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by Shadowcat
Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Modern version of "camlet"?
Replies: 4
Views: 1260

Modern version of "camlet"?

I've been asked to make a "Camlet" doublet, lined with changeablesarsenet. I think the sarsenet/sarcenet can fairly succesfully be replicated with shot taffeta, but I am not sure of what to use for camlet. I thought maybe a fine wool, but am open to suggestions. The date for the garments i...
by Shadowcat
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4836

The Iron Dwarf wrote:bernie the bolt, one of the regular traders at lots of events


Cathy

You really should use my Links page more often - details are there!!

S.

http://www.suziclarke.co.uk/links.php
by Shadowcat
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4836

I've been working with costume since 1967, and "good" fabrics have always been available, but at a price. Even now fabric can still cost a fortune. A recent customer was prepared to pay £250.00 (yes, that's two hundred and fifty pounds) per metre for a waistcoat fabric. He got it cheaper, ...
by Shadowcat
Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 3838

Either way, your mostly dealing with an order of about 50 buttons so your left with holding £350 expenses before you make any return. That's either another 200 expensive ones or 700 indian. and you probably be waiting 3 years before clearing that. To the american market, that only 6-7 months, which...
by Shadowcat
Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 3838

Thanks all - I've passed the addresses on to the customer.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 3838

18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED

I have a customer would might like a tricorne for his wedding. I have one person I use regularly, but I know there are others, so hatters please? Also, he had the bright idea of wanting brass buttons on his suit, 30 for the coat, 18 for the waistcoat, slightly smaller, and about 15 for the breeches....
by Shadowcat
Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

I PM'd you - do read it!

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Stiffening Felt
Replies: 6
Views: 2347

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

MacCulloch and Wallis has felt stiffener etc on this page. It's what most costumers use, even though it's pricier than some other stuff. The one I use is colourless, but I think that must be straw stiffener.

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Stiffening Felt
Replies: 6
Views: 2347

Trade name is "Crodalac" and can be got from Milliners' supply shops too. Suffering from a senior moment and cannot remember the names of these, but a Google search should find you one.

Do remember to use in a well venitalted space, or you can go doolally!

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk and braid question
Replies: 3
Views: 1606

Silk taffeta is probably the nearest modern silk you'll get to what is in the painting. Silk satin is very floppy, whereas taffeta has a crispness about it, and will fall into folds rather nicely.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creases in woollen cloak
Replies: 3
Views: 1210

Suggest you find an old tea towel, soak in water, place over the creases and iron (steam off), again, and again, and again! You may well have to do this a lot, and the creases may not ever come right out, but that should improve it some. You may have to give it a firm brushing once it's dry, to rest...
by Shadowcat
Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: breeches
Replies: 5
Views: 1430

Paintings of the period would seem to indicate that navy blue, as we understand it today, was not a common colour. Grey, many shades of brown/beige, black, some yellows and reds of course were all common. I would suggest you look at paintings before deciding on colour - Brueghel, although not Englis...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: jacket
Replies: 15
Views: 2776

a painting of Hester Tradescant in the Ashmolean shows a similar shaped coat on her son, but much more elaborately trimmed. S. Here be a link http://www.compulink.co.uk/~museumgh/images/htrad.gif Similar in colour but shorter. In fact the one in the Ashmoleon painting is grey, and looks like a casa...
by Shadowcat
Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: jacket
Replies: 15
Views: 2776

There are paintings of Dutch citizens in similar coats, I think by Rembrandt, and a painting of Hester Tradescant in the Ashmolean shows a similar shaped coat on her son, but much more elaborately trimmed.

I apparently am unable to post a picture - boo!

S.
by Shadowcat
Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:36 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Unreasonable demands ???
Replies: 8
Views: 1944

I have worked for several national organisations, and have never been asked to fill in that kind of questionaire. I would suggest that you fill in what you feel comfortable with, and return the form with a covering letter saying that you haven't had to do it before, and you sure as heck ain't going ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: waistcoat fabric?
Replies: 4
Views: 935

In that case I would have thought a tweedy wool, not too heavy, would be best, and a linen lining.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: waistcoat fabric?
Replies: 4
Views: 935

As "Victorian" stretched from 1837 to 1901 it would help if we knew what period of waistcoat, whether day or evening, and what status.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

Shadowcat - re your niggle on regency waistlines, what really irritates me is that some people in slipped waist regency dresses are of course doing it right for the short period before the Peace of Amiens when english waists had slipped down to a lower more natural position and french waists stayed...
by Shadowcat
Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

(Shall I now add necklines dragged over shoulders in any and most innapropriate periods, but very few sucessfully trying the periods where shoulders are on show becuase it is really difficult to fit so that the shoulderline doesn't droop or cut in unflatteringly ) I'm already fretting about "T...
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

Presently looking at Regency and having frissons already ... O.K. if you want to bring Regency in, frocks that start half way down the bust and not under the bust, oh, and talking of wayward bosoms, low bustlines. Some of the fashion plates I have collected have the bust almost under the chin! Suzi
by Shadowcat
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mid to Late 15th Century Woman's Turban Headress
Replies: 16
Views: 3651

I recently had an accident and lost a deal of hair. Without benefit of Soph, I "invented" my own version of a turban, and in fact had several compliments on my new hat! (It helps that I am an OAP!) I pretty much do it the same as Soph, but knot the short ends before putting it on my head, ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

Related to the misplaced bosom - bare shoulders when either inappropriate or not period accurate. Witness a certain actress in 18th century costume, with bare shoulders, in a film with Kenneth Branagh - I think it was "Frankenstein". (Incidentally, as I recall, the dress was actually made ...
by Shadowcat
Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

Yes, now look!

Modern makeup with period clothes, when you've told them that eyeshadow and mascara are not suitable for 16th century. (And as for the women...sorry!)

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

It constantly fascinates me how putting unbelievers into well-cut period lothing transforms their posture and body posture language within minutes. This has always been one of my bugbears about historical drama. You put an actress in (eg C18th) dress and she continues to walk and move like a late C...
by Shadowcat
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

Alice the Huswyf wrote:
Suzi - have you ever found yourself buying modern shoes that 'pass' for a period that you don't do, just in case you might possibly dress in it at some later point ?


How did you guess? You've been looking in my wardrobe!

Suzi
by Shadowcat
Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17926

Wrong shoes!!! I know they are expensive to buy, especially if, as many of my customers do, you wear different periods, but please try to get something approximating the right thing - no heels with much of the Regency for example. (I once had a photo from a Regency wedding I had clothed - bride wear...
by Shadowcat
Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Who makes custom embroided fabric for the reenactment world
Replies: 18
Views: 2597

The kind of people who sell these fabrics only sell to professional sewing people, like Tuppence and me, and do not trade at any markets. You will not be able to buy them from this kind of merchant yourself. I suggest you find a friendly local professional, and ask for their help. You might be lucky...
by Shadowcat
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Who makes custom embroided fabric for the reenactment world
Replies: 18
Views: 2597

That's beautiful, but I would not have recognised it as medieval. I recently saw some original fabrics from the 14th and 15th century, and they didn't look anything like that. The patterns were much bigger, and brocaded, not printed or embroidered. You could join http://www.et-tu.com/soper/cgi-bin/i...
by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Taxing
Replies: 12
Views: 1920

I keep being told to get an accountant - I pay less to the Revenue than I'd pay an accountant. And as you say, I can always take it down the road to my local, very helpful tax office, and yell, quietly, for help.

S.
by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: newbie - where do I get patterns to make medieval dress? ..
Replies: 10
Views: 2491

Books with patterns "The Medieval Tailor's Assistant" - Sarah Thursfield "Period Costume for Stage and Screen - Medieval -1500" Jean Hunnisett. (Don't be put off by the title - these are well researched and explained patterns.) I hate paper patterns so cannot recommend any, altho...

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