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Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

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. 

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How to Fit Yourself

How to Fit Yourself

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. 

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Drafting 4: Sleeves and Skirts

Drafting 4: Sleeves and Skirts

Jennie demonstrates how to draft different styles of sleeves (long and short), skirts, and finishes up the 1812 dress.

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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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Fitting a Bodice, Part 7

Fitting a Bodice, Part 7

In the final instalment of our ultimate bodice fitting series, we complete the look by fitting a period sleeve to our 1863 bodice.

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Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.

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Tudor Cinderella (3)

Tudor Cinderella (3)

Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete.  This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

1650-60 Banqueting Gown

Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.

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A Banqueting Suit

A Banqueting Suit

Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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Setting in 18th c. Sleeves

Setting in 18th c. Sleeves

Sleeve patterns for 18th century dresses have a rather striking feature - they have corners. Here's how to set them in.

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1860's Day Dress Study

1860's Day Dress Study

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.

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Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Fashionable Mrs Herald Paper Doll

Introducing the Boston Herald's fashionable paper doll, Mrs. B.S. Herald, and her spectacular wardrobe showcasing the latest styles.

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The Shape of 1890s Sleeves

The Shape of 1890s Sleeves

In 1890s fashion, giant sleeves are essential. Here's how to get that classic leg o'mutton structure and perfect voluminous shape.

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Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 3

Early 1890s Spring Walking Suit 3

Naomi completes her 1890s walking suit by constructing a woollen jacket with classic leg o' mutton sleeves and soutache braid trim.

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Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

Lingerie Dress c.1904: Waist

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...

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British VAD Uniform, Part 3

British VAD Uniform, Part 3

Constance continues her exploration of a WWI VAD nurses uniform with the construction of the dresses' shirtwaist bodice.

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1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

1910-14 Velvet Evening Gown 3

Sunny continues her examination and deciphering of a black velvet Teens evening gown, focusing on the bodice and sleeves.

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