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Romantic era

18th c Revival in Victorian Fashion 2

18th c Revival in Victorian Fashion 2

Victorian era fashion borrowed from many periods of history, but particularly the 18th century. Jen takes a deeper look at Georgian influence on Victorian style.

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Victorian Jewelry

Victorian Jewelry

Too often we settle for pale imitations or modern costume jewelry to adorn our Victorian gowns, but that doesn't have to be the case: here's a guide.

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How to make a Tucked Petticoat

How to make a Tucked Petticoat

Tucks were a favorite decoration from the 1820s to Teens: here's how to create a mid-19th c.-style tucked petticoat, start to finish.

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Early Victorian Layers, part 2

Early Victorian Layers, part 2

In Part II, we look at the numerous skirt supports that the early Victorian woman wore to hold out her skirts and look fashionable.

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Early Victorian Layers, part 1

Early Victorian Layers, part 1

Studying the undergarments of a transitional period in which styles shifted slowly but dramatically.

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How to Make 1840s Trousers

How to Make 1840s Trousers

Patterning and observing the fit and style of a properly made pair of trousers for the gentleman of the 1840s. With drafting instructions.

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A History of Trouser Drafting

A History of Trouser Drafting

Need some trousers? YWU Competition winner Charlotte Thomasius traces the history of fashion and cutting in mens' pants.

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Tassels by the Yard

Tassels by the Yard

Gina Barrett shares with us the easy method for making yards and yards of tassel and pom-pom trim for your Victorian gowns.

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How To Make Lace

How To Make Lace

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.

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Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 2

Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 2

In her final chapter on spectacular Romantic Era hair, Lynn demystifies two more hairstyles, including the infamous Apollo's Knot. 

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Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 1

Romantic Era Daytime Hairstyles, Pt 1

It can be difficult to find examples of daytime hairstyles in paintings and fashion plates, but Lynn can show us how to make some.

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Romantic Era Hair, Part 2

Romantic Era Hair, Part 2

The Romantic Era had some of the most intricate and eye-catching hairstyles you'll ever want to copy. Lynn explains a few styles. 

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Romantic Era Hair, Part 1

Romantic Era Hair, Part 1

The Romantic Era, 1815-1840, has some of the most iconic hairstyles of any period. Lynn shows us how to create the look for ourselves.

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A Brief History of Smocking

A Brief History of Smocking

These textural effects have been used for centuries, from farmer's workwear to Liberty silks. Polly investigates and has a go.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 4

The Workwoman's Guide Part 4

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...

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Whitework Embroidery

Whitework Embroidery

Is it Ayrshire, Madeira, Dresden work, Hardanger, Limerick, Carrickmacross lace or Broderie Anglaise? Know your whitework!

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How to Build a Hatbox

How to Build a Hatbox

A good hatbox is essential for keeping vintage or handmade hats safe and in good condition. Lynn shows us how to build one big enough for even the Romantic era.

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