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by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Waistcoat
Replies: 31
Views: 2892

Yep pretty disgusting - that's why you wear a chemise or shift under your stays! I was lucky enough to buy an original Edwardian ribbon corset on ebay a couple of years ago and it came complete with sweat stains! The only people who don't wear anything underneath their corsets are modern people and ...
by janes-wardrobe
Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Which was more expensive?
Replies: 46
Views: 6012

Very interesting Robin - it could indeed be cultural rather than guild related - I did know the potters didn't have a guild - and I always thought it must have been something to do with the wood turners. These days it's a matter of personal preference - I don't like eating off wood if the food is we...
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making armour shiney
Replies: 37
Views: 5553

er like fine sand and goosegrease to shift the rust and then finish with woodash and olive oil to put on a shine...

I might be a girl but I've seen it done and I knows it works! :lol:
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Which was more expensive?
Replies: 46
Views: 6012

Am interested to know more can you point me in the direction of primary source refs to delve into? thanks :D Pretty sure the information would be in guild rules. It's only the English potters that weren't allowed to make plates - Jim cites the reason being that they would take the business from the...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye disaster!!!! Mottled kirtle!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2645

Tomorrow I'll go collecting walnuts then! Last year when we were collecting the ripe fruit my hands and nails got so dark just from the few husks that were on some of the fruit. I just put them in water? how much dyestuff do you need to wool? and are they good for linen and silk? And do I have to bo...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Worsted or broad cloth?
Replies: 57
Views: 4371

All fabric is made from a fibre with a staple. Just some staples are longer than others. Worsted cloth is little used for womenswear in the 15th C but it can be very useful for heardwearing hose - I'm talking about ladies knee length hose here - not cross dressing before anyone shouts me down. Worst...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye disaster!!!! Mottled kirtle!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2645

Hi there Deb - yes I know that the medieval dyers didn't have dylon and to be honest I feel that if you can't buy what you want ready coloured you might as well do the job right - BUT if you're in a hurry a packet of dylon in the machine does the job... I used to use the excuse of not enough space t...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15thc doublet buttons help
Replies: 41
Views: 2822

You're absolutely right Tuppence - for me there would be more buttons in the 14th C but in my mind they're too small and far too many for the 15th C I just said it looked more 14th than 15th.
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making armour shiney
Replies: 37
Views: 5553

First use goose grease mixed with fine sand, then finish off with wood ash mixed in olive oil. It works - it takes forever and the goosegrease stinks. You can of course substitute pig fat (lard) but that's pretty rank as well! Someone in our group spent the entire weekend polishing one half of someo...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9634

It certainly used to be in the Fed rules that everyone should have an English livery - which is why I made one for Steve. I was heartily p*ssed off several years later to find the moths had used it more than we had. It was just one of those tabard thingy's and it was cr*p wool - in the end I think I...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9634

In all the many years of re-enactment I can safely say that Steve's English livery has never been needed. In every group we've ever belonged to he's had the household livery coat. At one point - correct me if I'm wrong - I thought L&M wanted everyone to have a blue and murray livery so thet L&am...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Agincourt 1415 - with a difference
Replies: 21
Views: 3290

And where would this event take place? Agincourt itself? and in October? if so you might be able to count in my hubby - I'd have time to augment his kit to 1415 standards - he has sharp bills and daggers and self yew longbows together with arrows with horn nocks though his fletchings are probably tu...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Offcuts amnesty
Replies: 24
Views: 2694

I must be very mean - I hardly ever have anything that big!

I don't think I'll be over to England before March either but if we do come over we'll be driving North up the A1 - If I have any suitable scraps I'll bring them...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15thc doublet buttons help
Replies: 41
Views: 2822

Those links don't look right to me. I'd favour bottonholes. That number and size of button is really much more 14th C as pointed out earlier by Alyce.

Pairs of buttons always look nice though that might be a bit French/Low Countries - someone help me out here?
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye disaster!!!! Mottled kirtle!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2645

Linen dyes very well in the washing machine with dylon - just make sure you follow the instructions carefully. If you plan to dye with modern dyes there's little point in using anything other than the machine dyes as - in my experience - they almost always turn out wrong. As for medieval people wear...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Sep 15, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: points ????
Replies: 22
Views: 2556

and Mark Vickers sells just the brass aiglets if you want to make your own.

You could always buy Gina's book - it's very comprehensive.
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Banners/Signatures
Replies: 2
Views: 848

Phew!
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Yes, she really did say that
Replies: 74
Views: 9402

"It's also a case that within the first 6 months of purchase, faults are deemed to automatically exist and the onus is on the seller to prove otherwise." I'm intrigued - is this UK law or European law? Just having taken a table saw back to the retailer less than two months old and only use...
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Banquet table settings
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

pottery and wooden trenchers

Depending on what you're looking for I know Jim the Pot http://www.trinitycourtpotteries.co.uk does bulk rates for certain items - contact him via his website if you want additional information. You may be looking for plates/bowls/goblets. Or Gerry Burrows aka Gerry the Rope does wooden trenchers an...
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th Century Gown and Hat - Not sure about it...
Replies: 14
Views: 2126

Change the belt...

The best thing you can do with this gown - and I appreciate you've already done some work on it and you feel much happier about it - is change the belt. The low slung belt looks far too old fashioned if you're aiming for late 15th C. Personally I would wear the gown with a wide belt - possibly even ...
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 72
Views: 49308

not exactly a haberdashery shop but

Bombay Stores, Shearbridge Road, Bradford does have a haberdashery department. It has all sorts of baubles, bangles and beads as well as some interesting trimmings that might be authenty for some periods. sometimes they have silks suitable for some periods - and silk Dupion in every colour you can i...

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