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Cathy Hay

How To Make A Worth Gown 2

How To Make A Worth Gown 2

Studying the construction of an original Worth bodice so that we can discover and recreate the magic of Worth in our own work.

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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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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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Goldwork Embroidery

Goldwork Embroidery

Cathy introduces this exciting and underused technique, and demonstrates how to make a peacock feather from the famous dress.

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Resizing a Historical Pattern

Resizing a Historical Pattern

How to manipulate historical patterns like Janet Arnold's to fit you, both by draping on the dress form and by a flat pattern adjustment method.

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Contracts for Seamstresses

How do I know they'll pay, and won't ruin and try to return what I've made them? The answer to most business concerns is to have a good contract.

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Starting a sewing business

Starting a sewing business

Wouldn't it be great to sew for a living? Here are a few of the pitfalls peculiar to sewing, and a few tips on how to make it work, too.

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"Corsets" by Jill Salen: review and competition!

"Corsets" by Jill Salen: review and competition!

This month Cathy Hay reviews the new exciting new book: "Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques"  by Jill Salen.

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Build Your Library - Tailoring Books

Build Your Library - Tailoring Books

As a seamstress, you may be happy to tackle just about any type of garment, but the thought of tailoring probably makes you feel a little faint and a lot intimidated.

Here are Cathy Hay's three favourite tailoring books that'll take away the mystery and show you the way, step by step, to beautifully tailored clothes both for you and for the gentleman in your life.

 

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August: Treasures of the Far East

August: Treasures of the Far East

With the Olympic Games controversially due to begin in Beijing this month, we thought we'd take this opportunity to give our costume construction-based Website of the Month an Oriental theme.

Here you'll find the best of the Far East, from traditional patterns to fine fabrics and the smoothest silk thread you'll ever sew with.

 

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March: Abebooks

March: Abebooks

This month I'm going to send you to another site that's not a costume site at all, but a site that you can use as a tool to open up your costuming horizons. And rather than tell you the theory, I'm going to show you how it works.

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Interview with Angela Burnley

Interview with Angela Burnley

Burnley and Trowbridge is a go-to source for historical costuming supplies and information. But how did they get started?

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The Members' Club and your Mentors

Buckle up, place your tray table in an upright position... because this is the week when everything begins to change at YWU...

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