Posts By: Centuries Sewing

I need to leave myself instruction sheets

When you take out an old unfinished project to work on and have no idea what you were thinking. Why is my kirtle neckline rounded? I know I cut half sleeves for it but I have no idea where they have gone. I stitched around the edges of the interlining that is fraying like mad… Read more »

P. Clement Brown’s Art in Dress Illustrations

How cool is this? 1920’s patterns/draft manual with gorgeous illustrations (unfortunately some are products of their time) from P. Clement Brown’s “Art in Dress 1922”. Time to break out the colored pencils!   Some are at: And the Internet Archive has the full book:

More on the Penny Dreadful Gown

My inspiration dress from the Met     The pattern I’m using for the skirt I found on Pinterest,   What the back of the bodice currently looks like, I decided on a swallow-tail back. More inspiration pictures and trimming ideas can be found on my Penny Dreadful Costume pin board.

Part 5 of the Elizabethan Kirtle Sew-Along Renaissance

Four videos today, this weekend I’m going to shoot some more. Pressing and prep for the sleeve seam allowances   Pressing the seam allowance with a seam roll when the sleeve is too narrow for the board. Sewing in the lining at the top of the sleeve. Hand sewing the bottom of the sleeve shut…. Read more »