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Some Early Modern Stitching…

It was long thought that the most common stitch on early modern garments was the running stitch. Recent re-examinations have shown that this is inaccurate. Those who have tried to sew their replica garments using only running stitches will not be surprised. Even if one makes the stitches 2mm to 4mm apart, the running stitch simply isn’t strong enough to take...

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A History of Ladies’ Riding Jackets

Ever wonder why women dress how they do when horseback riding? Curious as to the history of equestrian gear? Here is a quick history of ladies' riding habits from the archives of Reconstructing History.

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The History of the Frock Coat — Part 1

Ever wonder how the frock coat came to be? Wonder why late Victorian frock coats look nothing like late 17th century frock coats? Here is a quick history of the frock coat from the archives of Reconstructing History.

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Dressing Ye Part — Part Eight

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries. We're up to fittings

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Dressing Ye Part — Part Seven

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries. There's doublet construction happening.

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Dressing Ye Part — Part Six

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Kass makes a lovely Jacobean jacket from RH201

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Dressing Ye Part — Part Five

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries. In this episode our heroine makes a soft ruff.

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Dressing Ye Part — Part Four

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries. We're up to attaching the bodice to the skirt.

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Dressing Ye Part — Part Three

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Lets make some skirt!

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Dressing Ye Part — Part Two

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries.

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Dressing Ye Part — Part One

Being a Treatise on the Clothing Befitting a shop Proprietess in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Kass plans an outfit that goes with what she is, a merchant.

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You Think You Have It Ruff

Making a soft ruff following an extant Dutch example.

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Pattern History

Patterns have only been commercially available since the late 19th century when companies began to produce patterns intended for homemaker use. But the history of patterns stretches far back through the centuries. As apprentices, tailors learned how to take a customer's measurements and draft the pieces that would make up the clothing to be constructed. The patterns a tailor made during his apprenticeship would often stay with him throughout his entire career. Needless to say, patterns were closely-guarded commodities and were not shared for fear of losing business.

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A Needlelace Shirt

details of a needlelace shirt

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A Survey of Common Women’s Clothing 1660-1680

A survey and discussion of genre art of the period 1660-1680 in order to get a good picture in my head of the types of clothing worn by common women in this time period

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A Linen-on-Linen Doublet

Details of a linen and linen doublet in the V&A museum.

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The Effigy Bodys

A reconstruction of the bodys or corset worn by the effigy of Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the Jacobean Period

An overview of fashionable women's clothing in the Jacobean period, 1603-1620s.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the Jacobean Period

Fashionable Men's clothing in the Jacobean period

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the Stuart Period

Fashionable women's clothing in the Stuart period.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the Stuart Period

Fashionable Men's clothing in the Stuart period.

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the English Civil War Period

Fashionable Women's clothing in the English Civil War period.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the English Civil War Period

Fashionable Men's Clothing in the English Civil War Period.

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Fashionable Women’s Clothing in the Restoration Period

Fashionable Women's Clothing in the Restoration Period.

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Fashionable Men’s Clothing in the Restoration Period

Fashionable Men's Clothing in the Restoration period.

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