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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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The Grey Shirtwaist Study

The Grey Shirtwaist Study

Luthien delves deep into the guts of her gorgeous, late-Victorian, grey shirtwaist blouse to figure out its history and how the Victorian dressmaker made it.

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1890's Wool Suit

1890's Wool Suit

Dating this late 1890's wool tailored suit to a specific season and year, and finding the fashion plate that probably inspired it!

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Last month I analyzed the skirt of a lingerie dress. This month I'll be looking at the associated blouse. In the Belle Époque it goes by many names: waist, shirt-waist, lingerie waist, lingerie blouse...

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Skirt

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Skirt

Analyzing, in exhaustive detail, the construction of a lingerie dress from about 1904. Sunny dives into the finer points of a beautiful surviving piece of pure frou-frou.

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Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Oh, to be a wealthy American traveling to Paris to order a dress from Worth! These original guides discuss what it was like...

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Creating a Vintage Wardrobe

Creating a Vintage Wardrobe

Have you ever wanted to take your love of period clothing into everyday life, but felt overwhelmed? Constance shows us how.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

2014's Centenary commemorates the start of the ‘war to end all wars’; the Great War of 1914-18. In a new series, Lorna introduces us to the brave nurses of WWI.

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Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1912

Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1912

Janyce Hill has once again consulted her collection of antique magazines to pass on authentic, specific 1912 fashion trends & styles.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 4

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 4

Sunny finishes her deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, with the bodice opening and velvet tabard.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

Sunny continues her examination and deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, focusing on the bodice and sleeves.

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Fashion Forecast: Oct-Dec 1912

Fashion Forecast: Oct-Dec 1912

 Janyce Hill of the Vintage Pattern Lending Library gives us the fashion forecast for October, November and December 1912.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 2

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 2

Sunny continues her examination of a black velvet evening gown with many of the characteristics of Teens high fashion.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 1

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 1

Sunny examines a very complicated early Teens black velvet evening gown with  many of the characteristics of high fashion in this era.

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1912 Bookshelf & Influences

1912 Bookshelf & Influences

What books would have influenced fashion choices for a lady of 1912? What dress advice would a "stout" lady have been given?

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Fashion Forecast: Apr-Jun 1912

Fashion Forecast: Apr-Jun 1912

Janyce Hill gives us the fashion forecast for April, May and June 1912, drawn from fashion magazines from that year.

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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 Ragtime Years

The Ragtime Years

In times of rapid social and technological change, what people wear changes dramatically as fashion collides with reality. One such era is the early 20th century.

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Vintage Pattern Lending Library

Vintage Pattern Lending Library

Janyce Hill of the Vintage Pattern Lending Library tells us all about her ambitious archival project, showing us a few of her patterns.

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