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by Shadowcat
Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval costume and furs...
Replies: 20
Views: 4458

After checking with the person buying the garment, I will use real fur, from old fur coats usually, (agree with Tuppence - no "new" fur). I have used artificial, and usually hate it. I have been known to say to MOPS, with an innocent look "It's amazing what they can do with artificial fur these days...
by Shadowcat
Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hooks & Eyes
Replies: 6
Views: 1928

Janet Arnold's point was not that hooks and eyes were "new" just that they were new in the position they were being used, i.e. to hold men's doublet and breeches together, a job previously done by points.
by Shadowcat
Tue Oct 04, 2005 11:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boiled Shirts
Replies: 3
Views: 1844

Sorry Frances, but most of those places are no longer in business. This is why I asked for advice.
by Shadowcat
Sat Oct 01, 2005 12:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boiled Shirts
Replies: 3
Views: 1844

Boiled Shirts

Does anyone know a laundry that still starches those incredibly stiff shirt fronts called boiled shirts? And the stiff collars that go with them? And do you know where I can buy boiled shirts? And of course the collars. Or even give me a clue as to where to go looking.
by Shadowcat
Fri Sep 30, 2005 11:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What is a prix or stabbing stitch?
Replies: 5
Views: 2794

On some fabrics, using running stitch can cause the edges of it to slip a little, and you end up with an uneven finish. If you use prix stitch properly, and especially on leather or skin for gloves, it stays precisely where you put it. It is, as with everything, a matter of choice. I use it for glov...
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: C18th lace
Replies: 19
Views: 4315

Absolutely. Some servants also in cast-offs of the Master/Mistress, depending on money, position etc. There's a good book on 18th century clothing by Anne Buck - will get back with the title - goes through each "rank" of 18th century society and what they wore and where it came from. Also a book on ...
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th C 'Acorn Hats'
Replies: 27
Views: 4652

I would make the Durer hat from 6 sections of felt, or felted wool, putting the stitches on the outside to make that ridge. I would be capable of knitting it, but my personal opinion is that it is a solid fabric.
by Shadowcat
Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Painting of woman combing her hair?
Replies: 1
Views: 1821

Elizabeth Vernon, Countess of Southampton. (1572-1655) By an unknown artist c.1600. The Buccleuch Collection Boughton House, Kettering, Northants. (Sorry I haven't the post code!)

http://www.boughtonhouse.org.uk/

Click on Gallery - there may be a picture of it.
by Shadowcat
Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:47 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Wind Instruments
Replies: 25
Views: 5648

No, it was something written specially for Larry Adler - "Summertime" was a solo soprano lullaby from "Porgy and Bess" originally.
by Shadowcat
Sat Sep 10, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Free 1940s knitting patterns
Replies: 5
Views: 2623

I think I have a pattern for a cricket jumper - made for my DH some years ago. He won't be needing another anytime soon! If you can't get one anywhere else, send me your address and I will put it in the post (if I can find it!!)
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The new shoe thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7661

Oops - posted twice - sorry!
by Shadowcat
Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The new shoe thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7661

J.T Batchelor in London http://www.1stdirectory.com/Company_Files/99093.html They don't seem to have a web site, but I have been to the address given , many years ago and they had leather then, and used to do a catalogue of supplies. And there is Le Prevo http://www.leprevo.co.uk/index.html There us...
by Shadowcat
Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Whores patches
Replies: 20
Views: 6897

I think I have the answer but it will spoil the poll if I tell! I too would love to know Kate's info.
by Shadowcat
Wed Aug 24, 2005 8:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Velvet
Replies: 21
Views: 6605

It's just a tad too far from London to Leeds - have to cope with what I can get here, and mail order.
by Shadowcat
Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: calling professional seamstresses
Replies: 9
Views: 3648

Hear Hear well said - better than I could. I have been in the costume business for 30 mumble years, and have never felt the need for a Guild. And I get help from fora such as this and others, personal contacts, traders I meet and so on.

Off to finish boning a wedding corset.
by Shadowcat
Tue Aug 23, 2005 5:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: calling professional seamstresses
Replies: 9
Views: 3648

I would be interested to know why you think we would need to form a Guild.
by Shadowcat
Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tabby wool source?
Replies: 1
Views: 1706

Tabby wool source?

Can anyone tell me a source for a tabby woven wool in a strong colour - red or blue? It doesn't have to be a natural dye - it's the weave that is important. I don't know about different weaves.
by Shadowcat
Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:41 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Wind Instruments
Replies: 25
Views: 5648

I have vague memories of someone (Gershwin?) writing a classical piece for Larry Adler, many years ago. Can someone correct me if I'm wrong? I also seem to remember him playing a classical concert with Andre Previn - again many years ago?
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:55 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Velvet
Replies: 21
Views: 6605

Wish I could visit - London's a bit far away for a day trip I'm afraid.
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: calling professional seamstresses
Replies: 9
Views: 3648

I make the occasional wedding clothes, men and women, and will take orders up to 6 months ahead. (As I make other clothes, I often have 6 months' worth of orders.) However, I will not take measurements until I am ready to start making, usually a month in advance. Women in particular can change shape...
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Velvet
Replies: 21
Views: 6605

If you look up Denholme Velvet and fill in the form on line they will send you swatches - takes about two days, and they are huge. I just did that and they arrived this morning.
by Shadowcat
Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Insurance of costumes?
Replies: 3
Views: 2010

Doesn't anybody insure their costumes?
by Shadowcat
Fri Aug 12, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Insurance of costumes?
Replies: 3
Views: 2010

Insurance of costumes?

I know some people who are getting a whole lot of costumes together for ongoing indoor performances, and they need to insure those costumes and props. Any ideas who can help them? I have tried a search on the other forum, but with no luck. Can anybody point me at the info I need, or maybe post a lin...
by Shadowcat
Tue Aug 09, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Corsets
Replies: 23
Views: 4827

Children's corsets

I have a picture of a fully boned (whalebone) corset to fit a girl child of 18 months to two years, according to the Museum it is in. This is not stiff underthings or swaddling but a true 18th century corset, supporting the body, not shaping it. I also recently bought a postcard of a boy child weari...

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