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How to Make Leather Masks

How to Make Leather Masks

Masks are great fun for carnivals, cosplay or balls. Caroline shows how to make a new accessory that's a real conversation starter.

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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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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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How to Make a Mini Tricorn Hat

How to Make a Mini Tricorn Hat

Mini hats are a great, fun accompaniment to an ensemble and an adorable way to use up extra fabric. Lisa shows us how to block and decorate a mini tricorn. 

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Drafting 4: Sleeves and Skirts

Drafting 4: Sleeves and Skirts

Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.

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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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Sewing Basics: Seven Seam Finishes

Sewing Basics: Seven Seam Finishes

Unless your garment is fully lined, it's important to finish the seam allowances so the raw edges won't fray. Lisha shows us seven options.

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Press As You Sew

Press As You Sew

Expert costume makers know it is vital to press seams and shape fabric with an iron as you sew. Lisha tells us why and shares tips for how to press more effectively.

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Historical Fastenings

Historical Fastenings

Through history we have invented various ways to close our garments, but which one is right for your period? Izabela explores a range of historical fastenings. 

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

In Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.

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Perfect Hand Sewn Buttonholes

Perfect Hand Sewn Buttonholes

The art and science of hand sewn buttonholes, looking close-up at museum examples and then making our own in four simple stages.

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Man vs Machine

Man vs Machine

Lynn finds out whether several tools and machines are worth the money, or whether they just make a simple job more complicated. 

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Matching Plaids & Stripes 2

Matching Plaids & Stripes 2

Diane shows us how to use "Match Points" to guarantee that your garment has perfectly matched plaids or stripes.

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Matching Plaids & Stripes 1

Matching Plaids & Stripes 1

Plaids are Difficult, Stripes are Tricky, so we avoid them. But they can be tamed to impressive results: Diane shows how!

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Stripes! History and How-To

Stripes!  History and How-To

What stripes can mean and when they're appropriate, plus secrets to choosing, using, cutting and matching striped fabric.

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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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How to Make Cartridge Pleats

How to Make Cartridge Pleats

Cartridge pleating is one of the best ways to fit a ton of fabric into a small space. Here's two tried and tested methods to accomplish it.

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