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by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Taxing
Replies: 12
Views: 1824

I did mine on line three times last week, as I could find nothing that told me what my allowances were this year. Finally gave up and filed the return, only to find that they owe me this year!! (Under a tenner, but that's preferable to me owing them, ain't it!)

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hair
Replies: 2
Views: 11885

http://www.tesco.com/books/search.aspx?Ntt=richard+corson&VSI=1&Ntk=primary&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchall Richard Corson, "Fashions in Hair". or Georgine de Courtais "Women's Hats, headdresses and Hairstyles." http://www.tesco.com/books/search.aspx?Ntt=georgine+de+cou...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1630's Women's Jackets/Bodices
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Patterns in "Cut of Women's Clothes" by Norah Waugh are probably better- I don't remember Arnold 3 having women's jackets of that particular style. Also Hunnisett, "Period Costumes for Stage and Screen 1500-1800", patterns taken from original garments at the V and A or Museum of ...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1630's Women's Jackets/Bodices
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Straight "appear" to be earlier than the fuller sleeve, according to what I have seen, but dating can be idiosyncratic. Not all museums are up to date with their dating - I once revised the date of an 18th century coat, which had not been changed since its accession. It said 1700-99 - acco...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1630's Women's Jackets/Bodices
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Usually not tabs by this time for working women's jackets. Fairly straight fitting but with gussets/gores from waist to hip. The ones I have seen are usually embroidered, the embroidery sometimes done after the gores are added, sometimes before. Sometimes there is braid over the seams too. Contact m...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: New WebSite - Constructive Comments Appreciated
Replies: 11
Views: 1987

I have a large clear screen and find any of the type face that is not in Bold very difficult to read. Also, weave on pattern is very distracting - vested interest here, I am a professional seamstress, and think the simpler the better. Also there is a grammatical error on the welcome page - it should...
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Online customer behaviour
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

I have to say you are meeting normal behaviour but all at once! I regularly get inquiries for quotes on costumes, and the customer never comes back, or says that he/she has found something cheaper or that they like better. This applies to museums/art galleries,/professional bodies as well as individ...
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Transitional hoods.
Replies: 41
Views: 6925

Won't show up for me.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Transitional hoods.
Replies: 41
Views: 6925

by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Plea for ribbon and trim offcuts
Replies: 13
Views: 1946

House of De Clifford do "plates" of bunny - one should do two tabards with any luck. I should be able to see one next weekend, as I have a customer bringing one to show me.

S.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Plea for ribbon and trim offcuts
Replies: 13
Views: 1946

Frances

Yes, I got a message from the customers today - they want real fur, although I was trying to persuade them otherwise, as these are supposed to be "cheap" masqueing costumes!

s.
by Shadowcat
Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Plea for ribbon and trim offcuts
Replies: 13
Views: 1946

Vicky Can I offer you a swop for white fur? I need enough for 10 yards/metres by 2 inches wide in total, or five metres each of white and another colour. The can be lumps as long as I can make them into strips, if that makes sense. Can probably give you a fat carrier bag full -of bits and scraps - d...
by Shadowcat
Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Transitional hoods.
Replies: 41
Views: 6925

A friend of mine in the U.S. has just spoken today with the Silk Baron, and has confirmed that it is not 100% silk . She says silk pile, rayon ground, but my sources in London insist theirs is silk ground, rayon pile - still neither is 100% silk, as I thought. Only very expensive , and from Italy, t...
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur fabric suppliers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Theotherone wrote:Don't know if these will have the quality you're looking for, but they#ll send samples

http://www.dalstonmillfabrics.co.uk/products.asp?cat=32


Thanks, I'll give them a call.

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur fabric suppliers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Dunelm is about an hour and a half away from me on the other side of london, and no fur on the web site. I'll try Denholm Velvets - didn't know they did fur fabric - I hate it, but this is a make-do job, no money and little time!! Hmmph! Can't get at the product page for Denholme Velvets. Will have ...
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion?
Replies: 47
Views: 4893

SyRilla wrote:
The only reason I am thinking of dying the flesh is I would not want to walk around an event and be known as a nude noble. :D Also, finding a trim to coordinate with the fabric has been truly a pain.


Black always works well with flesh pink, as does dark brown and dark green.

S.
by Shadowcat
Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur fabric suppliers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Fur fabric suppliers?

I might need some strips of white fur fabric, not real fur to trim a couple of of medieval tabardy type things. Any suggestions?

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8145

I can't - only the line of text reference.

S
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: dress cuffs
Replies: 3
Views: 1341

Put the sleeve and the lining together, with the lining inside, wrong sides facing. Turn the hem allowances in so that they are trapped on the inside of the two parts, then edge stitch together with tiny stitches. Do not pipe. Make up the cuff with its linen facing in the same way. Stitch the cuff t...
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Transitional hoods.
Replies: 41
Views: 6925

www.silkbaron.com - fantasic silk velvets and taffetas, I placed the link in the links section earlier on You can get nice one from china occasionally - my kung fu has a double edge to it- martial arts and getting silk from Hong Kong! I resent paying the import duty on anything from the U.S., which...
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Transitional hoods.
Replies: 41
Views: 6925

Where on earth do you get 100% silk - the only one I've come across recently was white, and I am not prepared to dye fabric in my new washing machine - I killed the last one! (Literally - it shook itself to pieces!)

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Transitional hoods.
Replies: 41
Views: 6925

I used cotton velvet for the gable headdress I made for the Museum of London - no problems with that. I personally don't like the silk/rayon velvets that are sold as silk - they are too soft for my liking.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tuppence, please change a web address for Denholme Velvets?
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Thanks - I knew I'd used it before!
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Denholme Velvets?
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

Thank you - it needs to be corrected on the "Fabric suppliers" sticky in that case.

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Denholme Velvets?
Replies: 3
Views: 1035

Denholme Velvets?

I am getting no response when I put in http://www.denholme-velvet.co.uk/ Anyone know if they are still operating?

S.
by Shadowcat
Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:10 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8145

I think what we were attempting to indicate was that we suspect that the fabric that Lidi has may well mean she'll be treading on regal toes if she is wearing purple. Like I said "Talk to the dyers" as they will know. Sumptuary laws will be in effect at this time.

S.
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8145

*hmmm*
by Shadowcat
Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric, fabric clearance
Replies: 83
Views: 8145

Talk to the dyers on the board about colour. From your description, I am doubtful if that is a truly 16th century colour, in spite of you liking it - so often the way, I'm afraid - my favourite lavender is really not a suitable colour for another many years!

S.
by Shadowcat
Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recontructing History Patterns - Any good?
Replies: 32
Views: 6539

Many tailors would have kept their patterns in their heads, though, and would have used the old traditional 'drawn on the cloth' method. Where the tailor knows the shape that pieces have to be to make whatever piece, and would draw that out on the cloth in chalk to fit with the client's measurement...

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