The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking


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Create authentic, show-stopping 18th century gowns for reenactment or cosplay by using traditional hand sewing techniques from the era.

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Lauren and Abby's company, American Duchess Inc., has been providing historically accurate lady's shoes since 2011. Their shoes and accessorieshave been used in productions all over the world, including ABC's Once Upon a Time, Starz's Outlander and American Gods, Broadway's Hamilton: An American Musical, Dangerous Liaisons and Cinderella. Their shoes have also been used by the New York Metropolitan Opera, Ford's Theater and have walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards. They live in Reno, Nevada.


"In this must-have volume, the American Duchess ladies solve your costuming worries, sharing solid yet accessible research, inspiring images and tips from the sewing trenches in a style that makes historically accurate 18th century sewing more achievable and fun than it's ever been."-Cathy Hay, CEO, Foundations Revealed"Finally we have a book to span the gap between academic research and hands-on sewing instruction for the 18th century. It takes the mystery out of historically accurate technique and presents it in a beautiful and achievable way, grounded in the authors' years of experience in hands-on research."-Cynthia Settje, Owner, Redthreaded Costumes & Corsets

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