Out of all the patterns I’ve designed in the past 18 years, the Girls’ 1780s Portrait Dress pattern is, hands down, my own daughters’ very favorite. I’ve made them so many dress-up dresses from this pattern in toiles and stripes and prints, and they want new ones as soon as they outgrow them! But this year, both girls asked if I could make dresses that looked more like something “Felicity” (the now retired–sigh–American Girl doll) would wear.
Learn how to correctly set 18th-century sleeves with this video tutorial.
The lovely ladies of Boyer Family Singers recently reviewed my Ladies’ 1958 Party Dress pattern and are sponsoring a giveaway (of either the ladies’ or girls’ version).
Suzi Clarke and I are so excited about everything we’ve packed into next year’s England tour! We’ll be revisiting some of our favorite places from the 2010 and 2012 tours and adding a couple of new items, including a full-dress Titanic-themed dinner in a sumptuous private dining room. We’ve got wonderful guest speakers and curators […]
I’m headed to the UK to lead this year’s Historical Fashion Tour. My group will be in Bath for the opening of the Jane Austen Festival, then in Winchester and London. You can follow us over on my Facebook page, where I’ll be posting pictures and insights from the trip.
This tutorial will help you navigate through the plackets in my Regency Gown and Elegant Lady’s Closet patterns.
My short tutorial shows how to make a perfect placket inside a seam.
My wonderful helper in the States finally managed to sort through the latest batch of Kangas from Kenya and post them for sale on eBay! I really scoured the markets high and low to find the prettiest Kangas with the nicest “Jina” (sayings) on them, and I think you’re going to love what we’ve got! Included […]
Thanks to the talented Katrina Casey of Edelweiss Patterns and her wonderful blog, Threads Magazine discovered my 1958 Party Dress pattern and asked to feature it in the July issue! Be sure to pick up a copy to see the full feature, which includes close-ups of Katrina’s beautiful cummerbund-style sash and rosette. I was so […]
I’ve finally broken down and joined Pinterest. It took me a while to be convinced due to copyright concerns, as I want to be careful that original creators get their due (photographers, designers, etc.). I’ve always been happy for visitors to my site to repin any of my images. They’re mine to share and yours […]
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