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by seamsmistress
Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: On cuffs
Replies: 42
Views: 3920

You're right, red and green do look good together. However, unless you're using red somewhere else in the outfit to balance it, I'd avoid it. Also, you're greeny goldy silk might be difficult to find a pleasing red contrast. What about using something in the gold tones, possilby silk or velvet? Or m...
by seamsmistress
Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: On cuffs
Replies: 42
Views: 3920

I think it is probably a contrast/fancy lining, especially as when worn turned up, only the lining wll show at the cuff edge and not the outer stuff of the sleeve. Worn down, it provides a neat decorative finish to the cuff edge too - best of all worlds.
by seamsmistress
Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Machine embroidery - scallops
Replies: 14
Views: 2262

I've pm's you
by seamsmistress
Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: New Fair
Replies: 3
Views: 1231

then this could be a whole new marketing sector for you to enter :shock: A couple of questions which would help us all make an informed decision. How well advertised will the event be and to what size audience? Is it open to the public - or by invite only? How many prospective customers do you hope...
by seamsmistress
Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hopefully, a simple question on seams!
Replies: 10
Views: 1493

The opening in the skirt is generally in line with the opening of the bodice, so I'm guessing your kirtle/petticoat is front opening, especially as you mention aprons. Looking at the pattern outline on page 69 TT, it says 'cut opening to match bodice' and shows a vertical slash 10 inches long. We cu...
by seamsmistress
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Does anybody know...
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

I haven't seen her before so can't name artist or date. but I do get a strong feeling for Germanic or flemish, roughly 1515-1530. Also, there is the suggestion of religious symbolism. The headress has an almost madonna-ish feeling about it and this is supported by the pious downcast eyes reading a b...
by seamsmistress
Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wish me luck!
Replies: 31
Views: 4302

Regular updates demanded! lots of Tea, sympathy and e-hugs available as needed. As to advice.......... 1. Take it easy. Look 3 times, cut once 2. When ready to throw something, put the work down, stand away from the work........and walk away till you've calmed down :wink: 3. Try to complete a row of...
by seamsmistress
Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Commercial pattern question
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Without seeing the pattern, I can't be sure what's the best way to go about this. However - is it a multisize pattern? and if so, is there a size above the one you're cutting? If so, this could save quite a bit of trouble. Perhaps you could post a link to the pattern and company and tell us how many...
by seamsmistress
Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Suggestions please :)
Replies: 23
Views: 2427

Clad that close to the upper body, I'd say you've no choice but to take it off over the head - even in my 15th peasant kirtle, it can be a struggle and needs to be totally unlaced at front. Looking at the image, I'm wondering if what we think is purely decoration on the abdomen could actually be mas...
by seamsmistress
Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Suggestions please :)
Replies: 23
Views: 2427

Quick question. The image shows the lacing is wide over a stomacher/underkirtle. Is your front cut as wide or is it a straight slash opening down the centre front?
by seamsmistress
Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Elizabethan hat suppliers
Replies: 9
Views: 1659

Just a thought - have you asked Ninya [kiss the frog/tudor tailor]?
by seamsmistress
Wed May 14, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: To toile, or not to toile.....
Replies: 21
Views: 2764

........ Making for me I think I can wing it - don't you believe it.

What she said. If you're not 100% certain it'll be okay, do the toile, because no matter how inexpensive the main fabric, if it's screwed in the process you'll be very peeved!
by seamsmistress
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:49 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Turnback cuffs ... Help! I'm stuck!
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Well, the period is pseudo-Georgian, based on a 1745 pattern In that case, is the cuff open at the outside arm, or fully closed? The method I suggested would be okay for fully closed, but if open, you may see the turned seam at the edges. Also, if open, I'd definitely use more than one layer of fab...
by seamsmistress
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Turnback cuffs ... Help! I'm stuck!
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Shadowcat said Interesting - I always finish sleeves before sewing in, then neaten lining at the armhole seam Yes, we do that on occasion aswell, particularly gowns with small armholes :) . Here, the method we use depends on what we're making and which period. As we don't know what period item Cad i...
by seamsmistress
Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Turnback cuffs ... Help! I'm stuck!
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Okay, am assuming you have a two part sleeve as in upper and under sleeve and therefore 2 sleeve seams? Simplest solution [but not necessarily most authentic - that will depend upon period] is to make up outer sleeve and lining sleeve. 1. Place outer sleeve into outer armhole and lining sleeve into ...
by seamsmistress
Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Does silk shrink if it's dry cleaned?
Replies: 5
Views: 856

What 2d said with some additions: P = Perchlorethylene. Perc for short I've been pondering this post for a few hours and a few things occur to me. First and foremost, if the shop undertook to get the dress cleaned and money exchanged hands for the service, then a contract took place and the liabilit...
by seamsmistress
Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3748

.............. But does that mean then that the Tudor ones are going to be horribly uncomfortable if the canes/bents are cut off at the waist? I must admit that when I looked at their patterns, I wondered if they'd made a mistake! Again, no, they're not uncomfortable. When fitting to the waist, the...
by seamsmistress
Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Crepe Ribbon For Mourning
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Hi :)

I'd go with either the 2" silk, or a wide grossgrain ribbon. The grossgrain will have more substance, the silk likely to be very fine, so could end up looking a bit like rats tails, especially if it rains..........
by seamsmistress
Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The attachment of a stomacher
Replies: 36
Views: 4306

I've pondered this for most of the day and 2 things strike me 1. It seems to be very wide and perhaps substantially wider than you need, which might cause it to not fit your corsetted shape as snugly as needed. This in turn might be the reason for wrinkles, because the tension created by the ties is...
by seamsmistress
Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The attachment of a stomacher
Replies: 36
Views: 4306

Sophia is absolutely correct, lacing strips sewn to the inside of the gown all the way down, lace across the bodies then pin stomacher into position over the lacing strip. If your bodies are substantially boned, you won't have a prayer of getting pins in and out again. Permanently fixing one side of...
by seamsmistress
Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Neck ruffs
Replies: 27
Views: 2573

Annis wrote:oh...........botty.


:?:
by seamsmistress
Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Neck ruffs
Replies: 27
Views: 2573

As far as I can tell, width depends more on status than anything else, despite the year. 2.5 - 3" is neat and tidy for lower sorts, 3 - 4.5 for middling sorts, 3+ for posh.
by seamsmistress
Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pleating a sleeve for a 15th C doublet
Replies: 15
Views: 2759

Does this mean I don't have to do pleats!? - just that having looked at a few examples they have all actually got puffy pleats - even though they're worn by lower crust types and certainly not fashionable.... How curious. I'd be interested to know which examples you're looking at, as everything I've...
by seamsmistress
Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pleating a sleeve for a 15th C doublet
Replies: 15
Views: 2759

Gosh - what a lot of questions!

No, doublet doesn't have to have pleats/puff and lower orders probably wouldn't anyway.

If hubby is a little more upper crust than that, then puff is definitely an option. Are you perchance looking at pages 98 &99 MTA?
by seamsmistress
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7711

Lidi instead of bothering with boning for something so small, if you just do the lines of stitiching (lots, as you would for putting the bones through), through several layers of the corset fabric, this might be enough to stiffen it without needing the bones. Or maybe just a couple of strategic one...
by seamsmistress
Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:30 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: I don't want to pass up a sale but...
Replies: 12
Views: 2171

Yes, we've had plenty too. We don't respond because if they'd bothered to look at the website all their questions would be answered. We also get lots of tel calls from website builder co's wanting to sell their skills. Deeper questioning reveals they haven't ascertained whether we have a website, or...
by seamsmistress
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wanted joined hose pattern
Replies: 32
Views: 3772

I'm with 2d on this as I too balk[or even run screaming] at the notion of having to do joined hose! I've made lots, perfectly well, but the fiddling involved is so time consuming that it's all but impossible to make them to measure for an acceptable retail price. And of course, it really helps if yo...
by seamsmistress
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric shops/market near Sheffield?
Replies: 11
Views: 1826

She could try direct knitting & sewing on Attercliffe Road, Sheffield - they stock a range of dress fabrics. I believe John Lewis still stock some cloth, but the choice was pitiful last I looked a couple of years ago. Alternatively, Barnsley market and Doncaster Market have textile stalls. Not s...
by seamsmistress
Mon Nov 19, 2007 11:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gores - Or how to lose one's sanity in one easy lesson
Replies: 32
Views: 4263

Nigel wrote:cann't you just glue it or something ?


Glad to see that I'm not alone in the struggle for quality staff, 2d!
by seamsmistress
Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Textile conservation crisis
Replies: 27
Views: 4646

Grrrr!!! Done!

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