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by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion?
Replies: 47
Views: 5230

Lidi Do not buy silk taffeta in shops in London - they charge anything up to 100% more than the wholesalers do for the same thing. If you find something you like, get a sample, then e-mail or PM me. If you get it in Shepherds Bush shops, and you cannot test it, it may not be 100% silk either. Chatel...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion?
Replies: 47
Views: 5230

Not that I know of. Someone in the U.S. has done some interesting research, but it's a long while since I read it. When I was very young there was a fabric called shntung, which I think I remember having slubs, but it wasn't then called dupion. I think it's to do with the process - dupion is produce...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion?
Replies: 47
Views: 5230

There is evidence for slub silk in the 16th century, but it is not the same as modern dupion, apparently. Do you want me to check on the source?

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval gloves
Replies: 9
Views: 1859

Correct web site is

www.luttrellpsalter.org.uk

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8557

Really? Even for posh dance dresses? This new dress will be for my dance group so I can finally join in on the 18th C dance shows, but I want it to be of such a standard that I can wear it for re-enacty events, too. Would the petticoat need to be cotton then, too? If you can get away with cotton, t...
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8557

lidimy wrote:It's a shame that the grey striped cotton isn't silk actually. That would be so perfect :(


No reason why you shouldn't wear a cotton polonaise. There are some beautiful printed cotton ones in the V and A. Cotton was very fashionable at the end of the 18th century, at the time of polonaises.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8557

I've not looked at the pages you are looking at - I linked to the page Frances first put up, and the sold one is mine!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8557

Frances and I have sorted out a striped silk for me. I suggest you ask her what's left, as I only saw one that registered - It's no17. The other stripes are cotton, if I read the description right.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8557

Lidi

It's the grey/white striped silk I am after, so hands off, it's mine, all mine (if I can afford it!!)

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: victorian hats
Replies: 6
Views: 1284

Have a copy of an 1871 Young Englishwoman's Magazine, which has a couple of pages of hats. Will scan it tonight. Shall I send them to the e-mail address on your web site? I don't know how to post here!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: victorian hats
Replies: 6
Views: 1284

You could try Catherine Delaney http://www.ska123.force9.co.uk/ who has been providing my customers with hats for years. Or you could check your local charity shops for a boater shape and trim it yourself. I once found a "Kiss me Quick" hat in a hard synthetic felt that trimmed up beautifu...
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:06 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: victorian hats
Replies: 6
Views: 1284

What kind/period do you want? As I say to my customers, "Victorian" covers a heck of a long time.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8557

Thanks Frances - looking forward to hearing prices and yardage. I'll happily take the small gold piece thanks, and will wait in case there is any more.

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8557

Frances

I'm interested in the grey/white silk, and the gold curlique ones - 18/21. However, it will depend on the price and the quantity.

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cavalier's costume from period of King Charles I
Replies: 13
Views: 4322

I very carefully only commented on the costumes worn by Charles l I hope you noticed - didn't dare get into the rest. And frankly, the characterisation and story telling didn't grab me. Did no-one tell them that Edgehill is just that - flat ground at the top, a very steep hill, and flat at the botto...
by Shadowcat
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:06 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cavalier's costume from period of King Charles I
Replies: 13
Views: 4322

Most of the clothes worn by Charles l in "The Devil's Whore" are close reproductions of paintings, many of which are by Van Dyck. Coincidentally there is to be a Van Dyck exhibition at Tate Britain in the new year. The last one was more than 20 years ago, if I remember right. http://www.ta...
by Shadowcat
Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2662

I would tend to go for professional dying if you can, silk that I have died before either goes perfect or really blotchy, about 50/50 of the times I've done it. £30 a meter is fine if you don't make it blotchy... Lucy the paranoid. :roll: That's why "I" won't do it - apart from having a w...
by Shadowcat
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2662

It was from a supplier in Germany I think. It only came in white so you could dye it yourself (haven't been brave enough to do that yet!). A friend ordered a bolt and a number of us divvied it up. I will get the supplier info for you as soon as I can (ie, not at work). Thank you, although I am not ...
by Shadowcat
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2662

I'm afraid I don't really see the point of using cotton velvet as a substitute in costuming as it looks nothing like silk velvet. Also affordable silk velvet can be found if you look hard enough. I have some that I bought at about £30 a yard and it is 100% silk, not the silk ground/viscose pile oft...
by Shadowcat
Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: The most peculiar job I've ever done is...
Replies: 41
Views: 6943

Cr*p movie in my opinion - and my bete noir A. Lansbury, who had me fired off a previous job so her druggie son's girlfriend could be wardrobe mistress.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: The most peculiar job I've ever done is...
Replies: 41
Views: 6943

I made 18th century costumes for 2 wolves and some dogs for a film ("Company of Wolves"). It was a major disaster as far as I was concerned.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Online costume resources
Replies: 2
Views: 920

World wide compendium of textile collections. No pictures, but a huge list.

http://www.textilemuseum.org/PDFs/World ... ctions.pdf

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century Shoe suppliers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

I've passed all the info above to my ladies, and the decisions are now mostly out of my hands, thank goodness.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help with an hourly rate question
Replies: 16
Views: 3374

I would charge, nowadays, £25.00 per hour, plus travel expenses. 10 years ago, the LCF was paying more than £20.00 per hour for teachers in the fashion/costume business!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century Shoe suppliers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

18th century Shoe suppliers?

Any advance on Anello and Davide

Freed

Porselli

Sarah Juniper

Any other suggestions please?

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: button placement on fall fronted trousers
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Just checked various books with photos of original garments, and they all face out, including trousers.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: button placement on fall fronted trousers
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Button outside, as far as I know - that's what I do anyway, and what is on all breeches I've seen so I guess the same goes for trousers.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Modifying a Regency military coat pattern for civilian wear?
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Have PM'd you.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Don't mention the war...
Replies: 48
Views: 6260

What Kate said too.

When I went into schools with clothes to demonstrate, the children, from 5 years to 15 or so, couldn't wait to try everything on - no coercion required.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sunday Telegraph/The Duchess
Replies: 0
Views: 491

Sunday Telegraph/The Duchess

Anyone get the Telegraph this weekend, with the supplement containing pix from "The Duchess"? An American friend would love a copy if you don't want to keep yours. I'll pay postage to me of course.

TIA

S.

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