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The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!

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December: Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

December: Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company

It was a couple of years ago that, resigned to a half hour of boredom, I picked up a nondescript magazine in my doctor's surgery. To my surprise and delight, it wasn't long before I was willing the delay to continue for as long as possible, for within the pages of that dog-eared periodical was an article about the Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company.

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Costuming for Competition

Costuming for Competition

Costuming is fun, but winning is pretty fun, too. Elizabeth gives some tips on how to make a good impression in a live costume contest.

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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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Making Your Workspace Work For You

Making Your Workspace Work For You

If you want to sew but never seem to do it, maybe it's your space that's the problem. Here are some clever hacks to fix YOUR sewing space.

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Working with Lace

Working with Lace

Lace fabric makes dazzling headwear for many historical periods. Here are several projects that use lace fabric to its full advantage. 

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When Can I Wear It, Part 2

When Can I Wear It, Part 2

In part two, Polly looks at the development of fabrics, dyes and fastenings, and when they became part of popular fashion.

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When Can I Wear It?

When Can I Wear It?

What fastenings, fabrics, techniques and accessories can you use? Polly has a timeline of new fashion inventions.

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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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Fabric Shopping in London

Fabric Shopping in London

A visit to London is the perfect time to enhance one's stash. Constance takes us on a tour of the city's best places for fabric shopping!

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Transferring Embroidery Designs to Dark Fabric

Transferring Embroidery Designs to Dark Fabric

Transferring embroidery designs onto dark fabric can be difficult, but Sunny walks us through a time-tested method used by embroiderers for centuries.

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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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Silk Painting on Costumes

Silk Painting on Costumes

Michelle's clever painted embellishment techniques allow you to reproduce the beauty of historic embroidered fabrics and help those dream dressmaking projects become a reality.

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How To Make Fringe

How To Make Fringe

When making a historical dress, it can often be difficult to find interesting trim in a suitable color. Mette shows us how to make our own fringe.

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Distressing and Ageing

Distressing and Ageing

Ageing, dyeing, and distressing aren't downers when we're talking about fabric. Here's how to make new clothes look old.

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Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing

Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing

The key to an accurate 18th century gown is the right fabric. Hallie explains what to look for and what to avoid when you're shopping.

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Passementerie Buttons

Passementerie Buttons

Gina Barrett shows us how to make Deaths' Head buttons, one type of the many different type of  passementerie buttons. 

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Passementerie Ornaments

Passementerie Ornaments

How to create stand-alone miniature works of textile art with cord, thread and a few pins.

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