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by Shadowcat
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Regency chemise back closing
Replies: 6
Views: 2244

Re: Regency chemise back closing

The kind of garment from the museum does not appear to have any stiffening for support, and would probably have been worn over stays and a shift. If you use a very fine linen or cotton (sshh - not everyone approves of cotton as early as this!) it will be so contained that you will not find it adds a...
by Shadowcat
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Regency chemise back closing
Replies: 6
Views: 2244

Re: Regency chemise back closing

Not being difficult, but why do you need it to be back opening? All the extant, and documented Regency shifts I have seen, apart from figures in churches, have large enough necklines to get the head through easily, tightened with a draw string if necessary. Also I don't remember ever seeing a Regenc...
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wambuis van 'zwartsaaijen' in the Rijkmusuem
Replies: 10
Views: 1700

Re: Wambuis van 'zwartsaaijen' in the Rijkmusuem

Is everyone sure it is actually a man's jacket? With the less than ideal provenance it could be a woman's jacket, I'd have thought.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Used clothing in the 18th century
Replies: 5
Views: 1600

Re: Used clothing in the 18th century

Thank you - I have that "Costume" but also another 25 or so volumes, and couldn't face the thought of searching all of them. Your help is much appreciated.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Use of bents for stays
Replies: 17
Views: 2761

Re: Use of bents for stays

You might find this inteesting.

http://www.elizabethancostume.net/effigy.htm

I also have a copy of the article written by Janet Arnold, who was my tutor at college, on the effigy stays.

S
by Shadowcat
Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Buttons
Replies: 4
Views: 1132

Re: Buttons

Angie

I think if you have some suitable buttons you can get links from bead shops. I'm not sure if this has them, but I am almost certain I've bought them from somewhere similar.

http://shop.beadworks.co.uk/listItems.a ... earch=Link

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Buttons
Replies: 4
Views: 1132

Re: Buttons

Do you have a date for that picture sir? He seems to be earlier than the earliest visual I have for linked buttons, which is about 1720. (A naval chappie at Rougemont,House, Exeter, as I recall.)

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming the fabric stash?
Replies: 24
Views: 2706

Re: Taming the fabric stash?

I'm getting rid of stuff to all my costuming friends, as we will be downsizing in a year or so, (from a three storey house)and I am retiring (at last!) What will I do with a filing cabinet of cotton thread, hooks and eyes and other haberdashery, and other things like ribbons, laces, let alone the fa...
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shawls for children
Replies: 3
Views: 1048

Re: shawls for children

As far as I am aware, shaped shawls, which is what I suspect you are thinking of, did not exist that early. For cold weather, anther "dress" or kirtle, or other garment would be worn. Several layers were worn for warmth. I suppose it would be possible to wrap a piece of cloth around the sh...
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval knitting???
Replies: 7
Views: 2905

Re: medieval knitting???

Try http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Hand-Kn ... _rhf_p_t_1 which is an excellent source for knitting information.

Knitted stockings were certainly made by hand during Tudor times, but the above book will give you a much better idea of what was knitted and when.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Used clothing in the 18th century
Replies: 5
Views: 1600

Re: Used clothing in the 18th century

Thanks Steve.

S
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Used clothing in the 18th century
Replies: 5
Views: 1600

Used clothing in the 18th century

I know I have read an article about used clothing in the 18th century, but don't remember what or where. Does anyone else have a reference for me?

As a side bar, do you know if used clothing was shipped to the colonies in America for re-use?

Grateful thanks for any clues.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming the fabric stash?
Replies: 24
Views: 2706

Re: Taming the fabric stash?

It's all your fault! I spent yesterday organising the stash boxes (there is other stuff for another time.). Found fabric I don't even vaguely remember buying, that will save me some money. I have enough scraps to make about 5 full size quilts, and should never need to buy fabric for modern clothes e...
by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Trim colour?
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

Re: Trim colour?

I'm about to go and look - I have wool, in a sort of swirly, circular-ish pattern, plus a silky look one and... and...and...wait and see! (Nothing modern.)

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Trim colour?
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

Re: Trim colour?

Black, in my opinion, is used on an awful lot of Victorian clothes. I have several metres of stuff that might work, and am dispersing my stock. Will send samples.

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian spec frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Victorian spec frames?

Sally

It might be worth looking for "Goth" spectacles, or "Steam punk". on E bay.You used to be able to buy a simple wire framed pair in a shop in Soho, fairly cheap, but I don't know if it is still there.

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming the fabric stash?
Replies: 24
Views: 2706

Re: Taming the fabric stash?

I have bought (not enough) sealable and stackable boxes from Staples, and the original intention was to box by fabric type - linen/wool/silk/anything else. However, that only works if you have enough boxes, otherwise the spare cottons go in the silk box which had some space, the "anything else&...
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian 'what to wear when' resources?
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: Victorian 'what to wear when' resources?

I have some nice original patterns, transcribed by Kristina Harris in a paperback book - can't remember the name - late Victorian. You can have it as a gift if we can get it to you - I resent postal costs! http://www.amazon.com/dp/0486283577?tag=vintageconnec-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&am...
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian 'what to wear when' resources?
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: Victorian 'what to wear when' resources?

As far as the Governess goes, I believe - no proof - that she would adjust her dress according to what she was accompanying her charges to. So, visiting a museum, smart day clothes, visiting rich aunt Mabel, smart morning clothes, chaperoning the young ladies at a party, evening clothes etc. All tho...
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Article about early 15th ct italian doublet
Replies: 1
Views: 870

Re: Article about early 15th ct italian doublet

Thank you - very interesting, although one would wish for a translation by a costume person, rather than not!

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Straw Bonnet blanks
Replies: 2
Views: 1137

Re: Straw Bonnet blanks

by Shadowcat
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Oxford Scholar clothing" John Wycliff?
Replies: 4
Views: 1315

Re: "Oxford Scholar clothing" John Wycliff?

Thanks Brother - I have passed on or your helpful notes to the lady who asked about this, and she is thrilled with so much information, as she had found virtually nothing.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Oxford Scholar clothing" John Wycliff?
Replies: 4
Views: 1315

"Oxford Scholar clothing" John Wycliff?

I've had a query through another site and thought someone here would know. "I chose to go with the 14th century in honor of John Wycliffe. Are there any pictures of Oxford scholars' robes/hoods/caps etc. online? Wouls a belt have been worn - any other accessories?) " The lady is hoping to ...
by Shadowcat
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian boots
Replies: 18
Views: 3818

Re: Victorian boots

lucy the tudor wrote:My suspicions were correct then ( sigh) I'm sure they're worth it.


They are - often custom made - you have to fill in forms and give measurements. And the leather is beeootiful - purrs!

I have a second hand pair and they too are really comfortable.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian boots
Replies: 18
Views: 3818

Re: Victorian boots

I'm guessing now, as it's years since I looked at the prices, but probably not less than £250.00, and upwards! Some of the E Bay ones looked pretty good, I must say.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian boots
Replies: 18
Views: 3818

Re: Victorian boots

Not cheap, but very good quality, and several different types of Victorian boot. http://www.anellodavide.com/pdf/ninteenthcentury.pdf I had some boots from them years ago - blissful to wear - I wore them out! And currently on E Bay, in my size!! http://clothes.shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_nkw=victorian+b...
by Shadowcat
Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:09 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Cheaper restauraunt vouchers
Replies: 1
Views: 954

Re: Cheaper restauraunt vouchers

Thanks Sally - our favourite restaurant, just across the road, is a member of the scheme!

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Suppliers
Replies: 64
Views: 39832

Re: Fabric Suppliers

John Lewis occasionally has crewel wool embroidered fabric in the curtain department - pop in when you come and look at my my book?

Suzi

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