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by Mad Mab
Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:10 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: one for traderswho do both markets
Replies: 7
Views: 1743

For the last couple of years I've been coming down from Edinburgh to attend both markets. TORM has more traders and is good for some intensive shopping but it's usually so crowded that you can't speak to friends that you meet without clogging up an aisle so I tend to go to that one first and then ma...
by Mad Mab
Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help. Tailors Forms
Replies: 14
Views: 2691

Interesting. By the way, Guthrie, did you get a PM from me about vegi-tanned leather at all? It's just that I'm not sure whether or not I managed to send it correctly! :oops:
mab
by Mad Mab
Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help. Tailors Forms
Replies: 14
Views: 2691

Freecycle? What be Freecycle?
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by Mad Mab
Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help. Tailors Forms
Replies: 14
Views: 2691

Help. Tailors Forms

Hallo, Having read the previous thread on the various virtues of different kinds of forms have decided that, since I really cannot face having someone wrap me in tape, I'm going to have to go with a dial tailors form thing and wrap it in jersey/t-shirt stuff. What I would appreciate is any advice on...
by Mad Mab
Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:43 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Tudor Housewife
Replies: 18
Views: 3533

If you ever get the chance to go to Hay on Wye during the book festival, that's a fantatstic place to pick up all sorts of interesting books for very little money. The place is full of 2nd hand bookshops anyway, but, during the festival, all these little bookshelves appear on street corners and the ...
by Mad Mab
Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 4617

Why is it that most modern women's clothes appear to made for boys while the average modern woman's figure is curvy? There are two theories about this - one i won't repeat as its probably not politically correct, the other is that clothes are designed to look good hanging on the rail rather than on...
by Mad Mab
Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 4617

I think most of my clothing problems (Except for the one where I have no sense of style at all! :D )come from the fact that I'm hourglass shaped and short with broad shoulders (Thank you to 15 years of work on farms and stables for that) so due to todays fashions for minimal bust and hips, anything ...
by Mad Mab
Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 4617

As someone who's short (5 foot and a half inch (and that's a very important half inch! :D )) but busty (or as my dad once kindly put it, 'sturdy'!), I find that, in modern clothes, I am very self concious about possible bulges and tend to wear large mens' clothes leading to me resembling a small, mo...
by Mad Mab
Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 4617

Ahaaah - it does make sense Mab. Presumbably to get the appropriately 'squashed' bits you wold have to make up the garment on the form then adjust its dimensions in the appropriate places for the relevant historic geometry. Honestly, use the proper terminology! It's 'SQUISHED' not 'SQUASHED' :wink:...
by Mad Mab
Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 4617

can be tricky for historical clothing - as doesn't really take into account the shape of different periods (made for modern ppl) Slightly bemused by this - surely you are making copies of historical clothing to fit modern people so historical patterns need to be altered to fit. I think what is mean...
by Mad Mab
Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 8877

Oooh shiny! :D
Very nice!
mab
by Mad Mab
Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 4617

Thanks muchly for the information. Might have to grit my teeth, bite the bullet (and any other cliche you might name) and try it if it means just having to do it the once (and I will then have to maintain current weight for ever! Ah well, excuse not to diet! :D )
mab
by Mad Mab
Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress forms/tailors dummies
Replies: 33
Views: 4617

Have you thought of making a duct tape (gaffa tape) form? You end up with an exact copy of your own shape which can be very helpful for closely fitted garments How would you go about doing that? I don't like being touched which means I have to fit everything to myself and, even when I really concen...
by Mad Mab
Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 8877

Corsets, every time! I competely hand sew everything I do because of the authenticity you know! (Actually because I can't work the sewing machine! :lol: ) and all the boning channels and then the eyelets and then having to re-adjust the whole thing cause I've managed to either lose or gain weight si...
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:32 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Blackbeard on TV 10/09
Replies: 13
Views: 3140

Zachos wrote:you should both be murdered horribly for that little exchange.
Aye, but are you willing to beard us in our lairs?!
(Ye gods, I can't stop!)
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by Mad Mab
Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Blackbeard on TV 10/09
Replies: 13
Views: 3140

I heard it only escaped being in Braveheart by a whisker!

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by Mad Mab
Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:20 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Blackbeard on TV 10/09
Replies: 13
Views: 3140

steve stanley wrote:The Beard's previous starring role was on Tom Berenger in "Gettyburg"....since then it's been waiting for the right role.........
Steve
Well I think the beard is very talented. It's certainly growing into its role....
Sorry, sorry, sorry........
by Mad Mab
Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:16 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Army of Darkness - the Medieval Dead
Replies: 10
Views: 2983

You can't beat Bruce Campbell no matter what he's doing. (Mind you, I still think his crowning moment is beating off his own hand with a copy of 'A Farewell to Arms' in 'The Evil Dead 2'! :lol: )
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by Mad Mab
Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Blackbeard on TV 10/09
Replies: 13
Views: 3140

Oh dear gods, the Sky version... :shock: Had to go and bleach my eyeballs after watching half an hour in the vain hope that it would impove! Liked the BBC one though. I agree with the papers though, that beard deserved it's own credit! I think James Purefoy was under it somewhere! (And, my word, his...
by Mad Mab
Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Spiritual connection
Replies: 26
Views: 4365

I think that anyone born and bred in the angloscottish borders (Northumberland in my case) feels a connection to the times of the Border Reivers, mostly cause attitudes don't seem to have changed that much over the centuries. You find yourself nodding along with historical Border reasoning whilst ou...
by Mad Mab
Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bum rolls
Replies: 26
Views: 4479

And men think bras are complicated! :wink:
Through the ages it does appear that women have fine-tuned the art of creating odd if not totally bizarre underwear! :lol:
Thanks for the advice (and the offer of help :D !) Will certainly cry for help if I get myself stuck!
Thank you muchly.
mab
by Mad Mab
Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bum rolls
Replies: 26
Views: 4479

Umm, clothing did change quite a lot over the 200 years you mention. Do you have a particular date, or an event, in mind? Oops! :oops: You get so used to the specifics of which time period you do that you forget that people outwith the group will not neccessarily know! Apologies for that! To cut th...
by Mad Mab
Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century - wow
Replies: 8
Views: 2463

Oooh, pretty!
Mab
by Mad Mab
Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bum rolls
Replies: 26
Views: 4479

I was kind of hoping that might be the case. Have tried wearing a bum-roll before and it felt like I was being followed the whole time (on the other hand, you want your clothing to be as accurate as possible)
Thank you muchly,
Mab
by Mad Mab
Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bum rolls
Replies: 26
Views: 4479

Bum rolls

Hallo, For all those 17th & 18th century re-enactors out there. Looking for advice/sources on the wearing of bum rolls. I tend to go for outfits suitable for lower-class, farm wifey types (unless I'm in apothecary mode) and was wondering whether a bum role would have been apropriate/practical. I hav...
by Mad Mab
Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:29 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What makes you do it ??
Replies: 66
Views: 11971

http://www.theborderers.info We have horse AND a tower house :) OK there is now a Mab shaped hole in the scenery!!! Seriously though, if you could let me know what you're looking for member-wise (and even as I type that, I know I'm going to regret that wording!) or if you could let me know who I sh...
by Mad Mab
Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What makes you do it ??
Replies: 66
Views: 11971

I kind of fell into re-enactment by accident! When I was very little, my Mam mislaid me at one of the fairs in Northumberland and I ended up with a group doing (If I recall rightly and there's no guarantee of that!) 12th Century. When she finally found me (after she remembered that I'd been with her...
by Mad Mab
Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Beowulf and Grendel movie
Replies: 11
Views: 2579

I did like the film. (Found the witch a trifle annoying especially with the wandering accent!) but the highlight had to be the part where Beowulf strips off his sword and helmet and then dives into the pool still wearing his mail shirt! (It's a little thing but it made me giggle!) Thought Grendel's ...
by Mad Mab
Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bigfoot
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Why else do you think we had him chopping wood at Lanark!
Mab
by Mad Mab
Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bigfoot
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Thanks for that, will check it out.
Mab