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by Tuppence
Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cleaning clothing
Replies: 8
Views: 2651

Re: cleaning clothing

that'll be cos of the insurance thing. basically the waiver wil be an agreement that you won't sue them if they use the wrong solvent and wreck the thing. nb - if having anything cleaned with hooks and eyes (big ones) or metal buttons, then remove them - they can catch on the inside of the machine a...
by Tuppence
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cleaning clothing
Replies: 8
Views: 2651

Re: cleaning clothing

What he said. Do bear in mind though, that if it has no label attached with the fibre content and the cleaning instructions (i.e. the little symbols that tell them what kind of solvent to use), a normal high street dry cleaner may well not be insured to clean it, and therefore may refuse to do it. Y...
by Tuppence
Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cauldron to cook in
Replies: 67
Views: 13793

Re: Cauldron to cook in

Cooking in pots is something we should bbe doing a lot more of. Need to buy some that are big enough first.

But we are spoiled, havng proper cauldrons to play with...
by Tuppence
Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Sacks - What were they made of?
Replies: 16
Views: 4398

Re: Sacks - What were they made of?

Linen duck canvas, or cotton duck canvas??

If cotton it'd have been a pretty expensive sack historically. There are silk dresses that only have cotton sleeve linings because they were to be seen.
by Tuppence
Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1450 - gentry wearing surcoats ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2150

Re: 1450 - gentry wearing surcoats ?

What Alice said - they continued in high attire well into the late fifteenth century - off hand at least till 1485.

How old was the woman when she died?

You always have to factor in the habit of people conituing to wear the styles of their youth into their old age.
by Tuppence
Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Open Fires
Replies: 11
Views: 4582

Re: Medieval Open Fires

cast iron and bronze are both secondary to beaten cauldrons, but they are very hard to find, and may be expensive.

bear in mind when looking at cooking kit, that the majority of sites these days no longer aloow pits to be dug, so you'll need stuff compatible with a raised firebox.
by Tuppence
Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric for 15th Century Arming Doublet
Replies: 17
Views: 3719

Re: Fabric for 15th Century Arming Doublet

I would expect an arming doublet to have a tougher interlining than a normal doublet, as it has to support the weight of the armour plates (which in the case of my pauldrons, is considerable) and probably have a few layers to it's structure for safety (we were discussing the proababiliy and depth o...
by Tuppence
Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3339

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

also avoid biological washing powder when cleaning - it's harder to rinse out and unrinsed detergent can cause damage. Best to use nothing at all, or old fashioned soap flakes if really filthy. Pre-shrinkage tests, cut a square, draw round it, then wash and check, wash and check, etc. If there's man...
by Tuppence
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aketon with detachable sleeves?
Replies: 19
Views: 3339

Re: Aketon with detachable sleeves?

Detachable sleeves - nononononono - not only a re-enactorism, a fecking dangerous re-enactorism, as already pointed out. You need proper sewn in sleeves, cut so that they move. Do not use ovenglove wadding - it's made to trap heat one way or the other and you'll bake. Look at quilt wadding (the prop...
by Tuppence
Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ball buttons
Replies: 9
Views: 2516

Re: ball buttons

if you do want mass produced rubbish though, then any decent habby shop will have something similar, though they won't be brass.
by Tuppence
Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: ball buttons
Replies: 9
Views: 2516

Re: ball buttons

doubt you'll find any then, unless you want modern mass produced sh*te.

£1 is a very good price.
by Tuppence
Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Review: arming doublet from The Padded Armour Company
Replies: 9
Views: 3143

Re: Review: arming doublet from The Padded Armour Company

:oops:


Thank you.


If you're going to make it to Torm, do me a favour, and bring it, just so's I can check it myself (mindless work paranoia alert...).
by Tuppence
Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How much?
Replies: 10
Views: 2173

Re: How much?

however, that doesn't affect the fact that many re-enactors, and re-enactment traders hear the word 'melton' and automatically think it' means 100% wool. I was of course, only using that as an example of the lack of fabric knowledge that abounds. For another example of that, melton has no nap, and o...
by Tuppence
Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: REMINDER - NMTF Historic Traders Branch AGM
Replies: 57
Views: 8338

Re: REMINDER - NMTF Historic Traders Branch AGM

I assume it has occurred to people that some people have no interest in attending.
by Tuppence
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How much?
Replies: 10
Views: 2173

Re: How much?

People don't know fabrics these days. H-S, up to about 10% will be ok-ish. Only way to be sure if it flash burns is to burn test a couple of threads (you could split the hem and pull a couple out, then re-stitch it back up - or get me to if you like). Remember that a lot of re-enactment wool is sold...
by Tuppence
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric for 15th Century Arming Doublet
Replies: 17
Views: 3719

Re: Fabric for 15th Century Arming Doublet

it does very much depend on how good your armourer is, but armour from the best ones will require little more than a linen (shirtweight) lining, and a heavyish linen outer - perhaps with a little padding over the shoulders). if your armour requires more padding than that (excluding those that are no...
by Tuppence
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Discounts for students
Replies: 13
Views: 2467

Re: Discounts for students

International student card, or university enrolment card.
by Tuppence
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric for 15th Century Arming Doublet
Replies: 17
Views: 3719

Re: Fabric for 15th Century Arming Doublet

Fustian is not the only fabric used for padding, and there does seem to be an almost dogmatic over reliance on using it for arming garments, as if people have plucked that out of sources as being a period fabric, while they completely overlook the numerous mentions of linen and canvas (which can be ...
by Tuppence
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Any idea where I could find this pattern?
Replies: 6
Views: 1430

Re: Any idea where I could find this pattern?

It's a modern design, and it won't be a commercial pattern I'd imagine. It's a variant on a victorian / edwardian dress - it will look like new look, because the same source inspiration material will have been used (or very similar). Be careful about anybody who says they will make that exact dress ...
by Tuppence
Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:24 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Royal Mail 'Special' Delivery
Replies: 12
Views: 19518

Re: Royal Mail 'Special' Delivery

I regularly send stuff using special delivery, and problems occur with aroun 10% of cases. Of course, when there is a problem, they make is a big problem. Trouble is that on balance they're far, far better than all the couriers I've tried. Not one of them managed a success rate of more than 70%, and...
by Tuppence
Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:22 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: doublet costs
Replies: 3
Views: 1151

Re: doublet costs

Depends whether you're providing all the materials, or only the ones that most people think should be used. The latter is usually the outer and buttons (if any). The former is outer, linng, interlining(s), threads, and fastening. If you're doing the former I'd say around £150 or £160 ish for hand se...
by Tuppence
Mon Dec 21, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gambeson and Padded Jack
Replies: 49
Views: 12062

Re: Gambeson and Padded Jack

Hence, the Charles de Blois Pourpoint is a quilted garment. I take your point on the quilting, as the italian also has a similar root. however, first hand examinations of that particular garment refer to it as being largely unquilted (except possibly in the chest area), and as most of the quilting ...
by Tuppence
Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Gambeson and Padded Jack
Replies: 49
Views: 12062

Re: Gambeson and Padded Jack

Just found this while websearching for something else...... was clearly too busy making the things at the time it was originally posted...... couple of comments... pourpoint, in an english context simply means something which has points. It can mean it fastens with points, or has other things pointe...
by Tuppence
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cloth thoughts
Replies: 18
Views: 3492

Re: Cloth thoughts

And forgot to mention that the appearance of clothing in most pictures negates the use of modern (meaning post industrial) worsted suitings. A decent knowledge of fabric drape and hand indicates that the clothes would hang completely differently were it suiting. that said, worsted in it's heavier fo...
by Tuppence
Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cloth thoughts
Replies: 18
Views: 3492

Re: Cloth thoughts

sorry - should have said aren't worsted of the type you mentioned, i.e. suiting type fabrics*, which are largely a modern invention. sad fact today is that most of the older type of worsted are simply no longer made, unless you're willing to pay £40+ per metre. most re-enactors seem to balk at payin...
by Tuppence
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cloth thoughts
Replies: 18
Views: 3492

Re: Cloth thoughts

worsted doesn't necessarily mean suiting - there are loads of versions of it. and shiny could mean a satin weave. which all proves that written descriptions of cloth are generally vague and not of much help unless they're more specific. oh, and to answerr the why question, because many (if not most)...
by Tuppence
Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bunny Blanket
Replies: 11
Views: 2200

Re: Bunny Blanket

Shouldn't be necessary for rabbit skins unless they're particularly thick. Leather needles on finer skins will cause more damage than you'd ideally want. You don't want too many holes cut into them - decent sized sharp is often the best needle to used (triangulated point leather needles are designed...
by Tuppence
Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bunny Blanket
Replies: 11
Views: 2200

Re: Bunny Blanket

You're right on the cutting (although with care it can be done with scissors too, it's best to use a knife of some sort, then tease out the pile). I assume you're handstitching, as linen thread won't machine, in which case you'll need to use something like a whipstitch or a blanket stitch. Put the s...
by Tuppence
Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Simplicity 4055 -any good?
Replies: 11
Views: 2762

Re: Simplicity 4055 -any good?

There's nothing on the great pattern review about this one in particular - but simplicity do get a good write up on their other costume patterns, especially in terms of ease of use (probably because they employ pro pattern cutters). Obviously it will have the same flaws that all commercial patterns ...
by Tuppence
Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8263

Re: Fur yes or no???

although all of this said, there are some dress historians who've put forward the idea that unhooded cloaks were for women, while hooded ones were worn only by men.

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