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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

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Out Today: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

It's a big day in the costuming world! The highly anticipated new costuming book, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, is out today from Page Street Publishing. You can buy it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc, or directly from American Duchess (where you can even get signed copies, and/or buy shoes AT THE SAME TIME, yesss).  Abby and Lauren shared some secret sneak peeks with me earlier this year, and I have been so excited for this addition to the costumers' library ever since. I even accidentally pre-ordered TWO copies in my excitement, haha!This book really does...

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An Autumnal 1887 Bustle Dress

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An Autumnal 1887 Bustle Dress

This brown and black plaid silk taffeta was originally earmarked for something 1850's, but once the weather began changing in September, I decided it would make a perfectly autumnal 1880's bustle gown. I honed in on 1886/7 for the gown because I love the cleaner, tailored, and asymmetrical lines seen in the later bustle period. Like most of my personal projects, I threw this together in a few weeks and didn't make many notes on the process. But here are some construction details. I visited my family in Rhode Island last week, which was the perfect setting for some fall photos....

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The Redthreaded East Coast Tour (of sorts...)

The Redthreaded East Coast Tour (of sorts...)

In a week and a half I will pack up as many corsets as I can fit in two checked bags, and head off on an adventure spanning from Virginia to Rhode Island. As part of this trip, I will be taking part in two trunk shows!  I will bring a selection of corsets in various styles and sizes. I cannot bring everything, so to avoid disappointment please fill out this survey if there is a style and size you're absolutely wanting to see. Sales are first come, first served as well. Williamsburg, VA October 16, 6-8pmA joint Trunk Show...

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1860's Silk Satin Corset

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1860's Silk Satin Corset

It's felt like 1860's all the time around here lately, with several custom corset projects and our new Gored Corset pattern launch. We recently finished this custom 1860's corset, based very closely on a corset at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  Alyssa (full time assistant at Redthreaded) completed 99% of the cutting and sewing on this corset, and I think she did a phenomenal job. And a big thank you to our client for choosing such a pretty inspiration piece. The corset is a single layer of coutil with silk satin fashion fabric, roll pinned for smoothness. It is boned...

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Introducing our Newest Pattern: The 1860's Gored Corset!

Introducing our Newest Pattern: The 1860's Gored Corset!

We've been asked about this one countless times, and now it is here: the 1860's Gored Corset PATTERN, in our full range of 11 size options, from 22"-42" waists.The pattern walks you through construction using a mixture of historical and theatrical construction techniques, but the pattern shapes are based precisely upon historical patents, drafts, and extant corsets. There are some intriguing grain lines and details which really help give that 1860's look.Perfect for Gettysburg, Dickens, Victoria, and other mid-19th-century impressions, this style supports the bust in a natural position (no boob shelves here!), nips the waist, and smooths the hips....

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