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by Shadowcat
Sat Apr 01, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Product Listings
Replies: 38
Views: 9390

Good idea, but how would it work for people like me?? In other words, for those who don't have a 'product range', but do pretty much anything within a couple of areas (costumes, embroidery, flags etc for me)? Would it be that they'd have to come up on every search for everything related to the area...
by Shadowcat
Sat Apr 01, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor Tailor Book and Website
Replies: 14
Views: 3373

Ooops - I know it when I do it. Thanks for reminding me! (I still think in inches.)

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor Tailor Book and Website
Replies: 14
Views: 3373

One square is equal to 1 inch. This makes it roughly 2.5 centimetres, but that will bring the pattern out very slightly bigger, as 2.5 centimetres is a tiny bit larger that 1 inch.

Hope that is clear for you.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Mar 31, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 6282

Cautionary Tale.

I've never trusted accountants since I used one to submit my accounts when I was working in the real world. The Inland Revenue asked for money for when I was working on a certain date, as my accountant had said I was working then. I was, in labour, giving birth to my son. It took me ages to make the...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:30 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 6282

Dawn Perhaps I can explain it better this way, as I don't seem able to get this over to people. Any historical clothes I make and wear for myself are tax deductible. I agree there. However, and I have had this explained very carefully by my local tax office, my civilian clothes are not tax deductabl...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 6282

As I have said elsewhere, I am not a trader. Therefore period clothes are not essential to my trade. I "work" in modern clothes, when I give demonstrations in halls, for groups, talk in schools, museums and so on. I don't always wear costume - it isn't always either wanted or appropriate. Like I sai...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 6282

You specifically cannot claim 100% for clothing if it is worn as private clothing as well as for show. I asked this exact question of the helpful lady at the Inland Revenue office just up the road from me. I do a lot of talks and was told that unless I never, ever wear it for anything else I can't c...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 3410

Well that's two of recommending them Cheryl. Glad they are working for you too.
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Links and Resource Directory
Replies: 27
Views: 26676

Adding Steve's site that he put elsewhere. For my own future reference as much as anything!

http://www.bowstock.co.uk/acatalog/Stit ... plies.html

Leather working things, and buckles and rivets and other useful stuff.
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax and VAT
Replies: 28
Views: 6282

I thoroughly recommend a book called "The Tax Tracker". A4, one side diary, plus incoming money. Facing page outgoings of all kinds, travel, expenses etc. Every month there is a totalling page, and at the back is a yearly total. I have been using one for about 8 years, and it makes life easier for t...
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:44 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: My February projects
Replies: 4
Views: 2298

Beautiful work. Glad the fingertips are healing - sounds nasty!
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:19 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 7775

I think I am too old to change my ways now. I only make clothes that have been ordered, and have as much work with that as I want. I would not have time to make anything to sell on spec. as it were. I'd love to be a trader if only to meet all you lovely people at events, but I shall just have to try...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Links and Resource Directory
Replies: 27
Views: 26676

http://www.littletrimmings.com/Index.asp

Narrow cotton lace/braids, but an interesting range, and a very helpful lady.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Links and Resource directory
Replies: 4
Views: 1440

A good idea. I have a similar links page on my web site, but they are only of people I have dealt with, and can recommend. Recommendations from others are always welcome.

s.
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:48 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 24327

agesofelegance wrote:some of us who don't trade regularly are not members of the NMTF.

Dawn
Me too. (Or do I mean me neither?) I am not a member of the NMTF.

s.
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 7775

Basically I'd make it open to anybody who makes or sells things vaguely historical to clients who are vaguely historical. Think that should cover just about everybody. Or to put it another way... anybody who's interested in reading the topics. Thanks Andrew, that's just about summed up me perfectly...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 7775

I am registered for tax purposes as a costume maker, so that isn't the question. I haven't done favours for people for a very long time!! I think I agree with most of what is written above. I am not a trader in the re-enactment sense, but I am a trader in that I exchange what I make for money. (I ju...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 27, 2006 2:13 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How do you define a trader?
Replies: 29
Views: 7775

How do you define a trader?

This is relevant to the "How Much?" thread. I would not call myself a trader, as I don't go to markets, or sell ready made goods. I custom make and sell to people who ask me to. I onluy advertise via my web site, and nowhere else. A lot of my customers come via the Internet, or word of mouth, or are...
by Shadowcat
Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 3410

I've been using the gloves for years, and they do help with tendonitis, RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!! (I have no association with the company!) They are wearable on either hand, a bonus when you lose one - and machine washable - mine get very grubby. Do make sure you get the right fit, otherwise ...
by Shadowcat
Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 24327

I find that it irritating when I see a garment I know I made turn up on someone else's web site with the implication the the web owner made it. This has happened on more than one occasion. All I want is an acknowledgement, not more money!

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 3410

I think the gloves are called "Handeze". I used to buy them from the U.S. but have just found a U.K site.

http://www.handeze.demon.co.uk/

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Mar 24, 2006 1:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian Mantle
Replies: 5
Views: 1662

There are several patterns for mantles/dolmans in Jean Hunnisett's book "Period Costume for Stage and Screen. Patterns for Outer Garments Book ll" The patterns are all taken from original garments and you should be able to find one there that you like. (I own one of the dolmans which is patterned in...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bath Museum of costume
Replies: 16
Views: 3764

They don't rotate the standing collection that often. There was a bustle dress I first saw on display about 5 years ago. The bustle had unfortunately slipped, and the dress looked as though there was a small animal or a footstool lurking on the floor under the train. It was still there 18 months ago...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 24327

Ah, the last sentence says it all. All my clients are bespoke, so it will not be a problem - phew!! The receipts are fully detailed and say "X metres of silk", "X metres of linen" etc, so it looks as though I may be in the clear.

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 24327

But what happens when you use silk/linen/synthetic/braid/beading and other fabrics in one garment. The list would be longer than the bodice!

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 8225

This only works if that is the reason for your CTS. I was given braces as a treatment, and had to wear them while sleeping. I insisted that I did not have pain which woke me up, but no-one listened. So I wore the braces, and suffered so much pain from them that I threw them across the room. My CTS i...
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 24327

I am very lucky in one respect. All my costumes are ordered individually - I am not a trader, so don't have to hope that what I make sells. My web site clearly states that my clothes are not cheap. Most of my customers nowadays come from the Internet, although I still get "old" customers coming back...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 24327

I have never used order forms, or any of the signed agreements that you all seem to use. In nearly 40 years I have only ever had one person not pay in full. I take a deposit for fabric, then payment before the costume leaves me. I generally fit everyone myself, so any mistakes in the fitting are min...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 8225

When you break the spring on your spring loaded scissors, and you will, believe me, send Fiskars an e-mail. They will very kindly send you a new spring (or few). They said to me that the spring will eventually break if the scissors are used as frequently as professional people need to. I have arthri...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 24327

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

At last some common sense. I am always getting people saying "Can't you make it a bit cheaper, just for me?" Er, no, not even for you. I am printing your comments for my, and other people's, information!

S.