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Wish we'd had this well-illustrated tutorial from Lolita Patterns at hand when we first attempted inserting an invisible zipper...

How To Insert an Invisible Zipper

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draping tutorial/mini guide. Lining and skirt hides all raw edges.

A Novice's Guide to Draping

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Guy Laroche 1961

The Midvale Cottage Post: Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s

The Midvale Cottage Post: Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s

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Copying Complex Garments - whew!

Copying Complex Garments - Threads

threadsmagazine.com

Marie...

1956 Ms. Ivy Nicholson in rayon crêpe cocktail dress by Jacques Fath, photo by Jacques Decaux.

Valentino Resort 2015

Valentino Slideshow on Style.com

fashionbombdaily.com

Portrait of Maria de' Medici (1540-1557) or Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo (1553–1576), Alessandro Allori, detail

Embroidery detail from a 1952 Dior ball gown

Vintage 1950's Lilli Diamond Apricot Lace Cocktail Dress

Steamer style tooled leather corset. Multi-dyed, and maybe some overlaid pieces. Bravo!

Dress for mother of the groom, Mme. E. Clapham, Hull, England, 1891. Jacket of bottle green velvet with a long trail at the back and a suit of ivory silk brocade. This dress was later adapted to a day dress with the addition of a beaded bottle green velvet waistcoat. Hull Museums via mylearning.org