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!
Who'd like a shelf full of free Victorian tailoring manuals? Yes, I knew that would prick up your ears! It's been a full year since Marion last shared a collection of dressmaking and sewing books. Inspired by Jason's series, she's been building another collection: mens' and womens' wear tailoring books from 1855-1886.
Looking for riding habit ideas? Searching for cutting instructions for a Norfolk jacket or a Newmarket skirt and jacket? We've got the answers here, in these complete digitised online copies of original Victorian books, ready for you to download and enjoy.
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.
Frog fasteners give a military edge to any Steampunk style. Here's an easy way to achieve the look without getting all tangled up.
Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...
Izabela walks us step by step through the creation of an 1785 riding habit, including gold embroidered buttons.
Izabela shows you how to recreate a habit much like the beautiful example in Kyoto, and even tests it for us, on horseback!
Trains are gorgeous, but nothing beats a walking-length costume for sheer elegance and practicality. Izabela describes the construction of her late C19th walking dress.
Good examples of 19th century ladies tailoring aren't always easy to find. Chantal walks us through a study of her new treasure, a Directoire coat from the 1880s.
You can never have too many bicycle bloomers. Here's how to make a pair with a poofy leg, and another pair with a really poofy leg.
How to draft made-to-measure 1890s bicycle bloomers - "translated" from a confusing but authentic historical source!
In a new series, Naomi Barnes constructs an 1890s ladies walking outfit, starting with researching and making a tailored waistcoat.
Details matter in tailored clothes. Nicole gives us a crash course in advanced high-end finishes that will elevate any garment.
Charlotte concludes her series on patterning and making 19th century men's trousers with this smart Edwardian pair from 1901.
Tailoring depends on well finished details like pockets. Here are four styles of welt pockets that will make your sewing look professional.
Need some trousers? YWU Competition winner Charlotte Thomasius traces the history of fashion and cutting in mens' pants.