To hand-sew well one must start with the perfect knot.
A how-to article showing beginners how to handsew using period accurate stitches.
The basic back stitch, used for seams that require strength is the second most popular stitch in handsewing. Learn how here!
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.