Neat white stitches on a field of blue. Perfect, pleasing, simply geometrical. Discover the Japanese mending technique turned art form known as sashiko.Full article
Sartor has worked with makers of historical costumes and corsets since its founding. Our first customers were folks involved in the #reenactment community who were looking for truly authentic materials for historical clothing, in particular silk and brocade. Fashion history has always held special interest for us; it can be a rich, and often underappreciated, source of inspiration for current designers as well as those who love period clothing. We explore various epochs in fashion history and other related topics.
The Empire dress, it’s a look we’re still wearing 200 years after it first came into fashion – clean, simple, classy, with its high waistline and long, slender silhouette. Here’s the story of how the French gave Rococo the boot, turned fashion on its head, and introduced a revolutionary new way of dressing.Full article
As young women in Regency England swooned over Mr. Darcy, what were their counterparts on the Continent up to? Both sides of the Channel saw the rise of a middle-class esthetic, demure and practical. Gone were the arch tastes of Empire fashion. In the heart of Europe the Biedermeier brought an idealization of hearth and home, the return of the hourglass figure, and a flurry of dainty floral prints.Full article
Planning a historical costume but you’re not sure which fabric to choose? No need to wade through piles of history books – we’ve done the research for you. This short guide to historical wools covers everything from traditional wool processing techniques to pointers for choosing an authentic weave.Full article
Fertoch, jupka, kandus, rozplasenka, serka! When we talk about traditional folk costumes – “kroj” in Bohemia (or Silesia, Moravia, and Slovakia for that matter) it means grappling with a whole new vocabulary. I learned that the hard way when I set off this February on a quick information gathering trip to western Bohemia. We were working on a new brocade in our historical reproduction series… and for the first time ever, I had a living, breathing first-hand source to answer my questions!Full article