Victorian

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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The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

The Workwoman's Guide Part 2

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and sewing masochist. Ava translates the four fundamental stitches.

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The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

The Workwoman's Guide Part 1

An outstanding primary source for the history nerd and dressmaking masochist. Ava begins to translate the directions for 21st c sewers!

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Winterthur Collection

Winterthur Collection

The Winterthur Collection  has many fantastic historical clothing and accessory catalogs. Here's the best  from 1850-1919

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Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

Natural Form Era (1876-1882) Bookshelf

We've gone through our links, pored over the bookshelves and searched for the best in books to help you create a masterpiece for the Natural Form Era 1876-1882.

We've got an awesome trilogy of ladies' tailoring books by Charles Hecklinger and his equally amazing trilogy of men's tailoring books.  

Having trouble getting a smooth fit to a cuirass bodice or Princess dress? We've found period  fitting guides with step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process.  Want to know what options women had for corsets and petticoats? Check out a mail order catalog from 1883.  And that's just the free stuff, not from a bookstore!

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Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

Original 19th c Tailoring Books Online by Marion McNealy

Who'd like a shelf full of free Victorian tailoring manuals? Yes, I knew that would prick up your ears! It's been a full year since Marion last shared a collection of dressmaking and sewing books. Inspired by Jason's series, she's been building another collection: mens' and womens' wear tailoring books from 1855-1886.

Looking for riding habit ideas? Searching for cutting instructions for a Norfolk jacket or a Newmarket skirt and jacket? We've got the answers here, in these complete digitised online copies of original Victorian books, ready for you to download and enjoy.

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Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

Vintage Corset Making and Fitting Books

This month Marion McNealy shares with you some of the vintage corset making and fitting books that are online.

The books range from patterning and making an 1857 corset (perfect for the Single Pattern Project!)  to 1920's and 30's corsets, corselettes, brassieres, bandeaux and girdles. We've even got an excellent book from the 1950's for corset saleswomen on fitting a customer and making her feel at ease during the fitting process, still applicable to customers today!

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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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British History Online: Wills and Port Records by Marion McNealy

British History Online: Wills and Port Records by Marion McNealy

...to Elsabet Rowth one kyrtyll of worsted upper bodyed with blew satyn of bryderies...

The British History Online site is a wonderful source of first hand information about the clothing and material objects of daily life in Tudor England.

Come explore the riches with us! 

 

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History of the Sailor Suit, Part 2

History of the Sailor Suit, Part 2

The sailor suit finds its way full circle, back into the fashions, the sewing classes and the uniforms of the 20th century, completing  the tale.

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History of the Sailor Suit

History of the Sailor Suit

The sailor suit was a ubiquitous part of the Victorian era. Emmalia explores its development and why it was so popular. 

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Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet

Jacques Doucet was one of the great designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Joy introduces us to the man and his work.

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Fancy Dress Part II

Fancy Dress Part II

So you've decided you want to make a fancy dress costume? Trust Laura to get you started.

 

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Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress

Costuming has been going on longer than we have been around. Laura introduces us to Fancy Dress and the ways people have dressed up through the ages. 

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Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Replicating a Costume, Part 2

Want to copy a costume from a movie or stage show? Lisha guides us through the process, with valuable tips on doll size costuming.

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An Absinthe Fairy Gown

An Absinthe Fairy Gown

Jema Hewitt shows by example how to design fantastical Steampunk outfits without resorting to the same old clichés.

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Victorian Costume Design

Victorian Costume Design

How to design an original Victorian costume—something new, that would be right at home on the pages of La Mode Illustrée.

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Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

Drafting 1890s Sleeves and a Bodice

With a little practice you can draft an 1890s sleeve just like the pros used to. Here, Nicole walks us thorugh several different sleeves from 1897. 

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Frock Coat Drafting Review

Frock Coat Drafting Review

Elizabeth Estervig applies the scientific method to four frock coat drafts, testing each one and rating them all on speed, ease, and accuracy. 

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Draft Your Corset Pattern

Draft Your Corset Pattern

How to make your own personalised Victorian corset pattern - a class suitable for beginners! You'll be surprised how well it fits...

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