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Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

The chaperon was a popular men's hat in mid-15th century Europe. Constance introduces her interpretation of this iconic medieval style of headwear.

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How to Make an Elizabethan Wired Cap

How to Make an Elizabethan Wired Cap

Linen caps and coifs are a common element in women's, and men's, wardrobes in the 16th century. Trystan shows us how to make a wired, Elizabethan version.

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Frances' Hoods and Hair

Frances' Hoods and Hair

Frances' Tudor hoods and hair are her crowning glory. Julia shows us how she created the classic Marian style hood and frontispiece of the mid-16th century.

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Katherine of Aragon

Katherine of Aragon

There are many Tudor dresses of 1530 and later on the re-enactors' circuit, but few earlier ones. Let's go back to 1510 and do something different!

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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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Reconstructing The French Hood

Reconstructing The French Hood

Theories and new ideas on how French Hoods were likely constructed 1530-60, and their evolution afterwards.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Making 18th century hats out of modern placemats? What about the crown? Here's how to add a soft silk crown, and a buckram option too.

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 1

The bergere hat looks terrific on everyone. Chantal walks us through making a perfectly lovely one from a placemat, of all things!

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 5 - Linens

The creation of Mrs Gainsborough's Georgian wardrobe continues, as Julia explains the construction of her linen chemise and accessories.

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Constructing a Late 18th c Calash

Constructing a Late 18th c Calash

The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.

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Military Inspired Hat Pompoms

Military Inspired Hat Pompoms

During the Regency many women wore hats designed after early C19th military styles. Here's how to make the distinctive pompoms.

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Making a Close Bonnet of c.1810

Making a Close Bonnet of c.1810

The bonnet is the iconic accessory of the early nineteenth century: Serena shares how to construct a Close Bonnet of c.1810.

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Turban Headdresses

Turban Headdresses

Reproduce authentic looking turban headdresses - as well as the beautiful ornamental pins that were used to secure and decorate them.

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Feathers as Eye-Catching Hat Ornaments

Feathers as Eye-Catching Hat Ornaments

Lynn shows you how to create a whole range of eye-popping professional milliners' tricks by burning, dyeing, stripping, shaping and clipping.

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Millinery Design part 4: Ostrich Plume Confections by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design part 4: Ostrich Plume Confections by Lynn McMasters

My passion for Ostrich plumes started when I saw the opening credits of the 1997 movie Wings of the Dove.

Where do such plumes come from?

How do milliners fabricate them and can I create such confections?

These are all questions I asked myself then, and they led me on a course of study and experimentation. In this article I will share some of what I have learned along the way.

 

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Millinery Design Part 3: How to add Life to Ribbon Loops and Bows by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design Part 3: How to add Life to Ribbon Loops and Bows by Lynn McMasters

or My hat looks like it has a dead fish on top because the bow just lies there! How can I fix that?

One of the most often used decorative elements on late Victorian and Edwardian hats were bows and ribbon loops.

To a non-milliner, trying to recreate some of these fantastic hats may seem a daunting task. Here are some tricks that simplify things.

 

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Millinery Design Part 2: Adding Large Areas of Silk Flowers by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design Part 2: Adding Large Areas of Silk Flowers by Lynn McMasters

This month Lynn shows us how to add large areas of silk flowers or ribbon decorations to a hat, without using glue and without sewing each one on individually.

Why would you want to add decorations to a hat in this way?

There are several reasons, but the most important would be to save the base hat from being damaged, either because it is vintage or because you might want to redress it in the future and anything you do now will have to be undone.

 

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Millinery Design Part 1: How to Choose the Decorations for a Late 19th Century Hat by Lynn McMasters

Millinery Design Part 1: How to Choose the Decorations for a Late 19th Century Hat by Lynn McMasters

Have you ever walked into a large craft or fabric store to purchase the things you need to decorate that fantastic hat you're making, and been totally overwhelmed by the possibilities?

Should your hat be simple and elegant, or should it be a liberally decorated, multi-coloured feast of delights?

Professional period milliner Lynn McMasters shares her secrets with us in this new series on millinery design.

 

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Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Hats & Bonnets from Modern Hats

Straw was popular year-round for Natural Form headgear. Here's how to create three different shapes by altering modern sun hats.

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1880s Tall Hats

1880s Tall Hats

The Victorian tall hat ruled the fashion pages in the 1880s. Chantal teaches us how 19th century ladies made, trimmed and wore this striking style. 

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