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Drafting 2: Historical Pattern

Drafting 2: Historical Pattern

Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.

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Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.

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Resizing a Historical Pattern

Resizing a Historical Pattern

How to manipulate historical patterns like Janet Arnold's to fit you, both by draping on the dress form and by a flat pattern adjustment method.

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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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Easy Pattern Drafting

Easy Pattern Drafting

Taking the mystery, the jargon and as many numbers as possible out of the process of drafting your own patterns, step by step.

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Sewing: Health & Safety 2

Sewing: Health & Safety 2

Any hobby or occupation has implications for your health. Let us point out pitfalls & tips to help you sew longer!

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Sewing: Health & Safety 1

Sewing: Health & Safety 1

Possibly the most important article at YWU: pointers to help you avoid and manage potential ill effects to your health.

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Choosing Historical Fabrics

Choosing Historical Fabrics

Aren’t sure what type of fabric to use for period costume? Diana steers you toward more convincing, historically accurate fabrics.

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Sewing With Hooks & Eyes

Sewing With Hooks & Eyes

It's always worth revisiting the basic techniques that we give little thought to, just to check there's nothing we've missed...

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3 Secrets for Beginners

3 Secrets for Beginners

Three quick head-start techniques to help beginners attract maximum compliments with minimum blood, sweat and tears.

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Unlock your dream wardrobe!

Unlock your dream wardrobe!

Want to make the leap from home-made look to couture quality? Here are the best sewing tips from some great costumers.

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Turban Headdresses

Turban Headdresses

Reproduce authentic looking turban headdresses - as well as the beautiful ornamental pins that were used to secure and decorate them.

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Quick Victorian Petticoat

Quick Victorian Petticoat

To ensure your Victorian dress is always smooth and perfect, you really need a petticoat. Here's the fastest way to rustle one up.

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How To Make A Simple Bustle

How To Make A Simple Bustle

A small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.

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Making a Balayeuse

Making a Balayeuse

You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?

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How to Wear a Wig

How to Wear a Wig

Nobody wants a wardrobe malfunction on their head. Liz shows us how to put on a wig, keep it there, and make it look pretty. 

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Photographing Costumes

Photographing Costumes

Do your photos do your work justice? Here are the tips and advice that will help make your costume photos as good as they can be.

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