The Best 18th Century Costume Sewing Patterns August, 2022

18th century costume sewing patterns

Have you just binge-watched Outlander or Poldark? Are you desperate to try your hand at sewing an 18th century costume or looking to expand your current collection? Fortunately there are a wealth of historically-accurate 18th century clothing patterns for you to craft your dream outfit. The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking The leading … Read more

Pirates of The Caribbean Costumes On Sale

Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Barbossa costume from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl will go under the hammer in London September 20. Auctioned alongside the pirate costume is Barbossa’s peg leg and an array of rings worn by Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Other pieces listed in the auction catalogue include … Read more

Terry Dresbach’s Emotional Farewell to ‘Outlander’ Fans

Outlander

Costume designer Terry Dresbach will be leaving the hit historical costume drama Outlander after season four. “It’s been 6 years. I want to be with my family. I am spent, exhausted, worn out. Concerned about my health,” she said on Twitter. Dresbach was instrumental in the launch of the series with her husband the writer and … Read more

American Duchess: How One Artist Started a Shoe Sensation

Illustrator and designer Lauren Stowell started the 18th Century sewing blog American Duchess but struggled to turn it into a feasible income. Forced to sell her precious antique finds on Etsy she hit upon a revelation that would change her life for good. She discovered that historical footwear – made new to modern sizes – … Read more

How to Embrace Casanova in the #MeToo Era

The gaze of scandalous, cheating libertine Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798) has been taken as the central viewpoint of a new exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts based on The Story of My Life – his unrivaled account of 18th-century European society. Addressing themes such as travel, the intersection of sex and power, theatricality and identity, and … Read more

Inside the Versailles 18th Century Costume Ball

Every year the palace of Versailles opens its doors for the incredible Fêtes Galantes – a ball to recreate the French court of Louis XIV. The standard of dress is impeccably high as is the price tag to match. For many historical costumers Versailles represents the ultimate party in a venue that doesn’t normally allow costumes. … Read more

Keeping up with the Bourbons: Dressing Louis XIV in Versailles

Dressing George Blagden as Louis XIV in Versailles

The steamy and elaborate £21m series Versailles caused controversy in the UK when it first aired in 2016 with Sam Burnett of Mediawatch UK commenting “Dressing up pornography and violence in a cravat and tights doesn’t make it cultural.” Unfortunately for Burnett “dressing up” fails to do any justice to the massive effort of costume designer Madeline … Read more

Costume Students Make Awesome Historically-Accurate Disney Characters

historically-accurate disney characters

A group of costume interpretation students stunned London’s Comic Con by turning up as historically-accurate versions of Disney characters. They met at UAL’s Wimbledon college on one of the UK’s top costume courses on making historical garments and adapting them for theatre and screen and – despite the incredible skills shown by these costumes – … Read more

Clarks Archive of 25,000 Historic Shoes Digitised

In 1825 using the off-cuts from his brother Cyrus’ tannery, James Clark created his first sheepskin slipper in the village of Somerset, England. Within a year sales of the ‘Brown Petersburg’ shoe reached 1,000 pairs a month and formed a success story that would culminate in two awards at the Great Exhibition in 1851, leading to … Read more

First Glimpse of Poldark’s New Costume (And Without It…)

Poldark series 4 first look image reveals Aidan Turner’s smart new costume

Ross Poldark has smartened up as the famously-rugged star of the late 18th Century has opted for a buttoned-up coat with wide lapels and the addition of a waistcoat draped over the top. The look is sealed by a resplendent white cravat and classic bicorn. Nevertheless the opening of series four will see Poldark stepping out of … Read more