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by Shadowcat
Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pattern suggestion for 1945 skirt and jacket needed
Replies: 4
Views: 854

Re: Pattern suggestion for 1945 skirt and jacket needed

Sounds good to me - please avoid September 11th to 30th - doing a fully paid for lecture tour (!) and then off to Spain for a few days. Any time after that you would be more than welcome.

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pattern suggestion for 1945 skirt and jacket needed
Replies: 4
Views: 854

Re: Pattern suggestion for 1945 skirt and jacket needed

Sorry Sally, got sidetracked. There are graph patterns in my book for skirts, a couple, jackets ditto, a blouse, union suit, trousers, weskit (sic) etc. I am not exactly sure of the date but I suspect the 40's - there is no publication date but the book is bound in cloth as were so many books at the...
by Shadowcat
Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 7229

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

There's Colonial Williamsburg, but that is 18th century. The people working there were proper clothes, and there are ladies making clothes by hand for the town.

http://www.history.org/history/
by Shadowcat
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th century flags in England?
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Re: 14th century flags in England?

I remember that each level of the hierarchy, for want of a word I can't recall, had a different size of banner, and there were records of the sizes, colours and everything necessary. Admitted the College of arms was set up by Richard lll in the 1480's, but the information seemed to be good for earli...
by Shadowcat
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th century flags in England?
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Re: 14th century flags in England?

When I had to make a banner for a Ricardian knight, I contacted the College of Arms, who recommended a very helpful book which I found in my local library, written by one of the Heralds. As this was a very long time ago, I no longer have the reference, but you could try looking at the website, and g...
by Shadowcat
Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pattern suggestion for 1945 skirt and jacket needed
Replies: 4
Views: 854

Re: Pattern suggestion for 1945 skirt and jacket needed

I have a book of ideas and a few patterns with one of those cloth covers, so I guess it's wartime.I'll have a look later when the DH gets back - It's on the top shelf!

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk fabrics
Replies: 6
Views: 1608

Re: Silk fabrics

Have another look at the buff coat. I think you will find that it is sleeveless, and the silk sleeves you see are part of the gentleman's suit - look at the legs. Many "business" men, burghers and city officials wore black - see pictures by Rembrandt of the same period, roughly. You will f...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk fabrics
Replies: 6
Views: 1608

Re: Silk fabrics

You might find that silk taffeta or silk satin are what you need. Taffeta is crisp, whereas satin is softer in appearance. (Think of the paintings of Anthony Van Dyck, Peter Lely or similar.) Personally I prefer to work with taffeta, but that has no historical basis - I just prefer it.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones
Replies: 6
Views: 1656

Re: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

That's worth knowing Lucy - will keep you in mind for that too.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones
Replies: 6
Views: 1656

Re: Hooks and Eyes - Where to get good ones

I have never been disappointed in anything I've bought from Annie - she does all sorts of great bits and pieces for costume.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Indulgence and trepidation
Replies: 5
Views: 1722

Re: Indulgence and trepidation

Recently a long time customer wanted the full 18th century gentleman's suit. Suit itself was made of silk from James Hare, affordable if I screwed up. However, the waistcoat fabric took ages to decide. Finally he brought me a sample of Scalamandre silk at £250.00 per yard!! :crazy: It was perfect, b...
by Shadowcat
Wed May 19, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Corset book suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2036

Re: Corset book suggestions

Patterns but no real "how to" Corsets and Crinolines, by Norah Waugh Corsets: Historical Patterns and Techniques, by Jill Salen Neither of these, in my personal opinion, give any real help to a beginner. "Period Costume for stage and Screen 1500-1800" "Period Costume for sta...
by Shadowcat
Tue May 04, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Needed wig and hat for late 17th century
Replies: 8
Views: 1439

Re: Needed wig and hat for late 17th century

If you go here http://www.suziclarke.co.uk/photogallery.php you will see on the first page two gentlemen in wigs provided by Derek Easton. www.derekeastonwigs.co.uk

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 72
Views: 48206

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Nigel wrote:Duttons near coppergate ?

If so yes


That's the one - some really interesting odds and ends. Could have taken you there but couldn't remember the name. Thanks Nigel.

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 72
Views: 48206

Re: Tracking haberdashery shops

Last year I found an interesting button shop in York - is that still there?

S
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Planning an Edwardian outfit- inspiration needed
Replies: 10
Views: 2067

Re: Planning an Edwardian outfit- inspiration needed

That's a great site - thank you.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Planning an Edwardian outfit- inspiration needed
Replies: 10
Views: 2067

Re: Planning an Edwardian outfit- inspiration needed

Do come - I've been looking for an excuse to go to Shepherds Bush! I have the books mentioned, and others, also images - lots. And trimmings from my stash I want to dispose of....

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Planning an Edwardian outfit- inspiration needed
Replies: 10
Views: 2067

Re: Planning an Edwardian outfit- inspiration needed

I just wrote a long reply and the computer ate it. Easiest is to come and sit on my stairs, look at the books, then check out fabric in Shepherds Bush. However, failing that, try the reference books on the "Recommended Reading" list by Janet Arnold, Norah Waugh and Nancy Bradfield. Also, J...
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Saxon" Clothing references?
Replies: 8
Views: 2120

Re: "Saxon" Clothing references?

Thanks Nathan. Waiting for her to get back to me with specific dates. No immediate rush for answers fortunately.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mrs F's new stays
Replies: 22
Views: 3703

Re: Mrs F's new stays

Lovely work, brilliant fit, all round good job.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Saxon" Clothing references?
Replies: 8
Views: 2120

Re: "Saxon" Clothing references?

gaukler wrote:Dress in Anglo-Saxon England, Gale R. Owen-Crocker. Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2004.


Thank you - I couldn't remember the title of this book, although I knew of it!

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Saxon" Clothing references?
Replies: 8
Views: 2120

Re: "Saxon" Clothing references?

I don't know!! Asking on behalf of a friend. I'll get back to you with more details, if she knows them.

Thanks Nige

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Saxon" Clothing references?
Replies: 8
Views: 2120

"Saxon" Clothing references?

Can anyone point me to sources for "Saxon" clothing, please? Or someone who can advise me?

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pricing a costume workshop?
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Re: Pricing a costume workshop?

Thanks Dawn - that's pretty much what I thought, and told the enquirer.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Any idea where I could find this pattern?
Replies: 6
Views: 1370

Re: Any idea where I could find this pattern?

I think it's highly likely that the pattern was made by the maker. I don't do modern dress, but know people who do, and mostly they draft the pattern to the customer's specifications. I will p.m you with the name of a colleague who makes wedding dresses, who doesn't use this forum.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pricing a costume workshop?
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Pricing a costume workshop?

It's a long time since I did a costume workshop, and have no idea of pricing any more. I've been asked to estimate for an occasional day course for a museum. It will be hands on, making. I don't need to worry about certification, or health and safety. Anyone able to give me an estimated/guessed figu...
by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: womens and mens buttons oposite why?
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Re: womens and mens buttons oposite why?

I've always thought it was to do with the introduction of industry to tailoring. It became normal for jackets to be cut through many layers of cloth with a band saw. Therefore putting men's and women's fastenings on different sides allows for differentiation when doling out jackets/coats/bodices for...
by Shadowcat
Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Simplicity 4055 -any good?
Replies: 11
Views: 2684

Re: Simplicity 4055 -any good?

Simplicity have allowed a "modern" amount of ease - up to four to six inches, if I remember right. You may want to make a toile of the size you choose, as oit may well be too big. I have made the pattern, but ignoring the instructions!

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nacre buttons
Replies: 3
Views: 1421

Re: Nacre buttons

Do you mean Mother of pearl? I have a very large number. If you let me know the size and hole number, I could probably match, near enough. (Could psot, if there is a post any more.)

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Modern version of "camlet"?
Replies: 4
Views: 1178

Re: Modern version of "camlet"?

Thanks - I had the impression that it was nowadays a fine wool, but that seems to indicate that a silk repp would do. Feels wrong for a man's doublet somehow, although he is rather high status, and the clothes come as a gift from Henry Tudor.

s.

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