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Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.

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The Phoenix Dress

The Phoenix Dress

There's life in that old dress yet. Julia shows how she remade an old early C16th gown into a new Elizabethan one for her daughter.

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Tudor Cinderella (3)

Tudor Cinderella (3)

Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete.  This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.

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The La Maupin Mantua

The La Maupin Mantua

Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.

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1650-60 Banqueting Gown

1650-60 Banqueting Gown

Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.

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18th Century Women’s Dress 4

18th Century Women’s Dress 4

Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...

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18th Century Women’s Dress 3

18th Century Women’s Dress 3

A straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.

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Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

Taking Mrs. Gainsborough Home

In the final poignant installment, Julia brings Mrs. Gainsborough and her daughter home to the Georgian artist's historic Suffolk base, to show the complete outfits in all their glory.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 6 - Robe a l'Anglaise

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 6 - Robe a l'Anglaise

We are now tantalisingly close to finally meeting Mrs Gainsborough in her complete C18th ensemble. Julia describes the making of her silk Robe a l'Anglaise.

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c.1775 Dress: The Bodice

c.1775 Dress: The Bodice

Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.

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Creating Rococo Trims

Creating Rococo Trims

The further back in time that you go, the more anachronistic modern trims appear... So what's a girl to do? Make her own, of course!

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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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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part III

A little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part II

Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.

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Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

Woodruff-Fontaine Collection, part I

This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures. 

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Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Frugal Fashion in the 19th Century

Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.

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18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

Retro fashion is not a new trend. Jen looks back at a time when the bustle met the Watteau gown and Georgian style was 'à la mode'.

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Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

Analyzing a Worth Day Dress

The Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.

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1860's Day Dress Study

1860's Day Dress Study

Museums are full of elaborate, high-end Victorian gowns, but working-class garb is more elusive. Joy takes an in-depth look at an 1860's day dress.

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Celestia's Homemade Dress

Celestia's Homemade Dress

We're not the only ones who curse over our sewing. In the early 1870s, Celestia Freeman made herself a dress - and she struggled too!

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