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by seamsmistress
Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Thimbles
Replies: 13
Views: 2196

I was given an authenticated 15th/16th C one from a happy customer. It is large [definitely man sized], full [ie, not open ended like 2d's] and dimpled all over. Described as metal alloy. Later than you need, but I doubt there have been too many changes in basic designs over the years.
by seamsmistress
Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:33 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Looking for some stall space - Joust
Replies: 3
Views: 1247

All things considered, I think that you had a lucky escape if your were unable to find anyone to help. Best case scenario is your stock would be safely in someone's car/van. Worst case - floating........
by seamsmistress
Fri May 25, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Some advice - aquiring a costume
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

I've pm'd you.
by seamsmistress
Tue May 22, 2007 4:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early C19th Stiff Collars
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Do you [or your wife] have any sewing skills? If so, you could open up the collar at the neckseam and insert a piece of collar canvas cut to just a fraction larger than the finished collar. The front & top edges would need to be stitched to the existing seams within the collar. The bottom edge, ...
by seamsmistress
Mon May 21, 2007 10:47 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: To cuff or not to cuff?
Replies: 13
Views: 2989

Re: To cuff or not to cuff?

The problem I seem to be having is what design is my shift/chemise suppose to be. So far I've found square neck, round neck, collared etc and cuffs or no cuffs? Also can I Blackwork my cuffs if only protraying a crafts person? Unc A good book to look at would be the Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhaila &...
by seamsmistress
Thu May 17, 2007 1:19 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: General trading flap
Replies: 11
Views: 1895

Re: General trading flap

Chin up, Sally, I know all too well how you feel, experiencing similar 'flaps'at showtime. Orders arriving when you're at you're busiest is the God's way of smiling on you. "Look!" they say, "there's someone who can - let's reward her industry" :wink: Parcels getting lost - ahh, ...
by seamsmistress
Sun Apr 22, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Late Viccy clothes-restoration
Replies: 7
Views: 953

I agree with Sally, it does sound like shattering, which is often noticed by the vertical weave threads disintegrating, leaving the horizontal weave threads intact. The worst damage is usually noticed on the outer folded edges of pleats or gathers, but if it is really bad, the damage will be more un...
by seamsmistress
Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century women's riding boots?
Replies: 4
Views: 838

Hi Tod :) I've had a quick read through the relevant section in Shoes by June Swann. Section covers 1720 -90. Under boots shes says.... With the men's craze for boots for walking, it is not surprising to find them being worn by women as well, from 1778, though chiefly for riding and driving, calf-hi...
by seamsmistress
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:23 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Organising markets
Replies: 24
Views: 2617

B word of mouth , cheap but rather useless in the long run !!!!! Whilst I understand the context of this comment, I have to say that I totally disagree!!! WOM is the best & cheapest form of advertising you can ever get and it applies as much to visitors to an event talking to their friends as i...
by seamsmistress
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Babies and Children
Replies: 14
Views: 1481

I've sat and stared at fabric tonight to make the little un a basic white dress but just dont know what to do with it. I'm craft-challenged Hi Demonica Both good links from Karen :D However, if you are really stuck here, we make lots of childrens historical clothes for all periods. We have made med...
by seamsmistress
Sun Apr 08, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Kirtle
Replies: 11
Views: 1309

two-piece metal eyelet-reinforced lacing holes in the center front. The attached, unlined, gathered skirt is open down the front. The Kirtle is made of a cotton blend, in your choice of any solid color you can think of. Please specify fabric and eyelet color choices I concur with everything Alice t...
by seamsmistress
Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Native Spirit Festival 4th - 10th June
Replies: 0
Views: 488

Native Spirit Festival 4th - 10th June

We have been asked for help by the planning committee of the Native Spirit Festival. http://www.nativespiritfestival.co.uk They are looking for people who may be interested in contributing to the festival, in the hopes of organizing workshops, and stalls, to educate the British Public about the weal...
by seamsmistress
Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Native Spirit Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 508

Native Spirit Festival

We have been asked for help by the planning committee of the Native Spirit Festival. http://www.nativespiritfestival.co.uk They are looking for people who may be interested in contributing to the festival, in the hopes of organizing workshops, and stalls, to educate the British Public about the weal...
by seamsmistress
Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pre-washing
Replies: 14
Views: 1600

Wool can expand as well as shrink :o In the past, I have suffered from the ever growing sleeves and body on jumpers :wink: As said by others, washing at the highest temperature is the best thing as that will shrink the raw cloth. When made up, wash it on wool wash as this will save you the bother of...
by seamsmistress
Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shirt Pattern
Replies: 7
Views: 1404

Good info and scale pattern can be found in The Medieval Tailors Assistant. Sarah Thursfield, a book worth having on the shelf if you're into the period and enjoy making. Alternatively, I'm sure Petty Chapman has 'A handbook of Medieval Women's dress'. He doesn't cite sources or makeup instructions,...
by seamsmistress
Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Could anyone tell me about this please?
Replies: 19
Views: 2088

Sadly, the aforementioned Doublet didn't sell. What a bargain we all missed :wink:
by seamsmistress
Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tent Hangings
Replies: 26
Views: 2777

Hi From your last post [crewel] you mention WOTR & travelling seamstress/Kentwell, so going back to the earliest, the hangings should have a base of close weave natural linen. No reason why early embroideries/furnishings wouldn't be used in later periods as they had real value. There are quite a...
by seamsmistress
Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Crewel Work Fabric for hangings
Replies: 7
Views: 947

Not an expert by any means, but as far as I can tell, crewel work goes back to the 16thC. Plenty of interesting links out there. I found this one which cites some good references. http://www.prettyimpressivestuff.com/crewel.htm Come to think of it, I'm certain I saw some items at Hardwick Hall, but ...
by seamsmistress
Thu Nov 23, 2006 5:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Could anyone tell me about this please?
Replies: 19
Views: 2088

Dear god, but that's ghastly! And the seller is in the same town as me! unknown to me, I hasten to add. Ditto tuppences's comments. They retail for well over £75.00? Really? Okay, well, a quick check reveals pattern was purchased by the seller via ebay on 20th October 06 for £3.50 & is McCall's ...
by seamsmistress
Fri Nov 17, 2006 1:08 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help. Tailors Forms
Replies: 14
Views: 2175

Hi Try http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Adjustable-Dress-Makers-Tailors-Dummy-Mannequin-Form_W0QQitemZ180050699519QQihZ008QQcategoryZ50951QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem A search in ebay for tailors dummy will bring up both the type you're looking for and shop display mannekins. Average price inc delivery seems to be apr...
by seamsmistress
Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 72
Views: 48206

If a haberdashery stall were available at events, what would people want to see on it? threads, needles - authentic and non authentic, embroidery silks/cottons, snips, braids, buttons, hooks and eyes - aiglets, lucetted cord for points ( I can point you to a wonderful lucetter) buckles, strap ends ...
by seamsmistress
Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th Century Costume Query
Replies: 26
Views: 2781

I don't think you're too far off with the surcoat - perhaps cutting a bit longer in the upper body so it pouches and splitting the sides? Gravity will then do it's own work, making the skirt fall straighter, maybe. I do compliment you on hood, kirtle and apron, they look super.
by seamsmistress
Fri Jul 28, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th Century Costume Query
Replies: 26
Views: 2781

I'm inclined to think that what we are seeing is applied inkle or caddis braid. Running in stripes down the front, it appears also to trim the edges of the armholes and side skirt splits aswell as the side and hem of the apron. And, the same band appears to runs at just below waist level, making the...
by seamsmistress
Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: jesters costume
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Hi jon - I've made motley a few times now, including one which was presented in front of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Referring back to the first Queen Elizabeth, I have access to a research library on this subject - alas not images that can be posted here due to copyright but if you'd like to pm me dire...
by seamsmistress
Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Seamstress/dressmaker wanted (Medieval).
Replies: 7
Views: 1741

I might just be able to help you here. As well as keeping a range of gowns in stock, [14 not an issue], the vast majority of my work is bespoke. You can have a look at what I do at http://www.chimera-costumes.co.uk and see a range of other medieval outfits I've made in the medieval slideshow at http...
by seamsmistress
Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: sensible mens clothing (medieval)
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Hi - the garment that will probably serve you best would be a medieval Houppelande. These came in all lengths and were worn by the middle and upper classes from 1380 onwards and by older men particularly. They can be made from wool or brocade and edging with fur trims makes them look sumptuous and c...
by seamsmistress
Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: new Viking Clothing book
Replies: 12
Views: 3082

It's so good, I've added it to our online shop! What online shop, I hear you cry? Why, that would be the one at Chimera Costumes - the haberdashery [and book] shop for now, but very soon will go live with an extensive range of good quality authentic period clothing, early medieval right through to 1...

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