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by Shadowcat
Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 8225

Ah, cats! I have a cutting table, made from half a commercial cutting table, which swings up and fastens to the wall when I am not using it. But, and it's a big butt, (she's a bigggg cat) Shadow likes to sit on it because the warm air from the radiator comes up at the back. Also, her favourite fabri...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 8225

Both! I have a series of patterns I made at college, where I learned to drape patterns, and I use those to remember the shapes of the pieces. Ditto using the books of patterns I have. I sometimes scale up patterns from the books, but even then I make a calico toile and alter before using. I virtuall...
by Shadowcat
Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:14 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Copyright and reconstructions
Replies: 23
Views: 8041

Incidentally, from my experience with one museum, (the Museum of London) if a museum allows you to take a pattern from an extant garment, for your own research, including pictures and measurements, this research is yours. However, if you wish to publish the research, you have to ask the Museum of Lo...
by Shadowcat
Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Dress and Costume Society Early Knitting Meeting
Replies: 7
Views: 2480

Medats usually costs £10.00 per year for membership, and you can join "on the door".

I think "anyone" can go, but there is a web site, and contact e-mail addresses, so it might be worth just checking if you are bothered. They do have some really interesting "days" there.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kirtle help
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Can't find the colour pix right now - wouldn't you know? They are re-drawn in Hunnisett, "Medieval to 1500". Also I am trying to find pix on line of the bronze figures in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam - all the ladies have hems which are different. Simon Marmion is one of the painters, and others are...
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kirtle help
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

What sort of date are you looking at. There are pictures of "false" hems of a different colour that are turned up and caught in a series of pockets, that might do the trick. They are about 6" deep, give or take a bit. I can find you pictorial references from 1340c. to 1450c.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Umbrella repair
Replies: 3
Views: 2343

There is a company at the end of New Oxford Street/Shaftesbury Avenue in London.

http://www.james-smith.co.uk/main.htm

You could try them for starters.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Sources
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

Oops, double fingering. Sorry.


have e-mailed you at the bookings address as I couldn't find anything else.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Sources
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

Dear Kate

You are an angel in disguise. I will find an e-mail address for you and send you a copy of the painting. It's the only way I can think of, as I haven't yet worked out how to post to the board.

Thanks again.
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Sources
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

Thank you both for ideas. Kate, if Lindsay is trading this weekend, there will not be time to ask for samples maybe, but I'll give her a ring anyway. Sally, I don't have a washing machine, and I don't think the laundrette would take kindly to red dye in a machine! I am not good at dyeing anyway, and...
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Sources
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

Fabric Sources

I need to source a wool, wool/silk mix, or silk in a particular colour to match a painting precisely. According to the client, neither James Hare not Bennetts Silks are correct, nor is Hainsworth for wool. Does anyone have a source they can recommend that does not involve going to a market - there s...
by Shadowcat
Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Which way do you hand sew?
Replies: 47
Views: 10101

I embroidered, knitted and did cross stitch as a child, but no clothes sewing - my Mother was a brilliant seamstress. I did one term, no two, at school, where I made a green gingham apron, with embroidered edges, and started a raw silk, sleeveless blouse which I never finished. I learned all my sewi...
by Shadowcat
Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: C18th ladies posh frocks
Replies: 11
Views: 2714

Probably the best comentator on costume of this period is Aileen Ribiero, of the Courtauld Institute. She has written several books, none of which I have, so cannot give you titles, but I am sure if you searched for her name you would find them. One is called something like "Fashion(or Dress) in the...
by Shadowcat
Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 13th to 14th Century English Clothing
Replies: 3
Views: 1841

The series on Medieval Finds is available from the Museum of London. In the new Medieval Gallery there there are several items of clothing, and clothing related things, from the "medieval" period, if you can get there.
by Shadowcat
Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice on Footman Costume?
Replies: 4
Views: 2070

Ring Kensington Palace, and ask there. I am quite serious. There is the Royal Dress Collection on display in the museum , and they have many footmen and royal servant items of clothing on display as well as clothes worn by Royalty. They may have a website, but I don't know it.
by Shadowcat
Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Which way do you hand sew?
Replies: 47
Views: 10101

Right to left in most situations. I'm right handed, but was taught by a left hander, so thread a needle with my left hand, and sometimes sew seams left to right!!
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to sew
Replies: 17
Views: 4616

I can't sit and watch TV/DVD's - chair is too soft, and the light is bad. And I can't sew in a car, or I'd throw up. Airplanes are no good - no scissors allowed, and I can't keep my arms that cramped. But trains - I once made a pair of gloves going somewhere and coming back!! (Some very interested p...
by Shadowcat
Wed Feb 08, 2006 10:19 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to sew
Replies: 17
Views: 4616

Tuppence I hate machining too!! But my customers, who are mostly not re-enactors, but historical dancers, couldn't afford for me to do everything by hand. Besides which, carpal tunnel won't let me! For museum work, it depends on the use. For MOPS to try and destroy, a mixture of machining and hand s...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Genuine fur
Replies: 12
Views: 3130

Genuine fur

I have been asked by a museum, for whom I am working, to source some miniver, which they assure me is rabbit? Can anyone tell me where to buy this? It needs to have been treated for costume use, as it is to be part of a handling collection, and must be real fur, not synthetic. I have also posted on ...
by Shadowcat
Sun Jan 15, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 9929

Meg

Don't have time to check picture references right now (5 tudor frocks in two weeks - aargh!) but will try and find them later - I "think" they may be Spanish - I know I have seen them somewhere, but have several yards of costume books!!

SC
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 12, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 9929

These may not be earrings as we know them, worn "through" the ears, but hungs with fine, usually black, ribbon or cord, over the ears, and hanging below the ear lobes.
by Shadowcat
Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 9929

I'm with Frances - I remember young men wearing one "gold" ring, quite discreetly, in the ear, but then I was working in the theatre from 1967, and was living in a theatre town during the whole of the 60's. Unfortunately I cannot remember which particular young man, or men, although I can, I think, ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: victorian underpants.
Replies: 14
Views: 3930

Try and find a copy of a book by C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington, called, I think "The History of Underclothes" (underwear?) It will at least show you what you should be looking for.
by Shadowcat
Sun Nov 20, 2005 12:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Monk
Replies: 26
Views: 6444

When I worked in theatre, cheese graters, the flat kind with big holes, were good for roughing up fabrics. Bundling up garments, slighlty damp, and sitting on them for a while, or putting them under a mattress con make them look tired. Fullers Earth, from Boots if they still sell it, or other chemis...
by Shadowcat
Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: looking for dates on Victorian photos
Replies: 8
Views: 2644

Thre first is 1860's - though the lady is wearing pagoda sleeves, which might make it late 50's. There are books of dated photos you could use to compare - PM me for more details. The second one is almost certainly 1894/ 5 - the hat and jacket date it almost exactly, unless your family was very far ...
by Shadowcat
Thu Nov 10, 2005 2:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: aiglets
Replies: 13
Views: 3344

Not only is she very wonderful, she's a charming and patient lady, who has always managed to make whatever I ask - no matter how obscure. (She disagrees, but ignore her!)
by Shadowcat
Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: aiglets
Replies: 13
Views: 3344

They were similar to aiglets, but just a strip of brass rolled over the end of the lace. Annie the Pedlar makes wonderful aiglets of all kinds, and brass pins for pinning clothes together and ............. and....... She's very very clever.
by Shadowcat
Thu Nov 10, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leeds Padded Jack
Replies: 29
Views: 5403

Earlier in the year, I was told by someone from the Royal Armouries that a garment was being researched in detail and and the information would be publishing once finished. (From the notes posted above I am guessing this is the same garment.) I do know that the researcher has not been well, so there...
by Shadowcat
Wed Nov 09, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The Age-Old question
Replies: 32
Views: 7514

Yes, she's my "Shadow" as she follows me about like a shadow, and only sleeps on the best silks. I answered your query on the H-cost list - if it doesn't make sense, try to send me a picture and I can see if I can help. I use a different name on there for personal reasons, but I think you will be ab...
by Shadowcat
Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The Age-Old question
Replies: 32
Views: 7514

I welcome you too, Bjarne. I'm also on the H-cost list!! This forum is over-run by medieval people - good to have someone who likes the later period!