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by ladydetemps
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

sally wrote:possibly not enough, you need room enough in the hem to allow you to move around, that doesnt quite sound enough. Got an old sheet?

Nope. But will pop down to town to pound shop and get one hopefully at weekend.
by ladydetemps
Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Recut your green fabric and try the smock in that. Just join the two front halves to make a flat piece. Smocks are very comfortable to sleep in. All joking aside, if you have a source for decent old wool bankets, they make up well as lower class gowns; you don't have to spend a lot to get good resu...
by ladydetemps
Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

My bunting sewing isn't too bad. And I can handle patchwork quilts. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/imbored22001/Sewing%20projects/CIMG0370.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/imbored22001/Sewing%20projects/Quilt1_b.jpg I don't know why clothes scare me so much. Thanks for sending the pa...
by ladydetemps
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

If you wanted to work on a one period suite of clothes as a learning exercise, do C15th ( but if using Sally's pattern, instead of cutting and adding in the skirt gores, cut it out including half of a gore shape on each side of the lower skirt panel. This suite of clothing repeats the same processe...
by ladydetemps
Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

What is the most simplest pattern I could start with for any era, any item?
by ladydetemps
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:58 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Useful books for dressing regency rules?
Replies: 1
Views: 1820

Useful books for dressing regency rules?

Can anyone recommend and books that would be a regency equivalent of the Tudor Tailor? Already got http://www.janeaustengiftshop.co.uk/acatalog/jane_austen_fashion.html and http://www.janeaustengiftshop.co.uk/acatalog/fashion_in_time_jane_austen.html I'd like to dress my erm...right class. Can't do ...
by ladydetemps
Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Thanks to alice I've just had some made to measure short stays pointed out to me on ebay. They are within my budget and I think as something that will only get worn once or twice should do the job. So I think I will go for them.
by ladydetemps
Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

You'll want a hardwood wooden busk, not a steel one. They are easy enough to make, but you will want it quite narrow in depth - I have a lovely one a friend made me which is too thick and so chafered at the edges that t is as lethal as a kendo practice blade. Gives me great posture (and I fear no f...
by ladydetemps
Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

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'll have to go and double check. (comparing size of hand to busk in photo in instructions) Looked like no bigger than about 15cm-20cm. http:/...
by ladydetemps
Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Calendula wrote:
ladydetemps wrote:having trouble sourcing a busk.

http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Product ... tml?q=busk
:D

Did look at that but it says
"HANDMADE BUSKS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE, MANTUA MAKER BUSKS ONLY AT THE MOMENT."
And the mantua one is too long for the short stays.
:(
by ladydetemps
Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

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. I've had a little re-read of the pattern....think I can handle making a toile (although it's only got up to size 'D' cup....?) and having trouble...
by ladydetemps
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

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 alw...
by ladydetemps
Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

isnt that funny, that dress is on my long term 'to do' list as well, mine is going to be in purply grey linen when I eventually get round to it. Cool. Its such a nice design (I actually have a picture of an ancestor of mine wearing a similar dress for a wedding - although it looks lake its made of ...
by ladydetemps
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

I keep meaning to take a day trip to london to the V&A again...I've been to the fashion museum in Bath twice and the V&A twice. But always with someone who insists on 'rushing' when I want to stand and ponder. I actually had a dress made for me 'inspired' by one of the exhibits. http://img.p...
by ladydetemps
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:19 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Quick question is it worth getting dressform/tailors dummy? And if so where can I get them from and how much do they cost?
by ladydetemps
Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

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&quo...
by ladydetemps
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

the right undergarments are everything especially if you are curvy. I take an F in a bra, so without the right corsetry or properly fitted undergarments, there is no way a historic garment is going to sit right on me, but underpinnings are worth taking time to get right. Bonus though, nobody but yo...
by ladydetemps
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Regency dress is easy enough - if you are using a Sense and Sensibility pattern - or the Simplicity 4055 licensed version (the two patterns most commonly available) then you will find Jenny Chancey's site is very supportive, with how-to links, e-workshops, and various extras. http://www.sensibility...
by ladydetemps
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Thank you for all your help and patience Sally. :) I'm trying various 'projects' to get me more comfortable and experience with sewing something other than cross stitch. ;) And try you make the sewing machine seem less daunting (I'm sure its got a mind of its own). I can't help thinking I'd be more ...
by ladydetemps
Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Literally.
Replies: 6
Views: 3297

Re: Literally.

I saw this video, then spent at least another two hours looking through the other Horrible Histories songs... This song and the Egyptian hieroglyphs song are my two favourites! Just stumbled upon horrible histories programs recently....loved the books as a child. And have found the TV series is hil...
by ladydetemps
Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

First attempt
Image
I messed up and went a bit wrong..my own fault for rushing.
Will try and get hold of some more fabric and start from scratch again.
by ladydetemps
Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Sewing projects

I haven't done any sewing for years...being a bit rusty decided to do some practice. First I decided to try the simplest pattern I could find...a coif. Problem is I got confused scaling up with the whole metric/imperial thing. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v28/imbored22001/CIMG0340.jpg http://im...
by ladydetemps
Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home
Replies: 0
Views: 776

If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home

Anyone else been watching If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010flp4 Found it really interesting. The bit about victorians pulling back bad sheets/quilt to let them air during the day....well I still do that in a modern home....coz my mum always did it...an...
by ladydetemps
Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Regency - Muslin Dresses
Replies: 3
Views: 2360

Re: Regency - Muslin Dresses

a lot of the muslin around today is more cheesecloth than anything, essentially you want a thin, light cotton, but not so much that it scrumples into a horrid mess when you wash it. Its a plain weave cotton by definition, so you can look at all sorts of modern cottons as long as they are a basic pl...
by ladydetemps
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Regency - Muslin Dresses
Replies: 3
Views: 2360

Regency - Muslin Dresses

In Jane Austen books they always seem to mention muslin dresses.
Is the muslin fabric today the same as in her time or must a different fabric be used for the same effect?
by ladydetemps
Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford
Replies: 12
Views: 4390

Re: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford

I watched it the beggining mainly because it was filmed about 5 miles way from my house but got a bit bored of it towards the end. Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha) was good as Mark Heap as the devout Christian Postman Thomas Brown. As someone who was a fan of 'Spaced' I was quite surprised when first sa...
by ladydetemps
Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:05 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford
Replies: 12
Views: 4390

Re: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford

Do you think they are wearing 'sontags' in this http://youtu.be/Wab1nCIsuL8 and this http://youtu.be/4WatHwWE5zs or are they just long shawls?
by ladydetemps
Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on lenses for period specs
Replies: 6
Views: 927

Re: Advice on lenses for period specs

I had no idea glasses were around that early....you learn something every day.

Its nice to know...as without my glasses I'm so short sighted I can barely see my hand held out to its fullest length away from me....I'd wander around like Mr Magoo. lol!
by ladydetemps
Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford
Replies: 12
Views: 4390

Re: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford

Generally the sort of thing you'd knit yourself, but I do knit to commission, price would depend on how long it takes plus the price of the yarn I was thinking at having a go at it but...I just don't have the time between practicing 3 instruments and the clog dance. Despite having learned to knit a...
by ladydetemps
Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford
Replies: 12
Views: 4390

Re: BBC Lark Rise to Candleford

Do you know where I might buy one?

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