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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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3 Secrets for Beginners

3 Secrets for Beginners

Three quick head-start techniques to help beginners attract maximum compliments with minimum blood, sweat and tears.

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Tudor Cinderella (4)

Tudor Cinderella (4)

In this final part of the series, we will complete the skirt to the gown and the hood and see Mistress Etty in her completed gown at Kentwell.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

1650-60 Banqueting Gown

Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.

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c. 1775 Dress: The Skirt

c. 1775 Dress: The Skirt

Serena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.

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9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

Myths about Victorian clothing can be pervasive. Here, Lisha sets us straight on 9 common misgivings about Victorian dress.

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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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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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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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18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

Retro fashion is not a new trend. Jen looks back at a time when the bustle met the Watteau gown and Georgian style was 'à la mode'.

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The Cage Crinoline, Part 1

The Cage Crinoline, Part 1

Constance explores how, during the mid C1800s, skirts expanded - supported firstly by stiff petticoats and then cage crinolines.

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Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

The Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.

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1860's Day Dress Study

1860's Day Dress Study

Museums are full of elaborate, high-end Victorian gowns, but working-class garb is more elusive. Joy takes an in-depth look at an 1860's day dress.

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Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Skirts, by Sunny Buchler

Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Skirts, by Sunny Buchler

I've often been frustrated that there are wonderful Victorian patterns available, but there is very little information on how to put the pieces together or the other finishing details that go into making a dress.

My goal with this article is to address this gap by doing a photographic analysis of the construction techniques used in three Victorian skirts in my personal collection. Due to the Single Pattern Project, I'm most interested in elliptical skirts, but I only have one in my collection. Therefore, I've chosen a skirt from the preceding Hoop era, and one from the following Early Bustle era to compare to the elliptical skirt.

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1876 February Dress

1876 February Dress

Izabela describes the construction of a dramatic February 1876 ensemble - from original Victorian fashion plate to final trims and accessories. 

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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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How To Make A Simple Bustle

How To Make A Simple Bustle

A small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.

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1876-8 Dress: Polonaise

1876-8 Dress: Polonaise

A wonderful example of fashionable US Victorian day dress, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 2 features the complete pattern.

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1876-8 Day Dress: Skirt

1876-8 Day Dress: Skirt

A wonderful example of fashionable Victorian day dress in America, composed of polonaise and trained skirt. Part 1: overview & skirt pattern.

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