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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

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

A Novice's Guide to Draping

Guy Laroche 1961

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

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

Copying Complex Garments - whew!

Copying Complex Garments - Threads


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

Valentino Resort 2015

Valentino Slideshow on

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