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Fabrics & materials

Soutache Braid

stouache-iconSoutache is a fantastic looking Victorian trim. Even better, it offers a huge visual impact with relatively little work attached to it!

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When Can I Wear It, Part 2

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

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Buying a Sewing Machine

SquarepicChoosing 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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Working with Lace

LaceApplique   1Lace 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?

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

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Sewing Basics: Seven Seam Finishes

squarepicUnless your garment is fully lined, it's important to finish the seam allowances so the raw edges won't fray. Lisha shows us seven options.

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Fabric Shopping in London

SquarepicA 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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Making Victorian Needlework Buttons

decor13Gina shows us how to make needlework buttons inspired by a Victorian dressing gown - good buttons can raise an average gown to astounding.

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Transferring Embroidery Designs to Dark Fabric

squarepicTransferring 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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