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Postby Drachelis » Mon May 21, 2007 3:26 pm

I have just taken a deep breath and ordered lots of very expensive material for a wedding order

12m satin back silk crepe
7metres of embroidered silk
6 metres of embroidered silk chiffon
5 metres of silk georgette
4 mtres of habutai


Bride wants Arwen coronoation gown and underdress wth double layered massive sleeves and the embroidered silk is for the bridesmaid - one of my C14th dresses with the tippets.

eeek -over £600 :shock:

I will need a group holding breath session when I cut the sheer fabrics but what a joy to be able to work with such wonderful fabrics.

The groom and best man are being sensible - heavy linen cotehardies although they want clasps and rivet decoration- you will gather this is not authentic :roll: )

I will let you know when I get the scissors out.


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Postby lidimy » Mon May 21, 2007 3:55 pm

Oooh, that's how I felt when I cut mine :D

I still feel like that when I cut out a coif...

Man, I feel for you! £600 :o

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Postby Panda » Mon May 21, 2007 4:04 pm

Just tell me when I can start breating again....


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Postby Shadowcat » Mon May 21, 2007 4:11 pm

I have about £500.00 worth of silk taffeta, brocade and braid to make a 1620 dress - don't tell anyone, but I have not made this period, exactly, before. I keep putting off the cutting - underwear is all but done - it's cutting into the silk that gets me every time!

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Postby sally » Mon May 21, 2007 5:02 pm

I completely understand, I've just taken delivery of 35 kilos of top quality organic fleece that I'm going to have spun to my specifications so I have suitable wool all the time for making my socks and caps where handspun isnt an option. The excercise will probably cost me the best part of £800 before I get to the point where I can pass some yarn on to a few others to offset costs a bit. I know its worth it ultimatley, just scary money in the first instance.



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Postby Alice the Huswyf » Mon May 21, 2007 5:52 pm

Flog my husband a signed copy of 'Artifice' to offset the costs!



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Postby Alice the Huswyf » Mon May 21, 2007 5:53 pm

Flog my husband a signed copy of 'Artifice' to offset the costs!



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Postby sally » Mon May 21, 2007 6:07 pm

Alice the Huswyf wrote:Flog my husband a signed copy of 'Artifice' to offset the costs!


Does he want a signed copy? :wink:



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Postby Neibelungen » Mon May 21, 2007 6:13 pm

I feel for you when you tie up so much money into an item.

I recently bought some new gold plating solution in.

One tiny little pot, about the size of a small pill container containing enough gold for 2 litre of solution set me back nearly £700.

It's a bit unnerving when you come to mix the solution up as one miss-measure and your whole lot is ruined.

I used to work for a jewellery company where they would have 2000 liter hard gold vats running. It gets a bit exciting when you think there's £1/4 million gold dissolved in that .



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Postby Tuppence » Mon May 21, 2007 6:30 pm

I don't find it as nerve wracking vutting expensive cloth, (well, ok, the silk brocatelle a while ago summoned some courage), as cutting cloth that you've embroidered by hand.

because you do the embroidery (the bulk of it) to the pattern shape before you cut the piece, one slip of the scussors and you can go through it.......even though there's minimal cash outlay in the fabric, the embroidery makes it worth hundreds (thousands if really elaborate).

now that's nervy!! :lol:


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Postby Random Mumblings » Mon May 21, 2007 6:31 pm

Neibelungen wrote:I feel for you when you tie up so much money into an item.

I recently bought some new gold plating solution in.

One tiny little pot, about the size of a small pill container containing enough gold for 2 litre of solution set me back nearly £700.

It's a bit unnerving when you come to mix the solution up as one miss-measure and your whole lot is ruined.


Goodness me!! :shock: And I found it stressful making my daughter's winter coat last year because the fabric cost me £25 a metre :roll:



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Postby Neibelungen » Mon May 21, 2007 6:41 pm

Friend of mine had a scratched cornea a couple of years back.

The solution from the London Eye Hospital....

They hold your head in a frame while the doctor takes a scalpel and slices off the tag end of the scratch while your watching

(you can't avoid watching as they wedge your eye open.)

Not sure which is worse, doing it or watching the scalpel get even closer.



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Postby Alice the Huswyf » Mon May 21, 2007 6:57 pm

Yep, he really,really wants a signed copy to give to me for our Anniversary - he just don't know it yet! How much with postage?


Daughterene now bidding for it as a hidaway christmas present.


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Postby Drachelis » Mon May 21, 2007 7:15 pm

Panda - deep breaths - I haven't got the fabric yet - the making is a few weeks away. I will let you know when I am going to cut it out

Mind you I have already made a prototype ( in cheaper fabric ) and tried it on her - yes she has lost two inches from the bust measurement I originally took - it isn't a style I would normally make being movie style medieval fantasy but couldn't turn down a large commission - both chaps are 6ft 6ins plus and built accordingly as well!! :shock:

Mmmm hand embroidery - I know that one - one needs the expanse of fabric to hold it in the frame and then the cutting needs to be so precise.

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Postby Hinny Annie » Mon May 21, 2007 7:26 pm

Must say the prototype looked fab


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Postby sally » Mon May 21, 2007 7:33 pm

Alice the Huswyf wrote:Yep, he really,really wants a signed copy to give to me for our Anniversary - he just don't know it yet! How much with postage?


Daughterene now bidding for it as a hidaway christmas present.


C'mon everyone - get 'em now while they're hot!


Will put one on the scales and see what it can post as, I recall them being heavy though, so you may find Amazon cheaper than direct from me, unless you know anyone going to Cosmeston this weekend in which case I could send it on with them?



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Postby Alice the Huswyf » Mon May 21, 2007 7:59 pm

Post it! Let them show that they love me (and I want a signed one to show that I am specialler than they are.....)




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Postby Drachelis » Mon May 21, 2007 10:12 pm

Must say the prototype looked fab


thanks Annie

I will have the prototype on display at Tewkes all completed just in case any of the mops want to purchase it.

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