Middle lower class clothing

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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Puritan Dress of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Puritan Dress of the 16th and 17th Centuries

There are many myths about Puritan clothing, but what's the truth behind the big white collars? Alison explores who they were and what they really wore...

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Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

In the final poignant installment, Julia brings Mrs. Gainsborough and her daughter home to the Georgian artist's historic Suffolk base, to show the complete outfits in all their glory.

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Hoops, Large and Small

Hoops, Large and Small

How to make 18th century hoops - small, pocket and medium sized - and some humorous period stories about their use. 

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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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Celestia's Homemade Dress

Celestia's Homemade Dress

We're not the only ones who curse over our sewing. In the early 1870s, Celestia Freeman made herself a dress - and she struggled too!

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The Point Princess Dress - 1882

The Point Princess Dress - 1882

Life often brings unexpected treasures. Kat studies an extant dress pattern from 1882 and looks at how this Natural Form Era gown fits a modern, uncorseted body.

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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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Interview With Slogger Rose

Interview With Slogger Rose

Meet Slogger Rose of The Ragged Victorians, who reject silks and crinolines to portray the great unwashed of 19th century society.

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