Detailed workbook patterns and handbooks to help you sew 19th Century garments.
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Demystifying Corset Construction!
Think sewing a corset is hard? Scared to make one? Corsets aren’t really that difficult. You only have to know the right supplies to get and the order in which to use them. Apply them with simple seams and you can sew a corset!
You’ll learn about the fabrics and tools you’ll need, then I’ll walk with you step-by-step how to put your corset together. From cutting the coutil and inserting the busk to grommets and adding laces to the back when you’re done – we go over it all! You’ll also get my recommended vendors & online suppliers for corset making materials, including patterns.
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Tips and tricks to help you look like you stepped out of history!
Pages of helpful notes describe how to deal with the unusual dropped armhole seam, gaping necklines in ball gown bodices and the notorious “Gaposis.” Also covered is how to deal with extra fabric around the shoulder area and how to cut a perfect skirt length. Enhance your sewing skills and develop personal fitting techniques with this valuable handbook!
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Discover tricks to make you look beautiful and feel confident in these slim styles!
Feel like you look pregnant or fat in Regency styles? Don’t fret! Knowing the right tweaks to fitting fabric to your figure will banish those thoughts!
Achieve the slim Regency silhouette with practical guidelines for sewing, fitting the bodice to the shoulders & neckline and the keys to making the rib cage look smaller.
Disguise those large arms and hips with tricks advanced costumers use. If you do ANY Jane Austen, Napoleonic or late Georgian events, don’t pass up this opportunity to get the secrets for this beloved time period.
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Keep your hands warm at events with a muff!
Taking only about an hour to make up, a muff is the cold weather accessory for ANY time period.
Workbook includes detailed instructions and color photos covering how to sew a muff with a warm batting interlining and secret pocket to hold your modern keys and cell phone. Tips & tricks are given for working with faux fur.
Finally! Detailed instructions for how to make corded petticoats for 1820s to 1855 costumes.
You’ll get full sewing instructions for the 2 methods of making a corded petticoat. Includes information on what fabrics & cording to use, the number of corded rows and how far up to set them in, and starching instructions.
Want to know how our ancestors made their corded petticoats? You’ll also get a full chart with measurements from original petticoats for you to adapt to your own project. Make an authentic reproduction for those Dickens’, Alamo, Gold Rush and other Early Victorian events!
A valuable resource when sewing sheer dresses and undergarments.
Working on a Civil War sheer dress or Bustle picnic gown? Learn sheer fabric options for use in summer dresses, late Victorian shirtwaists, undersleeves, chemisettes and more.
Tips for how to pre-treat your fabric including ironing and how to properly cut thin fabrics. You’ll also get tricks for easier sewing with sheers, types of hems for 19th C. garments and working with your machine for smooth stitches.
♥ The Delineator, May 1894
Have the complete, original issue at your fingertips! 172 high-resolution scanned pages.
Discover popular fashion for the everyday woman. Dozens of fashion pages & descriptions of dresses, bodices, skirts, sleeves, collars, bathing costumes, styles for misses, girls, toddlers & babies, and boys.
Don’t forget the dainty lingerie, seasonal hats & millinery and gentlemen’s neck ties and scarfs.Also in the issue are lifestyle articles, needlework patterns, recipes and over 30 pages of pattern offerings and period advertisements.
So much is packed into this primary source magazine! Digital PDF format only.
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Future eBooks include instructions on Ruching, Pleating, Fabric and Pattern Selections, Undergarments, Bonnet Construction, Petticoat Tucks, Fitting Tips, Design & Silhouette Tips and so much more. You’ll be sure to find that Historical Sewing Workbook that teaches you, in clearly-written, detailed instructions and full color photos, those methods to create fabulous 19th C. costumes.
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