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With a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897.
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.
How to transform a basic bodice pattern into three Regency bodices styles: gathered and two different styles of crossover bodices.
Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.
Who better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?
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.
In the final instalment of our ultimate bodice fitting series, we complete the look by fitting a period sleeve to our 1863 bodice.
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.
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.
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!
Nothing draws admiration from other seamstresses like a correctly fitted bodice. In Part 2, we'll select a sloper and make vertical adjustments.
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.
Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete. This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.
Making a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.
Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Serena examines authentic skirt construction step by step, completing and adding the final flourishes to the gown.
Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.
Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.
This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.