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by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 11407

Re: Linen Kirtles

While I respect your knowledge base, you concentrate on the linguistic semantics: which as an academic exercise has its place - but you are throwing off tangents to the original question - albeit interesting ones. The purpose of an inventory is to list for maintenance or valuation, so to specify tha...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 11407

Re: Linen Kirtles

What people are missing here are practical facts: Linen may dry quickly but it wicks up moisture so it a very bad practical choice for a long overgarment in green, green England. Or even a long undergarment as I found out to my discomfort when I first started Xty X years ago. Shortened m'shift to mi...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

I'd not substitute chemicals unless you are a chemist! Some mordants affect different plant dyes very differently - for example you can get pale yellow to a strong orange-brown with onion skin according to the mordant used - have another look at the link to the dying article I sent. So only a couple...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

The Mulberry Dyer, indeedy yes.

http://www.mulberrydyer.co.uk/

Housepoint to Gryffindor!
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

Look in the event announcements section - they are often advertised there.
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??
Replies: 16
Views: 17892

Re: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??

So saying, one of our group usually got good results dyeing large wool tent-curtains in the washing machine with dylon and little or no stress. I simply bow to her ability / luck. But 2m is a bucket job - otherwise there isn't enough stuff in the machine to churn the fabric around to get even soaker...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A silly cloak question
Replies: 6
Views: 2896

Re: A silly cloak question

Just don't put a hood on it. Hoods are a separate garment, for economic and practical reasons. Far warmer / dryer with a separate hood shoulder plate over the cloak. One travelling version is a simple semi-circle cut from fabric, with a neck hole allowed in the top edge. Sometimes with two or three ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

Here are some links to start with natural fixatives / mordants and easily available vegetables and plants. You might find these interesting as a starting point, rather than salt and food dye. From there you can move on to the more expensive period plant dyes and naturally occurring fixatives like al...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 5658

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

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by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 5658

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

I understand that a liner, at the very least, is essential : especially with swimwear styles . Cue Langley........
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 5658

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

I don't think you coming from the right angle here - it's not the quality of clothing that you perceive you ought to wear under your mail that counts - it is the status signifiers that go over it that tell. Much as modern pips, insignia, flashes and badges over essentially utilitarian combat uniform...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Sewing / costume books - Veteran's Aid
Replies: 1
Views: 1338

Re: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Sewing / costume books - Veteran's

Prices have been adjusted to help money walk to where it's needed, so have another look through.

If you know someone who might be interested but doesn't post here or re-enact, please let them know what's up for grabs and they can contact me direct by email - aliceunderscorehuswyfattescodotnet
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Sewing / costume books - Veteran's Aid
Replies: 1
Views: 1338

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Sewing / costume books - Veteran's Aid

I am selling specialist embroidery / historical textile / costume books from the lifetime collection of a late friend to generate funds for Veteran’s Aid http://www.veterans-aid.net/ which takes veterans in crisis and puts them back on their feet, in independent housing and employment again, soup to...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 29, 2013 5:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Purpose of the oval cutout in Sally's pattern?
Replies: 3
Views: 1685

Re: Purpose of the oval cutout in Sally's pattern?

It's a pleasure. You are spot on.
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri May 24, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Purpose of the oval cutout in Sally's pattern?
Replies: 3
Views: 1685

Re: Purpose of the oval cutout in Sally's pattern?

The oval cut out fits the fabric around the breasts in their natural, unsupported position. If you leave it flat you will achieve a saggy mono-bosom unless you are plastically enhanced, when it will give you a unibreast. Have faith, make it up. Cut slightly large at the front and fit it (inside out ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 22, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

Different colour - different thickness all fine.
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed May 22, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

......because points aren't correct until later. Pins in vertically, in and out in and out.
Points can be bought from several traders by post -

Annie the Pedlar - state C15th suitable required
Lucy the Tudor can probably help
Kay Rouse

Various others will doubtless recommend various others
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

Just double check that the skirt width at 7" below the waistline is larger than your friend's hip measurement at the same point. If not , flare the skirt panel slightly more: remember that you only need to add a small amount to add a much larger overall amount. (For instance, adding as little a...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

If you used the new boxed hand dye, you will have got that pleasant shade becuase I recognise the fabric as a polycotton print, so the partial take up has created such pleasing results. I used that one to overdye pale blue linen and the effect was so strong I had to use it for another project. If yo...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

That is becuase you are childy-teen-children-persons and I am very, very old. Before they phased out the tins = 2 - 4 years? (But then, time runs differently on my planet.)
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: colour me poor
Replies: 8
Views: 3007

Re: colour me poor

"I'm wondering was there a colour dye used on wool that was 1, readily available, 2, cheap 3, easy to make/use (in 14th century England) " It is also very easy to forget palette-drift by period (whether for aesthetic or economic reasons) . I'm talking C14th. C15th is different to some exte...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

I knew there were specialist dyes the art/textiles community favoured , but brain of a sievey thing! Thanks you.
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27150

Re: Natural Dyes?

Costs of dressmaking and dying are relative. No, it is not cheap - compared to mass manufactured to mid range clothing ranges. However for quality, fit and creativity, it is much cheaper than the equivalent product / boutique mark up. Plus as hobbies go, it is less expensive and the results longer-l...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: colour me poor
Replies: 8
Views: 3007

Re: colour me poor

Agree. [with Colin] Agree. [about Sally] Also take into account fading: vegetable inks and dyes are not always permanently fixed or lightfast (lets talk about oak gall ink changing shade over time despite its' permanence) - so allow for some degradation of shade/ colour even in a closed book. From t...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

It is very easy to picture past clothing as a static unchanging thing. But even though fashion roll-over was very much slower in the past (a look could take decades to filter down from court to field for all sorts of reasons) for vanity, tribal, geographical and even political reasons, each period b...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

No, you'd be reverse engineering it away from common english mid to late C15th towards the Greenland Herjolfnes multi-gored finds which are late C14th - 1439 at latest, from an area which had little social/ trade political contact wiht England. It is very easy to be distracted by copies of Scandoweg...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6631

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

No. Just no. Unless you are making a gown, with a deep contrast hemguard and cuffs, but that is ver' posh. Gored kirtles are also very, very early C15th and not WotR period. If your fabric is 60" wide and you are 5' 6" or so, you can tesselate flared single pieces for the later kirtle patt...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Perfect half hose
Replies: 5
Views: 2315

Re: Perfect half hose

Hose are certainly a requirement for respectability on C15th if you look at non-labouring women in period images and very worth the effort. They are emminently practical (being washable they save your shoes smelling, prevent rubs and stings etc), so don't be tempted to go down a 'patch, look away an...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: hooks and eyes
Replies: 16
Views: 4794

Re: hooks and eyes

Am I the only person who recycles fasteners from discarded garments? Especially as I don't live in a town. Perhaps period recycling of reusable items or the recycling of metal scraps is teh reason for general absence .......
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 8383

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

In which case, google Sally Pointer's kirtle pattern C14th - early C15th construction methods.

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