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Tudor Cinderella (4)

Tudor Cinderella (4)

In this final part of the series, we will complete the skirt to the gown and the hood and see Mistress Etty in her completed gown at Kentwell.

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

The popular image of the pirate is very different from the reality of C17th and C18th seamen - and how did that look even come to mean "pirate"? Katherine explains...

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

The pirate look has been dominated by the media since before Hollywood. Katherine sees what sailors and buccaneers really wore in the Golden Age of Piracy.

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A Banqueting Suit

A Banqueting Suit

Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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c.1775 Dress: The Bodice

c.1775 Dress: The Bodice

Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.

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Regency Children's Clothes

Regency Children's Clothes

What's a reenacting mum to do when the kids are too big for baby clothes and too small to be mini grown-ups? Regency toddler style!

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Mrs Pretty, Part 7 - The Eve of War

Mrs Pretty, Part 7 - The Eve of War

Now we've come to know Mabel Pretty fairly well, Julia takes us through her wardrobe, her dressing routine and her day. 

 

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Mrs Pretty, Part 2 - Underwear

Mrs Pretty, Part 2 - Underwear

Previously we met Mabel, Mrs William Tertius Pretty. Now Julia investigates the foundations to Mrs Pretty's 1914 outfit.

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Discovering Mrs Pretty, part 1

Discovering Mrs Pretty, part 1

Mabel Pretty is an ideal figure for a 1914 living history event. Julia introduces the fascinating woman she will be dressing in this series.

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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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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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Vintage Circus

Vintage Circus

Halloween is nigh, but no time to sew a new costume? Chances are you've already got something great in your closet - here is some inspiration to get you started!

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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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Interview: Lucy of History Wardrobe

Interview: Lucy of History Wardrobe

We meet Lucy Adlington of  History Wardrobe - a true costume chameleon with a wealth of knowledge across centuries of fashion.

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It's All About Sole: Shoe Rubbering 101

It's All About Sole: Shoe Rubbering 101

Historical shoes - gorgeous but can be tricky to walk in. Here's how to rubber the soles to avoid slipping & landing on your bum roll. 

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The Essential Apron, Part 1

The Essential Apron, Part 1

Aprons are basic items but can add an authentic feel to a costume. Polly explores the history and explains why we should wear them more.

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A Brief History of Eyeglasses

A Brief History of Eyeglasses

Many of us wear spectacles, so Trystan explores history of eyeglasses and offers some tips for wearing them with historical costumes.

 

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A Costumer's Guide to Conventions

A Costumer's Guide to Conventions

As fun as creating costumes can be, it’s so satisfying to show off your finery to like-minded people. Emmalia shows us how to handle a convention without going crazy.

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Planning a Ball that’s Historical, not Hysterical, Part II

Planning a Ball that’s Historical, not Hysterical, Part II

Planning an historical ball requires a lot of time and attention to detail. Heather and Raquelle have some hints to keep in mind when designing our own event.

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Planning A Historical (Not Hysterical) Ball: I

Planning A Historical (Not Hysterical) Ball: I

Attending a historically themed ball is a blast, but planning one can be quite a bit of work. Heather and Raquelle share their experiences to help make your event a success.

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