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by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Want to buy ACW kit
Replies: 1
Views: 469

Re: Want to buy ACW kit

D - please check your messages or email spam filters - S
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century, female dress question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1277

Re: 15th century, female dress question.

Other options are that they are high necked kirtles, which should be worn under gowns, (see the train bearer in the first picture for the bloack underskirt) and the train bearer in the second picture (the closure line down the front of the black under garment - also seen in the woman behind). Garmen...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: The Spa Rout - March 12th - A Regency rout-party
Replies: 2
Views: 853

The Spa Rout - March 12th - A Regency rout-party

Spa Rout header.JPG A rout-party in the late Georgian Spa town that entertained Prinny and his siblings, refuge to Harriett Wilson’s kept sister Sofia (later Lady Berwick) in her widowhood. An inclusive evening to dance, talk, enjoy old and make new friends. ----------------------------------------...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: The Spa Rout - March 12th - A Regency rout-party
Replies: 0
Views: 1607

The Spa Rout - March 12th - A Regency rout-party

Spa Rout header.JPG A rout-party in the late Georgian Spa town that entertained Prinny and his siblings, refuge to Harriett Wilson’s kept sister Sofia (later Lady Berwick) in her widowhood. An inclusive evening to dance, talk, enjoy old and make new friends. ----------------------------------------...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 4704

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

But surely there are three basic re-enactorisms which everyone understands? 1) Re-enactment is the only place where men can loudly admire one another's shoes in public without assumptions being made about their sexuality. 2) Put one group of ten re-enactors in a closed room for four hours and when y...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 4704

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

Playing devil's advocate again, Colin? :twisted: That is a question to be decided by a person's group and advised by their authenticity officer. However there is no doubt that there was crappy linen in the C15th, just as there are crappily made tee-shirts now - hence Guild restrictions and internal ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 4704

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

No, I don't re-use the cotton or suggest (see past posts) it as suitable for medieval or other non-cotton periods. It isn't just the historical imperative of being wrong for period: if you are not used to wearing the full set of past undergarments it is simply practical for several reasons: cotton d...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri May 15, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Annual Grand Regency Ball, Assembly Rooms Bath
Replies: 0
Views: 713

Annual Grand Regency Ball, Assembly Rooms Bath

A perfect public time-tarting opportunity, something enjoyable for the Waterloo stay at homes or treat your Belgian grass widow partner to a party as a thank you! Fully costumed event which uses the Bath Assembly Rooms for their original purpose - card room, bar, separate supper rooms, hot buffet su...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 13, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume Queries
Replies: 2
Views: 945

Re: Costume Queries

If you give people an idea of the clothing sizes required and the standard you are broadly aiming for ( I like second hand kit for very many reasons but define it in four broad standards - whether it is for fancy dress, for theatrical costume, for beginner re-enactment or for interpretative history ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 13, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th Century Female Headgear
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

Re: 14th Century Female Headgear

The trick is a fillet - pm me for details
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

A wiser soul told me that due to the modern mainstream fear of the perceived 'difficulty' of wool (moth, laundering, expense, relative wear) a small percentage of selected 'other' fibres are added to enhance wear I think that anything 5% or less 'other' while it still has to be listed as a wool mix ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

ABSOLUTELY!

And that is why any linen apron worn over wool in a later period re-enactment kitchen should alway be tied with a quick-release lover's knot (tie a bow, but pull one end through competely, effectively making a one-loop slipknot which can be released by pulling on one end).
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval sewng techniques
Replies: 1
Views: 866

Re: medieval sewng techniques

I started with googling "medieval sewing stitches" and there are a raft of items out there, from basic cut and paste website-fillers to archeological reports breaking down stitch usage by site and date - with diagrams (1). So I couldn't even proffer a possible likely selection (2) that you...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

Late to the party, but this is what I was taught when still new to things and it has saved false economies. If you are not sure of your fabric content, you need to take a sliver of the fabric in question and a lighter - this is best done over a sink with some water in it - and do burn test. Cotton a...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: viking/dark ages wool thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Re: viking/dark ages wool thread

You can either split wool tapestry lengths down from 4 to 2 filaments, choosing "off" (ie grayed for blues, earthy for reds, yellowed for greens or muted) or plant colours if you know the colours achievable. Often you see bundles of leftover skeins coming up on ebay which is a cheap way to...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Embroidery Frames - High Medieval
Replies: 7
Views: 1384

Re: Embroidery Frames - High Medieval

You need a pegged slate frames: principle below, but without fancy turning. Examples http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/shop/index/1 - cheaper, but doubtless subsidised price more victorian http://www.siestaframes.com/acatalog/Slate_Frames_.html - blocky construction, but uncontraversial ebay: http:...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval pressing
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Re: medieval pressing

At one early Kelmarsh I needed to press a very heavy wool seam flatter for something we were making on site. Clean Iron ladle with a few embers in it, keep it moving quickly and tell the suddenly-interested to move back or let you concentrate so you don't singe the cloth. It's a modern approach to n...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: viking/dark ages wool thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Re: viking/dark ages wool thread

You can unravel the edge of the fabric you are using and use the threads to sew the garment. A friend did this with a lower status C15th gown made from recycled blanket which had been washed a couple of times. The only problems she had were surmounted by practice by the end of the process 1) that th...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 3956

Re: Linen Kirtles

......are you commenting on m'size or the touch of theomorphism (which the tablets are sorting, thank you very much)? Either way, that's the cost of another stamp you're saving me this Christmas.
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 3956

Re: Linen Kirtles

It is about approach, method and construed argument - not content.

Shame on you, youngling; society expects my cohort to be scary. In suggesting anything else you're throwing the government's conceptualised demographics off and bringing down Ragnarok.......
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 3956

Re: Linen Kirtles

I know what I know, I know what I do and I hope I know enough to learn from others what I can. Some might argue that there is no point breeding the correct sheep, shearing, spinning, weaving, dying, hand sewing and wearing the correct cut of fabric if you can't publically share the end result. Some ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice please on square neckline
Replies: 12
Views: 1943

Re: Advice please on square neckline

Wholly agree with Saracen. C15th square neckline tend to come in with the new Tudor dynasty. For the period of the later Plantagenet dynasty rounded necklines at all levels of society, or very late, wide, straight, barely-on-the-shoulder court necklines are the norm. This gown may be a fancy dress a...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 3956

Re: Linen Kirtles

Go-Janet- GO! Exactly. The "Can I wear / is it right to wear/ can anyone point me at provenance which supports me wearing linen kirtles in Late Medieval England" question comes up almost as regularly as Cosmopolitan's "Find Your G-spot" articles. The original poster is asking for...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 3956

Re: Linen Kirtles

While I respect your knowledge base, you concentrate on the linguistic semantics: which as an academic exercise has its place - but you are throwing off tangents to the original question - albeit interesting ones. The purpose of an inventory is to list for maintenance or valuation, so to specify tha...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 3956

Re: Linen Kirtles

What people are missing here are practical facts: Linen may dry quickly but it wicks up moisture so it a very bad practical choice for a long overgarment in green, green England. Or even a long undergarment as I found out to my discomfort when I first started Xty X years ago. Shortened m'shift to mi...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 15102

Re: Natural Dyes?

I'd not substitute chemicals unless you are a chemist! Some mordants affect different plant dyes very differently - for example you can get pale yellow to a strong orange-brown with onion skin according to the mordant used - have another look at the link to the dying article I sent. So only a couple...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 15102

Re: Natural Dyes?

The Mulberry Dyer, indeedy yes.

http://www.mulberrydyer.co.uk/

Housepoint to Gryffindor!
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 15102

Re: Natural Dyes?

Look in the event announcements section - they are often advertised there.
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??
Replies: 16
Views: 9669

Re: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??

So saying, one of our group usually got good results dyeing large wool tent-curtains in the washing machine with dylon and little or no stress. I simply bow to her ability / luck. But 2m is a bucket job - otherwise there isn't enough stuff in the machine to churn the fabric around to get even soaker...

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