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Variations in Style

How everyone didn't wear the same thing -- then or now

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A Day in the Life

A typical day at the offices of Reconstructing History.

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Children’s Gown or Undergown

Searching for the undergown of the 15th century V-necked Gown.

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If It Ain’t Broke…

A story of period construction techniques and how they often seem strange and "wrong" to modern seamstresses.

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More than Materials — the Differences between Common and Noble Clothing

The differences in cut and construction between common people's clothing and that of the wealthy and nobles in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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We’re Going to Waterloo!!!

RH European summer events 2008

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When is a Chemise not a Chemise?

What's the difference between a Smock and a Chemise?

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Renaissance Clothing Patterns

Clothing during the reign of Elizabeth always reflected the social status of the wearer. There would be no doubt in ones mind about picking out the nobility in any given crowd. Clothing was a direct indication of wealth, much in the manner of imported suits in the present.

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Historic Costume

Welcome to Reconstructing History, the result of my ongoing research into historical clothing and costume. I'm sharing it for the benefit of those who study and/or make or otherwise explore historical dress: costumers, students, historical re-enactors, Renaissance Faire fans, theatrical costumers, writers, researchers, and (fill in the blank!). Professional or amateur, Reconstructing History is for everyone interested in fashion, the textile arts, and costume history.

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Renaissance Costume Patterns

Mainstream pattern companies sell "costume" patterns, usually in the back of their catalog. Invariably they're of poor quality, and they are hardly ever suitable for reenactment or living history. They are designed to be used once and discarded, as the buyer usually makes the garment once - for a Halloween or other fancy-dress party - after which it will end up in the trash. So what's different about RH patterns you say? Read on...

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Historic Clothing

Leading researcher of historic clothing & accessories for women and men. We provide the largest historical clothing pattern collection online. Historic clothing supplies and accessories, plus patterns.

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Historical Pattern Timeline

We carry a broad range of historical clothing or costume patterns, notions and supplies to help you bring your historical clothing dreams to life! We also carry fabrics by the yard, embroidery supplies, lace and precious metal spangles to accessorize your project.

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Historical Patterns

From the Viking Age to Shakespeare to Hornblower, with everything in between, we have the historical patterns you need to recreate the clothes of the past.

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Historical Fabrics

Reconstructing History stocks many different historical fabrics. We have many years of experience of yarn, dyeing, color, fibers, weaving, and historical fabric.

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A Common Englishwoman’s Outfit

A reconstruction of a common woman's outfit from 16th century England based on pictorial examples

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A Striped Gown Anglais

An article on the study of a blue and white striped cotton dress in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, thought to have belonged to a servant and dating to the late 18th century. Replication of this dress.

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A Linen Neckstock

A pleated Linen neckstock.

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Silk Stockings The Easy Way

Information on silk frame-knit stockings as made in the 18th century and an attempt to make a pair for myself using modern silk knit of the same guage.

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V&A Stays

Kass plans a pair of stays.

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The Netherlandish Working Woman’s Outfit — Part 2

The Netherlandish Working Woman's Outfit As Seen in the Works of Pieter Aertsen and Joachim Beuckelaer. In this episode Kass builds the bodice!

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Fashionable Women Clothing in the Early Baroque Period

A survey of pictures of fashionable women in the early Baroque period (1680s through 1700).

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Fashionable Men Clothing in the Early Baroque Period

Fashionable Men's Clothing in the Early Baroque period.

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Common Women’s Clothing in the Early Baroque Period

A survey of Common Women's clothing in the early Baroque period.

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Common Men’s Clothing in the Early Baroque Period

A survey of pictures of common men in the early Baroque period (1680s through 1700), many from the Cryes of London.

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Top Ten Pirate To Dos

Top ten things to do when you're dressing as a historical pirate.

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