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Lisha Vidler

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 3

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 3

In the last part of her series, Lisha explains some final wardrobe tricks to ensure your theater production looks professional.

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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 2

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 2

Tips on improving theatrical costume, including the tricky issue of skirt, petticoat and hoop length - how long should each be?

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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 1

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 1

You're in charge of costumes for a theatrical production? There's a big task ahead! Lisha Vidler gives her tips on improving theatre costumes.

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10 Tips for Better Costuming

10 Tips for Better Costuming

We've all seen costumes that look breathtaking - such as our competition entries. Here Lisha shares 10 tips to help us achieve a top-quality finish. 

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Steampunk on a Budget

Steampunk on a Budget

The world of Steampunk is mysterious and enchanting. Lisha tells us how to add Steampunk elements without spending a lot of money.

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Fashion Sketches: Drawing Flats

Fashion Sketches: Drawing Flats

In a previous article, Lisha showed us how to draw our own fashion sketches. Here she introduces another type of costume drawing: the flat. 

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Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Want to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha guides us through the process, with valuable tips on doll size costuming.

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Replicating a Costume, Part I

Replicating a Costume, Part I

Have you ever wanted to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha examines the five steps to creating a costume replica.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 2

How to add more detail to your historic fashion illustration, how to use shadows and highlights, how to draw fabric, and how to add color.

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Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

Croquis: Fashion Illustration 1

If you want to design your own historic fashions, you'll do well to learn how to make your own fashion sketches. Lisha shows how.

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Victorian Costume Design

Victorian Costume Design

How to design an original Victorian costume—something new, that would be right at home on the pages of La Mode Illustrée.

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Buying a Sewing Machine

Buying a Sewing Machine

Choosing a sewing machine can be overwhelming. Lisha explains what to look for when buying and advises on the features you'll really use.

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Sewing Basics: Seven Seam Finishes

Sewing Basics: Seven Seam Finishes

Unless your garment is fully lined, it's important to finish the seam allowances so the raw edges won't fray. Lisha shows us seven options.

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Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part II

Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part II

Having a dedicated sewing room is a dream for many costumemakers. In part two of her series, Lisha shows us how to arrange and organize a perfect sewing space.

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Press As You Sew

Press As You Sew

Expert costume makers know it is vital to press seams and shape fabric with an iron as you sew. Lisha tells us why and shares tips for how to press more effectively.

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Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part I

Organizing Your Sewing Space, Part I

In the midst of a costume project, we all sometimes find our sewing area can get quickly out of hand. Lisha shows us how to organize our sewing furniture and supplies.

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

Designing Custom Fabric - part 2

In Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!

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Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Designing Custom Fabric - part 1

Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part IV

Completing our series on the world of fabric manipulation, Lisha walks us through techniques of shirring and puffing for a fabulous result.

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Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Basic Fabric Manipulation - Part III

Techniques for Victorian and Georgian clothing. This week, several types of box pleats, and then we'll step it up to discover ruching.

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