Victorian

A History of Trouser Drafting

A History of Trouser Drafting

Need some trousers? YWU Competition winner Charlotte Thomasius traces the history of fashion and cutting in mens' pants.

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Tailoring the Tailcoat

Tailoring the Tailcoat

Modern tailcoats are primarily associated with butlers, but their high elegance has a great appeal even today. Elizabeth shows how to make one from start to finish. 

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Norfolk & Knickerbockers, Part 3

Norfolk & Knickerbockers, Part 3

The patterns, mock-ups and knickerbockers are complete, and it's time to tackle construction of the Norfolk jacket itself. 

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Norfolk & Knickerbockers, part 2

Norfolk & Knickerbockers, part 2

Denise continues with the fitting and construction of the Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers that she began in Part 1.

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Norfolk Jackets and Knickerbockers 1

Norfolk Jackets and Knickerbockers 1

Put some sporty spice into your look with a Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers. Denise shows us how to get started, with an overview and the pattern.

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Victorian Trousers, pt 2

Victorian Trousers, pt 2

Jason gives detailed instructions on constructing the period trousers he showed us how to draft last month.

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Victorian Trousers, pt 1

Victorian Trousers, pt 1

I'm back with a tailoring topic that some of you requested and I'm more than happy to supply: how to cut and sew a pair of gentlemen's trousers. 

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A Flared Top Hat, part 2

A Flared Top Hat, part 2

Covering and finishing a fantasy topper for a Mad Hatter, including printing fabric and making supersized hatpins

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

How to make up for disproportions such as erect and stooping figures, and how to make your menswear stand out as historical.

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A Flared Top Hat, part 1

A Flared Top Hat, part 1

When is a flat pattern not a flat pattern? When you can use it to create a hat that looks like it couldn’t have been made with a flat pattern...

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Authentic period techniques, simplified for the benefit of tailoring beginners. In part 5, Jason fits and finishes the jacket.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

In our fourth instalment, we're finally ready to get into the art and the nitty-gritty of historical tailoring by hand and machine.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 3

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 3

The third instalment features an exclusive set of patterns for YWU members: Jason shows you how to get the best out of them.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 2

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 2

A complete guide to period fabric weights and types, transferring the pattern to card, cutting out the pieces and economical lays.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 1

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 1

Starting with the complete basics of proper tailoring, Jason works towards constructing a late Victorian jacket.

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The Essential Apron, Part 2

The Essential Apron, Part 2

As 19th and 20th century fashion and society changed, so did the rules for when, where, what and how to wear aprons.

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How to Build a Hatbox

How to Build a Hatbox

A good hatbox is essential for keeping vintage or handmade hats safe and in good condition. Lynn shows us how to build one big enough for even the Romantic era.

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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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