Nicole Rudolph

Hoops, Large and Small

Hoops, Large and Small

How to make 18th century hoops - small, pocket and medium sized - and some humorous period stories about their use. 

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Fitting Regency Gowns

Fitting Regency Gowns

Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.

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The Shape of 1890s Sleeves

The Shape of 1890s Sleeves

In 1890s fashion, giant sleeves are essential. Here's how to get that classic leg o'mutton structure and perfect voluminous shape.

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Bathing Boots

Bathing Boots

Bathing boots and shoes were very popular from the late 19th century through to the 1920s. Nicole constructs a functional, but very cute, pair.

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Three Teens Blouses

Three Teens Blouses

Few looks are as instantly recognizable as the classic teens blouse. Nicole studies three originals and makes patterns from them. 

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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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Revolutionary Menswear

Revolutionary Menswear

Making sense of the vast array of shirts, breeches, trousers, waistcoats, jackets and coats, stocks, stockings, garters and cravats.

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Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

With a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897. 

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