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by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9313

We actually have paid off the mortgage, so we are fine, as far as that is concerned.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:33 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9313

I do the same as Annie, although I divide slightly differently as I have a bigger house. You can claim for clothing worn solely in persuance of your trade too. For example, as Annie the Pedlar, Annie can claim for those clothes wears in schools, lI believe, less a percentage if she wears them for pl...
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9313

Any way up, hugs to all those jugglers of receipts, why don't you get next years going whilst you are in the mood? Maybe not :oops: Lucy I already keep running accounts of the current year, but it doesn't stop me forgetting where I put the electricity bills, or the receipt for the new sewing machin...
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 9313

Hello ((((HUG)))) any minute now I'll be needing it - I wasn't very good at keeping my accounts last year, and have to try and remember (who said invent?) everything I did!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Facings on late medieval garments?
Replies: 15
Views: 2461

The cote in your picture appears to have a white/light edge at the sleeve end - lining?

S
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Court Shoes?
Replies: 24
Views: 2567

I presume you have tried your local dance wear shop in Beckenham?

and this http://www.ufindus.com/dancewear_and_dance_supplies

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Court Shoes?
Replies: 24
Views: 2567

Ask the supplier what they would recommend. I used to dye shoes when I worked in theatre, but that is in the dark ages, and the stuff isn't the same any more. Fabric dyes might well do it, but some of them you have to use really hot, and then the shoes might shrink! Why don't you get black shoes fro...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Court Shoes?
Replies: 24
Views: 2567

Most shops that sell dance shoes sell a similar shoe to the one you are describing. Also many shops that sell bridal shoes. You could try Anello's, Freed's, Porselli's for starters, all in London. There are also shoe makers listed on various living history sites who make to measure, a pricier option...
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeveless Surcotes / Outerware
Replies: 21
Views: 2637

Oh, good, then I needn't finish my flannel petticoat!

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeveless Surcotes / Outerware
Replies: 21
Views: 2637

The long skirts are for sitting down in - most of us tuck our outer layers up into our belts, front, back or sides, when the ground is damp. Not possible when the back half of your underneath layer doesn't match the front half! And I ain't talking damp - I'm talking pouring rain, when the Lions par...
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeveless Surcotes / Outerware
Replies: 21
Views: 2637

Have your skirts slightly longer than you are so that when you sit down you keep all the warm air within your clothing layers. And then noone can see that you are wearing themal long-johns underneath!! But only if you are not walking around in the rain - 6 inches of wet wool is no fun flapping arou...
by Shadowcat
Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Can anybody help? :)
Replies: 39
Views: 3620

Lidi These ladies are reputed to be courtesans, a nearly respectable profession in Venice, rather like geishas in Japan. I do not think this is quite what you had in mind? Try looking at paintings by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pisanello, Piero della Francesca, Francesco del Cossa, Cosimo Tura, Botticelli...
by Shadowcat
Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Preparing fabric
Replies: 30
Views: 3300

Aren't you all good? I only wash linen, as I've seen how much it shrinks, but I would personally never wash wool. And especially I would not wash silk - it looses all its oomph (please note technical term) and goes floppy. But then I make for historial dancers mainly, and there is so much trimming o...
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to Buy? Metallic Lace
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Have you tried Barnet Lawson, Klein's or MacCulloch and Wallis. Or even Silvan's. See http://www.suziclarke.co.uk/links.php where you will find lots of suppliers' names listed.

The lace is not really "quite" right for Jacobean.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Other types of cord
Replies: 10
Views: 1674

A sock, on four needles, with a coloured pattern? Fascinating! (Or is that 5 needles? My eyesight must be going!) Sorry to hijack.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:25 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: I don't want to pass up a sale but...
Replies: 12
Views: 2376

My son/computer geek had to reconfigure my e-mail set-up when it got to 1500 and counting! Now it's down to a dull roar of about 100 - but still, those fake bank accounts, paypal, pills, sexy Russian girls etc.................

(and I'm female and happily married!)

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ginger hair
Replies: 4
Views: 831

If Sally can't help, this chap is really good and helpful.

http://www.derekeastonwigs.co.uk/

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cheap "silks"
Replies: 9
Views: 1491

Ooh, lovely - thanks. And thanks to all for the suggestions. All I need now is a confirmed order!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cheap "silks"
Replies: 9
Views: 1491

Nigel- would Tuppence let me have the E Bay name, please?

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cheap "silks"
Replies: 9
Views: 1491

Cheap "silks"

I have checked out the fabric resource links - well most of them - but would appreciate a personal recommendation. I am looking for inexpensive silk look fabrics for some theatrical "masque" costumes. (Inigo Jones style.) I'm thinking polyester silk, both plain and patterned.

any suggestions?

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric shops/market near Sheffield?
Replies: 11
Views: 1991

Thanks everyone - I'll pass on the information to her. (I'm hinting that I could get fabric, but nothing in London is affordable in her range!).

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric shops/market near Sheffield?
Replies: 11
Views: 1991

As I am from "daan sarf", can you give me any more info please, so I can pass it on. I haven't been to Leeds in over 30 years, so have no idea whether it's a big market, small, weekends only etc. Thanks for the suggestion though - it's a start.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric shops/market near Sheffield?
Replies: 11
Views: 1991

Fabric shops/market near Sheffield?

Does anyone have any suggestions? A customer of mine has a sister living in Sheffield who needs a source for inexpensive fabrics, 18th century dress fabrics in particular.

Thanks.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What's your 'world record' for a sewing job?
Replies: 15
Views: 1778

We moved into this house in 1981, put up curtains, and I pinned them to the right length. They still haven't been sewn.....................

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Brief History of Socks
Replies: 12
Views: 2196

Thanks for the reference - great resource. (Sets aside an afternoon for browsing!) (And another.) (And another............)

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Oct 14, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gold Braid supplier?
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Thanks Andrew.

S
by Shadowcat
Sun Oct 14, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gold Braid supplier?
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Gold Braid supplier?

I thought I had an address for "Hands" in London - Gold lacemen. Might be Lexington Street. Anyone help with a proper address?

S
by Shadowcat
Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Domett
Replies: 20
Views: 1532

" Domet - I wasn't sure what you wanted this for. I don't bother using it simply because it is way too expensive. I simply use a couple of layers of calico or other cheap fabric if I need to but a piece of felt/baize would do very well too for hoods. Do you want to be using something in place o...
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 3079

I've been making corsets for 25 years, and I still enjoy making them fit and do the job!

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 3079

Lidi Ian really knows his stuff, so take in every word, writing it down if necessary as he tells you. I suspect for the kind of dancing you are doing, the look is more important than the way it is achieved. If the Minuet Company had to pay for hand made stays, none of them would be wearing them - as...