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by janes-wardrobe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??
Replies: 16
Views: 17880

Re: Dying Wool using Dylon Machine Dye??

I'm not sure it will do well in the washing machine, I'd be interested to hear your results. I've been told that with acid dyes getting the temperature hot enough for long enough is key. Then you need to ensure the wool isn't shocked (temperature wise) or it may go hard. The trick is, apparently, gr...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wooden Pattens
Replies: 18
Views: 3552

Re: Wooden Pattens

undershoe - the version worn underneath the shoe with a simple strap to hold it in place, overshoe - something that encompasses the whole shoe... Modern goloshes cover the entire shoe and although words change meaning in time with usage it would seem that this is a fairly logical interpretation. Gra...
by janes-wardrobe
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wooden Pattens
Replies: 18
Views: 3552

Re: Wooden Pattens

But Patins is French for skate - knowing the way the French use their language (after almost five years of living here) I would hazard a guess that patterns are therefore the simple undershoe version while galoshes are the overshoe variety...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon May 24, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wooden Pattens
Replies: 18
Views: 3552

Re: Wooden Pattens

Well I don't know about in medieval times but Galoshes are overshoes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galoshes
by janes-wardrobe
Sat May 22, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wooden Pattens
Replies: 18
Views: 3552

Re: Wooden Pattens

As usual, I vaguely remember reading that of the two different styles (strapped and strapless) only one is correctly termed a patten. Problem is that I can't cite the source or state which style is a patten and which isn't :$ The Museum of London Shoes and Pattens book refers to both types as patte...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu May 20, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen... to wash or not to wash...
Replies: 7
Views: 1321

Re: Linen... to wash or not to wash...

I'd go with Lucy the Tudor - that way if anything does get tumbled by mistake any possible shrinkage has usually been done. I often tumble dry my linen and so long as you pull it out damp and iron it straight away it's fine. I haven't had problems with it not lasting well from being tumbled.
by janes-wardrobe
Thu May 20, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Corset book suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2067

Re: Corset book suggestions

The laughing moon pattern is really good for beginners and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Definatley worth looking at.
by janes-wardrobe
Thu May 20, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wooden Pattens
Replies: 18
Views: 3552

Re: Wooden Pattens

Kindly sourced by Pavisier... http://www.larsdatter.com/pattens.htm
by janes-wardrobe
Thu May 20, 2010 3:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wooden Pattens
Replies: 18
Views: 3552

Re: Wooden Pattens

Speaking from experience of wearing pattens of this type I doubt it would have a back strap. How did you come up with the back strap? I'd be interested to see your sources. All the extant ones I have seen and images I have seen of on piece pattens there is only a toe strap - set rather higher up the...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: website help please
Replies: 1
Views: 1000

Re: website help please

pm'd you
I'm not in the UK but I am English and there is no import duty in the EEC. Postage rates are reasonable from France to the UK.
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cleaning clothing
Replies: 8
Views: 2605

Re: cleaning clothing

You could lay the wet doublet on a towel over the bath but it will take much longer to dry, even if you squeeze the excess water out by hand. Don't rub the wool and don't wring the doublet. That will almost certainly damage it. Honestly Lucy, spinning is fine - but a short spin is preferable and you...
by janes-wardrobe
Sat Apr 17, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cleaning clothing
Replies: 8
Views: 2605

Re: cleaning clothing

I would remove the buttons before taking it to the cleaners. I have personally never had a problem with wool shrinking in the dry cleaning process but there is a first time for everything. The last time I took natural coloured wool to the dry cleaners they did a lovely job, I did have to sign a waiv...
by janes-wardrobe
Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: TORM
Replies: 17
Views: 3010

gregory23b wrote:Ha, one of Gavin bewigged by God.


and bedressed by me ;)

Great photo's Narvek - any chance I could have copies of Gavin (in his bewigged splendour) and Naomi (the young Roman lady)?
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Fantasy Artist needed.
Replies: 7
Views: 2773

I've just been directed to this by a friend and although I haven't actually mentioned it to my son, yet, there is a possibility he could be interested. He doesn't have his own website yet but posts some of his work on DeviantArt. His page is http://volt-reborn.deviantart.com/ have a look in his gall...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7771

Ditto - even down to boning lengths! I have mine separated into purpose made rolls with sections for all the different lengths I use, one for sprung steel, one for spiral wires and one for busks! My 'by the roll' boning is sorted into type and width and I mark how much I've used on the packing. It ...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7771

scary - with the laundry I also hang out in size order - eg if I have a load that's just denim, size order it is. I think I may have OCD ;)
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7771

I know what you mean - not only do I have spreadsheets I have everything stored logically (for me anyway) so I can see at a glance where certain things are. I need some shelving for my fabrics but at least my fabric is all sorted into fabric types in boxes. When I do get my shelves it will probably ...
by janes-wardrobe
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7771

I haven't even started it yet - I have done two sets of fully boned stays from the bundle I bought and there might be enough for my next commission but I don't want to start it until I've got more supplies as this pair of stays is a bit bigger than the previous two and a good bit longer. Once starte...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7771

b**ger - I've not got enough to finish my latest stays commission. I'll have to reflect the price increase in my next one...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

I can't answer for other costumiers - but I strive to make clothes in the fabrics that are appropriate to the period. (Whichever period I am making for) No if a customer supplied me with boiled wool I would make hose for them from that - I would not however offer it as part of my normal range. I don...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

Yes, I did say that - but most of the time the points can be kept fastened. It does also depend on how fashionable tight you wear your hose - the more fashionable you are the less likely you are to be doing hard graft that involves much bending. :D Wool is definately stretchier than linen - so you'l...
by janes-wardrobe
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

You have to have the points slack in the back, they are nearly impossible to wear any other way. I know I'm a girl and I don't wear hose - but the men who wear the hose I make don't usually have their back points loose. I recently had this comment from a happy mail order customer... "...those ...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Facings on late medieval garments?
Replies: 15
Views: 2199

Oops - if you mean the mans top garment it's cleary pointed closed, if you mean the ladies gown - that appears to be crossed over and held closed with her belt.

Although well represented, ladies gowns that open at the front are much less commonly depicted than closed gowns.
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Facings on late medieval garments?
Replies: 15
Views: 2199

It's my understanding that most medieval clothes were lined - though not all. There are some examples of facing on bits of cloth that come from what seems to be the modified neckline of a kirtle. (MoL Textiles book) This facing is nothing like modern facings - it is simply a narrow strip of silk cut...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

They do up sufficiently tight round the middle that they don't "creep" (I assume you mean "fall down over time"). The crotch-ripping risk is eliminated by the slack in the rear points. That's definately what I mean by hose creep. The men in my life swear by high leg fitting and ...
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

Jim wrote:Actually, the way I do them up at the moment is to bend over while my better half does them up, so when I stand up straight there's enough slack for me to be able to sit down later on without bustin' me points.


but then don't you get hose creep and risk torn crotch?
by janes-wardrobe
Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

I'll bet that you can learn to tie that centre back point really quicky with a little practice. Actually I've discvered a way of tying points that's really quick to do, to undo, is totally secure and looks exactly like the points on paintings. I'll happily show anyone who's interested in seeing it ...
by janes-wardrobe
Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

Jim wrote:
janes-wardrobe wrote:So three ways to reduce bum sag - line the bum with linen, loosen your back points and don't sit down :lol:


Or cheat and use elasticated points at the back! :D


Or buy boiled jersey hose! :shock:
by janes-wardrobe
Wed Jan 09, 2008 2:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Decent Medieval Hose
Replies: 53
Views: 7655

I line hose to top of thigh level with linen and this does help to reduce bum sag as the linen doesn't stretch as much as wool. (I do cut it on the bias.) Take a close look at historical artwork when men are doing a lot of bending they tend to be depicted with the back points undone - this probably ...
by janes-wardrobe
Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7771

Vena Cava have just added cane boning onto their website. As in two days ago! it's very reasonably priced at 25p per length of approx 2.3m or £10 for a roll of 76m

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