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by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 19, 2007 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wanted-very fine linen
Replies: 12
Views: 2746

http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/

You'll find links to a lot of suppliers on www.suziclarke.co.uk - click through to Links.

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by Shadowcat
Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Scarlet
Replies: 14
Views: 2655

Thanks Soph. Any more info will be gratefully received.

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by Shadowcat
Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Scarlet
Replies: 14
Views: 2655

Scarlet

O.K. all you knowledgeable folks. In discussion today I mentioned that "scarlet" was a cloth as well as a colour. Then I cam unstuck, because that was all I knew. Anybody got some definitions/references/comments please? Is there anything about the weave/quality etc., that makes it "scarlet" as oppos...
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:55 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 5365

I need to remember where I stashed it for safe keeping!! And then find the camera................

And I have 5 people coming to stay at the weekend. I'll do my best!

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by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 5365

This should be the bottom front of the waistcoat I own. I daren't iron it, so please 'scuse the wrinkles.

Image

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by Shadowcat
Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 5365

I own one front of a silk satin waistcoat, tambour embroidered. It has a collar shape, pocket flap shape and buttons all embroidered and ready to cut out. I put the date at about 1780 by the colour and style.I can take photos but don't know how to post 'em. Anybody want to see it, can advise re post...
by Shadowcat
Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 3888

I am surprised that you are being recommended a padded waistcoat for your dance group. I have made most of the costumes for another 18th century dance group, and a waistcoat would not be appropriate for the dances they do. Do check with Ian that he means a waistcoat for wearing on the outside, and n...
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval costume in england and france by Mary G houston
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Also, although the figures are mainly redrawn from manuscripts, she does actually tell you the reference, and in the main, the colours used. There is so little published, in my opinion, on early costume that any references can be useful.

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by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The Art of English Costume - Cunnington. Nice find.
Replies: 6
Views: 823

I think a lot of them (the clothes) went to help found the collection at Platt Hall. But I think some may have been willed to Colchester, as Alan Mansfield and his wife (collaborators with the Cunnintons) were involved with Colchester. I met Valerie when she was a part time curator of the costumes t...
by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 17, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Butterfly Hennin - video for interest
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

I found that by taking a tiny "bite" out of the bottom back neck, it sat better. (A segment is the proper word, I'm told!) It looks like this |) sort of.

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by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early Tudor mens clobber qu.
Replies: 3
Views: 581

A pleasure.

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by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early Tudor mens clobber qu.
Replies: 3
Views: 581

Have you tried looking at "The Field of the Cloth of Gold"? There are lots of "men at arms" type blokes wandering about in that. Google has some good sections from it.

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by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:48 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Postal Strike
Replies: 17
Views: 3880

I'm waiting for a wedding gift for my son (Wedding on Sunday) that Scorch sent in plenty of time, which she kindly rushed for me. She was wonderfully helpful - the Post Office has c*cked up, and both she and I are upset and angry.

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by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Need any research from Williamsburg?
Replies: 1
Views: 512

I was there a year ago, looking at "transition" - 1790-1820 - clothes. Will swap anything I have for anything you get?

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by Shadowcat
Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: looking for book
Replies: 16
Views: 3169

http://www.allbookstores.com/author/Dan ... udich.html

Seems you can buy it in the U.S. according to this site?

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Just had a look at the site myself, and it appears to repeat the "non-availability" thing. So no help there then - sorry.
by Shadowcat
Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making stays?
Replies: 13
Views: 2150

I use rigilene for whalebone, and straight steel to support the lacing. I know some people don't like Rigilene, but it works fine for me and my customers. Oh, and I make corsets a little more than 2" smaller - the "squish" factor you know - the larger you are, in general, the squishier you are, unle...
by Shadowcat
Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arrrrrgh! Help!
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Have PM'd you.

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by Shadowcat
Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Janet Arnold's unfinished works
Replies: 4
Views: 1893

I was speaking to Jenny and to Santina Levey a couple of months ago. It is hoped that the book "Patterns of Fashion: the Cut and Construction of Linen Clothes for Men and Women" will be with the publishers by the end of 2007. It is hoped that the remaining volume and remaining patterns can be comple...
by Shadowcat
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 4514

When I saw this accident happen, some idiot said "Oh, you have to sew through your finger to be a proper seamstress!" In which case I am not a proper seamstress as I have never sewn through myself. Bashed my arthritic knuckles on the needle lever a few dozen times though!


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by Shadowcat
Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Artists and VAT
Replies: 8
Views: 2112

Tell him to talk to the local VAT man. They are usually very, very helpful, and should be able to advise him.

Oh, and get a different agent!

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by Shadowcat
Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 4514

See my comment at the top of the thread about buying mechanical, not computer driven. You can spend a lot of money and time getting a computer driven one mended. Straight and zig zag stitch are basics, buttonholes are helpful, although I can't get the hang of my automatic one, and will go back to th...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 4514

Absolutely, but I also saw one sew through a finger once, too. Put me off them for ever!!


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by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Regency 1810 fabric
Replies: 1
Views: 681

If you can get to London there is a shop in Berwick Street which specialises in cottons and linens. The cottons are very lightweight and suitable (some) for Regency patterns. The Cloth House - 47 and 98 Berwick Street, London W1F 0QJ Tel/fax 020 7287 1555 - two shops, one with linen/wool type fabric...
by Shadowcat
Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 4514

[quote="ViscontesseD'Asbeau"]We also have a frighteningly large collection of old Singers, Pfaff etc but for more modern stuff I use my mother's 1971 Brother. It can do most things the latest ones can do but has the added advantage of being as strongly built as the old machines (still metal) yet has...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 4514

"oh - not a brother. my (first*) back up is one of them and they're useless!!! " Have to disagree with that. My Brother has, so far, been great - no problems. But then all of my machines have sewn leather, and umpteen thicknesses of denim. But then I was told that my Singer Starlet was useless, as 9...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 4514

I should say it is the modern Singers that are not reliable, not the older models - mine were made more than 10 and 30 years ago. And my overlocker must be 40 or 50 years old.

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by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 4514

I just recently bought a new machine - I'm a professional costume maker - and got some really good advice from the mechanic who services my machines. I have always relied on Singers, but they are no longer reliable, according to Bill. However, I have a huge number of "feet" that fit my Singers,s o I...
by Shadowcat
Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Vintage sewing manuals
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Thank you for the info - this will be passed round to all my sewing friends - a great site.

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by Shadowcat
Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Removing an inkspot from linen
Replies: 6
Views: 1384

Depends on the kind of ink. Milk or lemon juice for real old fashioned ink. I have a feeling it is meths for felt tip pen ink, but try on a bit of scrap fabric first.

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by Shadowcat
Wed Jun 13, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How do you pad your helmet?
Replies: 96
Views: 11296

Is it Elizabeth Bathory? AKA Countess Dracula, as played by Ingrid Pitt in the Hammer Horror movie. Do I get my 5 points?

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