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by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye
Replies: 9
Views: 3305

Re: Dye

The old Dylon dye colours were much surer than these new ones becuase the range was larger and the shades more subtle - the modern ones can be quite violent. I would suggest using partial amounts of modern dye - after all, even cheap / accessible dye batches like madder would be used and used until ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk Velvet
Replies: 24
Views: 10788

Re: Silk Velvet

"Eek! I believed it was, that's what the owner said. Hope he wasn't being Jammy!!!" That would be the Fancy Silk Store. No they aren't jammy - but Sophia is right "Silk velvet is generically used to refer to Silk/Viscose velvet by many people". Silk mix velvet is the norm; it is ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

Sewing, Ann Ladbury, multiple copies on Amazon from 1P http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sewing-Ann-Ladb ... 380&sr=1-3
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

You can line any garment you choose to - a lining is simply a mirror garment, made in a lighterweight fabric, assembled and then put inside the garment, back side to back side of the dress fabric. It adds luxury to any garment, extra body to bodices and allows invisible boning to be put in to add st...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

I can't join blogs, so answer here - The fitting isn't working becuase you have to stitch the darts before fitting ont he body - cut out your lining fabric / an old sheet, transfer the dart markings, sew them up and then the dress will work on your body shape.
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Napoleonic Patterns
Replies: 9
Views: 4443

Re: Napoleonic Patterns

...and then I remembered that I had made some up. See inbox.
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Need to keep my saxon sprogs warm
Replies: 5
Views: 1696

Re: Need to keep my saxon sprogs warm

Dubbins or oil their shoes very thouroughly. Add sheepskin inner foot pads. socks can be a double edged sword - kids may have wet cold feet, without them, but at least they won't have cold wet ankles too as the wet wicks up the sock. Oiled woolen socks or tights cut off as half hose.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Babywearing/slings
Replies: 4
Views: 1724

Re: Babywearing/slings

We did have a long discussion on specifically this as well as other "re-enacting with a baby" subjects some time ago - but I am awful at hunting in the archive - someone else might be able to dig up the reference for you. I can only find this one http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

The outfit that the actress is wearing is "Medjeeval". Whatever she has on her head is not a real medieval style or an easily wearable hat. In the biggest nutshell possible, that is the illegitimate stage-costume child of a cotehardie (loosely C14th ) . . cotehardie.jpg and a burgundian (l...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

Nice fabric - and you are getting confident - keep it up! We all learn by experimentation and making small modern items you can wear will teach you how to alter toiles and patterns for more complicated makes. Simpler things are harder to make in a way becuase you have to get all seams straight and p...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

If it is wide fabric (50" wide), you will just get a regency ball gown out of it with careful cutting, as your picture looks like a size 12.

Look in your inbox fro an emergency design scheme in case you have bought a narrower width fabric (45" ).
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

The very best fitting of all is if someone can fit you on your own body - dummies only go so far. To be honest the time you have spent will be well rewarded in end result: I used to be able to run out literally sets of kid's panto costumes, but now prefer the actual process of making . I think the w...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Useful books for dressing regency rules?
Replies: 1
Views: 1794

Re: Useful books for dressing regency rules?

Look in your inbox.
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Regency - Muslin Dresses
Replies: 3
Views: 2335

Re: Regency - Muslin Dresses

Look for fine cotton, cotton lawn or plain poplin - both very lightweight cottons. The lighter-weight printed polyester cottons (especially tone on tone mini florals work very well if - like the majority if dance enthusiasts - you are not looking for 100 per cent authenticity). Fine men's cotton shi...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

Becuase of the size, although it is cheaper to learn dressmaking by experimenting on dolls, it is technically harder, being a bit fiddly. That's why it's a very good way to learn becuase scaling up for people sizes means although the pieces are larger, it is easier to manouvre the fabric.
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

Recut your green fabric and try the smock in that. Just join the two front halves to make a flat piece. Smocks are very comfortable to sleep in. All joking aside, if you have a source for decent old wool bankets, they make up well as lower class gowns; you don't have to spend a lot to get good resul...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

AS per the Mallykins. All explained in copious intruction sheets just sent. Would make this outfit - kirtles go under gowns - working class kirtle with sleeves off to work shown, very posh burgundian gown in high status cloth shown.Once you've mastered your regency dress you will have had a run up a...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

If you wanted to work on a one period suite of clothes as a learning exercise, do C15th ( but if using Sally's pattern, instead of cutting and adding in the skirt gores, cut it out including half of a gore shape on each side of the lower skirt panel. This suite of clothing repeats the same processes...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

I want ash pliss - will send you all dims. Probably 4 (yes, I am going to pack spares).
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

You'll want a hardwood wooden busk, not a steel one. They are easy enough to make, but you will want it quite narrow in depth - I have a lovely one a friend made me which is too thick and so chafered at the edges that t is as lethal as a kendo practice blade. Gives me great posture (and I fear no fo...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Softening a gambeson
Replies: 6
Views: 2400

Re: Softening a gambeson

Loosely piling it on the floor and trampling it in socked feet, re-piling and trampling some more in between wearing it to do bendy-lifty jobs. Rather like treading washing out in the bath - but dry - and in front of the TV of an evening). Wear clean-soled slippers if it has buckles and tape the buc...
by Alice the Huswyf
Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

About £120 - 180 for a new, generic size-band dummy, often up on ebay at lower prices if you are good at auctions (I'm not) OR you can take some time and make a personal dummy. Worth the effort as you are self-fitting to your own taste: this is my next project as I am fed-up with constantly makig th...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33205

Re: Sewing projects

As to eyelets: well, they are a skill and a curse in themsleves that we all master in time. http://www.mantua-maker.com/eyelet_construction.html : I don't do the thread winding thing, but stabilise with a backstitched circle before blanket stitiching, I only resize the hole with an awl from time to ...
by Alice the Huswyf
Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15 Century sewing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 8388

Re: 15 Century sewing patterns

Buy or order thorugh the library a copy of "The Medieval Tailor's Assistant - making common garments 1200 - 1500" by Sarah Thursfield (Ruth Bean Publishers ISBN 0-903585-32-4) older books which still hold good and I also rather like "Medieval Costume and How to recreate it" by Do...
by Alice the Huswyf
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Seeking reference
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: Seeking reference

I think I know which one you are talking about - the first sketch in the pair is the tailor and his assistant (bolt of cloth carried on his head) on their way to fit the client in his own home, second is the fitting in the client's home, one person being fitted, the dummy half-dressed and the seated...
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th 15th century costumes
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: 14th 15th century costumes

Look in your inbox.
by Alice the Huswyf
Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th 15th century costumes
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: 14th 15th century costumes

Good afternoon m'dear! It would help people if you let us know what period you are interested in making clothing for and what social status you are working to. And as many groups have authenticity / group standard requirements, if you can give an idea of the level you are working to (5 paces or 50 f...
by Alice the Huswyf
Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:44 pm
Forum: Forum Technical Support and News
Topic: READ ME - THIS FORUM FOR HELP WITH THE BOARDS
Replies: 17
Views: 16542

Re: READ ME - THIS FORUM FOR HELP WITH THE BOARDS

<MODERATOR> Miss Costelloe: You need to contact one of the forum moderators first, who then contact Cal if is something they cannot deal with on his behalf. </MODERATOR>
by Alice the Huswyf
Mon May 30, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th / 16th century 'bows'
Replies: 2
Views: 961

Re: 15th / 16th century 'bows'

Start tying a normal bow, but instead of making sure that the second loop is nicely formed before tightening the bow, pull the loop all the way through to make a longer, hanging end and then tighten the knot Later on this was known as a Lover's Knot. They look awfully pretty done in aigletted ribbon...
by Alice the Huswyf
Sat May 28, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Suppliers
Replies: 64
Views: 52359

Re: Fabric Suppliers

'Rah!... they stock an item I have been trying to source. Thanking you awfully!

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