The clever people in the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections are blogging their way through a wide range of historic 'how to' manuals.
This week, it's all about following an early 19th century dressmaking pattern and using a 19th century embroidery manual, to make a simple linen shift.
The Wardrobe Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland might be very interested in this, as a creative experiment. Though I suspect busy costume makers don't have time for Victorian embroidery!!
Take a look at 52 Weeks of Historical How-To's - it's a beautiful and intriguing blog.