Two easy techniques to create beautiful and convincing portrait and mourning jewelry appropriate for 18th and 19th centuries.
Myths about Victorian clothing can be pervasive. Here, Lisha sets us straight on 9 common misgivings about Victorian dress.
Not every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.
Now that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.
Lisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall.
The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.
Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.
This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.
The world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)
Nikki concludes her Swiss waist study by constructing a final garment from an original 1860 pattern using accurate methods.
Now that we've studied many original Swiss Waists, here's how to draft and construct as close to the original style as possible.
The lobster tail bustle is a classic for a reason. Here, Christina shows us how to put some junk in that trunk (includes free pattern).
Studying the construction of an original Worth bodice so that we can discover and recreate the magic of Worth in our own work.
What's not to love about a bustle gown? Christina puts aside the lobster tail, makes some different bustles and compares the effects.
Exploring Charles Frederick's story to find the secrets behind his genius, and thus capture the magic of Worth in our own work.
Nikki continues her journey through the world of Swiss Waist Belts, drafting one from scratch and one from an original Victorian pattern.
What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all.
Dolman mantles were exceedingly popular late Victorian outerwear. Chantal shows us how to recreate this type of sleeved 19th century cloak.