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This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.
Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete. This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...
Sleeve patterns for 18th century dresses have a rather striking feature - they have corners. Here's how to set them in.
Museums are full of elaborate, high-end Victorian gowns, but working-class garb is more elusive. Joy takes an in-depth look at an 1860's day dress.
Introducing the Boston Herald's fashionable paper doll, Mrs. B.S. Herald, and her spectacular wardrobe showcasing the latest styles.
In 1890s fashion, giant sleeves are essential. Here's how to get that classic leg o'mutton structure and perfect voluminous shape.
Naomi completes her 1890s walking suit by constructing a woollen jacket with classic leg o' mutton sleeves and soutache braid trim.
Last month I analyzed the skirt of a lingerie dress. This month I'll be looking at the associated blouse. In the Belle Époque it goes by many names: waist, shirt-waist, lingerie waist, lingerie blouse...
Constance continues her exploration of a WWI VAD nurses uniform with the construction of the dresses' shirtwaist bodice.
Sunny continues her examination and deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, focusing on the bodice and sleeves.
With a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897.
A sewing buddy can help you get it right, but what if you're fitting yourself by yourself? Jenny knows it's not impossible, and she shows us how to do it.
Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.
Marion shares with us her secrets of drafting stress free fitted sleeves that set into the armscye easily every time.