The Best 18th Century Costume Sewing Patterns December, 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

Shop These Amazing Adult Men’s Pirate Costumes

You have to be a criminal to look this good! Shop our selection of pirate costumes perfect for halloween and fancy dress. Taking a pirate outfit theme makes a great couples halloween costume and many of these are available in plus-size.  When the fancy dress party’s over many of these items suit a variety of … Read more

Terry Dresbach’s Emotional Farewell to ‘Outlander’ Fans

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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

Costume Students Make Awesome Historically-Accurate Disney Characters

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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

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

Diplomat Captured Costumes of Diverse Classes and Cultures in 1797

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The King of Tahiti, Venetian nobles, French artists and the favourite of the King of Persia – all were fair game for the diplomat and illustrator Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (1757-1810) who captured the clothing of all manner of classes and cultures at the very end of the 18th Century. Born in Montreal, Saint-Sauveur followed a … Read more