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by Shadowcat
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric for a regency outfit
Replies: 43
Views: 7865

I have pictures of a knitted Regency shawl in similar colours!

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric for a regency outfit
Replies: 43
Views: 7865

Just saw a print dress at the Museum of LOndon this afternoon, plus a doll size corset - beautiful!! So prints are O.K. but it depends on the print.

I could scan pictures of patterns from a book I have - next week - busy this - talk to me Sally - this is my current area of research!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric for a regency outfit
Replies: 43
Views: 7865

White cotton muslin, "Egyptian muslin" is in MacCulloch and Wallis, and is totally suitable for the frock. A short pair of stays can be worn - pm me for recommendations - I saw a beauty when researching this period at the DAR Museum in Washington. For the silk, be very careful with Indian ...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15thC Belt lengths
Replies: 5
Views: 1123

Karen

Your site seems to be down completely. Pity, there's always brilliant research there.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pirate-y question.
Replies: 11
Views: 1659

Contemporary (ish) drawings of both female and male pirates show fairly fashionable clothing. (Especially a certain French pirate whose name escapes me for the time being.) But the style of hat would be loosely cavalier in style, biggish brim, feathers, flat crown, lace etc.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cloak
Replies: 17
Views: 2960

Ah, have the Staniland, used it, love it.


S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Web site for weavers?
Replies: 0
Views: 223

Web site for weavers?

I know next to nothing about this aspect of costume, so hope I am not wasting anyone's time - found this somewhere else I lurk, and thought I'd pass it on in case it was useful.

S.
http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/index.html
by Shadowcat
Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cloak
Replies: 17
Views: 2960

Tuppence wrote:oh - but having been looking at my nice new book on embroidery, a lot of the copes pictured are simple semi circles when laid out flat.


Hijack in progress. "New embroidery book"? Details please.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

That's right - nothing is 100% I'm afraid - Colibri is the best so far though.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

If you mean "Colibri" I have that all over the house - also stuff in sweetie wrappers, beginning with a B. Fortunately they both smell reasonable and don't give me migraines.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

You don't know our traffic warders - er I mean wardens! :evil:

S
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

Maybe I could............if I had their budget :lol:

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

Small problem - not Cheryl! Oh, and by the way, no garage. I don't think Southwark Council would take kindly to me parking a chest freezer in the street - cost me £75.00 per annum in parking permits for a start!!
S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

Slightly difficult when you have two rooms full plus overspill - and that's just the costume business, not our personal clothes! That's why I was hoping for a different solution.

But thanks for the suggestion anyway.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

I have more wool and silk fabric than I should have, plus feathers, although I binned the furs. Nothing is a permanent solution. I am reliably informed that major costume houses de-infest regularly, and still have problems because of the proximity of the costumes - that is one of my problems, too, a...
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4355

Death to moths!

Is it my imagination or are moths particularly numerous this year? I have all the anti-moth substances I can find (except moth balls, which give me migraines,) lavender hanging up etc. Does anyone have a foolproof suggestion? (And yes, I know it's the grubs that cause the damage, but you don't see t...
by Shadowcat
Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Pumpkin pie
Replies: 4
Views: 1565

Sorry, a bit late on this but my American DIL uses pumpkin puree out of a tin! (And I still don't like it very much!)

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

Or you buy one of the clever double entry book keeping books that you can find in Rymans, Smiths' etc, for about £25.00, with all the categories laid out for you, and fill it in every day, keeping the receipts in the book. Once a month you total everything, then at the end of the tax year, whenever ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

My accountant does the books, I pay the money, via the billpay online. Shouldn't that read "My accountant does the books, I pay the accountant, I pay the money, via the billpay online"? I do the accounts, I do not pay an accountant, I pay the money, via the billpay online. Whatever suits....
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Farthingales
Replies: 10
Views: 708

You're very welcome - I give classes in wearing costume - you should see some people - no idea!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Farthingales
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Annis wrote:It's 12mm.


That should be O.K. Is that Ninya's hoop pattern? I had a customer who had a problem with that one - I usually use the hoop from Hunnisett.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Farthingales
Replies: 10
Views: 708

If, as you sit down, you gently rest your hands on your skirt, in a ladylike manner of course, it should not lift. (And of course, when you have all the top layers in place, the weight of all that material will help to hold it down.)You have a fairly "normal" size farthingale - how wide is...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 3:54 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

I agree that not all accountants are bad, but when I set up my one person business I took advice from the very helpful people at my local tax office. They told me what "plant" I could claim for - my machines, sewing equipment, table for working on etc. They explained what I could and could...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

The fee to an accountant will almost always be less in the long run than the stress and hassle of leaving it to the last minute. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/individuals/tmaself-assessment.shtml Only if you pay more in tax than you would pay to an accountant - honestly - and the online form really isn't ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

An accountant nearly landed my DH and me in prison for non-payment of taxes! He had filled in papers without checking with me, and the IRS said I should have paid for working on a certain date in September 1977. I was able to prove that I was not actaully working in a job, although I was labouring -...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

DONE AND PAID!!!

:D Done, with a great deal of head scratching, paper rustling, puzzling over obscure and complicated wording on a document, using of calculators (I'm useless with them, so paper and pencil are used as back-up) but it's all done, filled in, sent off, paid, and I have the receipt in my files! WARNING ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Farthingales
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Annis

I have made many farthingales, and I promise, this works.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Farthingales
Replies: 10
Views: 708

You step backwards toward the chair or seat and sit down - the back of your knees should be touching the seat. The farthingale, if properly made, will fold about you as you sit. This is true for every shape of farthingale except the very late "drum" shape, however it is made - you simply c...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

Oh, I pay for Christmas through the year, and usually have a commission shortly before Christmas, so that money is put in the tax man's pot - don't know why it works like that, but it does for me. Have never failed to have the money to pay on time! (Sorry, not meant to sound goody goody!) For me Jan...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:56 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9232

Must admit though I don't understand why everyone leaves it til now - (unless they have an accountant!) I just have my panic in September instead! So I have the money to pay the tax, if any - earlier in the year, there are holidays, Christmas, etc to pay for. Now I have enough money, I hope, to pay...

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