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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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The Netherlandish Working Woman’s Outfit — Part 3

The Netherlandish Working Woman's Outfit As Seen in the Works of Pieter Aertsen and Joachim Beuckelaer. The Skirts!

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The Netherlandish Working Woman’s Outfit — Part 1

The Netherlandish Working Woman's Outfit As Seen in the Works of Pieter Aertsen and Joachim Beuckelaer. A summary of the research.

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The Moy Gown — An Irish Medieval Gown

The Moy gown was found in a peat bog in County Clare, Ireland and is the most complete gown of the medieval type in Western Europe

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The Shinrone Gown — An Irish Dress from the Elizabethan Age

The Shinrone Gown, an Irish wool gown from the 16th century, perfect for Renaissance Faires, Tudor reenactments, and Irish traditional weddings.

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The Kilcommon Costume — a 16thc Irish kern’s clothes

A suit of clothes dating to the late 16th or early 17th century was found in Kilcommon Bog, Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. It consisted of a jacket and trews (pants) and accessories of native manufacture.

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A Safflower Frock Coat

Bob's safflower frock coat. Everyone loves a man in pink.

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How-to — Cartridge Pleating

Cartridge pleating provides authentic shaping to many seventeenth century garments, including petticoats, ruffs, and gowns. This style of pleating can be recognized by its distinctive figure-8 fold. Although it is a time consuming and labor intensive process, the actual method of forming the pleats is simple.

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Legendary Ireland

The earliest Period of Irish History for which we have clothing information.

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