Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.
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.
Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete. This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.
Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.
Izabela studies and recreates, step by step, a sumptuous gown from this oft-forgotten period in English costume history.
Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...
A straightforward overview of the basic styles of women's dress that dominated the first half of the 18th century.
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.
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.
Serena discusses real eighteenth century bodice construction methods, and then builds one step by step using those principles.
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!
Even Regency period gowns, with their simple, geometric shapes, present issues with fitting. Nicole investigates.
A little known 1890s Worth afternoon dress, a crisply constructed 1880s tailor-made, and Titanic era lace dresses!
Woodruff-Fontaine House has one of the most extensive costume collections in the American South. We take a tour.
This Tennessee museum has the South's largest collection of Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Lisha walks us through their treasures.
Four very different extant dresses highlight how a frugal approach to garment construction once informed sewing technique.
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'.
The Chicago History Museum's collection contains over fifty gowns from the House of Worth. This one is from 1866-67.
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.
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!