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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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1890s Cycling Gaiters

1890s Cycling Gaiters

Christina DeAngelo continues her bicycling tour de force with step by step drafting and making up instructions for a pair of perfect fitting gaiters.

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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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Beyond the Cloche 2

Beyond the Cloche 2

What are the key design hallmarks of an authentic 1920s hat, making it unique and special and setting it apart from later imitations?

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Beyond the Cloche

Beyond the Cloche

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!

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British VAD Uniform, Part 4

British VAD Uniform, Part 4

Constance finalises her reconstruction of a WWI Voluntary Aid Division nursing uniform with the apron, cap and accessories.

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Two 1920s fabric handbags

Two 1920s fabric handbags

Properly researched accessories add credibility to your historic attire. Two wristlet purses, artfully gathered and sewn onto Bakelite bangles of the era: I'll show you how to recreate both.

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The Essential Apron, Part 1

The Essential Apron, Part 1

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.

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A Brief History of Eyeglasses

A Brief History of Eyeglasses

Many of us wear spectacles, so Trystan explores history of eyeglasses and offers some tips for wearing them with historical costumes.

 

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How to Build a Hatbox

How to Build a Hatbox

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.

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Wig Basics: Straightening and Curling

Wig Basics: Straightening and Curling

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. 

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Paper Wigs 2

Paper Wigs 2

In Part 2, Lynn shows how to make several more hairstyles, add the finishing touches, and make the wigs removable.

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Paper Wigs

Paper Wigs

Lynn shows how to display your hats like a museum would, by making paper wigs for headforms.

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