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    The Mantua Maker of Gloucester

    For the Foundations Revealed competition for 2021, “Once Upon a Time,” I expected to have a harder time deciding on a piece of literature and a character to base my design around, but when I pulled a copy of Beatrix Potter’s, “The Tailor of Gloucester” from my bookshelf, I immediately knew I wanted to do some sort of 18th century outfit based around the cherry-colored coat and embroidered waistcoat the tailor creates in the story. If you haven’t read the story, its available online here: Quilted Petticoat (May-December) Supplies: Silk Taffeta, in tapioca, from Silk Baron Wool quilt bat, from Observatory Hill Farm 2″ and 1.25″ Silk Taffeta ribbon from…

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    Patterns of Fashion 5 1760-70s Stays, Drafted using the Arc Method

    After seeing some lovely versions of the #24- 1760-1770s stays from Patterns of Fashion 5, I decided to try my hand at making a pair of stays that actually fit.  I joined Foundations Revealed this year, so I had access to a new archive of resources, as well as the ability to ask Luca Costigliolo questions about the arc-drafting method and fit questions. I’ll start off by admitting, I don’t have a great track record with stays.  I actually really enjoy making them, but I have always rushed through the mocking up step. My first pair, were made using the Butterick pattern. I made a single mock up out of…