What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all.
C. Claridge translates some gorgeous but cryptic Victorian instructions into modern-style knitting and crochet diagrams, and then tries them out.
You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?
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.
Christina DeAngelo continues her bicycling tour de force with step by step drafting and making up instructions for a pair of perfect fitting gaiters.
Introducing the Boston Herald's fashionable paper doll, Mrs. B.S. Herald, and her spectacular wardrobe showcasing the latest styles.
What are the key design hallmarks of an authentic 1920s hat, making it unique and special and setting it apart from later imitations?
In the beginning there was the Cloche, and that was the only truly fashionable hat in the 1920s. Or was it? Marion sets the record straight!
Constance finalises her reconstruction of a WWI Voluntary Aid Division nursing uniform with the apron, cap and accessories.
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.
Many of us wear spectacles, so Trystan explores history of eyeglasses and offers some tips for wearing them with historical costumes.
A good hatbox is essential for keeping vintage or handmade hats safe and in good condition. Lynn shows us how to build one big enough for even the Romantic era.
A great costume deserves a great head of hair. Liz shows us how to get started styling wigs - straightening, curling, storing, and tools you need.
In Part 2, Lynn shows how to make several more hairstyles, add the finishing touches, and make the wigs removable.
Lynn shows how to display your hats like a museum would, by making paper wigs for headforms.