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by Drachelis
Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:25 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: eye candy
Replies: 20
Views: 3383

Wonderful! beilliant!!

I am really envious of the time you have available for this - i belive you said that it took over a year for the previous dress.

You really have an outstanding talent.



Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Crimes against Authenticity
Replies: 116
Views: 13386

Could do with a laugh just at the moment - please post te link to me.

Ta

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Fri Jun 30, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Could it catch on?
Replies: 18
Views: 2269

Never mind it will fit Dave Wink


'fraid not - its more a Ming size and he says the colour doesn't go with his complexion :roll:

Oh well back to the grind!
Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Could it catch on?
Replies: 18
Views: 2269

Niki wrote: Cheryl, I think the oilcloth doublet sounds fab darling, maybe it would interest some LARPers??? Shame to let that cutting go to waste Confused Very Happy Wink Add some fur to the cuffs and you'll be well away!!!! Pink fur would be great - or maybe trimmed with boa feathers - shame it is...
by Drachelis
Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Could it catch on?
Replies: 18
Views: 2269

Sophia, My house doesn't bear looking at - but the guest lecturers have become friends over the years and are happy to take us as they find us - the students have a tent pitch in our fields and we have a lecture room in one of the barns - when it isn't set up as a salle for Ming's WMA group. Student...
by Drachelis
Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Could it catch on?
Replies: 18
Views: 2269

Having had a very good Twinwood, I am replacing stock like crazy for Tewkes. Since 8.30am I have cut out 1 brown heavy linen doublet 1 oatmeal heavy linen doublet 1 grey blue heavy linen doublet 1 deep green light wool doublet ( good for hot days) 1 terracotta lightweight wool doublet 1 terracotta l...
by Drachelis
Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Could it catch on?
Replies: 18
Views: 2269

Could it catch on?

Do you think that a doublet in mock oilcloth in yellow with big pink flowers might catch on? :shock: Yes, you've guessed it - my cutting table is covered with this stuff to avoid snagging and whilst cutting out a doublet I cut the oilcloth as well - I thought the shears were making heavy weather of ...
by Drachelis
Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The medieval kirtle/gown thing
Replies: 44
Views: 5276

Correct me if I am wrong but would the shift sleeves have been short or eliminated when the sleeves of the houppelande became tight in order to give a smooth line?



Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: fitting a medieval kirtle properly
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Sophia wrote if you want serious uplift try lying down, arranging boobs as required and getting a friend to do pinning. I am afraid that my boobs just fall to the sides when I lie down :shock: I could write a thresis on the act of gravity on the boobs of the over 50's!!!!!!!!!! :D Hey forget 'em and...
by Drachelis
Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The medieval kirtle/gown thing
Replies: 44
Views: 5276

Jalea wrote Cheryl, I tend to think of your lovely things as "posh", it's the common woman who seems to not be wearing enough clothes! As is always the way down the centuries - :D Have a good shout at John Lewis -it usually works - we still have time at he moment. By the way I am obtaining some swat...
by Drachelis
Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The medieval kirtle/gown thing
Replies: 44
Views: 5276

Actually I do have under/overdress combinations in my off the peg range - sideless surcoats don't look right by them selves :shock: I must admit that I have split the combinations when someone wants either part and I have plain underdresses with tight buttoned sleeves which go under the gowns with w...
by Drachelis
Thu Jun 22, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nearly Nalebound Socks?
Replies: 45
Views: 4783

A front laced kirtle also is able to give the "wench" appearance that a lot of ladies go for - open laced with the shift showing and often copious amounts of bosoms - it is again the 21 st century influence over the style and fit.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nearly Nalebound Socks?
Replies: 45
Views: 4783

the front laced kirtle was an underdress - and usually had a surcote, gown, or houppelande worn over it - so folk are going round in their underslips so to speak. There were many more styles of garment but folk seem to have followed others until it has become more and more like a uniform. I invite o...
by Drachelis
Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nearly Nalebound Socks?
Replies: 45
Views: 4783

They don't know how much the actual cost of fabric is either - silks are exhorbitant and very good wools are not far behind.

Oh Tuppence! - the front laced kirtle!!!! - almost as much a uniform as current day jeans.


Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Seamstress/dressmaker wanted (Medieval).
Replies: 7
Views: 1720

I could have done it in addition to the grooms outfit but I am pretty snowed under - I will have various posh frocks with me at Tewkesbury which may suit the mothers - both the high waisted Houppelande and the fitted laced styles - also will have some posh chaps stuff - gowns and doublets. Will talk...
by Drachelis
Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:02 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Payment by Credit Card
Replies: 10
Views: 2212

We took the plunge last year and it has definitely paid off. Ming worked out all the finances and if you can afford it - it is better to buy the handset outright, otherwise you have to commit to a three year contract and pay every month. after that initial outlay which was around £600 - and what eve...
by Drachelis
Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century "hot kit"
Replies: 29
Views: 3638

I would agree with Tuppence that it is very risky buying on ebay - I took a risk with this seller the first time And it paid off - exactly what my client had requested - since then I have taken another couple of risks with them with different styles of fabric - worsted and coating fabric and have fo...
by Drachelis
Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century "hot kit"
Replies: 29
Views: 3638

I would have thought that modern suiting fabric is completly wrong for the 18th century - yes/no? There were some very fine wools around for those who could afford it- and plain weave and twills were around long before. There was also mechanisation which would have been able to produce the fine yar...
by Drachelis
Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century "hot kit"
Replies: 29
Views: 3638

t -ry suiting fabric - some aqre very fine - look for it on ebay - an ebay shop called British Fabrics - he does the most wonderful stuff 100% wool I have used him a few times now for fine woolen cloth for doublets when they are to be worn under a gown - service is impeccable - next day delivery - o...
by Drachelis
Thu May 25, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century pink clothing, what type of pink?
Replies: 27
Views: 4436

Er................ actually I don't have any, any more - only had enough for a couple of garments - its now gone. As far as colour goes - if one can get a dark colour from a dye then a pale colour would be available through a weaker solution murrey would make a vry nice pink - madder tends to the pe...
by Drachelis
Wed May 17, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: True blue baby I love you
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

I too seem to be dying fabric a lot these days to get it just right. Actually Dylon do a machine dye for denim -works fine on natural fabrics and gives that soft mid blue - very pretty.



Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Tue May 16, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Excluding and banning traders
Replies: 72
Views: 10700

Frances, I am disabled But I haven't (as yet) had any problems apart from a hike to the loo only to find that the disabled one is being used by all and sundry to change etc because it is bigger than the ordinary ones. ( note to organsiers) I do have Ming to do the lifting and humping ( in the nicest...
by Drachelis
Sun May 14, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: A question about embroidery
Replies: 24
Views: 3335

I have used the prick and pounce method before - I use a chalk bag to transfer the image onto dark material



Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Thu May 11, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mdieval Fingerloop Braids
Replies: 26
Views: 3430

My book arived last week too. Ming(huby) grqabbed it straight away muttering evenings, telly and points :D y :D et another skill that looks as if it will be aquired by my own personal medieval tailor's assistant. ( he already has eyelets, button loops, button holes, buttons and stitiching aiglets to...
by Drachelis
Tue May 09, 2006 5:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 6880

I'm afraid I do wear my bra, but I've chosen one that doesn't give me too visible lines, and although I know I'm not authentic wearing it, it helps prevent backache as I'm not a small lass Don't worry Lady P I too am well endowed and I find that there is no problem with not wearing a bra - except t...
by Drachelis
Mon May 08, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Cosmeston 2006
Replies: 130
Views: 15897

Perhaps Mr Ball could get in touch with the organisers and ask them - then he would have the exact answer.

Suffice it to say that both mops and reenactors ( and traders )have a really good time - so evryone who attends is happy.

Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Mon May 08, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to move in period clothing
Replies: 65
Views: 6880

Our centre of gravity has changed over the centuries - we now sit back on our pelvis ( which is the reason for so much unexplained back pain) If you look at the posture in the Alexander Technique with our weight more over the balls of our feet you will get the idea of posture in previous centuries. ...
by Drachelis
Mon May 01, 2006 11:20 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Dealing with a Cancelled Order
Replies: 6
Views: 1349

Been stung a couple of times - so now - unless they are repeat customers I ask for all the money up front . Customers seem to be happy about it. - They also know when the deliver deadline is and I tell them that any alterations or revisions of the order needs to be made a onth before. If I get a can...
by Drachelis
Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6204

Sally,

it is only one person who has said they wouldn't buy one - don't get h8ng up on the negatives - mind you I can her the words pot and kettle being muttered in my ear - 'm a fine one - one neative comment and I'm beating myself up with a very large stick.


Cheryl
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by Drachelis
Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:26 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 6204

How much would one of these cost in a national trust shop? Then there are the Sheep shops I would put at least £29.99 to £34.99 for them - this would be consistent with garments of a similar type. I think the idea of having a sqizz at the prices of your competitors when you get there is a good one -...

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