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Authentic Handmade Trims

Authentic Handmade Trims

In this extensive beginner's guide, we'll look at lucet cording, fancy braiding and inkle and tablet weaving.

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Setting 16th Century Ruffs

Setting 16th Century Ruffs

Once you've made a ruff, it just needs starching and setting. Constance shows us how to finish off this most iconic of garments to compliment your Tudor costumes.

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16th Century Jewelry (2)

16th Century Jewelry (2)

Five simple techniques can make a wide range of jewelry to provide the finishing touch to your Tudor or Renaissance outfit.

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16th Century Jewelry, I

16th Century Jewelry, I

Accessories take an outfit from costume to clothing. A range of beautiful and authentic jewelry can be made using basic techniques.

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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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Accessories, 1770-89

Accessories, 1770-89

An introduction to late 18th century frippery and furbelows - the items commonly used to complete feminine ensembles of the beau monde.

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Miniatures & Mourning Jewelry

Miniatures & Mourning Jewelry

Two easy techniques to create beautiful and convincing portrait and mourning jewelry appropriate for 18th and 19th centuries.

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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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Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Patterning a Purse From Just a Frame

Sometimes you have a purse frame with tons of possibilities, but no pattern. Here, Lynn shows us how to make our own. 

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How to Revive Hinged Purses

How to Revive Hinged Purses

The world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)

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Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Nikki concludes her Swiss waist study by constructing a final garment from an original 1860 pattern using accurate methods.

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Swiss Waist, Part 3

Swiss Waist, Part 3

Now that we've studied many original Swiss Waists, here's how to draft and construct as close to the original style as possible.

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Swiss Waist, Part 2

Swiss Waist, Part 2

Nikki continues her journey through the world of Swiss Waist Belts, drafting one from scratch and one from an original Victorian pattern.

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Swiss Waist, Part 1

Swiss Waist, Part 1

What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all. 

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Victorian Jewelry

Victorian Jewelry

Too often we settle for pale imitations or modern costume jewelry to adorn our Victorian gowns, but that doesn't have to be the case: here's a guide.

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Victorian Knit & Crochet

Victorian Knit & Crochet

C. Claridge translates some gorgeous but cryptic Victorian instructions into modern-style knitting and crochet diagrams, and then tries them out.

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Miniature Portraits & Mourning Jewelry

Miniature Portraits & Mourning Jewelry

Two easy techniques, using polymer clay, to create beautiful and convincing portrait and mourning jewelry appropriate for the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Making a Balayeuse

Making a Balayeuse

You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?

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Natural Form Era Socks & Stockings by Marion McNealy

Natural Form Era Socks & Stockings by Marion McNealy

Far beyond plain black or white, catalogs of the era carried fancy knitted stockings of all kinds. Get ready to shop for the perfect stockings, thread your embroidery needle or grab your knitting needles! We're diving into the realm of stockings and socks with fashion reports, catalogs from 1882, stocking embroidery diagrams and  lots of knitting patterns for socks and stockings for all ages.

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Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Introducing the Boston Herald's fashionable paper doll, Mrs. B.S. Herald, and her spectacular wardrobe showcasing the latest styles.

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