An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava discovers that piped seams on Romantic era dresses may not be piped at all...
An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.
An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!
People come in different shapes, sizes, abilities... and other traits, such as how we experience the world. Here's how to enjoy sewing anyway.
Gina shows us how to make needlework buttons inspired by a Victorian dressing gown - good buttons can raise an average gown to astounding.
Unless your garment is fully lined, it's important to finish the seam allowances so the raw edges won't fray. Lisha shows us seven options.
Transferring embroidery designs onto dark fabric can be difficult, but Sunny walks us through a time-tested method used by embroiderers for centuries.
The art and science of hand sewn buttonholes, looking close-up at museum examples and then making our own in four simple stages.
No matter how good a garment is, it can always be improved by adding some lace. Izabela looks at Punto in Aria and bobbin lace.
Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.
Cartridge pleating is one of the best ways to fit a ton of fabric into a small space. Here's two tried and tested methods to accomplish it.
It's always worth revisiting the basic techniques that we give little thought to, just to check there's nothing we've missed...
Few garments are as instantly recognizable as the 16th century ruff. Constance shows us how to make the perfect finishing touch to your Elizabethan costume.
Working from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.
The calash bonnet is one of the most intriguing 18th century accessories. Serena makes a historically accurate example.
Serena takes us step-by-step through constructing an 1812 spotted muslin dress by traditional hand- stitching methods.
Amanda analyses a rare find and compares it to museum examples around the world so that the techniques can be recreated accurately.
This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.