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An Absinthe Fairy Gown

An Absinthe Fairy Gown

Jema Hewitt shows by example how to design fantastical Steampunk outfits without resorting to the same old clichés.

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Tackling Ambitious Projects

Tackling Ambitious Projects

Pulling you a little bit closer to tackling your dream project - why it's worth trying such intimidating projects, and how to succeed.

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Drafting 1: Bodice Sloper

Drafting 1: Bodice Sloper

Who better than the founder of a pattern company to walk you step-by-step through drafting, from first go to patterns for sale?

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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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Dress Fabrics 1770-89

Dress Fabrics 1770-89

A bad fabric choice can cause an accurate, researched, handsewn reproduction to look disappointingly modern. Here's how to do it right.

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Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding

Binding stays and corsets is frustrating... isn't it? Find out how to perfect your stays and corsets with our indispensible guide!

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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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Victorian Trimmings

Victorian Trimmings

Hecklinger's Ladies Garments, published in 1886, includes wonderful engravings of fashionable trimmings. We add the instructions!

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WWI Military Uniform 1

WWI Military Uniform 1

Elizabeth takes us through the depths of traditional theatrical tailoring with the construction of this brilliant WWI style military suit.

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Victorian Evening Hairstyles

Victorian Evening Hairstyles

Step-by-step instructions, with photos, for recreating five late Victorian evening hairstyles. All are suitable for the Natural Form era.

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Avoiding Difficult Customers

Avoiding Difficult Customers

Benefit from a pro costumer's experience of dealing with difficult customers, including how to avoid distressing ones in the first place!

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When's The Time To Go Pro?

When's The Time To Go Pro?

Turning your “hobby” into your career can be frightening. Before you give your boss and spouse the big speech, take our quiz!

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