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by Shadowcat
Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Patterns for English Civil War clothing (17th century)
Replies: 20
Views: 5617

I was actually talking about a similar job I did! (Only did it once thank goodness.)

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Patterns for English Civil War clothing (17th century)
Replies: 20
Views: 5617

Not the buttons that take the time - but the buttonholes!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Patterns for English Civil War clothing (17th century)
Replies: 20
Views: 5617

I hope you mean "Norah Waugh". There are no making instructions - I am sorry I should have made that clearer. There is a lot of text about what is right in terms of fabric etc, but no making instructions. Hunnisett and Davis are the only ones that come with making instructions for making these days....
by Shadowcat
Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Patterns for English Civil War clothing (17th century)
Replies: 20
Views: 5617

If you can enlarge patterns from a grid there are several useful books. Ladies Janet Arnold "Patterns of Fashion 1660 - 1860" Jean Hunnisett "Period Costume for Stage and Screen, 1500-1800" (A misnomer - patterns are taken from original garments.) Norah Waugh "Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930" Men N...
by Shadowcat
Tue May 23, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Crown
Replies: 3
Views: 1446

Annie the Pedlar

www.anniethepedlar.com

Price depends on style, and I highly recommend her goods.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue May 23, 2006 10:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tartan?
Replies: 9
Views: 1726

There are paintings of cloth which has obviously been woven, as Tod says, with a pattern of vertical and horizontal stripes, giving the effect of plaid or tartan. ("The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian" in the National Gallery is one.) However, I have lots of pictures of medieval ladies, and don't remem...
by Shadowcat
Fri May 19, 2006 9:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Points
Replies: 46
Views: 8158

Ah, that is a great series of talks - done at York a couple of years ago - well worth a visit. I, unfortunately, will be at the Colchester Oyster Fayre! Gina, we will meet one day, honest!!

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri May 19, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Points
Replies: 46
Views: 8158

Gregory23b have pm'd you.

Gina, I have a feeling I am in the U.S. in June - more details please.

Sophia, I am giving a talk to the Richard lll Society tomorrow (20th May) on researching medieval costume. I am sure you would be welcome as my guest. PM me for details.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri May 19, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Points
Replies: 46
Views: 8158

Gina Thanks for the timely clarification. I'm giving a talk tomorrow (to the same people as Ruth!!) and will be demonstrating my medieval (1460's ) costume, laced with a lucet cord and finished with aglets. So I can make the point that you do, with permission of course. I will also be showing the bl...
by Shadowcat
Thu May 18, 2006 7:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Points
Replies: 46
Views: 8158

All I know is what I was told by a lady who is researching narrow wares. Maybe GinaB would care to comment, as Ruth and she are both members of Soper Lane. (London's silk women.)

S
by Shadowcat
Thu May 18, 2006 11:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Points
Replies: 46
Views: 8158

Nigel According to Ruth Singer of Soper Lane, lucet braids were not in use before the 16th century. The comment came in a private conversation after a lecture, when I explained that my 1469 houppelande was laced with a lucetted cord from Annie the Pedlar, and Ruth winced. So although it is strong en...
by Shadowcat
Mon May 15, 2006 7:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century shoes - men
Replies: 23
Views: 4381

My gentleman has now got a contact for making his shoes, so thanks for all the suggestions.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon May 08, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 9398

I really hate seeing women striding out as if they were wearing trainers, especially in criolines, or any kind of hoop skirt. (One particular actress comes to mind, who really does wear trainers under her costume if her feet are not to be seen, and it notices!) The idea is to walk with little stride...
by Shadowcat
Sun May 07, 2006 6:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Applying a fur trim
Replies: 7
Views: 1939

I don't bother to "join" the ends of the fur together. If you cut them to match, you can butt them up really close together, and avoid another lot of stitches.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed May 03, 2006 8:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century working clothes
Replies: 22
Views: 4261

The bedjacket referred to in Steve's post is yet another term for "short gown"! (Karen's "manteau au lit" - showing off me french!) I have been researching 18th century quilted bedgowns, a different garment again - more like a negligee. I think "short gowns" were worn, but the name wan't necessarily...
by Shadowcat
Wed May 03, 2006 4:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century working clothes
Replies: 22
Views: 4261

There is an extant leather corset mentoned in "A History of Underwear" by C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington. I believe it is said to have come from a workhouse. However, I have not read anything else than their comments. The "Pennsylvania Gazette" runaway information is very useful, but A...
by Shadowcat
Mon May 01, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Dealing with a Cancelled Order
Replies: 6
Views: 1838

This is not a problem I have really encountered. I have done research, submitted quotes, and then either had the customer tell me they can't afford it, or more often, all just goes quiet, and I never hear from them again. I always take a deposit to cover the costs of the material, which I virtually ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pre-washing fabric
Replies: 6
Views: 1819

I wash linen cos it shrinks. As my customers tend to wear their clothes indoors, and rarley get them dirty, I never wash anything else. Most of my clothes are elaborately trimmed, which would have to be picked off before cleaning, so it makes sense. Silk almost never shrinks (I say almost to protect...
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 25, 2006 2:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century shoes - men
Replies: 23
Views: 4381

Thanks Tod - back to you.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century shoes - men
Replies: 23
Views: 4381

18th century shoes - men

I am looking for a supplier of men's 18th century shoes, about 1760 ish. I know of Morgan Hubbard/Plantagentet Shoes/Kevin Garlick/Sarah Juniper

Anyone recommend anyone else?

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cutting up an old fur coat
Replies: 22
Views: 4887

I have an idea that there are bias strips of silk backing the buttonholes on an extant sleeve in the Museum of London, but as Frances says, no evidence of binding. As for the fur, work out how wide each skin is, and use each width if possible, as one strip, making each fur piece go in the same direc...
by Shadowcat
Mon Apr 10, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aiglets
Replies: 6
Views: 1652

I'd be interested on behalf of my customers if the price is reasonable. Gold or gilded would be of more use than silver, probably.
by Shadowcat
Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: silk velvet
Replies: 20
Views: 3611

I recently bought the rayon/silk velvet mix in a nice dark green at the Berwick Street Cloth Shop, (£22.50 per metre) but the Cloth House also sells it, also in Berwick Street. Both shops have "jewel colours". It is very soft, and not as stiff as real silk velvet, but it does look reasonable. If you...
by Shadowcat
Sat Apr 08, 2006 2:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shear terror
Replies: 13
Views: 3225

Ooh - I know that feeling too. PS - have some wool for a Naps uniform that I'm making. Really obscure colour - no longer made by hainsworth, cos the regt it was made for was disbanded, and not only is it really expensive, but I can't get any more, and have just enough for the coat....gulp,,,, :shoc...
by Shadowcat
Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:34 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Wall mural!
Replies: 20
Views: 5794

Well done - such skill and such a thoughtful "muriel" as my aunt always used to say. Makes me wish I had to go there, if only to see your beautiful display.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:42 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Colchester Cloth Fair
Replies: 13
Views: 3155

I don't know about this - I know about the Colchester Oyster Fair - I always spend too much at Bernie the Bolt's stall.

Can you give me details someone please?
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: silk velvet
Replies: 20
Views: 3611

Most modern silk velvets are made with a silk ground and rayon pile, but are called silk velvet. If it is real silk velvet, both ground and pile, it's a miracle - buy all you can. If it is a silk rayon mix, it is still a very good price. (£22.50 in Berwick Street London.)

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Product Listings
Replies: 38
Views: 9390

[quote="Neibelungen"]Extra thoughts on the category list would be to add; Flags/Banners (though this could subsume under costume) Not necessarily - some of us don't do those. Fur ? (is that part of costume, or fabric or Leather/raw materials? ) I look for fur under Leather/raw materials, or fabrics....
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 04, 2006 12:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Can anyone recommend a delivery service?
Replies: 20
Views: 3942

Kate

I had a parcel delivered late by P force, too late to be worn by my customers. Any chance of the discount for parcels2go if you can get more than one? Same customers, so am looking for a better service.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:06 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What's the strangest request you've had??
Replies: 8
Views: 3436

I made costumes for the wolves in "Company of Wolves". They were eighteenth century costumes, and my friend took measurements from a very large alsatian! It was the worst job I ever had, and I nearly gave up there and then It was the first film job I ever had, and put me off for a long time. I shoul...