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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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Podcast Episode IV – The Voyage For Coffee

Wherein you can listen to Episode IV of our exciting, entertaining podcast! Kass & Bob discuss events, upcoming releases, and give you the giggles.

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More greyhound sewing tips

Another one of the hounds is introduced as we ramp up to the first of our long-awaited pattern alteration videos.

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Podcast Episode III – The Wrath of … Episode III.

Wherein is discussed historical tailoring, coffee, and other stuff. Coupon codes, too!

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Steampunk

Are you in love with the Age of Steam? Does the Victorian period trip your fancy? From sewing patterns and do-it-yourself gear to complete Steampunk and Dieselpunk outfits, we are the online store for you! Reconstructing History Patterns are based on surviving garments and each pattern contains both modern and period construction techniques. Our Steampunk gear has been...

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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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Period Tailoring Techniques — making a doublet interior — Part III

Recently I made myself a woman's doublet based on an extant doublet from the early 17th century. Today I'd like to share with you the period tailoring techniques I employed.

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Period Tailoring Techniques — making a doublet interior — Part II

Recently I made myself a woman's doublet based on an extant doublet from the early 17th century. Today I'd like to share with you the period tailoring techniques I employed.

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Period Tailoring Techniques — making a doublet interior — Part I

Tailoring how-tos for how to make a 16th century doublet, from the inside out.

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15th Century Doublet Project – Part Ye Seuenthe

Bob has poofy sleeves, come marvel at his spiffyness.

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15th Century Doublet Project – Part Ye Sixthe

Bob makes sleeves, take two

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15th Century Doublet Project – Part Ye Fifthe

Bob lines his doublet and puts in sleeves.

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15th Century Doublet Project – Parte ye Fourthe

Bob can pleat! He pleats his sleeves onto his doublet body.

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15th Century Doublet Project – Parte ye Thirde

Bob is forced to seek collar help from the great and powerful Oz.

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And Sew It Begins — The 15th century Doublet Project

There goes Bob again! Herein he cues you all in on his next grand project.

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Bob Strikes Again!

He's baaaAaack!

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RH goes Victorian!

We're Very pleased to announce that RH is now carrying Truly Victorian!

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Clothing History

Information on clothing 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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