Making Vintage 1920s Clothes for Women

My new book published August 2017

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Making Edwardian Costumes for Women


My new book on the publisher’s website The Crowood Press with a few sample pages to look at

ISBN: 9781785001024
PUBLISHED: 04/01/2016
PAGES: 128
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 297×210 mm
INSIDE: 200 colour photographs

Edwardian fashions for women were characterized by the S-shaped silhouette, embellished with lace, tucks, ruffles, tassels, frills and flounces. This essential book includes eleven detailed projects, which form a capsule collection of clothing and accessories that might have been worn by an Edwardian governess, a woman travelling on an ocean liner, a campaigning suffragette, or a wife overseeing a busy household in a large country house. It explains making sequences in full and advises in detail on how to give the garments a fine, authentic finish.

  • Eleven detailed projects based on the dress collections at Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, and Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
  • Each project includes a detailed description of the original garment, with an accompanying illustration alongside photographs of the original pieces
  • Scaled patterns are included for all projects with a list of materials and equipment required
  • Step-by-step instructions with information about the original techniques used and close-up photographs of the making process
  • Chapters on tools and equipment, fabrics, measurements and sizes, and how to wear Edwardian fashion with ideas on creating new outfits from the featured projects
  • Advice on how to adapt garments to make them suitable for both wealthy, leisured women, and for their poorer counterpart
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pompom shorts for Making magazine

pompom shorts-page-001 At last the summer has arrived and so I thought I would share my shorts which are in the latest (June 2015) edition of Making

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Lace Top

My latest project for the August edition of Making magazine lace T shirt-page-001

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Christmas stockings

Making magazine Christmas edition, many thanks to GMC for permission to publish on my blog

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Fabric Bento Box

Fabric covered Bento Box with a pull out lunch box and a section for cups or napkins and chopsticks. This project is not ideal for those new to sewing, it’s fun to make but it is a bit of a fiddle. Many thanks to the team at Making & GMC publishers for permission to publish on my blog

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vintage style picnic set

Making magazine this month has a vintage holiday theme and here’s my contribution!

Thanks to for permission to publish this project on my blog.

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