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The La Maupin Mantua

SquarepicMantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.

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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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17th Century Makeup

SquarepicPeriod makeup is probably the most overlooked part in a re-enactors outfit, but Elisa walks us through the process for the mid-17th century.

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

SquarepicThe pirate look has been dominated by the media since before Hollywood. Katherine sees what sailors and buccaneers really wore in the Golden Age of Piracy.

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

pirate iconThe popular image of the pirate is very different from the reality of C17th and C18th seamen - and how did that look even come to mean "pirate"? Katherine explains...

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Caribbean Pirate Dress

icon free smMore historically accurate than Disney, yet quick, easy and inexpensive, with separate pieces that can begin a mix-and-match costume collection.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

banquet-iconIzabela 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

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of HollandIzabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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