Beginners' guides

Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.

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16th Century Jewelry, I

16th Century Jewelry, I

Accessories take an outfit from costume to clothing. A range of beautiful and authentic jewelry can be made using basic techniques.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 3

18th Century Women’s Dress 3

A straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.

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Regency Children's Clothes

Regency Children's Clothes

What's a reenacting mum to do when the kids are too big for baby clothes and too small to be mini grown-ups? Regency toddler style!

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The Iron Man Bustle Dress

The Iron Man Bustle Dress

Ever seen pictures of cosplayers and wondered what it's all about? Noelle introduces us to her Iron Ma'am bustle dress cosplay.

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Victorian Underwear Myths

Victorian Underwear Myths

Not every urban legend is true: Lisha clears up some common misconceptions about Victorian corsets and underpinnings.

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Swiss Waist, Part 2

Swiss Waist, Part 2

Nikki continues her journey through the world of Swiss Waist Belts, drafting one from scratch and one from an original Victorian pattern.

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Swiss Waist, Part 1

Swiss Waist, Part 1

What is a Swiss Waist, and how does it differ from a corset? Nikki Swift, corsetiere and stalwart of Foundations Revealed, explains it all. 

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part 2

You wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police, part 2: eveningwear & sportswear.

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Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

Rules for Victorian Dressing, Part I

You wouldn't wear an evening gown to work, would you? Here's how to dress without provoking the Victorian etiquette police. Part 1 covers daywear.

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Quick Victorian Petticoat

Quick Victorian Petticoat

To ensure your Victorian dress is always smooth and perfect, you really need a petticoat. Here's the fastest way to rustle one up.

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Butterfly Bustle Drape

Butterfly Bustle Drape

Folding and draping the fabric of a Victorian bustle was an art form. Let me show you how to create a simple "Butterfly" bustle drape.

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How To Make A Simple Bustle

How To Make A Simple Bustle

A small boned cage bustle - not totally historically accurate but it's an easy-to-wear support with a lovely period silhouette.

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Making a Balayeuse

Making a Balayeuse

You 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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Edwardian Revival Skirt

Edwardian Revival Skirt

Making historical fashion wearable: original 1910s design & 1970s revival, all intended to flatter a curvy body as it is.

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From Court to Empire, Part 2

From Court to Empire, Part 2

Great political change is often mirrored by changes in fashion. Morgan continues to explore evolving French Revolutionary fashions....

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From Court to Empire, Part 1

From Court to Empire, Part 1

Of course, Napoleon couldn't dress like a deposed courtier. Morgan explores French high fashion from the end of Louis XIV to the fall of Napoleon.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 6

How to make up for disproportions such as erect and stooping figures, and how to make your menswear stand out as historical.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 5

Authentic period techniques, simplified for the benefit of tailoring beginners. In part 5, Jason fits and finishes the jacket.

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Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

Late Victorian Tailoring Techniques 4

In our fourth instalment, we're finally ready to get into the art and the nitty-gritty of historical tailoring by hand and machine.

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