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Edwina Sutherland and some of her dolls.
Edwina Sutherland and some of her dolls.

Dressing the part for history

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Clothing has always been a product of time and place. Thanks to various sources, experts know a lot about who wore what, and when. Information that comes in handy these days for plays, museums and re-enactment projects. The village of Manotick, Ontario marks its 150th anniversary this year. Events planned for the coming year will sometimes feature volunteers in period costumes. To help participants look the part, Edwina Sutherland, of Edwina Richards Studio, is presenting a lecture tomorrow on fashions of the mid-to-late 1800s, followed by a workshop on period dressing on February 7. She spoke with Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin about clothing in centuries past, and the craft of sewing and replicating what people wore.

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