This month we feature two books that focus on the details: buttons and three dimensional fabric manipulation. Both of the featured books are fun to look through as pure eye candy and inspiration for future projects.
People come in different shapes, sizes, abilities... and other traits, such as how we experience the world. Here's how to enjoy sewing anyway.
What if all your painstaking embroidery is from the wrong period entirely? Avoid the nightmare with part 2 of Denise's essential guide!
What embroidery design is right for your latest project? Denise traces techniques & motifs as they transition from one period to the next.
Travel and adventure in far-flung lands go hand-in-hand with the advancement of the British Empire and the discoveries of new technology and science.
Costuming is fun, but winning is pretty fun, too. Elizabeth gives some tips on how to make a good impression in a live costume contest.
Gina shows us how to make needlework buttons inspired by a Victorian dressing gown - good buttons can raise an average gown to astounding.
Transferring embroidery designs onto dark fabric can be difficult, but Sunny walks us through a time-tested method used by embroiderers for centuries.
Through history we have invented various ways to close our garments, but which one is right for your period? Izabela explores a range of historical fastenings.
In Part 2 of her series on creating customised fabrics, Lisha shows us how to design and order our own special, unique cloth - perfect for recreating your dream outfit!
Ever pictured the perfect fabric in your mind, only to despair when there was nothing similar in the stores? Lisha gets you started on designing your own custom fabric.
Transform humble string into braids, cords, ties and fastenings for your historic costumes with Gina's guide to custom laces which add strength and color.
Michelle's clever painted embellishment techniques allow you to reproduce the beauty of historic embroidered fabrics and help those dream dressmaking projects become a reality.
When making a historical dress, it can often be difficult to find interesting trim in a suitable color. Mette shows us how to make our own fringe.
This is the one you've been waiting for — let's bling out those costumes with some beautiful beaded tassels!
Lynn McMasters shows us how to make compound tassels.
Frog fasteners give a military edge to any Steampunk style. Here's an easy way to achieve the look without getting all tangled up.
Cathy introduces this exciting and underused technique, and demonstrates how to make a peacock feather from the famous dress.
Gina Barrett shares with us the easy method for making yards and yards of tassel and pom-pom trim for your Victorian gowns.
The art and science of hand sewn buttonholes, looking close-up at museum examples and then making our own in four simple stages.