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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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Wig Basics: Straightening and Curling

icon free smA great costume deserves a great head of hair. Liz shows us how to get started styling wigs - straightening, curling, storing, and tools you need. 

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Making a Balayeuse

icon free smYou can easily picture your spectacular new gown trailing behind you as you make a grand entrance... but what about the dirt?

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16th and 17th c. Strap-work

icon free smStrap-work, an interesting and rich-looking technique, can enhance a garment without the need to spend a lot of money.

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Drafting 2: Historical Pattern

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Taking the basic bodice slopers from part 1, Jennie provides several examples of how to transform them into a new design.

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Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

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

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Resizing a Historical Pattern

spp icon free sm How to manipulate historical patterns like Janet Arnold's to fit you, both by draping on the dress form and by a flat pattern adjustment method.

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Turban Headdresses

icon free smReproduce authentic looking turban headdresses - as well as the beautiful ornamental pins that were used to secure and decorate them.

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Tales of the Duster

squarepicTravel could be a truly grimy experience back in the day. Astrida introduces us to the dusters that kept clothes from getting filthy.

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