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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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Frock Coat Drafting Review

Frock Coat Drafting Review

Elizabeth Estervig applies the scientific method to four frock coat drafts, testing each one and rating them all on speed, ease, and accuracy. 

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Men’s 15th Century Clothing in Italy

Men’s 15th Century Clothing in Italy

From camisas to cintolas - Aylwen gives us an overview of Renaissance Italian men's fashion in the 15th century.

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Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

The chaperon was a popular men's hat in mid-15th century Europe. Constance introduces her interpretation of this iconic medieval style of headwear.

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15th c. Doublets and Jackets

15th c. Doublets and Jackets

Study & construction of these two garments, plus how to make a fashionable gown/jacket worn over the doublet.

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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 Part 2

The 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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Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

Sailor and Pirate Attire 1680-1725 1

The 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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A Banqueting Suit

A Banqueting Suit

Izabela makes a banqueting suit for an English Civil War Nobleman... and next month, a sumptuous gown for his wife...

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18th Century Upcycling: The Afterlife of a Quilted Petticoat

18th Century Upcycling: The Afterlife of a Quilted Petticoat

When researching garments, one often comes across items that force us to think about clothes in a new way. Serena walks us through a mysterious pair of breeches.

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Tailored Details for Trousers

Tailored Details for Trousers

Details matter in tailored clothes. Nicole gives us a crash course in advanced high-end finishes that will elevate any garment.

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Perfect Welt Pockets

Perfect Welt Pockets

Tailoring depends on well finished details like pockets. Here are four styles of welt pockets that will make your sewing look professional.

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From Court to Empire, Part 3

From Court to Empire, Part 3

Morgan concludes that Napoleonic Imperial Court fashions were more inspired by dead French kings than revolutionary spirit...

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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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WWI Military Uniform 1

WWI Military Uniform 1

Elizabeth takes us through the depths of traditional theatrical tailoring with the construction of this brilliant WWI style military suit.

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WWI Military Uniform 2

WWI Military Uniform 2

In part 2, Elizabeth continues to explore traditional theatrical tailoring as she moves onto the construction of the lining and pockets of her military suit.

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WWI Military Uniform 3

WWI Military Uniform 3

In part 3, Elizabeth continues to explore traditional theatrical tailoring as she completes her WWI-style military suit and adds the final braid and buttons.

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Tailoring the Tailcoat

Tailoring the Tailcoat

Modern tailcoats are primarily associated with butlers, but their high elegance has a great appeal even today. Elizabeth shows how to make one from start to finish. 

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Norfolk & Knickerbockers, Part 3

Norfolk & Knickerbockers, Part 3

The patterns, mock-ups and knickerbockers are complete, and it's time to tackle construction of the Norfolk jacket itself. 

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Norfolk & Knickerbockers, part 2

Norfolk & Knickerbockers, part 2

Denise continues with the fitting and construction of the Norfolk jacket and knickerbockers that she began in Part 1.

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