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Most length measurements start somewhere but usually end at the waistline.  Which means that knowing exactly where your waistline is, is absolutely critical.    Before you start, take a ribbon or string and tie it around your waist, at the narrowest…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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Ok, so you have decided to start a new sewing project. You have chosen your patterns, and are looking at them trying to figure out where/how to begin. Yay! Congratulations, for getting past the wishful thinking/design stage! The very first thing you…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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The Back Width measure is the second-most important measurement with Truly Victorian patterns. It is a rather hard measure to take, more guessed at than decidedly placed.   But once you get an idea of where to measure to and from, it really isn't that…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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There are two measurements that are used for fitting a sleeve;  circumference of the armhole, and the length of the arm. As many people are built a little differently from left side to right side, I highly recommend that you measure both sides. These…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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Last edit by on August 4th, 2018

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First, let me say that this pattern is one of the best corset pattern available today. I love this pattern and can fit any size and shape with relative ease. However, is does have a few quirks and can require a few tweaks to get the most benefit out of…

Last edit by on August 4th, 2018

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I have a friend who recently purchased a serger.  She wasn't really sure what to do with it.  So Tonya, this one is for you! Flat lining with a serger, the comprehensive photo guide, step by step. 1- Of course the very first step is to cut out your…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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I have been busy creating new patterns for the late 1880's, and the one thing that stands out as unique about this time period is the Burnous Pleat. Just about every skirt from 1887 - 1888 has some kind of drape created by this form of pleat. Something…

Last edit by on June 10th, 2018

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Catherine, definitely take your measurement with your corset on. It should create a definite waistline where you can measure from. For modern wear. I have the same issue. My waist is just above the roll created by years of garments too low and too tight…

Published by Member on July 8th, 2018

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Thank you for sharing this beautiful and expert journey for your dress of a lifetime. Absolutely beautiful, elegant and I love the color. I did not expect any less from you. Of course the most important is why you are making this outstanding gown - Best…

Published by Marie-Jo Dulade-Coclet Visitor on September 9th, 2018

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This was a good week for sewing, and I got quite a bit done. This year at Costume College, there was a vendor selling nice ribbon for cheep. My sister purchased 6 rolls for me, in light blue. It wasn't close enough to the right color for on top of the…

Last edit by on September 6th, 2018

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WOW! August just flew past! This past weekend, I finally got an actual start on my dress. Still needed lining fabrics, so I went to JoAnn and picked up some. I usually use whatever works best from the Quilting Solids section, with 100% cotton and medium…

Last edit by on September 1st, 2018

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[image:56] I was looking through my copy of the 1863 La Mode Illustre, when I ran across this beautiful chemisette.  It is made with a lace and insertion section at the neckline which would fill in a half-high neckline.  I do not read French, so I am…

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Lately, I have gotten a lot of interest in this particular bodice.   So I have decided to start off my Sewing Tips series with details and images of how achieve this fairly easy effect from any basic vest pattern.  This bodice specifically was made from…

Last edit by on June 6th, 2018

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Not only am I soooooo excited for you to be marrying your soulmate, I am beyond excited to watch your dress come together. I know it's going to be as spectacular as you are.

Published by Hannah K. Gelt Visitor on June 27th, 2018

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Heather, lordy lady you're an incredible seamstress !!! The piece is looking absolutely georgeous.....please email me a picture of the finished outfit. I live in a 300 year old house that has been passed down thru the family, mother to daughter since it…

Published by Robin Elliott Visitor on June 10th, 2018

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Thank you for giving us the ability to watch your designing process! This will be an inspiring journey to observe.

Published by Nancy Ohlson Visitor on June 27th, 2018

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Dear Heather, Congratulations to you both for finally making your decision to marry. Both Bill and I wish many years of happiness. Please show lots of photos before and after. Sincerely Pam and Bill TAINSH (AUSTRALIA)

Published by Pam TAINSH Visitor on June 27th, 2018