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Handsewing

The Workwoman's Guide Part 4

The Workwoman's Guide Part 4

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava discovers that piped seams on Romantic era dresses may not be piped at all...

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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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Making Victorian Needlework Buttons

Making Victorian Needlework Buttons

Gina shows us how to make needlework buttons inspired by a Victorian dressing gown - good buttons can raise an average gown to astounding.

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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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Transferring Embroidery Designs to Dark Fabric

Transferring Embroidery Designs to Dark Fabric

Transferring embroidery designs onto dark fabric can be difficult, but Sunny walks us through a time-tested method used by embroiderers for centuries.

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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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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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Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.

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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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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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Making 16th Century Ruffs

Making 16th Century Ruffs

Few garments are as instantly recognizable as the 16th century ruff. Constance shows us how to make the perfect finishing touch to your Elizabethan costume.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Working from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.

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Constructing a Late 18th c Calash

Constructing a Late 18th c Calash

The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.

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Making an 1812 Muslin Gown

Making an 1812 Muslin Gown

Serena takes us step-by-step through constructing an 1812 spotted muslin dress by traditional hand- stitching methods.

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A Regency Baby Gown

A Regency Baby Gown

Amanda analyses a rare find and compares it to museum examples around the world so that the techniques can be recreated accurately.

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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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Linen Chemise, 1879

Linen Chemise, 1879

An eye-opening combination of machine sewing and delicate hand stitching.

Bonus article from FR

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Tailored Details for Trousers

Tailored Details for Trousers

Details matter in tailored clothes. Nicole gives us a crash course in advanced high-end finishes that will elevate any garment.

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