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Monochromatic Embroidery

Monochromatic Embroidery

Monochromatic Embroidery is an umbrella term used to describe a type of embellishment popular during the 16th Century.

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Introducing Mrs Gainsborough

Introducing Mrs Gainsborough

The first part of a series which will dress Mrs Gainsborough, wife of painter Thomas Gainsborough, from the bottom up. Here, Julia introduces us to her subject.

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Easy 18th c. Quilted Petticoat

Easy 18th c. Quilted Petticoat

I love 18th Century quilted petticoats but I really hate quilting. So here's how to fake an 18th century quilted petticoat convincingly.

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Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1812

Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1812

A closer look at fashions for Winter 1812 from Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée, presented here for competition hopefuls!

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Fashion Forecast: July-Sept 1812

Fashion Forecast: July-Sept 1812

A closer look at fashions for Summer 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Fashion Forecast: Apr–Jun 1812

Fashion Forecast: Apr–Jun 1812

A closer look at fashions for Spring 1812, gathered from the pages of Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

A little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.

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Two Worth Bodices

Two Worth Bodices

Charles Frederick Worth is remembered as the father of haute couture, and Suzi Clarke has a couple of treasures of his to show us...

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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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Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Evening Bodices by Sunny Buchler

Analyzing the Construction of Three Victorian Evening Bodices by Sunny Buchler

I've often been frustrated that there are wonderful Victorian patterns available (published in the period or drafted from extant dresses) but there is very little information on how to put the pieces together or on the other finishing details that go into making historical dress.

Here I'll address this gap by doing a photographic analysis of the construction techniques used in three Victorian evening bodices in my personal collection.

Due to the Single Pattern Project, I'm most interested in the elliptical style. Two of the bodices were either worn with elliptical skirts or with the early bustle style, the third was probably worn with the earlier circular hoop style.

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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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Analyzing the Construction of Four Victorian Day Bodices by Sunny Buchler

Analyzing the Construction of Four Victorian Day Bodices by Sunny Buchler

While there are wonderful Victorian dress patterns available, either published in the period or drafted from extant dresses,  there is very little information around on how to put the pieces together in a historically accurate way or complete the other finishing details that go into making a dress of this style.

If you're going to go for accuracy with your Single Pattern Project, Sunny Buchler redresses the balance for you this month with her photographic analysis and comparison of the construction techniques used in four 1860s bodices in her personal collection.

Nine pages and over a hundred large and detailed clickable images in this article alone will give you every minute detail you could ever want to know about constructing your bodice!

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Celestia's Homemade Dress

Celestia's Homemade Dress

We're not the only ones who curse over our sewing. In the early 1870s, Celestia Freeman made herself a dress - and she struggled too!

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1875 Wedding Dress (2)

1875 Wedding Dress (2)

I have the honor to own my great-grandmother’s 1875 wedding dress. The more I look closely at this heirloom, the more fascinating it is!

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1875 Wedding Dress

1875 Wedding Dress

A close look at an authentic Victorian dress, with many photos, construction and sewing details, and fashion plates of the time.

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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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Linen Chemise, 1879

Linen Chemise, 1879

An eye-opening combination of machine sewing and delicate hand stitching.

Bonus article from FR

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Natural Form Era Socks & Stockings by Marion McNealy

Natural Form Era Socks & Stockings by Marion McNealy

Far beyond plain black or white, catalogs of the era carried fancy knitted stockings of all kinds. Get ready to shop for the perfect stockings, thread your embroidery needle or grab your knitting needles! We're diving into the realm of stockings and socks with fashion reports, catalogs from 1882, stocking embroidery diagrams and  lots of knitting patterns for socks and stockings for all ages.

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