Author: Morgan Donner
I try to post my projects in an easy to read, dress diary type format. When I first started learning to sew historical outfits, I found dress diaries to be the most helpful learning tools. I want to contribute my projects in the hopes that they will prove just as useful for others.

Mens’ Stirrup Hose

Good Morning everyone!  Today’s post is about how to make a simple pair of joined hose!

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Making a Stocking Pattern

Wanna make stockings for your sexy 14-16th century kit? Wanna be lazy and not have to draft or drape them? YEAH, ME TOO!  So join me and wrap your legs in duct-tape, it’s the best!

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Red Dress

I recently found and marathoned through the fabulous Amazon show ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’!  Its a funny show, with lots of beautiful costuming, set in 1957ish.  The main character in particular has some amazing dresses.

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Pewter Casting: Horseshoe Pin

Earlier this year, our local medieval dress up group was going to hold a big event at a new site, and their logo is a flying horseshoe. Unfortunately, we were not able to hold the event this year due to

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Retro Dress Diary: Butterick 6018

New dress and new video! If you don’t have time/sound for a video right now, here’s the transcript!

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Laurel Gown

I joined the Order of the Laurel this past May, and made a new 1590’s Venetian dress for the occasion!

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Three

Making a Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Three at MorganDonner.com.

The farthingale is completely done!  Wooo!  Here’s the final video showing how I put the skirt together:

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part Two

Here’s part two for the farthingale!  It shows how I constructed the bodice :D Just like in part one, here’s a transcript of the video for those that would prefer non-moving dress diaries!

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Polka Dot Farthingale: Part One

I have never made or even worn a hoop skirt, but after seeing how underwhelming my skirt volume was in pictures, I decided that it was time to poof things up!

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Allegory of the Dagged Dress

Several years ago, I was taking a class about 14th and 15th century clothing.  During the class, the teacher brought out her own dresses and gowns, showing how she made them, including lots of nifty modern shortcuts.  One of her dresses

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