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1927 ca evening sequinned dress

1927 ca evening sequinned dress

Creating shaped skirt Finished toile front Back of toile Jan marking the pattern pieces on vintage cotton tulle Creating sequin embroidery samples Embroidery samples Tambour embroidery  Top of dress embroidered and start of the skirt More...
1920s filet lace summer dress

1920s filet lace summer dress

1920s filet lace summer dress Example of 1920s filet lace dress on cover of La Samaritaine magazine. Hand sewing bands of filet lace together. Forming the side skirt panel. Bodice part of the dress. Finished front. Side of dress. Back of summer dress. More coming...
2018 Maasai wedding costumes

2018 Maasai wedding costumes

2018 Maasai wedding costumes Maasai ladies making diminutive traditional wedding jewels. Showing their beautiful craftmanship. Showing how to dress on the 1/2 scale mannequin. Maasai bridal couple with their accessories including a spear, a goat skin covered shield...
Making mannequins

Making mannequins

Making mannequins Placing pattern pieces  Pattern pieces ready to be assembled Mannequin being finished after stuffing with wadding.  More mannequins for 2019...
1950’s knitted bolero

1950’s knitted bolero

1950s knitted bolero Original 1950’s knitting pattern Our friend Jen knitting the 1/2 scale version A 1950s starlet wearing the same style bolero with an evening dress Bolero at exhibition with other New Look...
1936 silk velvet wedding dress

1936 silk velvet wedding dress

1936 silk velvet wedding dress The wedding dress of David’s great-aunt Marjorie at the Dressing for Church exhibition in Ripe village hall. A French magazine from 1936 showing a similar neckline. Marriage certificates of Marjorie Donaldson to Henry A Warran in the...
1875 ca evening gown

1875 ca evening gown

1875 ca evening gown Skirt front Skirt side Fitting the bodice Inserted dust ruffle Antique jet beads for the bodice Embroidered sleeve Silk velvet knotted bow Finished bodice Finished bodice back Finished side Finished back Undergarments including bloomers, a...
1880s bodice and skirt course

1880s bodice and skirt course

1880s-bodice-skirt Half scale bodice and skirt made during the “1880s sewing techniques” course, at the Historical School of Dresswith teacher and costumier Luca Castigliolo. Photos from the course by Viviane WeiAn Chen. Half scale pattern pieces Cutting the fabric...
Ugandan costumes

Ugandan costumes

Ugandan Costumes We had these traditional Ugandan costumes made by local seamstresses while volunteering there for the Quicken Trust in Kabubbu in Uganda. They did enjoy making these small outfits as they had never seen anything like them. Mushanana This is the...
1980s “Diana’s style” wedding dress

1980s “Diana’s style” wedding dress

1980s “Diana’s style” wedding dress Sewing the petticoat Finished petticoat David inserting boning into the bodice Bodice sewn to skirt Attaching the ruffle to the bodice Eyelets ready for Handmade covered buttons Finished dress at exhibition Dress with matching crown...
1963 Margaret’s wedding gown

1963 Margaret’s wedding gown

1963 Margaret’s wedding gown Margaret and Richard Pedder on their wedding day, July the 13th Making paper pattern from original dress Toile and original dress Toile and dress back Toile being shown to Margaret Positioning the pattern pieces Marking with basting thread...
1954 McCall’s pattern

1954 McCall’s pattern

1954 McCall’s pattern 1954 McCall’s pattern Pattern on mannequin Preparing the toile Cutting 18 meters of lace Applying lace to bodice pieces Constructing the bodice Attaching flounces to the skirt Finishing the crinoline Dress...
1930s Knitted Wedding Dress

1930s Knitted Wedding Dress

1930s Knitted Wedding Dress Original 1930s knitting pattern Irene’s knitting samples Irene checking fit on mannequin Dress 3/4 finished Finished knitted dress (without slip) Dress on display with silk and lace slip, silk cumberband, rhinestone clips on the neckline,...
1920s Phoenix evening dress

1920s Phoenix evening dress

1920s Phoenix evening dress Embroidery by Janet Timms Textiles used for inspiration and design Toile and design for embroidery Transfer to paper to mark on silk I’m an embroideress, always have been, and always will be. Embroidery was my very first passion. Even my...

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