Victorian

Miniatures & Mourning Jewelry

Miniatures & Mourning Jewelry

Two easy techniques to create beautiful and convincing portrait and mourning jewelry appropriate for 18th and 19th centuries.

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Victorian Underwear Myths

Victorian Underwear Myths

Not every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

Now that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

Lisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall. 

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures. 

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Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.

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How to Revive Hinged Purses

How to Revive Hinged Purses

The world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)

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Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Swiss Waist, 4: The Historical Pattern

Nikki concludes her Swiss waist study by constructing a final garment from an original 1860 pattern using accurate methods.

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Swiss Waist, Part 3

Swiss Waist, Part 3

Now that we've studied many original Swiss Waists, here's how to draft and construct as close to the original style as possible.

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Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

Lobster Tail Bustle Pattern & How-To

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).  

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How To Make A Worth Gown 2

How To Make A Worth Gown 2

Studying the construction of an original Worth bodice so that we can discover and recreate the magic of Worth in our own work.

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Bustles, Bustles, and More Bustles

Bustles, Bustles, and More Bustles

What's not to love about a bustle gown? Christina puts aside the lobster tail, makes some different bustles and compares the effects.

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How To Make A Worth Gown 1

How To Make A Worth Gown 1

Exploring Charles Frederick's story to find the secrets behind his genius, and thus capture the magic of Worth in our own work.

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Swiss Waist, Part 2

Swiss Waist, Part 2

Nikki continues her journey through the world of Swiss Waist Belts, drafting one from scratch and one from an original Victorian pattern.

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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 Underarm Hygiene

Victorian Underarm Hygiene

Today's standard of hygiene is vastly different from Victorian standards. Lisha investigates some ways to keep tidy in 19th century costume.

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Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

Dolman mantles were exceedingly popular late Victorian outerwear. Chantal shows us how to recreate this type of sleeved 19th century cloak.

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The Veiled Lady

The Veiled Lady

What's more mysterious and dramatic than a veil? Bess outlines the veil's role as a fashion accessory and finishing touch to any Victorian ensemble. 

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