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by Drachelis
Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 2326

thanks for that Shadowcat - could well be just what I need to cope with the tendonitis in my thumb - I got some relief from dipping my hands into a wax bath at the physios. Had them wrapped in towels and rested them for 20 mins - peeled the wax off after that. Not only ease from pain but also beauti...
by Drachelis
Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 2326

I've got pliers too - and I would sit on the floor if the other arthritic bit would let me - I can sit on the floor but its the getting up that is rwther the problem. As far as splitting needles - yep - done that one - probing through layers of wadding - pardon the pun but its just like looking for ...
by Drachelis
Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bath Museum of costume
Replies: 16
Views: 2839

Would have been nice to go but we are at Cosmeston that weekend.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bath Museum of costume
Replies: 16
Views: 2839

Yes, I collected all the information on the Study days - booking a table etc - if you let them know what period or garment you wish to research they will gather various garments ready foir your session.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bath Museum of costume
Replies: 16
Views: 2839

Have you considered that the same may apply to historic costumes we use as a basis - Janet Arnold's patterns (for the earlier pattern book) are from aristocratic or gentry sources, for example. Yes very much - it is one of my arguments - that just because there isn't any pictorial evidence, variati...
by Drachelis
Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bath Museum of costume
Replies: 16
Views: 2839

Bath Museum of costume

Had a lovely trip there yesterday -It is not a massive collection on display but they rotate displays quite frequently. It reinforced what I could see in my mind's eye - it is so much better to be able to see the garments three dimensionally than just a picture. Wonderful to see the exact fabric too...
by Drachelis
Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:22 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

that url ws very helpful - thanks - I presume that if labels can be on packaging and not permanently a clearly written price label attached to the garment stating these and also the " hand made", "Hand Finished" or whatever and " Made in" information At the Historic Traders division of the National ...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

OK with me - we might get some input from our prospective punters too which will always help

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Starting off as a 14th Century Wench
Replies: 14
Views: 3114

Talking of research - Miranda is taking me of on a Mother's day treat to the Costume Museum in bath for the day, tomorrow.

This means I won't be able to join in the banter - I must say this forum is buzzing at the moment - nice to see it so busy and friendly


Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

Trouble is one person may say, go to a museum and research a particular garment and create a copy - what is to stop another person doing exactly the same - and coming up with the same garment. There are only so many historical resources to go on and drawing frm those folk are bound to make similar a...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Breetch girdle
Replies: 4
Views: 1399

Breech girdle was until around the mid C14 acording to Thursfield

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Starting off as a 14th Century Wench
Replies: 14
Views: 3114

Goodness Karen, you are a mine of resources - thanks. I am only going on the books etc that I have - mind you I am sure there are more variations than are recorded. I was saying on another thread about authentic chairs that records of the 1950's and '60's don't show some of the variations of clothes...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Breetch girdle
Replies: 4
Views: 1399

A breech girdle is a cord or strip of fabric holding the braies - medieval equivalent of a pyjama cord on your knickers Early breech girdles also supported the hose with slits in the channel holding the cord so that the hose cold be tied on to it. Lter the hose bacame sttached to the doublet - and t...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

There will always be those who want the cheap option - either to get started or because they cannot afford the expensive stuff but really want to have their hobby - those who will spend loads on hard kit and not bother so much about soft kit. I think various markets set their own criteria - I am sur...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Starting off as a 14th Century Wench
Replies: 14
Views: 3114

Hi Liz, emerging from large pile of costume reference books. Concensus is shift and undergown/kirtle in linen ( laced) - shift lighter than kirtle with a cotehardie or overgown ( heavier linen or wool) - fitted to the hips then flaring out low curved boat style neck with buttons through to groin lev...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

I agree with altering at my own expense even when the fault isn't mine ( the diet scenario). I nearly alway take the measurements but when you are selling to folk who are a distance away from you there is no possibility of a fitting before completion of the garment - obviously if fitting is an optio...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

I can identify with the "having to redo it" bit. I used to take on commissions for garments that I had not made before - obviously entailed making a prototype and fiddling with that to get it right before embarkng on the actual garment. The times I have had to re think prototypes - sometimes I got s...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th Century ladies belts
Replies: 1
Views: 982

Either would be fine - use buckram to stifen the belt - you can test the hang jut by dangling the leather or fabric ( desired tickness - or by just passing it through the buckle to get the feel of it. I presume that his is the wide belt for a houppelande?

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:26 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

Professionalism! Deadlines are very important - I always state a deadline with built in unforseens - and I always quote early, mid to late parts of the month - unless a certain date is specified. If there is a genuine problem ( like when I was ill before christmas) I always contact he customer immed...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Starting off as a 14th Century Wench
Replies: 14
Views: 3114

C14 posh wench Right youn will need: A linen shift A linen or fine wool kirtle ( back, front or side laced) a gown to go over the top - either a sideless surcoat for early C14th or a fitted gown with tippets for later C14th A cloak is optional hose and shoes. Belt - waist for sideless surcoat ( unde...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Doublet points
Replies: 15
Views: 1935

John - I have sent you a PM.


Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: You Want How Much ? !!!
Replies: 107
Views: 18593

My thanks as well - I believe I posted something similar on the old forum - folk don't realise how many hours a garment takes - I often hear - "well the fabric cost so much - you are making a hefty profit" well er.. no .. like everyone who works for payment, - my time, care, skill and judgement are ...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 6682

Yes - as my deafeated thread - I have tendonitis n my right hand thumb joint ( I am left handed) and pain in all my knuckle joints and wrists. I also get bad apin just between and above my shoulder blades and top of my chest if I am hunched over work. I would imagine that it is an occupational hazza...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 6682

Hi Lady Jane, My cat is just the same with glass headed pins - he just loves to pull them out of the pin cushion too - sometimes put pins into the arms of the sofa when sewing and if I am not careful he will pull one out and run away with it. I once came down one morning to find all the pins pulled ...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Male taylors dummy?
Replies: 4
Views: 1438

Wow - is there a url for them - could make life easier for making for larger gents.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Doublet points
Replies: 15
Views: 1935

When creating a base to attach sleeves to I put a small additional piece of fabric on the inside of the shoulder with three eyelets to correspond with three eyelets on the head of the sleeve ( 9o'clock 12o'clock and 3 o'clock ) and then use a cord with an aiglet at each end to join each pair of eyel...
by Drachelis
Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Male taylors dummy?
Replies: 4
Views: 1438

I haven't seen a male adjustable dummy - I have three male dummies in differnt chest sizes that I use - and Oh! I use Ming as well - in the purest possible way I can adjust him!

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 2326

Thanks for the suggestion - good idea but when you are stitching the neck nd armholes it wouldn't work and you have to hold the garment firm in order to put the stitches through. I do appreciate everyones kind concern but it is only one of my lines - I am fine with all the others so "posh frocks" si...
by Drachelis
Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 2326

Thank you so much for the offer Kate, I have one for leather work - that isn't the problem its more arthritic and a dodgy thumb tendon - its the actual holding of the garment so I can sew it rather than the actual sewing unfortunately. The stuffed canvas is so rigid and heavy that it takes over. Sti...
by Drachelis
Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sadly admitting defeat
Replies: 23
Views: 2326

Sadly admitting defeat

Ho Hum- I have just completed what will be my last double thickness padded jack or aketon in this case. My hands just can't cope with sewing the weight of double thickness upholstery wadding inside canvas anymore. To complete this one, I have had to do it in small stages with Ming giving me hand mas...

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