creating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...

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How to Fit Yourself

How to Fit Yourself

A sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it. 

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Drafting 5: Publishing Patterns

Drafting 5: Publishing Patterns

What if you want to "standardize" your patterns and sell them? It's not as complicated as you might think... Jennie shows how.

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Drafting 3: Regency Bodices

Drafting 3: Regency Bodices

How to transform a basic bodice pattern into three Regency bodices styles: gathered and two different styles of crossover bodices.

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Costuming Actors

Costuming Actors

Professional costumer Suzi Clarke reminisces about her years at the RSC dressing actors, and then shares some helpful tips on fitting.

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Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

This month Marion McNealy shares with you some of the vintage corset making and fitting books that are online.

The books range from patterning and making an 1857 corset (perfect for the Single Pattern Project!)  to 1920's and 30's corsets, corselettes, brassieres, bandeaux and girdles. We've even got an excellent book from the 1950's for corset saleswomen on fitting a customer and making her feel at ease during the fitting process, still applicable to customers today!

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