Victorian

Tassels by the Yard

Tassels by the Yard

Gina Barrett shares with us the easy method for making yards and yards of tassel and pom-pom trim for your Victorian gowns.

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Passementerie Buttons

Passementerie Buttons

Gina Barrett shows us how to make Deaths' Head buttons, one type of the many different type of  passementerie buttons. 

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Passementerie Ornaments

Passementerie Ornaments

How to create stand-alone miniature works of textile art with cord, thread and a few pins.

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How To Make Lace

How To Make Lace

No matter how good a garment is, it can always be improved by adding some lace. Izabela looks at Punto in Aria and bobbin lace.

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Soutache Braid

Soutache Braid

Soutache is a fantastic looking Victorian trim. Even better, it offers a huge visual impact with relatively little work attached to it!

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Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

With a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897. 

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Frock Coat Drafting Review

Frock Coat Drafting Review

Elizabeth Estervig applies the scientific method to four frock coat drafts, testing each one and rating them all on speed, ease, and accuracy. 

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Draft Your Corset Pattern

Draft Your Corset Pattern

How to make your own personalised Victorian corset pattern - a class suitable for beginners! You'll be surprised how well it fits...

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Victorian Evening Hairstyles

Victorian Evening Hairstyles

Step-by-step instructions, with photos, for recreating five late Victorian evening hairstyles. All are suitable for the Natural Form era.

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Natural Form Era Hair 2

Natural Form Era Hair 2

Lynn continues her series on Natural Form Era Victorian hairpieces by showing step-by-step how to create a curly hairpiece, pin curls and curly bangs.

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Natural Form Era Hair 1

Natural Form Era Hair 1

How to make several must-have Victorian hairpieces from an inexpensive but lifelike synthetic hair. Let's start by making a switch.

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A Brief History of Hairstyles, 1835-1899

A Brief History of Hairstyles, 1835-1899

Modern hair is often a momentary affair: wash, dry, and go. For the Victorian woman, however, hair was not just an inconvenience or an afterthought: it was practically a religion...

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History of the Sailor Suit, Part 2

History of the Sailor Suit, Part 2

The sailor suit finds its way full circle, back into the fashions, the sewing classes and the uniforms of the 20th century, completing  the tale.

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History of the Sailor Suit

History of the Sailor Suit

The sailor suit was a ubiquitous part of the Victorian era. Emmalia explores its development and why it was so popular. 

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Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet was one of the great designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Joy introduces us to the man and his work.

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Fancy Dress Part II

Fancy Dress Part II

So you've decided you want to make a fancy dress costume? Trust Laura to get you started.

 

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Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress

Costuming has been going on longer than we have been around. Laura introduces us to Fancy Dress and the ways people have dressed up through the ages. 

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Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Want to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha guides us through the process, with valuable tips on doll size costuming.

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An Absinthe Fairy Gown

An Absinthe Fairy Gown

Jema Hewitt shows by example how to design fantastical Steampunk outfits without resorting to the same old clichés.

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Victorian Costume Design

Victorian Costume Design

How to design an original Victorian costume—something new, that would be right at home on the pages of La Mode Illustrée.

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