The Winterthur Collection has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best from 1850-1919
Jacques Doucet was one of the great designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Joy introduces us to the man and his work.
Travel and adventure in far-flung lands go hand-in-hand with the advancement of the British Empire and the discoveries of new technology and science.
Want to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha guides us through the process, with valuable tips on doll size costuming.
Costuming is fun, but winning is pretty fun, too. Elizabeth gives some tips on how to make a good impression in a live costume contest.
A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.
Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.
Michelle's clever painted embellishment techniques allow you to reproduce the beauty of historic embroidered fabrics and help those dream dressmaking projects become a reality.
Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.
There's life in that old dress yet. Julia shows how she remade an old early C16th gown into a new Elizabethan one for her daughter.
Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete. This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.
Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...
A straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.
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.
We are now tantalisingly close to finally meeting Mrs Gainsborough in her complete C18th ensemble. Julia describes the making of her silk Robe a l'Anglaise.
Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.
The further back in time that you go, the more anachronistic modern trims appear... So what's a girl to do? Make her own, of course!
Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.