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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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Revolutionary Era (1770-1789) Bookshelf

Revolutionary Era (1770-1789) Bookshelf

Marion's got all the books and resources you need to create an amazing ensemble for the Revolutionary period:

The Must Have books and the Nice-to-Haves; A 1785 French fashion magazine with men's and women's dress, hat and wig fashions; and much more!

 

 

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Build Your Library - 18th century Costume Books by Loren Dearborn

Build Your Library - 18th century Costume Books by Loren Dearborn

If you're an 18th Century costume buff, odds are you already have these.

But if you're just now falling in love with Rococo they should be at the top of your Christmas list!

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Working with Lace

Working with Lace

Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage. 

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Silk Painting on Costumes

Silk Painting on Costumes

Michelle's clever painted embellishment techniques allow you to reproduce the beauty of historic embroidered fabrics and help those dream dressmaking projects become a reality.

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Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing

Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing

The key to an accurate 18th century gown is the right fabric. Hallie explains what to look for and what to avoid when you're shopping.

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Passementerie Buttons

Passementerie Buttons

Gina Barrett shows us how to make Deaths' Head buttons, one type of the many different type of  passementerie buttons. 

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How To Make Lace

How To Make Lace

No matter how good a garment is, it can always be improved by adding some lace. Izabela looks at Punto in Aria and bobbin lace.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Completing our series on the world of fabric manipulation, Lisha walks us through techniques of shirring and puffing for a fabulous result.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Techniques for Victorian and Georgian clothing. This week, several types of box pleats, and then we'll step it up to discover ruching.

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

The popular image of the pirate is very different from the reality of C17th and C18th seamen - and how did that look even come to mean "pirate"? Katherine explains...

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

The pirate look has been dominated by the media since before Hollywood. Katherine sees what sailors and buccaneers really wore in the Golden Age of Piracy.

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A Costumed Ball at Versailles

A Costumed Ball at Versailles

All dressed up with nowhere to go? Your 18th century gown would probably enjoy a nice trip to Versailles to party like the Sun King. 

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Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Placemat Bergere Hats, Part 2

Making 18th century hats out of modern placemats? What about the crown? Here's how to add a soft silk crown, and a buckram option too.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 4

18th Century Women’s Dress 4

Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...

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18th Century Women’s Dress 3

18th Century Women’s Dress 3

A straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 2

18th Century Women’s Dress 2

Katy walks us through the undergarments and accessories that helped create the fashionable 18th century look.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 1

18th Century Women’s Dress 1

Fashion is deeply connected with the socio-cultural world in which it arises. Katy explains some of the driving forces of the 18th c. world. 

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