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Submissions to Your Wardrobe Unlock'd


Your Wardrobe Unlock'd™ is an award-winning* online resource on fine period costume making. 

Your Wardrobe Unlock'd is a weekly online magazine featuring the best in historical clothing from antiquity to vintage. We are devoted to helping our members push their comfort zones and improve their skills. Your Wardrobe Unlock'd is published by Harman Hay Publications.



What We Publish:

  • Tutorials
  • Complete projects step-by-step
  • Studies of antique or vintage clothes
  • Business articles
  • Challenges

Word Count and Tone

We like our articles to be at least 2-3000 words long and 25-30 pictures apiece. Your article should be written in either British or American English. You will need to keep our international audience in mind by using simple, clear sentences that aren’t too long wherever possible. Of course, good grammar and spelling are a must.

The tone of the piece should be friendly and conversational wherever possible. However professional or experienced you are and however academic your subject, remember to talk to the reader as if s/he is a friend! As for pitch, picture the reader as a seamstress who has a moderate amount of knowledge and experience in sewing, corsetmaking and/or costuming. She is enthusiastic to learn more, but is often frustrated to find that only the basics are available in existing books and online – our aim is to teach more advanced and professional techniques, but to break them down and make them simple. 

Curious about the type of articles we’re looking for? We have a wide selection of articles in our Free section that you can read through.

Image Sources

You must include information on where you got each of your images from - including the historical ones. Good public domain sources of photos are books published pre-1923 from Google Books, Archive.org,  some images on Wikimedia Commons (check the license), National Gallery of Art Open Access ImagesRijksmuseum Museum website (most are public domain, check the license), Library of Congress’s Photo website, and Flickr Commons.

The image must be allowed to be used commercially. There are other image sources available; if you need assistance finding appropriate images, contact the Editor. 

While you may not be able to use a particular image (such as one from a museum), we can always link to it from the article.

How to Submit an Article Proposal

Eugene Grassetm Encre L MarquetThe submissions process starts when you emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with an article proposal, along with a link to your website, blog, Facebook page or community where your work is displayed. The article should usually be new and as yet unpublished. The proposal will detail the subject of the article, its scope, its approximate length, and for larger projects, a project schedule with milestones and deadlines.

The Editor will then reply and let you know whether we are interested in your proposal, with available due dates and a contract.   

Once you have chosen your submission deadline, it goes on our publication calendar and we are counting on you to keep your commitment. The Editor will email you a reminder 2-3 weeks in advance of the due date.

If a you are not be able to deliver an article, we stress that you should let the Editor know as soon as possible so that we have time to arrange a replacement.

If you confirm that you will deliver an article as promised when we send out the reminder email, and then you fail to deliver it, all of your future articles will be pulled from the schedule.

Submitting your Article on the Deadline

Some writers have run into problems with sending large files and pictures for the articles via email in the past. Recently we've been testing a new webservice called Dropbox, https://www.getdropbox.com. for some of the submissions. This allows up to 2GB of free online storage for documents/photos/etc. It’s as easy as downloading a small program on your computer,  dragging and dropping your files into the program, and it handles the uploading automatically.

The Editor will send you a link to our submissions folder in your reminder email. It’s not a requirement to use it, email is still fine, but if it’s a large number of files you might find it useful.


Publication of your piece will be made up to six months after receipt. Unless stated, you will be expected not to disclose fine detail of as-yet unpublished future articles, future developments or confidential aspects of business that you may help Harman Hay Publications to develop. However, you are welcome to advertise your involvement with the site and general details such as the subject of the piece.

Your article will be commissioned for one site in particular, but it may be duplicated on another of our sites later, if relevant to both.

We reserve the right to omit or edit any work submitted or accepted at any time.

You Retain Intellectual Property Rights

We do not hold any exclusive rights to work published on our websites. The creator retains copyright of both the article and any images supplied. Your article will be published on one or both websites and will remain there as part of the archive of resources. You will be fully credited as the writer in both cases.

Due to the nature of the site as a subscription service and out of fairness to readers, we require that you do not publish your article elsewhere until at least six months have passed from the publication date. After this time, you will be free to publish as you wish. We’d be pleased as punch to see “This article first appeared on http://yourwardrobeunlockd.com ” attached, if you wish to do so, although this isn’t a requirement.


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It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, however. It’s fine as long as it includes:

  • Your name and address as a header at the top
  • The date (including year)
  • The company you’re invoicing (Harman Hay) and our address (see footer in contract)
  • The amount
  • A unique invoice number (this is important –but you can make one up!)

Payment rates are US$150 (or UK£100) per article (or per monthly installment of a multi-part series). We have prepared a standard invoice template on Google Docs that you can use if you wish.


Please don't let these submission guidelines limit your ideas. We are open to different suggestions, so if you've got a fantastic idea for an article, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We'd love to hear from you!



 * Nottingham (UK) Creative Business Award 2009 (Digital Media)

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