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Jul 26, 2017


Hello! Has your research turned up anything about spiral lacing for removable sleeves? I've come up empty. Thanks! - Elisabeth

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Jul 26, 2017


What was the most common type of lacing (leather, cord, etc.)? Thank you

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Jul 26, 2017

Recently married Victorian women

In Dickens' 'Our Mutual Friend' Mrs.Sophronia Lammle says she has not long been married and adds 'I am dressed as a bride, you see' What details of her

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Sep 19, 2016

1918 Girl Guide Uniform

Re-creating a 1918 Girl Guide uniform from scratch is harder than it looks, and it's taken two-and-a-half years of research to get started.

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Sep 01, 2016

My Costume Replicas

I make costume replicas, and this is where I document my progress on current projects.

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Aug 11, 2015

Helfen, Wehren, Heilen - Knights Teutonic Costume

I needed a tabard for my costume, and everything on eBay was sixty quid or so, and I wasn't prepared to pay that for a bit of material. So, after purchasing

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May 29, 2014

Viking Cloak

Make yourself a viking cloak as a simple costume cover-up for cold weather.

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May 01, 2014

Make a Tabard - Historical Costume

A tabard is one of the simplest items of Medieval clothing you can make.

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Apr 30, 2014

Quick Costume - Historical

Create a quick costume for your historical theme, using found items and a little flair!

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Mar 06, 2014

Pewter Buckles

Why you should not use pewter buckles in your costume pieces.

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Feb 18, 2014

No Sew Projects

Simple no sew projects for your historical costumes

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Feb 18, 2014

Medieval Garters - Leather

Make simple and practical leather garters to hold up your medieval hosen.

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Feb 18, 2014

Historical Hats and Headwear

Discover why historical hats are really important to completing the look of your costume.

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Feb 05, 2014

The Borgias TV Review

Are the costumes from "The Borgias" 2011 costume drama series accurate? Find out with this TV review

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Feb 04, 2014

Historical TV Costumes

TV costumes have provided years of inspiration for budding historical costume makers, but what's good, and what's bad?

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Jan 18, 2014

Historical Movie Costumes

Movie Costumes have inspired many people to make homemade costumes from History - but which ones are good?

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Oct 24, 2013

Salem Witches for Halloween?

I'm going as a witch, velvet classy with a pointed hat and for my boyfriend I thought a puritan(like a pilgrim) from Salem would be funny instead of him

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Sep 07, 2012

Hearse in Paris 1780

Dear, Hopefully this is the right place to ask this question. I can't seem to find the answer elsewhere in the internet. I'm making a video of a hearse

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Apr 01, 2012


I need to make a unibrow. The pre made unibrow Is way too thick. I'm making a home video. And my nerdy scientist needs some facial hair. I think i need

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Apr 01, 2012

Viking Apron Dress copy right lawsuit on a 1000 year old design

The Viking Apron Dress or Hangerock is a 1000 year old design Please put your photos here of you in yours to support Nille Gl�sel the author of The Viking

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Oct 01, 2011

18th Century Stays

A very interesting video about 18th Century Stays. I hope you enjoy!

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Aug 18, 2011

Your Photos

Share your photos of your fabulous historical costume creations with the world and inspire others!

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Aug 18, 2011

Spiral Lacing

What, when and why of spiral lacing in your costumes, and how to do it.

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Aug 18, 2011

Simple Pouch

A simple pouch for you to make to go with your historical costume.

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Aug 18, 2011

Showing Your Chemise

Showing your underwear might be trendy these days, but showing your chemise was classy in history!

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Aug 18, 2011

Ladder Lacing

Ladder lacing is another technique you can use in your costumes for different effects.

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Aug 18, 2011

Crossed-and-Tied Lacing

Learn a more unusual way to close your costumes, with crossed-and-tied lacing!

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Aug 18, 2011

Historical Costume

What is the fascination with historical costume, and why can't you just use modern techniques?

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Jun 13, 2011

Tips and tricks for Regency Fittings

I couldn't go past this interesting item on Etsy. If you're into Regency costume, this could be just the thing for you!

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Dec 07, 2010


There's more to lacing for corsets and costume than meets the eye. Learn the different techniques here.

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Nov 29, 2010


This is my Hollandish outfit. It consists of: 1) a linen chemise with blackwork edge (worked in silk) to strengthen the neckline 2) a red linen underdress

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Nov 23, 2010

Ask a Question About Costume

Ask a question about costume here and we'll try to set you on the right track!

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Nov 17, 2010

Contact Homemade Costumes from History

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