placement of left hand while sewing

Controlling Tulle

So here’s the trouble with tutus… They are made of many, many layers of tulle*. And tulle, these days, is … More

finished busk

Inserting a Two-Part Busk

The first steel, front-fastening busk was invented in 1829. (Waugh, 79) They’re nifty little beasties, especially at the end of … More

finished gusset, outside

Setting a Gusset

So, I’m making up a Regency style corset and it has gussets at the bust and hip to give it … More

10 ruffs

The 20 Minute Ruff

This one won’t win you any points for historical accuracy or art. It’s more for those times when you need … More

finished bias tape

Making Bias Tape

Making bias tape is shockingly easy. Sure, it’s a little tedious, but it’s really easy. The question is, why would … More

3" long tear in bodice back

Mending a Tear

Every now and again, bad things happen to good costumers. Usually, they happen at the worst time possible. I pulled … More

finished skirt - side

How to Sew a Gored Skirt

Sewing and hemming gored skirts is a skill needed for almost all periods of western fashion since the late 1400s. … More

A zig-zagged edge.

Zig-Zag Edges

Sometimes, you just want to finish an edge really really fast – you don’t care if it looks pretty up … More