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by ladydetemps
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27760

Re: Natural Dyes?

I used the dylon handwash version for this
http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co ... -robe.html
I was worried it was going to be a lighter colour but it came out dark enough.
by ladydetemps
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27760

Re: Natural Dyes?

Thanks for the feedback. @sally any books you'd reccomend as particually good. I think I might need a book for recognizing plants as well. Quite like the thought of going foraging. Weld is your cheapest natural dye as it grows very well on disturbed/wasteland so once you know what to look for you ca...
by ladydetemps
Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27760

Re: Natural Dyes?

The vast majority of natural dyyes need a mordant to fix them, otherwise they fade and wash out. There are exceptions, things like walnut husks or woad don't need mordants, but most of the simplest dyes that are good for beginners will be much better with a mordant. I'd suggest starting with alum, ...
by ladydetemps
Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 27760

Natural Dyes?

I recently dyed an old garment using a comercial dye and had a great result. I'd like to dye some more items but find the commercial dyes at £4 a go will soon add up. So can anyone suggest any 'free' natural dyes I could use? My 2nd question is some of the websites I've looked up say to use salt and...
by ladydetemps
Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

by ladydetemps
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

thought you might like to see this a smocked apron
http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co ... neers.html
since found out its represented in a psalter(?)
Smocking is fun.
by ladydetemps
Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Starting to get into the 20's & 30's style
http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co ... dress.html
and
http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co ... skirt.html
Still sewing it all by hand...
by ladydetemps
Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

We love Interparcel, last time I booked in it only took two hours for them to come and collect the parcel. The Post office took three days once, to decide that the amount calculated by their office to take a parcel to Ireland, was so wrong that they not only wouldn't deliver it at first class, as i...
by ladydetemps
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

Weeell, Jiffy bags cost money, and packaging small orders takes almost as long as packaging bigger ones. Ali appears to use Interparcel to save having to keep going to the post office. Which is why he can offer the overall price of £10 for all parcels up to 25 kg. 4 m of linen is not light, and at ...
by ladydetemps
Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

You really do want to use linen: it hangs differently and works differently, so if you are creating period clothing out of interest and to see how it works, it will not make as much sense done in fabrics that were not used. Linen washes far better than cotton and improves rather than thins with rep...
by ladydetemps
Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

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...
by ladydetemps
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

um, its both TORM and the NLHF this weekend, both within 9 miles of each other so well worth visiting both. A very high percentage of UK reenactor traders will eb at one or the other :D Never heard of them before. Aww, that's a shame. Not near enough I could pop there on the train in one afternoon....
by ladydetemps
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

sally wrote:assuming you arent coming to either market this weekend, where you'd be able to choose in person, this is cheap and cheerful and should do what you want http://www.cheapfabrics.co.uk/thestore/ ... cts_id/653

What markets?
by ladydetemps
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

Why not just buy linen? The calico will be stiff and scratchy, the lawn very light and insubstantial. If you want the bodice to work instead of a bra, go for something with the structure to work. Can you point me to where I can purchase it online? Or suggest what keywords I should put into my googl...
by ladydetemps
Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10230

Fabric Choice - Help!

I'm terrible when it comes to fabric choice. If I can find the wrong fabric for the wrong project it will happen. lol! So I need your advice. I want to make a couple of items of underwear and a habit shirt. But I'm not sure which fabric would be correct. And I don't want to spend more than my usual ...
by ladydetemps
Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Make do and Mend
Replies: 0
Views: 1374

Make do and Mend

For those that might be interested I'm sure I'm not entirely historically correct but I gave it my best shot in the spirit of making things over and upcycling.
http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co ... d-hat.html
Hope you like it.
by ladydetemps
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Wartime Farm
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

Re: BBC Wartime Farm

Sadly not on the reenactors they hired for filming, lots of BHS frocks and dodgy 'country' wear. Ruth's pretty tiny so why did they put her in a modern frock for the dance? Would gladly of loaned her one! It was to illustrate 'making your own clothes' although the flour sack she used looked a bit t...
by ladydetemps
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Wartime Farm
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

Re: BBC Wartime Farm

The clothes from my pov are getting better. Been enjoying it. Looking forward to this weeks episode as its got 'lindy hop' in it. :)
by ladydetemps
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tambour work
Replies: 17
Views: 3606

Re: Tambour work

I've done a little bit, and the basic technique is simple enough, but like most of these things you need a certain amount of time and concentration to do a good job especially with silk threads. Its on my list of 'things I want to do more of in my copious spare time', which probably means when I re...
by ladydetemps
Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tambour work
Replies: 17
Views: 3606

Re: Tambour work

ooh, finding this interesting...was wondering where to start with tambourwork. As wanted to try different techniques for embroidering fichus.
I notice this thread was from a little while ago how did you get on?
by ladydetemps
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

I got home from Bath monday evening and next day wrote up a quick post. You can see my final 'promenading' outfit.
http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co ... dress.html
and in part 2 I'll show my dancing outfit.
by ladydetemps
Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Wartime Farm
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

Re: BBC Wartime Farm

Really bad costuming....ploughing during the blackout with lanterns? 1950s/60s kitchenette.... Must do better. :roll: I did wonder about the ploughing by night...but even they seemed a bit dubious about it. as for the costumes....the headscarf turbans....I think some of them need a tutorial on how ...
by ladydetemps
Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: BBC Wartime Farm
Replies: 15
Views: 5077

BBC Wartime Farm

Anyone else see wartime farm last night? http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mmt8t I really enjoyed Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm from the same people. Wondering Bacon & Bananas?!? That's just weird...like fishfingers and custard*. And would bananas still have been around at the very beginnin...
by ladydetemps
Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Yep - we all find ways that work best for us! I admit that NOT pinning and then trying to cut round flat patterns without weights and with cats in the room is not a starter. But I still persist (and curse). Use your short 'petticoat' with the open front as a half robe over a coloured day dress. The...
by ladydetemps
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Coming along very nicely and you are getting adventurous - best way to learn is to work your way through the problem. You need to press the seams flat at each stage - then things will lie flat during making up, fitting will be mroe accurate and things will not look like they are "made from a s...
by ladydetemps
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Hollow Crown
Replies: 9
Views: 3451

Re: The Hollow Crown

I enjoyed Richard the II the most. Ben Wilsher's Richard made you actually feel sorry for the King despite it I'm guessing he was supposed to be the 'bad guy'. I think Henry V was watchable. And having seen the documentary about it first made it more interesting. But Henry IV parts 1 and 2 were just...
by ladydetemps
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

a little update. I've been concentrating mainly on vintage and retro inspired projects but have finally started on my 'regency(esque)' dress.
http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co ... gress.html
by ladydetemps
Thu May 03, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

Lost another inch (yay). Also completed my 20's inspired dress. (skill: pleats) http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/butterick-5229-20s-inspired-dress.html And done my first bodice with princess lines...those curved seams eeep! (Skill: curved seams) http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot...
by ladydetemps
Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1940's snood
Replies: 23
Views: 4293

Re: 1940's snood

Got about 15 more rows to go on the shawl....just picking it up and putting it down a bit at a time...I've got till winter to finish it. lol! I'm being a bit adventurous and decided to do a knit along http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/vintage-bolero-knit-long-2012.html as its going ...
by ladydetemps
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing projects
Replies: 105
Views: 33337

Re: Sewing projects

I've completed a 2nd top, a blouse this time. All hand sewn in 1 week! Never used the machine once. http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/colette-jasmine-review-aka-why-i-should.html I wonder if that's a record? Getting quite adventurous. I've got a drop waist tunic dress, and a horrock...

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