Fashion Crafts

Fashion Crafts and
Fashion History

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Fashion Crafts and Fashion History

These are ideas for using costume and craft skill techniques of the past in craft modules. I hope to expand the section over time to encompass a wide range of fashion craft skills.
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Fashion and Costume Doll Dresses

An approach to making small scale accurate costumes using Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion.

 Photographs of work created by sixth form fashion students.

A short history of French fashion dolls.

Costume Collage Silhouettes

A collection of fashion silhouette fabric collages arranged by date from 1770 to 1930.

A brief guide explaining how to make these simple collages which are ideal for adaptation in group work.

Sewing Velvets - Tips

Smocking Illustrations Part 1   

Examples of worked smocking and stitching charts.

Smocking Illustrations Part 2

Examples of worked smocking and stitching charts.


Fashion-era Forums

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Custom Search looks at women's costume and fashion history and analyses the mood of an era. Changes in technology, leisure, work, cultural and moral values, homelife and politics have all contributed to lifestyle trends which influence the clothes we wear. These are the changes that make any era of society special in relation to the study of the costume of a period. can take no responsibility for the information above and any outcome which may cause you error, loss or costs incurred from use of the information and links either directly or indirectly.

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