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icon free smThe Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.

squarepicConstance explores how, during the mid C1800s, skirts expanded - supported firstly by stiff petticoats and then cage crinolines.

Workwoman's Guide stitchesAn outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava shows what we can do with the four fundamental stitches.

squareConstance concludes her exploration of the Victorian cage crinoline with the recreation of a large covered crinoline from 1868.

squarepicMuseums 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.

AvaT22tinyAn outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.

Finished Crin 7 100Constance MacKenzie continues exploring the crinoline's development, making a light & collapsible Victorian cage crinoline.

TinySquareAn outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava discovers that piped seams on Romantic era dresses may not be piped at all...

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

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