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Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

Creating and Fitting Historic Patterns

Creating and fitting historical patterns remains a perennial problem for costume makers. Luckily, our writers have the answers ...

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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 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 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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Resizing a Historical Pattern

Resizing a Historical Pattern

How to manipulate historical patterns like Janet Arnold's to fit you, both by draping on the dress form and by a flat pattern adjustment method.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 6

Fitting a Bodice, Part 6

In Part 6 of this series, we perfect the historical fit using what we've learned from the modern sloper, along with a little research.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 7

Fitting a Bodice, Part 7

In the final instalment of our ultimate bodice fitting series, we complete the look by fitting a period sleeve to our 1863 bodice.

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Fitting a Bodice, Part 5

Fitting a Bodice, Part 5

In Part 5 of this series, we'll go historical now, taking what we've learned from the modern sloper and using it to fit a Victorian bodice pattern.

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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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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 Point Princess Dress - 1882

The Point Princess Dress - 1882

Life often brings unexpected treasures. Kat studies an extant dress pattern from 1882 and looks at how this Natural Form Era gown fits a modern, uncorseted body.

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Costuming Actors

Costuming Actors

Professional costumer Suzi Clarke reminisces about her years at the RSC dressing actors, and then shares some helpful tips on fitting.

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