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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part II

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part II

Continue to refresh and strengthen your core fabric manipulation skills with gathered ruffles and pleating techniques.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part I

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part I

Our ancestors did not hold back with embellishment! Let's strengthen our own core fabric manipulation skills to match theirs.

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A Brief History of Smocking

A Brief History of Smocking

These textural effects have been used for centuries, from farmer's workwear to Liberty silks. Polly investigates and has a go.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 4

The Workwoman's Guide Part 4

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava discovers that piped seams on Romantic era dresses may not be piped at all...

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!

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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

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!

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Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

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.

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Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

This month Marion McNealy shares with you some of the vintage corset making and fitting books that are online.

The books range from patterning and making an 1857 corset (perfect for the Single Pattern Project!)  to 1920's and 30's corsets, corselettes, brassieres, bandeaux and girdles. We've even got an excellent book from the 1950's for corset saleswomen on fitting a customer and making her feel at ease during the fitting process, still applicable to customers today!

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British History Online: Wills and Port Records by Marion McNealy

British History Online: Wills and Port Records by Marion McNealy

...to Elsabet Rowth one kyrtyll of worsted upper bodyed with blew satyn of bryderies...

The British History Online site is a wonderful source of first hand information about the clothing and material objects of daily life in Tudor England.

Come explore the riches with us! 

 

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Interview: Jennifer Rosbrugh

Interview: Jennifer Rosbrugh

Jennifer Rosbrugh is one of those lucky costumers who has turned her hobby into a career. Here she tells us about her passion.

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Interview With Slogger Rose

Interview With Slogger Rose

Meet Slogger Rose of The Ragged Victorians, who reject silks and crinolines to portray the great unwashed of 19th century society.

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Interview: American Duchess

Interview: American Duchess

Lauren of American Duchess turned her costuming hobby into a career designing historical shoes. She talks to Elizabeth about getting started and the delights of embroidered 18th century mules...

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Kathryn Stelzer aka Madame Kat

Kathryn Stelzer aka Madame Kat

If you make costumes for yourself, it's important not only to study the past, but to develop a sense of personal style.

One woman who has no trouble combining her own take on the Victorian bustle period with elements of Goth, steampunk and pure fantasy is Kathryn Stelzer of Philadelphia in the United States, known to her friends as Madame Kat.

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Letters, Q&A

Letters, Q&A

We answer your questions about the Double Period Project and about lace knitting patterns.

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Letters, Questions, Advice: May '10

Letters, Questions, Advice: May '10

Discussion on what style of dress suits a plus size lady best; adjusting a 1770's waistcoat pattern for a man with a large stomach.

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Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: April 2010

This month on the Letters, Questions and Answers page we have:

Two requests for men's clothing articles (and the answer) Regency pinafores as seen in Jane Austen films: did they really exist? A free, globally available wealth of Regency fashion plates in full color What does Dickens mean by a "comforter" in A Christmas Carol?

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Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

Letters, Questions & Advice: March 2010

This month:

Trisha asks about creating a dress form for a French fashion doll and patterns for it. Shawn inquires about the historically correct way to piece an 1880 chemise Cathy explains about the DPP Corsets competition and FR

 

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Whitework Embroidery

Whitework Embroidery

Is it Ayrshire, Madeira, Dresden work, Hardanger, Limerick, Carrickmacross lace or Broderie Anglaise? Know your whitework!

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