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by Shadow7cat
Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help needed for 17C costume making!
Replies: 14
Views: 5052

Re: Help needed for 17C costume making!

Original corsets/stays of the period are very rare, suggesting, as I mentioned before, that they were not worn on a regular basis. Boned bodices, however, can be found in several museums, suggesting that was the form at that time. The pattern you suggest is better, but I have not used those patterns...
by Shadow7cat
Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help needed for 17C costume making!
Replies: 14
Views: 5052

Re: Help needed for 17C costume making!

Also Abraham Bosse - similar date to Hollar. Neither were English artists but were active in your period.
by Shadow7cat
Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help needed for 17C costume making!
Replies: 14
Views: 5052

Re: Help needed for 17C costume making!

PLEASE do not use that corset/stays pattern - it is based on a 1780's French corset/stay in "Corsets and Crinolines" by Norah Waugh, and is totally the wrong shape for what you have planned. In general, stays were not visible at any time of the day - Hollywood has a lot to answer for. (Occasionally ...
by Shadow7cat
Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Looking for guidance Late 18C male worker
Replies: 15
Views: 5373

Re: Looking for guidance Late 18C male worker

There was a big trade in second hand clothes, both men's and women's, at this time, so using gentry patterns, but allowing them to become a little shabby might work. Although I agree with Bucket about probably not a frock coat. The book below might be useful - I don't have it so can't review it for ...
by Shadow7cat
Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where can I get natural cotton?
Replies: 23
Views: 18215

Re: Where can I get natural cotton?

Cotton Wadding, Whaley's Bradford. But they sell in largeish quantities.

http://www.whaleys-bradford.ltd.uk/search.htm

How much do you actually want - I have the remains of a roll, if I can find it - the workroom is being re-organised and everything is scattered all over the house.
S.
by Shadow7cat
Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 11422

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

The Essex event is in June. "Colchester Oyster Faire" (Fayre?) http://www.oysterfayre.flyer.co.uk/billoffayre.html You could try E bay for white linen fabric. Do not buy linen look, or polycotton, or linen poly mix. Linen cotton mix would work. Always wash linen at a very high temperature to get all...
by Shadow7cat
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tambour work
Replies: 17
Views: 4174

Re: Tambour work

I got busy, so made no progress. However, as I am now retired, once I have tidied my workroom, in about *mumble* years, it might happen. It is permanently on my "to do" list!

S.
by Shadow7cat
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Georgian Female Domestic Servant
Replies: 8
Views: 3669

Re: Georgian Female Domestic Servant

Cut of Women's Clothes - Norah Waugh Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860 Janet Arnold Patterns from original garments, suitable for scaling up, plus some social history. These are British and easily available. I was told that the use of leather stays was not general practice for servants - the pair in ?Co...
by Shadow7cat
Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Georgian Female Domestic Servant
Replies: 8
Views: 3669

Re: Georgian Female Domestic Servant

Costume of Household Servants: From the Middle Ages to 1900 (Hardcover) by Phillis Emily Cunnington, Catherine Lucas Publisher: Barnes & Noble Imports (June 1974) ISBN : 0064913422

Probably slightly dated, but a classic work.

S.
by Shadow7cat
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Business insurance covering the U.S?
Replies: 0
Views: 1240

Business insurance covering the U.S?

When I was working I couldn't get business insurance to cover me for sales to the U.S. (All to do with the compensation culture, I was told.) Now I have a colleague with the same problem. Anyone know a company that would cover her?

S.
by Shadow7cat
Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1400 buttons
Replies: 14
Views: 3630

Re: 1400 buttons

There are several sets of instructions on the Internet. If you were feeling handy you could make them for yourself.

http://www.medievaltailor.com/demosButtons.html

S.
by Shadow7cat
Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric and Patterns, 1790s-1800ish?
Replies: 10
Views: 3193

Re: Fabric and Patterns, 1790s-1800ish?

http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/

Although this is an American comapany, they are very quick to send, and the fabrics inerxpensive, and are a very good weight. having dealt with them I highly recommend them.

S.
by Shadow7cat
Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Elizabethan ruff suppliers UK?
Replies: 10
Views: 5101

Re: Elizabethan ruff suppliers UK?

Not all of us are in the US. You can have a look at my web site if Lucy can't help, but I don't make "true" linen ruffs.

Ah, I don't appear to have a website, according to my contact details! www.suziclarke.co.uk

S
by Shadow7cat
Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Need help figuring out Edwardian? dress
Replies: 13
Views: 3855

Re: Need help figuring out Edwardian? dress

Although the date says Edwardian, I have not seen anything like that, or a pattern like it, in 30 years of looking. However, it has a "folk" look about it, and today I saw a Norwegian dress dated 1900c. which resembled it a bit - the waistcoat /cummerbund bit in particular. http://pinterest.com/sour...
by Shadow7cat
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Medieval gown Midwinterfair
Replies: 4
Views: 3559

Re: Medieval gown Midwinterfair

The belt is actually dark blue/black, and I believe it is tablet woven. Your outfit so far looks brilliant - congratulations.

S.
by Shadow7cat
Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Re. Late medieval-Renaissance silk-
Replies: 6
Views: 1985

Re: Re. Late medieval-Renaissance silk-

Allow me a small typo correction. That's Pongee Silks, in Hoxton, London.

S.
by Shadow7cat
Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk Velvet
Replies: 24
Views: 12407

Re: Silk Velvet

I don't know where you live but I know there is a shop in Birmingham, next to the rag market, that has TONS of silk velvet. I drool at it every time I go in there lol. Such beautiful beautiful colours too. Shame it's so expensive otherwise I would have made a gown of it LONG ago lol. Hope your pock...
by Shadow7cat
Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 37571

Re: Sewing projects

I have an older edition of this one, and still turn to it to remind me of techniques when necessary, after over 40 years of sewing. I expect the others are also good, but as I do not have them, cannot make any relevant comments.

S
by Shadow7cat
Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dress Pattern Suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 5674

Re: Dress Pattern Suggestions?

Jolynn I have a lightly used copy of the Medieval Tailor that I would be happy to sell on - I no longer make medieval clothing/costume. Feel free to make me an offer I can't refuse, but be aware I'll be off line for a couple of weeks. Amazon are selling at between £23.00 and £28.00, no doubt plus po...
by Shadow7cat
Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Suitable fabric for a 1810-1815 day dress
Replies: 3
Views: 1784

Re: Suitable fabric for a 1810-1815 day dress

Plain or textured muslin are both good choices. (I assume, seeing that you are in Canada, that you are talking about English muslin, which is translucent, ratrher that American muslin, which is what is known as calico in England.) For an approriate patterned fabric you could try http://www.reproduct...
by Shadow7cat
Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 37571

Re: Sewing projects

I don't think three metres would make a ball gown - don't skimp if you are making posh clothes, which a ball gown is. Three metres, depending on the width, might make a skirt. I've just scraped by with 5 metres of 56" wide - don't know the CM- for an 18th century gown, with no leftovers!

S.
by Shadow7cat
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 37571

Re: Sewing projects

Like I said before, tell me where you live and we'll see what we can arrange. I live in London, and when the little local difficulty has resolved itself, I'm sure you would enjoy a day trip!

Suzi
by Shadow7cat
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Early-Mid 18thC Women's Costume
Replies: 3
Views: 2504

Re: Early-Mid 18thC Women's Costume

Janet arnold, "Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860" Jean Hunnisett "Period Costume for Stage and Screen 1500-1800" Nancy Bradfield "Costume in Detail" Norah Waugh "Cut of Women's Clothes" (and Men's for Gareth) Linda Baumgarten "Costume Close Up" Sharon Ann Burnston "Fitting and Proper" Both those are Ame...
by Shadow7cat
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 37571

Re: Sewing projects

Find an old ruler and get someone to cut it shorter and smooth off the ends - you don't "need" a genuine busk. How long is the busk in the pattern - I have literally hundreds of corset steels of all sizes (except long!) going begging, simply for a donation to a cancer charity.

Suzi
by Shadow7cat
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 37571

Re: Sewing projects

Then you need to buy, if you decide to, in the smallest size, put a bra on the top and stuff it with old tights or similar, and put a towel round the waist. Easy!

Suzi
by Shadow7cat
Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 37571

Re: Sewing projects

If you actually "buy" a dummy, try to get one slightly smaller than your normal measurements. You can always pad up to fit whatever period you are doing, but much more difficult to take it off! Oh, and as a professional seamstress, I do not recommend the adjustable ones - the gaps are always where I...
by Shadow7cat
Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 37571

Re: Sewing projects

The person who made the Daffodown Dilly stays is "Acacia" on the Sense and Sensibility Site - she will be happy to answer questions, I am sure. Currently I wear a "bodiced" petticoat, based on a pattern in Jean Hunnisett's "Period Costumes for Stage and Screen 1800-1909" which I find holds me up wel...
by Shadow7cat
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Seeking reference
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Re: Seeking reference

I always thought that the kirtle was being held in place by a weight - the "lump" at the bottom, in order to keep the pleats even. The bars across the pleats are locked and the bottom one appears to me to have the "weight" hanging from it. There are paintings of German ladies in pleated skirts. The ...
by Shadow7cat
Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: simple veil for truncated henin
Replies: 8
Views: 2454

Re: simple veil for truncated henin

You might find some help here, from visual references. http://cadieux.mediumaevum.com/burgundian-reference.html Personally, I think they were mostly square or oblong in shape, and pleated as necessary to fit, secured with pins. But medieval is not my comfort zone, so hopefully someone else can give ...
by Shadow7cat
Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: simple veil for truncated henin
Replies: 8
Views: 2454

Re: simple veil for truncated henin

You might find a band of towelling around the inside of the edge of your hennin helps to keep your hair inside. It also mops up sweat. (Not very period correct, but very comfortable.) As for the veil, does Sarah Thursfield have any suggestions in "The Medieval Tailor's Assistant"?

S.