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by Shadowcat
Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Braies - a dating question?
Replies: 14
Views: 1633

Soph

did you mean to post something, as it didn't show up on my computer!

S
by Shadowcat
Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

Thanks Kate - all suggestions welcome, although I may well have this particular problem solved - there is always a chance of another one.

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Braies - a dating question?
Replies: 14
Views: 1633

Thank you Karen. That is just what I need. It's for a friend who has been asked to make braies to go under what I call "trunk" hose, and she is calling "pumpkin" hose, and I have also heard called "melon" hose!

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Braies - a dating question?
Replies: 14
Views: 1633

Braies - a dating question?

Someone has asked for "braies" to go under a Tudor costume. ("Pumpkin" hose?)I always thought that they were earlier that Tudor - any thoughts anyone? And should they be long or short, if right for this period? I put this here as well as in F and G in order to get a rapid respons...
by Shadowcat
Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th C male gown issues!
Replies: 12
Views: 1216

I have always cut the CF and CB seams on the straight, and don't usually have problems. (But then I don't use MTA at all.) And of course I don't know what shape - apart from Teddy - you are making.

Soph, sorry Peter is poorly - make him better, like a good wifey!

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

That's Ariarnia - she offered it to me some time ago. Not much use to me as I keep trying to retire!

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

That's Ariarnia - she offered it to me some time ago. Not much use to me as I keep trying to retire!

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

Nope, no PM Cherry. Please try again.

S
by Shadowcat
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

Cherry

Seems to be stuck in the ether somewhere. Could try shadow7catatyahoodotcodotuk if it doesn't turn up?

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

I really don't have the space for another machine, nor the ability to collect such a machine as I don't drive. But thanks for the suggestion anyway.

S
by Shadowcat
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

Machine embroidery - scallops

I am planning a set of costumes two projects ahead, so no immediate rush for this. Does anyone have a machine that does nice big fat scallops on muslin? Mine does little itty bitty ones, and I drive myself witless cutting away the spare fabric. It would almost be quicker to hand embroider, but the C...
by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cleaning feathers
Replies: 7
Views: 1163

Use a pair of tongs to hold them in the steam. You can re shape them with the blade of a knife - particularly useful for ostrich feathers curling the wrong way! Breadcrumbs/flour/fullers earth are all good cleaning agents for fur and feathers. I would suggest you try both and see what gives the best...
by Shadowcat
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Does anybody know...
Replies: 5
Views: 1241

This is a painting by Ambrosius Benson 1519 - 1550, to be found in the Louvre, Paris. The description reads "Jeune femme lisant un livre d'heures, dit autrefois portrait de Marguerite d'Autriche, puis La Sybille persique." I read this as "A young woman reading a book of hours, once ca...
by Shadowcat
Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nettlecloth in Scotland
Replies: 13
Views: 2367

There is a "Regency" gown in the collection of the National museum in Copenhagen which purports to be made of nettlecloth, but a Danish friend tells me that it is actually another word for fine linen. Although I imagine it could actually be near enough the same thing?

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu May 29, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanted: user manual for Gamages sewing machine
Replies: 3
Views: 1531

Have you tried Google, or failing that, E-bay? 'S amazing what you can find on E-Bay

S
by Shadowcat
Wed May 28, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: early 18th century frockcoat
Replies: 26
Views: 2754

I had a casaque to make for someone once, with 160 buttonholes, and buttons - there's this lovely little place just off Berwick Street that does both. I still had to sew on all the buttons though - pain in the **** Well done Tuppence for doing them yourself.

S
by Shadowcat
Wed May 21, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: YAY!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 988

You have been reading the H Cost list!! :lol:

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon May 19, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 19971

As you are planning the Bath Ball, add Georgette Heyer to your list. Her research is good, especially on the Regency clothes (whole chunks taken from "Ackermann's Repository", the "Good Housekeeping" or "Vogue" of its era. The Georgian stuff is a bit less well researche...
by Shadowcat
Wed May 14, 2008 8:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Suppliers
Replies: 64
Views: 52370

Not used them myself, but Tuppence says she does.

http://www.humphriesweaving.co.uk/

In the "ouch" price range, but gorgeous.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed May 14, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor Fabrics
Replies: 7
Views: 1789

Just checked out Perkins - they have several Tudor Rose patterns, in many different colours. Henry Bertrand is very expensive. Have added Humphries to that list. http://www.humphriesweaving.co.uk/ There is a list of fabric sources at the top of this section of the forum. Have you checked out all of ...
by Shadowcat
Wed May 14, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: To toile, or not to toile.....
Replies: 21
Views: 2799

Re: To toile, or not to toile.....

....that is the question? I'm making a fairly fitted jacket. Sizing looks about right by eye, but I'm not 100% sure as I've never made one like it before. The actual fabric I'm using isn't *that* expensive. Now I know I *should* make a toile to check the fit, right? OR be a sensible girl, buy some ...
by Shadowcat
Wed May 14, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor Fabrics
Replies: 7
Views: 1789

I suppose you have been in touch with these people? They have a fabric with Tudor roses on - you might have to embellish it to get the rest of the pattern you need.

http://www.mperkins.com/

S
by Shadowcat
Sun May 11, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14917

Coo, my Gran had some chairs and a sofa made of that, I swear!
by Shadowcat
Mon May 05, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ottoman, grosgrain or other corded silk.
Replies: 2
Views: 597

E mailed you from the h Cost list.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Changing shape of stays
Replies: 8
Views: 1504

In "The History of Underwear" by the Cunningtons, there is a sketch of a "devil" in a so-called corset, but modern scholarship has more or less dismissed this, I believe. Some men's garments in the "medieval" period are called corsets, but women's stays or bodies ( the ...
by Shadowcat
Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: book for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 917

Speaking to Jenny Tiramani and Santina Levey, who were working on the book, last year, I was told that it would be published this year. However, although the Effigy Corset pattern and notes were published in "Costume" last summer, there has been no further news about publication of the ent...
by Shadowcat
Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1930s/1940s fabrics
Replies: 10
Views: 2317

I have some books on how to sew which were printed during the war. There are head coverings and so on in there. Would you like me to scan some diagrams, if there are any? I think the quilting fabrics, if they are small prints, will not be entirely right - I'm inclined to think more along the lines o...
by Shadowcat
Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: book for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 917

Yes please. I'll P.M you.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric for a regency outfit
Replies: 43
Views: 7531

Miss Costello The Simplicity pattern is based on proper research, then, unfortunately, modernised by the pattern company, who have added far too much ease for a period dress. You will need to make at least one dress size smaller than the pattern, but check the actual sizes on the tissue itself - don...
by Shadowcat
Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Changing shape of stays
Replies: 8
Views: 1504

"Corsets and Crinolines" Norah Waugh - there are gaps though. "Period Costume for Stage and Screen 1800-1909" Jean Hunnisett actually has drawings of how the shape changes. But the earlier book has drawings too - same title, but date is "1500-1800" if that makes sense. ...

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