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16th and 17th c. Strap-work

16th and 17th c. Strap-work

Strap-work, an interesting and rich-looking technique, can enhance a garment without the need to spend a lot of money.

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Caribbean Pirate Dress

Caribbean Pirate Dress

More historically accurate than Disney, yet quick, easy and inexpensive, with separate pieces that can begin a mix-and-match costume collection.

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Setting in 18th c. Sleeves

Setting in 18th c. Sleeves

Sleeve patterns for 18th century dresses have a rather striking feature - they have corners. Here's how to set them in.

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Designing with a Regency Eye

Designing with a Regency Eye

The nuts and bolts of Regency:  how to be original, innovative AND authentic when Regency costumes are so often reproduced.

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Unusual Regency Costume

Unusual Regency Costume

Discovering ways to make your costumes distinctive and imaginative within the realms of historical accuracy.

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Butterfly Bustle Drape

Butterfly Bustle Drape

Folding and draping the fabric of a Victorian bustle was an art form. Let me show you how to create a simple "Butterfly" bustle drape.

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1890's Wool Suit

1890's Wool Suit

Dating this late 1890's wool tailored suit to a specific season and year, and finding the fashion plate that probably inspired it!

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Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Shopping in Paris: A Lady's Guide

Oh, to be a wealthy American traveling to Paris to order a dress from Worth! These original guides discuss what it was like...

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Edwardian Revival Skirt

Edwardian Revival Skirt

Making historical fashion wearable: original 1910s design & 1970s revival, all intended to flatter a curvy body as it is.

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Victorian Trousers, pt 1

Victorian Trousers, pt 1

I'm back with a tailoring topic that some of you requested and I'm more than happy to supply: how to cut and sew a pair of gentlemen's trousers. 

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Soutache Braid

Soutache Braid

Soutache is a fantastic looking Victorian trim. Even better, it offers a huge visual impact with relatively little work attached to it!

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Taming the Stash

Taming the Stash

Here's how to manage your fabric, trim, patterns, buttons, and other costuming materials before they take over your home!

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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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Sewing Safely with Children

Sewing Safely with Children

Sewing with a child around can be frustrating for the adult and dangerous for the child. Here are some tips.

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