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by kate/bob
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3911

the stays and pattern have arrived. The pattern is the mantua-maker, 1720 - 1790 stays. The bit about the padding says "stuff the tabls with a bit of cotton wool. This acts as a bit more padding for your comfort. Do not fill the tabs to bulging - add just enough to give them a hint of roundness...
by kate/bob
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3911

thought I'd take advantage of mini moose being asleep and carry on what I was trying to say before! The stays are in the post back from Scotland. The bit mum was doing was putting the front cover and the lining on cause her finishing is much better than mine, but then she is a dress maker! I haven't...
by kate/bob
Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3911

I can't remember who the pattern's made by but it does say that it's authentic. It said to put cotton wool in the tabs to pad them out. Will continue later when the baby stops crying!
by kate/bob
Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3911

thanks as always for the words of wisdom all. I thought it sounded a bit odd, hence the question! I shall phone mum and say no padding. The boning does go down into the tabs so hopefully it'll all be fine. I found it quite difficult making these up not knowing the reason for the shapings being muddy...
by kate/bob
Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3911

padding in 18th c stays

another bit of brain picking! My mum is doing the finishing on my stays for me as I'm not convinced that I'd do it justice. We've got a query about padding the tabs at the bottom. Is the padding to stop the bones sticking into you or is it for the shape? The instructions we've got say a bit of paddi...
by kate/bob
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4638

I seem to have been under the mistaken belief that I might be asked some intelligent and sensible questions, after some of the things I've been asked in the past couple of years I should've known better really!
by kate/bob
Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4638

G & L have decided to wait and see what flavour their baby is. We should know very soon though as it'll be cooked in a couple of weeks.
by kate/bob
Sun Feb 03, 2008 3:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4638

being as Islay's only 3 months old she's not going to be doing an awful lot apart from showing how medieval babies threw up on their clothes and managed to get poo all over everything! I can't see that there's going to be a problem having a baby in our household as none of us have a mental age over ...
by kate/bob
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4638

I imagine that there aren't that many people around with that name!
by kate/bob
Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4638

so I shouldn't expect to be quizzed on medieval childcare then! Thanks for the book suggestions just in case some intelligent people turn up.
by kate/bob
Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4638

is that a real baby?....

It's dawned on me that if anyone asks me intelligent questions about children in 15th c I will have no idea how to answer them. Could people let me know what sort of questions we're likely to get and the accepted answers?

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by kate/bob
Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pleating a sleeve for a 15th C doublet
Replies: 15
Views: 2883

I thought that the puff was for "stuffing" the top of the sleeve of the gown worn over the dublet.

anyhow, don't do it unless you really have to as I said "of course I'll make you one that looks like that" to MooseAbuse and it nearly drove me potty!!
by kate/bob
Thu Jan 03, 2008 3:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeveless Surcotes / Outerware
Replies: 21
Views: 2526

I haven't had any problems with the 3 sleeves making it hard to move and work with an over kirtle on. The trick is to make sure that the pattern fits properly. If you're going to be carrying stuff around and working around a fire don't be tempted to put too much fabric in the skirt - it looks cool, ...
by kate/bob
Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeveless Surcotes / Outerware
Replies: 21
Views: 2526

I made a surcoat, but was advised that an over kirtle would be more authentic. I used the pattern for my kirtle and just made it a bit bigger so I could get it on with no fastenings.
by kate/bob
Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Nobby
Replies: 2
Views: 1107

great picture Callum
by kate/bob
Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Getting mad with my lucet! grrrr...
Replies: 18
Views: 3574

if you tell the mulberry dyer that you want something for lucetting they'll suggest something appropriate. They're very helpful
by kate/bob
Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: interesting books?
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

thanks for all your suggestions. Once we've got the festive season over and done with I'll search some of them out.

Maybe my boss should buy the books actually, as she'll benefit from me going back to work with half a brain at least!
by kate/bob
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tablet weaving? Beginners guide?
Replies: 19
Views: 3150

my only solution at the moment is to do a pattern that only needs forward turns, but that doesn't lead to many different patterns!!
by kate/bob
Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: interesting books?
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

thanks for the suggestions. What I maybe should have added is that I'm looking for stuff that's more in depth than most books are. I've been reading general histories and overviews of late medieval age for five or six years and am now wanting more detailed stuff. Books that have good sources in them...
by kate/bob
Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: interesting books?
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

interesting books?

I'm at home on maternity leave at the moment and I thought that this may be the ideal time to learn more about all things 15th century. Have you come across any books that were really interesting that I could read? I fight as well as doing more domestic living history so I'm willing to have a go at ...
by kate/bob
Thu Nov 22, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What's your 'world record' for a sewing job?
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

I think my Gran should get the prize actually. She started embroidering a table cloth when she went into hospital to have my mum and finished it when my mum was in her early fifties! So really less than a year for my stays isn't too bad
by kate/bob
Tue Nov 20, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What's your 'world record' for a sewing job?
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

I got the fabric and pattern for 17th c stays for Christmas and I've only done half of the boning channels done and as I've just had a baby I think it'll be a while before I get any more done!
by kate/bob
Wed Oct 24, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: your favorit sites/buildings
Replies: 25
Views: 3789

has to be Stokesey Castle in Shropshire - it will be mine one day, oh yes!
by kate/bob
Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mentor Required! 15th Century WoR Costume making
Replies: 5
Views: 661

I had an email forwarded to me the other day with Sarah Thursfield's (she of the Tailor's Assistant fame) costume courses for the off season and one of them is on 15th century costume if I remember correctly. I know people who have been on other courses she's done and enjoyed them so that may be a s...
by kate/bob
Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:52 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What Length a Livery Coat
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

2 yards isn't very much fabric to make a livery coat from. Dave Rushworth's pattern takes 3 and gives a long sleeved coat with sleeves full enough to go over a jack and enough width across the back to all but the largest jacks. It comes just below bum length. I haven't looked into the subject, I've ...
by kate/bob
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: WOTR Alleigences.
Replies: 76
Views: 9807

William Stanley always fought Yorkist, unless he fought Tudor! He never fought for the Lancastrians.

Thomas Stanley didn't change sides really, he was just very good at not quite getting to battlefields or sending a sick note from his mum!
by kate/bob
Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A sack frock.
Replies: 25
Views: 3201

again, someone else is being photographed in my frock!!!!!
by kate/bob
Thu Sep 06, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Caring for Leather Boots
Replies: 17
Views: 2321

If your shoes are stitched with linen thread don't use dubbin or it'll rot the thread away!

We just use clear boot polish on ours and my feet are always nice and dry.
by kate/bob
Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kenilworth
Replies: 11
Views: 2658

sadly not, I was too busy laughing!
by kate/bob
Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 4186

can I ask why you're being photographed in my dress?!!!

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