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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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How to Fit Yourself

How to Fit Yourself

A sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it. 

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Drafting 3: Regency Bodices

Drafting 3: Regency Bodices

How to transform a basic bodice pattern into three Regency bodices styles: gathered and two different styles of crossover bodices.

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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 1: Bodice Sloper

Drafting 1: Bodice Sloper

Who better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 4

Fitting a Bodice, Part 4

A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In Part 4, a failsafe method of checking the fit step by step, and we'll begin tweaking from there.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 3

Fitting a Bodice, Part 3

A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In Part 3, you'll make horizontal adjustments to the sloper, and then the first mock-up! 

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 2

Fitting a Bodice, Part 2

Nothing draws admiration from other seamstresses like a correctly fitted bodice. In Part 2, we'll select a sloper and make vertical adjustments.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 1

Fitting a Bodice, Part 1

A correctly fitted bodice is a thing of beauty. In this series, Michelle shows us how to fit a modern sloper and then use it to make a Victorian bodice.

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Tudor Cinderella (3)

Tudor Cinderella (3)

Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete.  This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.

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Tudor Cinderella (2)

Tudor Cinderella (2)

Making a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.

Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

1650-60 Banqueting Gown

Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.

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c. 1775 Dress: The Skirt

c. 1775 Dress: The Skirt

Serena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.

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c.1775 Dress: The Bodice

c.1775 Dress: The Bodice

Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.

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Fitting Regency Gowns

Fitting Regency Gowns

Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.

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1790s Transitional Brocade Bodice

1790s Transitional Brocade Bodice

This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.

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Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.

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Swiss Waist, Part 1

Swiss Waist, Part 1

What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all. 

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18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

Retro fashion is not a new trend. Jen looks back at a time when the bustle met the Watteau gown and Georgian style was 'à la mode'.

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Two Worth Bodices

Two Worth Bodices

Charles Frederick Worth is remembered as the father of haute couture, and Suzi Clarke has a couple of treasures of his to show us...

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