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Golden Age of Travel Dream Birthday — The Ideal Figure

Kass breaks the preconceived notion of the "ideal figure" in the 1910s, 20s and 30s.

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Golden Age of Travel Dream Birthday — Wardrobe Planning Week Two

Find out what Kass makes in Week Two of her Dream Birthday travel wardrobe construction.

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Golden Age of Travel Dream Birthday — Wardrobe Planning Week One

Kass figures out how many outfits she needs for her Birthday Trip Wardrobe and how many weeks it is until the ship sails. Wow!

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Golden Age of Travel Dream Birthday — A Bit of Ship’s History

Some history of the Queen Mary 2, the original Queen Mary and.... Queen Mary.

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Golden Age of Travel Dream Birthday — Wardrobe Planning

Read about Kass's Dream Birthday Trip as she plans her travel wardrobe with period help.

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Golden Age of Travel Dream Birthday

Read about Kass's Dream Birthday Trip... and what she's planning to do to make it a reality.

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1910s Projects — Evening Gown prep work

The evening dress in the mockup stage.

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1910s Projects — Evening Gown Research Survey

Bob asks Kass that fatal question: What are you going to wear? 1910s evening wear ensues.

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1910s Projects — The Surprise

Kass has a surprise project for Reenactor Fest. Can she do it?

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1910s Projects — The First of Many Parts

Bob asks Kass that fatal question: What are you going to wear? 1910s evening wear ensues.

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Podcast VIII

...wherein Bob & Kass lament hanging out with the sodding Irish and announce the first of RH's "12 Days 'Til Xmas" sale. Listen in!

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Where Does She Get It From?

In which the origins of Kass's love of clothing (and, incidentally, British cars) is revealed!

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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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Podcast VII – A New Whatsit

The latest episode of the RH Podcast, wherein Kass & Bob talk about new patterns, a new contest, where we're going to be, &c.

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Making A Bustle Dress from a Sari

Looking for different fabric choices? In this blog post Kass makes a bustle dress from a sari.

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Bespoke Tailoring

Bespoke Tailoring. What does it mean? Well, simply put, “bespoke” means something that’s made for you. Custom, if you will. Special ordered. Made just the way you like it. But it’s more than that. Bespoke tailoring goes beyond what you get in a retail store. Our suits aren’t made in factory. They are hand made by tailor whose family have been tailors for...

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Reproduction Patterns

You may have heard the term “Reproduction Patterns” bandied about. What exactly is a reproduction pattern. Reproduction Patterns are produced when a pattern company takes an off-copyright pattern and releases it as a new pattern. This usually involves transferring it from tissue to paper and copying the instructions. Cutting lines and marks were not printed on...

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Some 20th century Ladies’ Riding Habits

Wherein Kass redeems herself from the nasty things she said about women's hunting coats by showcasing three lovely ladies' riding habits.

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Vintage Tailoring

What does Vintage mean? You see a lot of websites throwing around the word “vintage”, but what does it really mean. The origins of the word are actually tied to winemaking. In the mid-14th century, the yield of wine from a vineyard was called its vintage. Later this word came to mean the year the grapes in a particular wine were grown. In the 1880s it began to...

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Podcast VI

Welcome to Podcast VI, wherein we talk about Japanese import mixes, upcoming events, and other fun stuff.

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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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Custom Patterns

Custom? What does it mean? Nowadays, people call something custom if they have a handful of choices in its fit and finish. For example, a builder will say he’s building “Custom Home” if he gives you three floorplans to choose from. Or a cabinet maker will call his work “Custom Kitchens” when what he means is you have a choice of dark brown or light brown...

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A Study in Scarlet — an examination of five vintage hunt coats

Wherein Kass examines five vintage hunt coats, finds a surprise, and learns something about the history of hunt clothing.

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Upcoming Events

Where will RH be next? Here is a partial schedule of where you can find our patterns at US events and where Kass will be lecturing.

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Seam-backed stockings

Have you been looking for the perfect stockings to wear with your vintage clothing and everything you’ve found has been too modern looking? Tired of drawing seams on your legs with eyebrow pencil? Afraid you’ll ruin your expensive vintage stockings at the hangar dance? Our 85% nylon/15% lycra stockings have all the elements of 1930s and 40s silk, rayon, and...

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