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by seamsmistress
Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Collars and cuffs (the sort you find 'pon shifts!)
Replies: 26
Views: 3071

Would it be alright to do a box pleat at the back, like on a modern shirt? Well, it's a thought, but I wouldn't, because I've never seen any evidence for that in shirts of the period. Incidentally, why is the gathering taking so long/so difficult? What method are you using? Is this the first time y...
by seamsmistress
Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Collars and cuffs (the sort you find 'pon shifts!)
Replies: 26
Views: 3071

Well done, that girl. I look forward to seeing a piccie of the finished results :wink:
by seamsmistress
Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Collars and cuffs (the sort you find 'pon shifts!)
Replies: 26
Views: 3071

How to make linen bandstrings......... Much easier to demonstrate than to explain, but here goes. Take a length of strong linen thread 4x the finished length you want, + a couple of extra inches. Fold in 2 and tie the two cut ends into a knot. Hook the thread [middle fold] over a fixed point. [I use...
by seamsmistress
Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Collars and cuffs (the sort you find 'pon shifts!)
Replies: 26
Views: 3071

Okay, 3 possible variations for a womens shift. 1. Low neckline, cut to sit just above the neckline of a low necked gown. The edge was often blackworked. Your measures will need to be taken quite precisely to make sure it sits and looks right. However, since you mention collar, I'm guessing you don'...
by seamsmistress
Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Collars and cuffs (the sort you find 'pon shifts!)
Replies: 26
Views: 3071

what period?
by seamsmistress
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mistreating Worsted
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Heat will definitely shrink worsted. Hot irons are used by the talented tailor to shrink/ease full sleeve heads into mens worsted wool formal jackets. A similar process is used for easing/shaping the collars. Not sure if washing on hot will 'rough it up' a bit, but I'm quite sure it will shrink, so ...
by seamsmistress
Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Brief History of Socks
Replies: 12
Views: 2005

A loooooong time ago, I came across a reference for an Egyptian sock?, which I think was found in a burial find in England - so long ago, I can't remember the exact reference or where. What stuck in my mind though, was that it was made of cotton and had the big toe knitted in separately, rather like...
by seamsmistress
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

That looks really pretty - any chance of a bigger pic?
by seamsmistress
Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:21 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

Well, I'd sure like to see it and I'm sure others would be interested too. To post pictures to the forum is not too hard. When the post a reply box comes up, underneath is Add an attachment. You can browse and select the image[s] on your computer by clicking the Browse button. Submit and that should...
by seamsmistress
Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

Although these could be thought of as a pair, the makeup of each waistcoat suggests that these were made by different tailors.
by seamsmistress
Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:07 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

...and may I just say I saw you and in the flesh at Detling and the photo does not do you or the dress justice. You looked absolutely stunning. Thankyou :D Bucket - thanks for posting the pics - super shoes! I can see what Tod was referring to now [Salisbury Museum]. I'm still not sure what I make ...
by seamsmistress
Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Need any research from Williamsburg?
Replies: 11
Views: 1832

steve stanley wrote:Didn't realise it was you or would said hello,(and brought coffee!) at Detling....
Steve


Both would have been really nice, Steve. Do you look like your avatar? :wink:
by seamsmistress
Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:04 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Need any research from Williamsburg?
Replies: 11
Views: 1832

It was a wonderful break and we certainly needed one after the 'double flooding' I managed to spend a day with Linda Baumgarten and the costume collections and another with the Williamsburg tailor, which resulted in piles of photographs and research that will take a while to sort! We took accommodat...
by seamsmistress
Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

Sounds peculiar. Where is the waistcoat you saw? Do you have any pictures - I'm having trouble visualising it? Do you mean the piece you saw was embroidered but not made up and the seams across chest and pocket would have been the result if it had been made up? Or is the waistcoat made up with the s...
by seamsmistress
Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:24 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

Hi Tod You're right, they did do the embroidery on vests first and then cut out - in fact, material lengths were often embroidered and then sold to the tailor who would have them in his shop for his clients to choose from. Embroiderers also worked on special commissions, producing the work in flat p...
by seamsmistress
Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:11 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Birthday prezzie
Replies: 18
Views: 2296

Wow! that's a superb bit of craftsmanship. Lucky you - and well done to Toby.
by seamsmistress
Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

kate/bob wrote:can I ask why you're being photographed in my dress?!!!


:shock: S'mine, my precious, all mine.

[But replicas are available in a choice of colours for a consideration!]

:wink:

Gini
by seamsmistress
Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:26 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

What a beautiful dress. Did you embroider it, or was the fabric ready-embroidered? The fabric was already embroidered. One day, I'll make one embroidered from scratch, but we're talking the work of years! That said, there are 2 embroidered pieces I want to do. One is a boys robe, quilted and embroi...
by seamsmistress
Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

Re: And the dress

[quote="Lord ByronWas that you I was talking to just outside the Armoury at Detling on Monday afternoon, just after me (the young speccy soldier) and Ian (the older chap) had withdrawn the Vickers Machine Gun for the WW1 battle that afternoon and were loading the belt with the blanks? If it was...
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: My dress
Replies: 30
Views: 3742

Oooh - lacing on under the arm and sewing on the top? If only someone had said so earlier :D I was really hoping this might be an authenti method! Errmm - almost but not quite :wink: The sleeves should be finished at the armhole as separate pieces, lining & outer cloth folded in towards each ot...
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: My dress
Replies: 30
Views: 3742

I'm with 2d on this, inasmuch as it looks like the sleeve is too small for the armhole. From your pictures, it appears that the head of the sleeve may be cut too shallow. You mentioned putting a pleat in the sleeve - releasing this might give you the fit you need. Another idea would be to stitch the...
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Offcuts amnesty
Replies: 24
Views: 2668

I'll be at TORM in early November. Between Tuppence & Nigel and myself, we should have you sorted out for years!

We trade as Chimera Costumes.

Gini
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4033

And the dress

An attempt at a slightly better picture!
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Offcuts amnesty
Replies: 24
Views: 2668

Presumeably, you need wools of all colours and types, linens and silks [damasks, jaquards, brocades and plains? Can have a really good bunch sorted for you if you like - I'm a dreadful hoarder!

Gini
by seamsmistress
Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:17 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Postal Strike
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Personally, I am sick and tired of being effectively held to ransom by a bunch of overpaid *********! Held to ransom because there are precious few cost effective alternatives - and they know it. They fell along way short of effective before these strikes kicked off. Currently, they refuse to guaran...
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Need any research from Williamsburg?
Replies: 11
Views: 1832

steve stanley wrote:Lucky You!.....Went last year,still working 'thro notes I made & books I bought...Enjoy Chowning's Tavern!
Steve


:D :D :D
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:42 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Need any research from Williamsburg?
Replies: 11
Views: 1832

Need any research from Williamsburg?

We are lucky enough to be vistiting Colonial Williamsburg this month. I aim to spend a fair amount of time researching various projects with the clothing collection. :lol: I was wondering whether anyone out there would like photos/research notes on any specific clothing items? If so, please pm me by...
by seamsmistress
Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Need any research from Williamsburg?
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Need any research from Williamsburg?

We are lucky enough to be vistiting Colonial Williamsburg this month. I aim to spend a fair amount of time researching various projects with the clothing collection. :lol: I was wondering whether anyone out there would like photos/research notes on any specific clothing items? If so, please pm me by...
by seamsmistress
Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making stays?
Replies: 13
Views: 1498

Janet Arnold suggests the reeds or bents shown in the partial corset from the Rocamora collection, Barcelona are the 'reedy stems of grasses grown in sand dunes'. I'm not sure if these would have superior properties to those harvested from marshy reed beds. I'm thinking we need to talk in more depth...
by seamsmistress
Sun Jul 29, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making stays?
Replies: 13
Views: 1498

Janet Arnold shows evidence of 2 sets in patterns of Fashion 1560 - 1620. 1. Full pair, circa 1598, ivory silk lined linen, worn by Pfalzgrafin Dorothea Sabina von Neuberg. Typically Elizabethan, to be worn with farthingale. They are boned with whalebone through the front towards the side and form t...

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