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Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.

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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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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures. 

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How to Revive Hinged Purses

How to Revive Hinged Purses

The world is full of gorgeous metal frame purses with disintegrating fabrics. Here's how to restore them to beauty. (Includes pattern)

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How To Make A Worth Gown 1

How To Make A Worth Gown 1

Exploring Charles Frederick's story to find the secrets behind his genius, and thus capture the magic of Worth in our own work.

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Swiss Waist, Part 1

Swiss Waist, Part 1

What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all. 

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Making a Balayeuse

Making a Balayeuse

You can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?

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A Tale of Two Bicycle Bloomers

A Tale of Two Bicycle Bloomers

You can never have too many bicycle bloomers. Here's how to make a pair with a poofy leg, and another pair with a really poofy leg.

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1890s Bicycle Bloomers Pattern

1890s Bicycle Bloomers Pattern

How to draft made-to-measure 1890s bicycle bloomers - "translated"  from a confusing but authentic historical source!

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1908 Dinner Dress, part 2

1908 Dinner Dress, part 2

The construction of gowns in this era is often complex - but with the original gown as a reference, this dress can be rebuilt piece by piece.

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1908 Dinner Dress, part 1

1908 Dinner Dress, part 1

A famous sketch of a beautiful period gown is re-united with its real life counterpart, and is then accurately recreated as new.

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Tales of the Duster

Tales of the Duster

Travel could be a truly grimy experience back in the day. Astrida introduces us to the dusters that kept clothes from getting filthy.

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Bathing Boots

Bathing Boots

Bathing boots and shoes were very popular from the late 19th century through to the 1920s. Nicole constructs a functional, but very cute, pair.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

1907 Wedding Dress Part 2

Natasha's quest to create a 1907 wedding gown from the bottom up has brought us to the second layer: the Edwardian petticoat, underskirt, and corset cover.

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1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

1907 Wedding Dress Part 1

Natasha invites us to look through her 1907 wedding dress project, starting from the foundations up. In Part 1 she covers the Edwardian corset, bloomers and chemise. 

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Last month I analyzed the skirt of a lingerie dress. This month I'll be looking at the associated blouse. In the Belle Époque it goes by many names: waist, shirt-waist, lingerie waist, lingerie blouse...

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Skirt

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Skirt

Analyzing, in exhaustive detail, the construction of a lingerie dress from about 1904. Sunny dives into the finer points of a beautiful surviving piece of pure frou-frou.

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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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