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.

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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Mystery Skirt Tuck

Have you ever experienced the phenomenon where you learn a new word, and suddenly it seems like you see it everywhere?  Apparently this is a cognitive bias called Frequency Illusion, and it happens to me all the time when browsing medieval paintings.

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Tutorial: Supportive Kirtle

Want to make a pretty and supportive kirtle for your reenactment needs? Look no further, I have what you need here! (Actually, please do further, multiple sources for information is totally a thing.) My first step for any project is to

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Antwerpen’ Around

This outfit is based on the information gathering I did for the Antwerp Women’s Dress post.  My dress is a little on the later end with it’s conical stiff bodice shape, so I’d put the date around 1575. This post is really low on dress-diary content, as

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Mrs. Frizzle and the Dress Diary

I hope folks don’t mind this break from my usual historical clothing!  I don’t make very many modern dresses.  I think that this is because if I want a cute dress for daily life, I can buy it for far

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Merchant Class Outfit, 1400

Soon my friends will be putting together a display for an early 15th century Tailorshop, and my husband and I are helping.  My usual late 16th century Italian clothing just won’t do at all.  Time for new outfits! We are

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Sailor Moon in the 16th Century

Sailor Moon!  Such a glorious show from my childhood!  If you are not familiar with this fun and cute anime, you can watch the first season on Hulu, or Youtube, but the quick summary is that you have five school

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Fromage and Friends, a Handmade Card Deck (Part 2)

Here’s the second half of the deck making process!  For the first half, go back to Part 1.

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