Halloween is nigh, but no time to sew a new costume? Chances are you've already got something great in your closet - here is some inspiration to get you started!
"Emilly Ladybird" (aka Jema) explores how to create and costume interesting characters by investigating Steampunk archetypes.
Jema Hewitt shows by example how to design fantastical Steampunk outfits without resorting to the same old clichés.
How to design an original Victorian costume—something new, that would be right at home on the pages of La Mode Illustrée.
Pulling you a little bit closer to tackling your dream project - why it's worth trying such intimidating projects, and how to succeed.
An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.
An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!
The Winterthur Collection has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best from 1850-1919
Looking for some last minute gift suggestions? Cathy reviews two new books from 2010: Fashioning Fashion and High Style.
We've gone through our links, pored over the bookshelves and searched for the best in books to help you create a masterpiece for the Natural Form Era 1876-1882.
We've got an awesome trilogy of ladies' tailoring books by Charles Hecklinger and his equally amazing trilogy of men's tailoring books.
Having trouble getting a smooth fit to a cuirass bodice or Princess dress? We've found period fitting guides with step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process. Want to know what options women had for corsets and petticoats? Check out a mail order catalog from 1883. And that's just the free stuff, not from a bookstore!
Marion's got all the books and resources you need to create an amazing ensemble for the Revolutionary period:The Must Have books and the Nice-to-Haves; A 1785 French fashion magazine with men's and women's dress, hat and wig fashions; and much more!
Archive.org is an open digital library, without the international restrictions of Google Books. This month, we share with you a few of the great historical texts on a variety of subjects that we've found.
From 1820's fashion magazines to 1900's pattern drafting texts, to shoe making manuals and hairstyling guides, we've got a lot to keep you busy over the holiday season!
The Commons on Flickr is a collection of historic public domain photographs from a variety of institutions from around the globe, including the Library of Congress, National Galleries of Scotland and George Eastman House.
Marion McNealy shares some of her favorites from this collection from around the world.
Have fun finding favorites of your own and exploring this interesting look at the past!
This month we feature a great research site: Wikimedia Commons. It's so much more than a place to host pictures for a Wikipedia entry!
We'll show you how to use the site, demonstrating its vast scope, giving you some in-roads and showing you where to start when you're looking for ideas or references. No longer will you need to stare at a blank search box, wondering where to begin!
You may remember reading in January's blog that Katherine Caron-Greig was in Paris for the New Year, happily photographing some of the best paintings in the Louvre. Such was our jealousy that it seems only right to feature the Louvre as our Website of the Month for February!
I was once told how a woman vowed to visit every single work of art in the famous Paris museum; it took her five full days to see it all. The Musée du Louvre houses 35,000 works of art drawn from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections. The website encourages the visitor to "explore the works on display, taking a thematic or cross-departmental approach," but on such a vast site, this can be daunting! To get you started, we've picked out a few highlights for you...
Regardless of whether you've been naughty or nice this year, we've got lots of tempting ideas for your gift list, from tools to calendars!
Some you know, some you won't, but in any case, the next time you travel, consider incorporating your passion for fashion.
This month, we feature the blog, EnglishCut as our website of the month. Hear a classically trained Savile Row tailor share some of the secrets and the everyday realities of this ancient profession, including a half hour video in which you can watch him sharpen his chalk and work with the fabric.
This month, we talk to a master of accurate historical costume, German artist Mauritia Kirchner. Her portfolio features a vast selection of the most extraordinary historical reproductions, complete in every detail down to the exquisite hand embroidery and taking an average of six months to complete.
Mauritia agreed to talk to us about her work, her principles, her methods and her dream project.