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by Lady Jane
Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shear terror
Replies: 13
Views: 2986

I fully agree with the measure twice and cut once policy. A couple of times I have laid up a garment and left it overnight before cutting just in case, then scolded myself for wasting time and doubting my ability :roll: I always test sew any new fabric and cut scraps for practice buttonholes, fusing...
by Lady Jane
Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 7769

Hi everyone. Just got back online after completing 6 character costumes for historic house Open Day. Several very, very late nights required and suprisingly not too many bad neck days. Must be the adrenaline effect as now I've finished the work I feel like I've been hit by a Mack truck. Made a Regen...
by Lady Jane
Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Dealing with a Schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 3545

Schedule...hmm... read about those once. I never could manage one myself. After 20 plus years of custom clothing and costumes I find I need to be really in the mood to sew, and that might mean starting at 5 p.m. and continuing till 3 a.m. if there's a deadline looming. Many course tutors have tried ...
by Lady Jane
Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 7769

Hi all. I wish I could show this thread to my physio, she seems to think I must be doing something terribly wrong to have all my aches and pains, but I know if I can avoid sewing for a week or so I don't get pain. We've had a very hot summer here in Oz and the air con doesn't quite reach to the sewi...
by Lady Jane
Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 7769

Hi Annie. Lately I've had more trouble with my neck actually. Over 30 years of sewing till the wee hours in bad positions has caused arthritis in the neck which in turn effects the shoulders and hands (tingling, numbness and general achiness). I've tried raising and lowering chairs, adjusting sewing...
by Lady Jane
Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 7769

Hello to all fellow costume makers. I use some commercial patterns for customers and modify them, because here in Oz the folks couldn't afford me if I drafted from measurements from scratch. When no adequate pattern or parts need more period correct construction I have been using my college texts mo...
by Lady Jane
Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Which way do you hand sew?
Replies: 47
Views: 9523

Well, I'm just glad all your bad experiences as school didn't faze you all. Same happened here in Oz, maybe our curriculum was based on UK model? Hand sewn French seams on baby doll pyjamas in Primary School for me in the 60's, then embroidery in early High school. Year 11 and 12 we had Domestic Sci...
by Lady Jane
Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Which way do you hand sew?
Replies: 47
Views: 9523

O.K. I've been hand sewing for over 40 years and I can't think of any stitches I sew away from myself. I'm right handed and I sew most stitches except buttonhole / blanket stitch from right to left, but overstitch left to right towards my body. I first learnt from my mother, then at primary school i...
by Lady Jane
Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: robe a la francaise 1760
Replies: 17
Views: 3996

tailordrews, I was ogling your embroidery so much (as I posted elsewhere) that I forgot to mention your wonderful corset. it looks so great, it's really gratifying to see one done so well, with a really good tight fit. Some people seem to be a little scared to put enough boning in to make it correct...
by Lady Jane
Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: robe a la francaise 1760
Replies: 17
Views: 3996

tailordrews, I was ogling your embroidery so much (as I posted elsewhere) that I forgot to mention your wonderful corset. it looks so great, it's really gratifying to see one done so well, with a really good tight fit. Some people seem to be a little scared to put enough boning in to make it correct...
by Lady Jane
Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:25 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: BBC's 'The Virgin Queen' this Sunday
Replies: 3
Views: 1737

Gee, I hope we get to see this in Australia. Sometimes our ABC will pick up BBC programmes. I've read the books this was based on so here's hoping. On the matter of "authentic costumes" on screen, the BBC has a good reputation for costume, even if it is "artistic licence" used for the sake of drama ...
by Lady Jane
Wed Feb 01, 2006 3:39 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: We are sexy, we are the 18th century!
Replies: 78
Views: 13991

:D OMG Tailordrews, your are one very talented gent. I've never seen such dedication to an embroidered costume as your chenille embroidered gown before ! I have made costumes for the Opera and they buy in ready-embroidered panels from the Asian continent if they need them. Are you formerly from an O...