With a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897.
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.
How to transform a basic bodice pattern into three Regency bodices styles: gathered and two different styles of crossover bodices.
Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.
Who better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?
A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In this series, Michelle shows us how to fit a modern sloper and then use it to make a Victorian bodice.
Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete. This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.
Making a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.
Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Serena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.
Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.
Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.
This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.
What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all.
Retro fashion is not a new trend. Jen looks back at a time when the bustle met the Watteau gown and Georgian style was 'à la mode'.
The Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.
Museums are full of elaborate, high-end Victorian gowns, but working-class garb is more elusive. Joy takes an in-depth look at an 1860's day dress.
I've often been frustrated that there are wonderful Victorian patterns available (published in the period or drafted from extant dresses) but there is very little information on how to put the pieces together or on the other finishing details that go into making historical dress.
Here I'll address this gap by doing a photographic analysis of the construction techniques used in three Victorian evening bodices in my personal collection.
Due to the Single Pattern Project, I'm most interested in the elliptical style. Two of the bodices were either worn with elliptical skirts or with the early bustle style, the third was probably worn with the earlier circular hoop style.