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Marion McNealy

London Museums: Behind the Scenes

London Museums: Behind the Scenes

Suitcase, passports and a utility bill….? Here's all you need to know to get behind the scenes at the biggest London museums.

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Taking Great Museum Photos

Taking Great Museum Photos

Memory is fallible, so if you get a chance to photograph a museum collection, do it! Here are Marion's tips for great pictures in museums. 

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Organizing Your Research Materials

Organizing Your Research Materials

Drowning in books, web tabs, bookmarks and useful scraps of paper? Marion shares her tips and techniques for keeping research organized, both online and off.

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How to Find What You Are Looking For

How to Find What You Are Looking For

Marion shares a few of her tricks on how to track down artwork and historical information in a particular town or region that is off the beaten research path.

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Making the Most of Your Museum Visit

Making the Most of Your Museum Visit

When doing research at a museum far from home, it's vital to plan carefully so nothing is forgotten. Marion shares her tips for making the most of a museum visit.

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Planning a Research Vacation to Europe

Planning a Research Vacation to Europe

So, you’ve always wanted to see amazing museums and historical sites in person instead of just in photographs? Marion shows us how to plan our own research tour.

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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

We've gone through our links, pored over the bookshelves and searched for the best in books to help you create a masterpiece for the Natural Form Era 1876-1882.

We've got an awesome trilogy of ladies' tailoring books by Charles Hecklinger and his equally amazing trilogy of men's tailoring books.  

Having trouble getting a smooth fit to a cuirass bodice or Princess dress? We've found period  fitting guides with step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process.  Want to know what options women had for corsets and petticoats? Check out a mail order catalog from 1883.  And that's just the free stuff, not from a bookstore!

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Revolutionary Era (1770-1789) Bookshelf

Revolutionary Era (1770-1789) Bookshelf

Marion's got all the books and resources you need to create an amazing ensemble for the Revolutionary period:

The Must Have books and the Nice-to-Haves; A 1785 French fashion magazine with men's and women's dress, hat and wig fashions; and much more!

 

 

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Archive.org - Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and Dressmaking by Marion and Cathy

Archive.org - Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and Dressmaking by Marion and Cathy

Archive.org is an open digital library, without the international restrictions of Google Books. This month, we share with you a few of the great historical texts on a variety of subjects that we've found.

From 1820's fashion magazines to 1900's pattern drafting texts, to shoe making manuals and hairstyling guides, we've got a lot to keep you busy over the holiday season!

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Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

Who'd like a shelf full of free Victorian tailoring manuals? Yes, I knew that would prick up your ears! It's been a full year since Marion last shared a collection of dressmaking and sewing books. Inspired by Jason's series, she's been building another collection: mens' and womens' wear tailoring books from 1855-1886.

Looking for riding habit ideas? Searching for cutting instructions for a Norfolk jacket or a Newmarket skirt and jacket? We've got the answers here, in these complete digitised online copies of original Victorian books, ready for you to download and enjoy.

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Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

This month Marion McNealy shares with you some of the vintage corset making and fitting books that are online.

The books range from patterning and making an 1857 corset (perfect for the Single Pattern Project!)  to 1920's and 30's corsets, corselettes, brassieres, bandeaux and girdles. We've even got an excellent book from the 1950's for corset saleswomen on fitting a customer and making her feel at ease during the fitting process, still applicable to customers today!

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HEARTH Online Library by Marion McNealy

HEARTH Online Library by Marion McNealy

The HEARTH  (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History) online library is devoted to books and journals published in the field on home economics.

It has a large variety of books on many different subjects, and I'll teach you how to get the most out of this valuable resource! I also share some of the books that caught my attention and a few favorite quotes.

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Build Your Library - Embellishments

Build Your Library - Embellishments

This month we feature two books that focus on the details: buttons and three dimensional fabric manipulation. Both of the featured books are fun to look through as pure eye candy and inspiration for future projects.

 

 

 

 

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Build Your Library - Pattern Drafting

Build Your Library - Pattern Drafting

Starting this month, we'll be reviewing several books each month.

They could be new releases or old-but-good books that are key building blocks in any costumer's library.

This month, Marion McNealy reviews several pattern drafting books that are key components in her costumer library.

 

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Google Books by Marion McNealy

Google Books by Marion McNealy

Starting this month, we will be having two websites of the month. One will be focused on business or suppliers, the other will be research focused.

This month's research website is Google Books, specifically the home economics, sewing and dress-making categories. We'll share with you some of the really great full text/picture books from days gone by that we've found and give you pointers on where to find more!

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Designing a Fabulous Gown

Designing a Fabulous Gown

A fabulous gown doesn't happen by accident! Designing for a big event takes thought, planning, research and creativity. Here's how.

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Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

Drafting Videos 2: Basic Front and Back

In part two of pattern drafting, we move from measurements to creating a basic front and back block, a mockup, fitting and creating a final pattern, with seven step-by-step videos.

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Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

Drafting Videos 1: How to Measure

Before you can draft your own, personalized pattern, you have to take measurements. Marion walks you through this easy process in a few short video tutorials.

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Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Drafting a Basic Fitted Sleeve

Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.

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