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by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black cloth 17th and 18th century.
Replies: 7
Views: 3024

Re: Black cloth 17th and 18th century.

Please Johnny, no.

And for the rest of us - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj84tfS7ag4
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10172

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

You really do want to use linen: it hangs differently and works differently, so if you are creating period clothing out of interest and to see how it works, it will not make as much sense done in fabrics that were not used. Linen washes far better than cotton and improves rather than thins with repe...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Boots problem / Question
Replies: 6
Views: 1848

Re: Boots problem / Question

In which case wet them, wear and walk in them for a couple of hours, take them off, stuff them with newspaper, let them air-dry fully and then feed theleather with balsam.
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33170

Re: Sewing projects

Looks jolly good. I would suggest running a narrow drawstring through the front neckline hem so that you can snug it to your bust.
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Livery Coats
Replies: 4
Views: 2132

Re: Livery Coats

Some things you spend money on becuase they will last for years. In this case do invest in the right fabric - wool - first: buying cheap and replacing later really is a false economy for livery items.
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Straw Hat Needed.
Replies: 2
Views: 1434

Re: Straw Hat Needed.

See Sally Pointer's answer to straw hat post in buy and sell
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recycle your remnants and help a school
Replies: 6
Views: 2108

Re: Recycle your remnants and help a school

How long is a piece of string? Can I have a couple of bags with the most interesting bits in. becuase if I am left to sort it, I will keep all the tiny bits and you will upset Mr Huswyf.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recycle your remnants and help a school
Replies: 6
Views: 2108

Re: Recycle your remnants and help a school

Can I bag the biggest bits Lubbly Niegel?
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recycle your remnants and help a school
Replies: 6
Views: 2108

Weeeeell - two or three binbags of the larger offcut pieces would be a nice start. We can always swamp the dear lady in March! What she can't use, I expect the local brownies, guides etc will share.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recycle your remnants and help a school
Replies: 6
Views: 2108

Recycle your remnants and help a school

Can I ask a favour? A local junior school has a sewing club run by one of the teachers. Obviously no funding - yet is is an important skill from so many angles (design, maths, creativity, confidence building etc). She's trying to do it all from her own resources. Can we get together and help? If you...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33170

Re: Sewing projects

Yep - we all find ways that work best for us! I admit that NOT pinning and then trying to cut round flat patterns without weights and with cats in the room is not a starter. But I still persist (and curse). Use your short 'petticoat' with the open front as a half robe over a coloured day dress. The ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33170

Re: Sewing projects

Coming along very nicely and you are getting adventurous - best way to learn is to work your way through the problem. You need to press the seams flat at each stage - then things will lie flat during making up, fitting will be mroe accurate and thigns will not look like they are "made from a sh...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Country House Regency Ball - November 17th - SOLD OUT
Replies: 1
Views: 3531

Re: Country House Regency Ball - November 17th

All tickets for this event have now been sold.

A waiting list has been opened if you are the lucky sort.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather and shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 4051

Re: Leather and shoes

Olive oil won't rot the stitching, but other oils - neatsfoot (is that the right name? Brainfartery day today ) etc will rot linen stitching.
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Ladies Medieval underwear-A new discovery
Replies: 7
Views: 3079

Re: Ladies Medieval underwear-A new discovery

There was discussion some years ago (here) of C14th lambskin 'bodywarmers' worn under the kirtle, which would have coincidentally provided some shape and support. Also the discussion on sanitary precautions - would the online bikini bottoms have taken the place of the T-bandaging to hold pads in pla...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: I need 13th Century hairpins
Replies: 8
Views: 3328

Re: I need 13th Century hairpins

For veil pins, you will want long fine shanked pins - these thinner wire pins can bend when being pushed too hard into tight or close woven fabric. Push them in slowly and gently with a continual twisting motion by rolling the back and forth between your finger and thumb (like acupuncture insertion)...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: I need 13th Century hairpins
Replies: 8
Views: 3328

Re: I need 13th Century hairpins

I have actually used plain pins to hold later caps and veils straight into drawn back hair, but a fillet, barbette or band is always preferably for medieval or weightier headpieces. Just for interest, the Museum of London had some bent U shaped pins they were displaying beside gable headdress wires,...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue May 22, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: from good to worse
Replies: 9
Views: 2824

Re: from good to worse

It actually is as easy as "falling off" - you are wrong - you were right.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat May 05, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Felt Hat Blanks
Replies: 10
Views: 4539

Re: Felt Hat Blanks

The trimming company appear to have very little stock of anything.

http://www.baxterhart.co.uk/

http://www.parkinfabrics.co.uk/
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:20 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2905

Re: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!

Tod is right - DO NOT BLEACH POROUS ITEMS UNLESS YOU CAN RINSE IT ALL OUT AGAIN - if it goes in one way, it will come out again! I once bleached the unglazed base of a water jug which had serious mildew. Did a great job. On a long journey I napped in kit with my coloured linen headdress touching one...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2905

Re: BOOT CLEANING EMERGANCY HELP!!!!

Feeding = conditioning the leather to preserve the shoe and extend it's usable life. To prevent ruining proper leather shoes (ie veggie-tanned re-enactment type footwear) there are certain simple rules to follow about drying and conditioning (feeding) any leather - but especially vegetable tanned le...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: Country House Regency Ball - November 17th - SOLD OUT
Replies: 1
Views: 3531

Country House Regency Ball - November 17th - SOLD OUT

More details on Event Announcement posting http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=28752 Period house, on site accommodation, very well thought out and just the right size for a country house gathering - period dance circuit generated so not full of tourists trying to do the 'Jane...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Newbie Help
Replies: 16
Views: 4118

Re: Newbie Help

Look in your inbox, where private messages to you are stored
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33170

Re: Sewing projects

Drapey or chemically textured fabric is a pig to work. http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3659/clone-yourself-a-fitting-assistant/page/all just one of many articles on how to make a personal fitting form on the cheap. As to seeves, start with the simplest (probably a magyar sleeve) and work through...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33170

Re: Sewing projects

You aren't pressing at each stage like your Aunties here have explained - that's what makes it all lie flat and so much easier to work as you go along. Your collar seam edges at the seam allowances need little 'V's of cloth snipping out to almost the stitching line; this allows the edge to curve inw...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye
Replies: 9
Views: 3305

Re: Dye

Overdying is always a risky business. The secret with Dylon is I find, not follow the steeping instructions but to work the fabric continously in the bath through the entire period. This applies to both "cold " dye and stove top "hot" dye baths and haven't had duff results since ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Re. Late medieval-Renaissance silk-
Replies: 6
Views: 1754

Re: Re. Late medieval-Renaissance silk-

Tell him to leave the Landi alone for a bit, then.
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Re. Late medieval-Renaissance silk-
Replies: 6
Views: 1754

Re: Re. Late medieval-Renaissance silk-

Excuses and justifications, Sophy - mere excuses and justifications. You should be using psychic remote-posting ability like the CIA and the rest of us.
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye
Replies: 9
Views: 3305

Re: Dye

I've never come across a dye that claimed it would do polyester until this - you get interesting heathering on poly-cotton with dylon where it only takes up in the cotton(although it loves nylon). Thank you.
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye
Replies: 9
Views: 3305

Re: Dye

New Dylon: the rosewood from memory is a red brown and would be better than the bordeaux which is a blued shade. Od Dylon - I used to use the coldwater bronze Rose - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dylon-Cold-Water-Hand-Dye-Die-Craft-X1-Various-Colours-/160593270980?pt=UK_Clothing_ShoeCare_Shoe_Care_LE&am...

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