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Lisha Vidler

Victorian Underwear Myths

Victorian Underwear Myths

Not every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, part 2

Now that you have a successful miniature toile, it's time to scale up and mock up the full size waterfall skirt.

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part 3

Lisha completes her investigation into this attractive style by showing us how to create a crisp and polished finished waterfall. 

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

A little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The Elusive Waterfall Skirt, Part I

The most eye-catching Victorian skirts are the most maddening to drape just right! Here's the insider trick to the waterfall skirt.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures. 

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Victorian Underarm Hygiene

Victorian Underarm Hygiene

Today's standard of hygiene is vastly different from Victorian standards. Lisha investigates some ways to keep tidy in 19th century costume.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

You wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police, part 2: eveningwear & sportswear.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

You wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police. Part 1 covers daywear.

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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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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 3

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 3

In the last part of her series, Lisha explains some final wardrobe tricks to ensure your theater production looks professional.

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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 2

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 2

Tips on improving theatrical costume, including the tricky issue of skirt, petticoat and hoop length - how long should each be?

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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 1

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 1

You're in charge of costumes for a theatrical production? There's a big task ahead! Lisha Vidler gives her tips on improving theatre costumes.

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10 Tips for Better Costuming

10 Tips for Better Costuming

We've all seen costumes that look breathtaking - such as our competition entries. Here Lisha shares 10 tips to help us achieve a top-quality finish. 

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Buying a Sewing Machine

Buying a Sewing Machine

Choosing a sewing machine can be overwhelming. Lisha explains what to look for when buying and advises on the features you'll really use.

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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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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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