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by janes-wardrobe
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7661

Oh and postage to the UK should be under £10 - depending on the weight of wool used and because it's EEC there's no duty to pay...
by janes-wardrobe
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:02 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7661

I make footed hose, stirrup hose, single leg hose whatever you want really. I make them fitted - I don't like the baggy look. I try not to do too much groping but there is only so much you can do without a fitting. I've just made a pair for a friend in North Shields based on measurements along - he'...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: need a thimble!
Replies: 13
Views: 1655

Daft thing is I even 'watch' films with subtitles when I'm sewing - I miss bits and sew slower but I do do it. :D
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: need a thimble!
Replies: 13
Views: 1655

Funny how people can be so judgemental about silly things like whether or not you use a thimble! Personally I hardly ever use a thimble and I've been sewing now for over 40 years (aaarghhh). I have only recently made sewing my full time occupation but even before that the number of days I sewed were...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: need a thimble!
Replies: 13
Views: 1655

I've heard some seamstresses claim that unless you always wear a thimble when sewing you're not a proper seamstress! I say rubbish. I do use a thimble from time to time when I have a particulalry tough project but quite often I find that changing the needle I'm using is enough for me to not need to ...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: bleach
Replies: 16
Views: 1745

Milton might work to remove staining but I doubt it would be strong enough to bleach natural linen to white. I stand by my original comment - if it's strong enough to make natural linen white, it's too strong and will weaken the fabric. I have had natural linen fade to a pale creamy white over many ...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WoTR - joined or separate hose?
Replies: 19
Views: 1910

To re-iterate what's already been said - joined hose, cut very high into the crotch with good stretchy cloth on the bias. Worsted is a good cloth to use as the spin is much tighter and so harder wearing. There are some lovely images of working men wearing the back points of their hose undone for phy...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: bleach
Replies: 16
Views: 1745

If you use commercial bleach to make natural linen white you will seriously weaken the fibres and it won't last long. I don't know how white linen is made ithout weakening the cloth but from what you've said I'd buy new white linen for the job.
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7786

Vena Cava stock the biggest range of boning I've ever seen in one place. They have synthetic whalebone in 6mm and 12mm. The narrowest boning they do is 5mm spiral wire though that could be a bit heavy for an 18th C corset. I know a young lady in America who got some ash bents for her stays and when ...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Brief History of Socks
Replies: 12
Views: 2032

'So does anyone know anything about 15th C socks? I know that they were worn and I have some idead about what they may have looked like and what they were for. Can anyone offer anything solid?' Can't say what they looked like but I have a quote (somewhere) from a manservants guide that mentions 'sok...
by janes-wardrobe
Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??
Replies: 16
Views: 17901

Now you mention it Alice - the stuff I did was the hot water dyes not the cold water ones - I've only ever used salt and never needed a fixative. Even so the green I dyed came out patchy and I must've somehow got some iron or something into the dyebath as it 'saddened' the colour and made a really r...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Oct 06, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??
Replies: 16
Views: 17901

One more question. How appropriate is white/creamy wool? Historically i mean. Specifically 1470 ish. Or in general?? White wool is often used in liveries but rarely for ordinary clothing. There is a rather fetching Burgundian outfit in white that I remember but unfortunately I can't remember the re...
by janes-wardrobe
Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: turn-welted shoes
Replies: 8
Views: 1781

The rand can be 2mm thick - I wouldn't use the thinner stuff - but - word of warning - if you've never done it before it can add a surprising amount of extra room in the finished shoe. I only ever made one pair with a rand and it was such a PITA I decided it really wasn't worth the extra effort - th...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Many thanks Merlon - I now feel confident in obtaining copies. You undrstand how it is these days where there is much more emphasis on getting things right than there ever was in the early days of re-enactment. And Gina, I'm sure you're right about buttons being located where they simply are not vis...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Thanks - I'll look into that. Does Stuart's book make reference to his primary sources? - if so then I'll happily use it on the other hand I've seen patterns on offer where the primary source information is absent and I really want to avoid that. I want to be respected as someone who makes quality, ...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Ah it looks like my shirt will be far too good for a common soldier ;) Well he'll just have to wear it underneath his coat and hope no-one decides to confiscate it. Though all this information is very useful - I will be able to offer different qualities of shirt for different uses - Nicely made civi...
by janes-wardrobe
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Good point about the trim on doublets, though they would probably be the intricate coloured versions you have replicated in your book. And yes the time it takes to warp up will affect the viability of the lengths of braid produced. Unless someone had some little scraps spare and I think it would be ...
by janes-wardrobe
Wed Sep 26, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

All this information is really helpful. I wanted to be sure my shirt wouldn't look wrong and would follow the conventions of the period it is intended for. I wasn't sure whether the sleeve would be gathered at the top for example but decided that would depend rather on quite how much fabric was in t...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Thank you - I really didn't like the idea of wooden buttons on underwear - which is really what shirts are until relatively modern times. Wood just wouldn't stand up to intensive laundering. Pewter just seemed wrong and I really wasn't sure about bone or shell. At least I know when shell started bei...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Thank you very much Gina, very helpful and stunning buttons you have on your website. I really like the high top Dorset button and I think I'll have a go at making some - I doubt I'll be making them as standard for any shirts I make though. What I will offer as part of my own webite is an option of ...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 25, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Oops - MOP = mother of pearl - :oops: Hides head in shame for not working it out sooner! and checked out the Dorst buttons - I'm familiar with those but didn't realise they were as early as the 18th C.
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 25, 2007 1:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Thanks for your help. I think he will be portraying a common soldier, the linen is unfortunately like most modern woven cloth and doesn't have a proper woven selvedge. Fingerloop braiding is certainly do-able but although I am familiar with the cloth buttons of the 14th anf 15th centuries and those ...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Cuff buttons on 17th century shirts?

Please help. I've been commissioned to make a shirt for an old school friend who has recently rejoined the Sealed Knot. I've managed to successfully research the style on line and I've made a lovely natural linen shirt that I'm happy with and hopefully he will be too. My only problem is what should ...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor women's gowns ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

I've nothing Tudor on my website yet - apart from a pair of stays - but I'm looking to expand my repertoire...

Won't be at TORM though - bit of a trek and I haven't asked if I can have a stall - not enough stock yet...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Which was more expensive?
Replies: 46
Views: 6016

Are the York inventories typical? York being the second city to London in terms of importance in Medieval England. I find it interesting that we assume a humble existence meant lack of furniture and personal comforts - and if that is the case it's no wonder there is also the assumption of short live...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 2893

Ah but when you've been told your garment is machine sewn - cause it couldn't possibly be that good by hand and then you've shown them the hand stitching...

Though mostly machine stitching is pretty obvious or maybe a lot of peoples hand sewing isn't up to period standard :?:
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 2893

lidimy wrote:... (though he said it'd wear off! :lol: )


NEVER :lol: at least it hasn't for me and it's now almost 9 years since my first!
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 2893

Hand sewn stays are probably the equivalent of owning a posh car or something - you only pay for them after you've got everything else perfect. For me it's the challenge of doing the job and the satisfaction of knowing it's entirely hand sewn - that and, of course, knowing how long it takes so that ...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Which was more expensive?
Replies: 46
Views: 6016

I agree - we discuss things at length and make our suppositions and educated (or not) guesses only to find it repeated later as verbatim. I think I'm probably guilty of falling into the same trap.
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 2893

It's been years since anyone described me as diddy - except in height terms :D I'm sure you'd be able to do the stays - just a matter of patience. Do the jumps first of course - then spend some time on the stays - I believe each panel is made individually and then sewn together so you could start wi...

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