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Beginners' guides

The Question of Bulk

The Question of Bulk

Sewing instructions continually warn us to avoid bulk. But what is "bulk"? Emmalia explains good bulk and bad bulk...

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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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How to Sew with Ease and Pleasure

How to Sew with Ease and Pleasure

Sewing could try the patience of a saint, but it is possible for an impatient person to sew with ease and pleasure. Alison has tips to help keep frustration at bay.

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The Etiquette of Mourning

The Etiquette of Mourning

The Victorian cult of mourning reached its height in the 19th century. Polly explores the traditions and etiquette behind it. 

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8 Great Museums for Costumers

8 Great Museums for Costumers

Some you know, some you won't, but in any case, the next time you travel, consider incorporating your passion for fashion.

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Steampunk - Where History Meets Fun!

Steampunk - Where History Meets Fun!

Steampunk style blends historic know-how with imagination, engineering and a dose of good humour. Here's how to get started...

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Fashion Sketches: Drawing Flats

Fashion Sketches: Drawing Flats

In a previous article, Lisha showed us how to draw our own fashion sketches. Here she introduces another type of costume drawing: the flat. 

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How to Make a Mini Tricorn Hat

How to Make a Mini Tricorn Hat

Mini hats are a great, fun accompaniment to an ensemble and an adorable way to use up extra fabric. Lisa shows us how to block and decorate a mini tricorn. 

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Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Want to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha guides us through the process, with valuable tips on doll size costuming.

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Replicating a Costume, Part I

Replicating a Costume, Part I

Have you ever wanted to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha examines the five steps to creating a costume replica.

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Designing a Fabulous Gown

Designing a Fabulous Gown

A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

How to add more detail to your historic fashion illustration, how to use shadows and highlights, how to draw fabric, and how to add color.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

If you want to design your own historic fashions, you'll do well to learn how to make your own fashion sketches. Lisha shows how.

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Project Planning for Success

Project Planning for Success

Plagued by unfinished costumes? Sick of all-nighters? Big ideas that never quite come off? Here's how to make sure it works next time.

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Copying Your Closet

Copying Your Closet

Have you come across a piece of clothing or costume that you'd love to replicate? Caroline shows how to copy garments from our closet.

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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 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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Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.

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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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