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by Shadowcat
Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black moire/watered "silk"
Replies: 13
Views: 2270

Great idea, thanks for the suggestion - I'll think seriously - and quickly - about that black moire dress.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black moire/watered "silk"
Replies: 13
Views: 2270

Thanks for the suggestion - I'll contact "Ede and Ravenscroft" in the morning and see if they can help.
by Shadowcat
Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black moire/watered "silk"
Replies: 13
Views: 2270

Thanks - I e-mailed them a few days ago, but no reply so far! Tried Joel's too - don't actually care where it comes from as long as it can be got, which seems very unlikely at the moment.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black moire/watered "silk"
Replies: 13
Views: 2270

Thanks John - I gave them a ring, and the very helpful lady said that they have no watered/moire silk. Bother - another source unable to help.

Thanks for the info though - another address I lost when my computer went down.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black moire/watered "silk"
Replies: 13
Views: 2270

At the moment Sally it's a question of finding any at all!!

Thanks Deb - have sent queries to both, (and bookmarked them - lost all my bookmarks when the old computer froze!)

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black moire/watered "silk"
Replies: 13
Views: 2270

Black moire/watered "silk"

Can anybody tell me where I can buy, (or steal) some black moire, preferably silk, enough for a waistcoat? I have tried all the places I know - James Hare, Bennett's, MacCulloch's, Borowick'a, the various cloth shops in Berwick Street, "Cheap Fabrics" and all the places mentioned on the query from S...
by Shadowcat
Sun Sep 03, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume Books recommendations???
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Norah Waugh, Nancy Bradfield, Jean Hunnisett, Linda Baumgarten are all great sources of information.

s.
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Victorian" dress pattern
Replies: 9
Views: 2784

Address for the Garter

http://www.createthemood.uklinux.net/Garter.htm

(Sorry, computer died before I could add this.)

Heard good and bad from Laughing Moon. (But then I don't buy paper patterns so what do I know!)
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Victorian" dress pattern
Replies: 9
Views: 2784

There are a lot of corset makers in England - if you are buying from America, you have to pay import duty on goods, which can work out expensive. Try to find a copy of "The Garter" which will list costume makers in your aarea. Or try making one yourself. There are lots of patterns out there, althoug...
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Woollen braid for edging things?
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

How much do you need, and do you really need undyed? I am going into both shops early next week and could have a look if you like?

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Woollen braid for edging things?
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

I've bought the wool braid that you can fold (to edge/bind a wool cape.) I bought dark blue, but there are other colours. I didn't see undyed, but then I wasn't looking!

http://www.kleins.co.uk/ (Try under "trim")

http://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/

Both do mail order.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 04, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 9398

I believe these figures were re-drawn from the original manuscripts, specifically for the book mentioned.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Clothing or costume ??????
Replies: 38
Views: 6366

Zips, in my opinion, should never, ever be used in stage costume. Many, many moons ago I worked with a very well-known actor on a farce in the West End. Needless to say, that being the nature of farce, the trousers had to come off three times a night. We had four pairs of trousers permanently at the...
by Shadowcat
Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:05 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Medieval Distaff & drop spindle
Replies: 25
Views: 7370

Inter Library Loan. You know, where you ask your local library, and they borrow it from another library. (It never worked for me here in Southwark, but American friends swear by it.)

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Artificial Roses for dress decoration
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Not really what I'm after, but thanks for the suggestion. Got 4 different kinds from Barnett Lawson - still haven't made the Millinery warehouse.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Artificial Roses for dress decoration
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Thanks Frances - planning to go this week as last week was too hot to move.

Ellen - nothing I could find in the catalogue on line, but thanks for the suggestion.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 24, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Artificial Roses for dress decoration
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Thanks Debs. V.V.Rouleux are very, very expensive, and I am going to need 100 or so roses, so I think I'll avoid them! (Was looking at silk ribbon earlier in the year and nearly had a fit.)

Will be trying www.millinerwarehouse.co.uk later this week and will report back.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Artificial Roses for dress decoration
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Artificial Roses for dress decoration

Anybody got a source for small artificial roses/buds to put in bunches on a Victorian dress? Both my suppliers have vanished in the last couple of years. I know about MacCulloch and Wallis, and Barnett Lawson, but as I am going to need a lot, I was hoping for somewhere I could maybe buy a couple of ...
by Shadowcat
Sun Jul 16, 2006 11:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pirate coat pattern
Replies: 5
Views: 1706

"Cut of Men's Clothes" by Norah Waugh has patterns from 1600c to 1800c which would cover any period of pirate coat required.

Or try www.costumes.org and click on 17th and 18th centuries - you may find patterns there too.

Or contact me by pm for further advice - I've made several!

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:58 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: "Shrub"
Replies: 5
Views: 2828

Brilliant - thank you - found just the thing I think I had. (There are some made with rum, but I know mine was non-alcoholic 'cos I can't drink - boo - and I checked.)

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:27 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: "Shrub"
Replies: 5
Views: 2828

Thanks for the info, DomT. However, I don'think what I drank was the same. It was a fruit sorbet/slush, but more liquid. I think it might be possible to use a melted home-made fruit sorbet, but was hoping for a recipe.

I think, at the back of my mind, I have read of the "Shrub" that you mention.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jul 15, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: "Shrub"
Replies: 5
Views: 2828

"Shrub"

When I was in Colonial Williamsburg earlier this year we dined on "Chicken Pot Pie", and syllabub, both from original 18th century recipes. I have modern forms of recipe for both these, but cannot find, either online, or in my 60 odd cookery books, including Mrs. Beeton, any reference to "shrub" whi...
by Shadowcat
Fri Jul 14, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Slippy soles
Replies: 16
Views: 3127

In the dark ages when I was a gel my grandfather used to score the soles with a sharp knife, criss-cross fashion, and as far as I know it works. (If I fell over it was usually 'cos I was, and am clumsy!) You could also get your local cobbler - not the sort that is cheap and cheerful, but a mender of...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hats
Replies: 18
Views: 3536

You could try http://www.catherinedelaneyhats.co.uk/ She makes hats for the Globe among other clients.

My guess is it is made from a fur felt, and stiffened with felt stiffener to keep the shape. A good wool might be another thought. However, Catherine is the expert and should be able to advise.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon kit advice
Replies: 7
Views: 2223

Address? Web site? Pictures? More info please, for someone who doesn't get out much!!
by Shadowcat
Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Eyelets
Replies: 7
Views: 2008

Jump rings can spread if you put a lot of pressure on them. I use the grommets that come with eyelets. James Alden sells these.

Have lost all my bookmarks due to a computer crash, so cannot give you an address, but it is in "The Garter", obtainable from "Create the Mood" - Frances Tucker.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Stretching Long Boots
Replies: 11
Views: 1997

If it is tightness at the ankle, and there is a seam there that can be opened, it might be possible for your original maker to open the seam, and add eyelets and lacing, so you can lace the boots tight once you have them on. Not knowing the date of your boots, I don't know if it is authentic for you...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century "hot kit"
Replies: 29
Views: 5020

Yes, I do - just didn't have time to spend looking through it - the suit I found a picture of is probably one of those you mention, but is in a small leaflet/booklet type thing. (I also have "Fitting and Proper" and "Costume Close-up", which I have checked, but not very carefully!

S.

Have pm'd you.
by Shadowcat
Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century "hot kit"
Replies: 29
Views: 5020

Tod

Sorry for delay in replying, but my computer died for 10 days - that'll teach me to install my own software!

I found a cotton, repeat cotton, suit in the U.S. probably Williamsburg. Am visiting there in a couple of weeks and will find out what I can.

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century "hot kit"
Replies: 29
Views: 5020

Your waistcoat could be linen, and I know there are coats in America made of linen in this period, but I don't know of English ones - that's not to say there aren't any, just I have not seen them. I'll recheck my sources.

S.