Steampunk Without Brown

Steampunk Without Brown

Steampunk:  When Goths Discovered Brown.  So the joke goes.  But there’s no reason your Steampunk ensemble has to be restricted to the palette of a sepia photograph.  Mid- and late Victorians were incredibly fond of colour.  Rather than wearing brown and black all the time, western people in the 19th century wore shockingly bright colours.  Some… Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why RH Vintage Reproduction Patterns Are Better

Vintage reproduction patterns have become very popular in recent years.  Even the big pattern companies like Simplicity and Vogue are reissuing their old stock to fill the demand for vintage patterns.  But all vintage patterns are not created the same.  For many reasons, they can be downright frustrating for modern seamstresses to use.  That’s why… Continue Reading

Some Early Modern Stitching…

It was long thought that the most common stitch on early modern garments was the running stitch. Recent re-examinations have shown that this is inaccurate. Those who have tried to sew their replica garments using only running stitches will not be surprised. Even if one makes the stitches 2mm to 4mm apart, the running stitch simply isn’t strong enough to… Continue Reading

Pattern History

Patterns have only been commercially available since the late 19th century when companies began to produce patterns intended for homemaker use. But the history of patterns stretches far back through the centuries. As apprentices, tailors learned how to take a customer’s measurements and draft the pieces that would make up the clothing to be constructed. The patterns a tailor made during his apprenticeship would often stay with him throughout his entire career. Needless to say, patterns were closely-guarded commodities and were not shared for fear of losing business. Continue Reading

16th and 17th century Polish Dress — Overview

In the early 16th century, poets and satirists commented upon the diversity in Polish clothing and encouraged their audience to shun “unfashionable” German styles and wear native dress instead. But the real emergence of Polish dress dates to the appearance in Parliament in 1562 of King Sigismund Augustus wearing a grey nobleman’s coat. Continue Reading