Survey Results

The survey results are in, thanks to everyone who responded. I wish I had added more space for comments as these were by far the most interesting part. I'll try not to bore you with statistics, just summarise. Most of you hand wash your costumes - especially boned...

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Cartridge Pleating

I’m writing this because cartridge pleating is one of my favourite techniques, not least because you can skip the measuring and maths involved in other kinds of pleating.You'll have seen them in curtains, perhaps, or on academic gowns. The pleats are created by...

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Fork Pleating

I have posted about this technique before, but its such a nifty thing to know that I though I'd add it again here. Making pleats can involve a lot of tedious measuring, calculating, marking, pinning and tacking - or you can use a fork and save yourself a lot of hard...

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Regency Gowns with Smocked Sleeves

I've been experimenting with smocking, and I thought the suppleness of the silk velvet would work really well on the sleeves of a Regency dress. There's a great  Smocking Pinterest board if you want to do a bit of exploring yourself. I decided on Canadian...

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Regency Ballgowns

Regency-style silk velvet ballgowns in are now available in my Etsy Shop and to custom order. The picture on the right shows the inspiration for these gowns.  I love the train, and the trim, but feel they might be a little over the top for actual dancing -...

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Welcome to Classic Costume’s new web home.

New website, new blog, and lots of new frocks in the pipeline. I'll be trying to write, between frocks, about past and current sewing projects, and anything else historical-frock-related that I think you might find interesting. For now though, onward with website...

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