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by Alice the Huswyf
Thu May 26, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Suppliers
Replies: 64
Views: 52106

Re: Fabric Suppliers

Certainly Croft Mill if you know what you want - good source for fine cotton lawns and always worth a trawl for oddities.

When Dad packs in writing they are going to have to employ a copywriter - I used to love the printed lists he sent out with the tiny samples in the late 80's / early 90's.
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu May 12, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming Leg O'Mutton sleeves?
Replies: 2
Views: 1159

Re: Taming Leg O'Mutton sleeves?

If it was blouse weight, I would have put an internal, tapered, doubled-over pleated frill into the sleeve head - even if you pleat this onto a band and stitch it onto the sleeve head between launderings. 1830's gigot sleeves were supported by a swansdown puff tacked to the stay -straps and I have s...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 11, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather Cockers or Pattern For Them
Replies: 1
Views: 1119

Re: Leather Cockers or Pattern For Them

<MODERATOR> I've moved this here becuase I am sure someone can supply an answer </MODERATOR>
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue May 10, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Regency Pineapple Reticule
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

Re: Regency Pineapple Reticule

Sigh.
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 04, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: TITLE IT FOR SALE/WANTED, THEN SOLD/SORTED
Replies: 0
Views: 5449

TITLE IT FOR SALE/WANTED, THEN SOLD/SORTED

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Read the red section - ADVERTISING FORMAT AND CONVENTIONS

Sincere thanks - Alice
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: late 15th century short cloaks.
Replies: 13
Views: 4191

Re: late 15th century short cloaks.

Well, of course they would, wouldn't they, Markie-poo! HOnestly - you boys are so literal...........
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: late 15th century short cloaks.
Replies: 13
Views: 4191

Re: late 15th century short cloaks.

Nothing Ialian - camorra, giorna, camisa, several styles of gown and hat - would be appropriate in Engand at this date, unless it was worn by an Italian Ambassador.
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: Is the forum being compromised by bot accounts?
Replies: 6
Views: 8087

Re: Is the forum being compromised by bot accounts?

The moderators started sorting the membership list out some time ago, but, as you say the present onslaught means that we have had to go back and re-do the work we had already carried out. As you can see from each header everywhere we are asking those genuine members who prefer to lurk to either mak...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Sourcing Mead
Replies: 33
Views: 12535

Re: WTB Mead

Don't tell me about throwaway remarks from the husband - the last two cost me a labour each. :twisted:
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Sourcing Mead
Replies: 33
Views: 12535

Re: WTB Mead

Threshers used to stock Honeymoon Mead - flavoured with raspberries - and even send it up from their local to source branch for you.

Seriously, have you tried your local independant / small chain wine merchants?
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wife of Bath costume re-creation question
Replies: 4
Views: 1562

Re: Wife of Bath costume re-creation question

High collared gowns of the C14th sometimes had buttoning down to the high waist area (as you can see she is wearing a high collar, but there appears to be no fastening at all.), but that is rather high status stuff. Alison was well off and liked to show it (the huge hat and the horse trappings), but...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fitted kirtle advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1491

Re: Fitted kirtle advice

Just enjoy it. No-one would waste a new garment becuase of a misfit - you would do what you could to get it usable - we take fabric for granted nowadays, but if you make your own clothes today you really do apreciate it as an investment resource, as much as the time it takes to make up.
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fitted kirtle advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1491

Re: Fitted kirtle advice

If it is very early C15th you can still add skirt gores, but by middle to late C15th you should be constructing the skirt with what would have been the gore flare incorporated into the body block. If youa re only lookng for easement - say about 2 - 3" insert a narrow long panel which flares fro...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Phygrian hat
Replies: 7
Views: 1642

Re: Phygrian hat

Sensible. And worth respecting.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Regency chemise back closing
Replies: 6
Views: 2737

Re: Regency chemise back closing

What you are copying is an underdress - the heavy white work decoration on the hemline is designed to be seen under a tunic length overdress. Women of the period were exhorted that less than three layers was indecent: - you are looking at a chemise (the shorter laundering layer that absorbs sweat an...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early c11th English women's clothing advice, please!
Replies: 18
Views: 3451

Re: foreigner need a help.

I wish I could help you with that, but I do C15th - others will come along and help.

<MODERATOR> But I can do this - will change your title for you so that it will get the early medievalists looking at it.
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early c11th English women's clothing advice, please!
Replies: 18
Views: 3451

Re: foreigner need a help.

Ana Period Shoes does early period, doesn't she? Her work is good and well researched - why not have a look at her website and work backwards from there?
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cavalier's costume from period of King Charles I
Replies: 13
Views: 4214

Re: Cavalier's costume from period of King Charles I

Very enjoyable romp, I loved the obvious card-broard frontage only stately home. I did much hissing about necklines being yanked off shoulders as a manner of wear and bizarre body shapes.
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: childrens / babies medieval costume
Replies: 2
Views: 1178

Re: childrens / babies medieval costume

Wasn't there a long thread about this subject some time ago - I am sorry, I can't remember the title or operate the time travelling section of the forum, but someone else might remeber?
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: compromise for a cross dresser...
Replies: 15
Views: 3182

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Re PM on gowns - I may have a source for nice second hand for you; even quicker than present arrangements
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: compromise for a cross dresser...
Replies: 15
Views: 3182

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Clarification - she does - meaning she does own and wear women's clothing when required by bookers. Hence the post - asking for suitable suggestions to work it under circumstances that don't allow a quick change.
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: compromise for a cross dresser...
Replies: 15
Views: 3182

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

She does. Hence post.
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Guy Fawkes' Hat
Replies: 7
Views: 3820

Re: Guy Fawkes' Hat

<MODERATOR> Gentlemen, I suggest that you contact Cal direct if you are having problems with site functions - Alice
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Decent brass buttons"
Replies: 0
Views: 573

"Decent brass buttons"

As I can only walk on frozen water, I have deleted a thread I meant to move to here - so: --------------- Mark Griffin wrote: and when I say decent, I mean not clunky great cast ones, I mean discs of brass good for late 17th-late 19th with soldered on wire shanks. And certainly not two part pressed ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: compromise for a cross dresser...
Replies: 15
Views: 3182

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Cat, why not gown? Choose the right style and you can dress it as male or female, so you would get double the use. Dead easy to put on over male it as a quick changeover, and if accessorised properly not bustable. Particularly flattering to the slight figure becuase of the draped folds - which can b...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shawls for children
Replies: 3
Views: 1328

Re: shawls for children

A hood with a deep shoulder plate (shoulder cape part) makes a far bigger difference that you would think. The kids can control their need for heat by putting the hood on or off. Woolen hukes (long tabard type garment) or simple cyclas (early forerunner of the sideless gown) are very good for cold w...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming the fabric stash?
Replies: 24
Views: 3568

Re: Taming the fabric stash?

Ahh, but you are still young enough to want - rather than need - to wear serious corsetry!
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming the fabric stash?
Replies: 24
Views: 3568

Re: Taming the fabric stash?

Ebay the long lengths.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming the fabric stash?
Replies: 24
Views: 3568

Re: Taming the fabric stash?

Doreen bras, mild stress incontinence and lots of little bags containing single spare buttons for garments you no longer own (but which will come in useful one day). :twisted:
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval 'style' wedding dress
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Re: Medieval 'style' wedding dress

If you want something medieval and bridal and made to measure (becuase there is no such thing as a set size nowadays, and it is harder to alter some styles than to make from scratch, no matter how easily ordered), doesn't Debbie Lough do bridal as well as period clothing? http://www.deborahloughcost...

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