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by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: layered linen
Replies: 15
Views: 3451

Redwald, what period and type of armour are you after? That's a very good question indeed, because you're basically being given very different information here, about completely different types of armour, which were made in the ways they were to do completely different jobs! Also, the info is about...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recontructing History Patterns - Any good?
Replies: 32
Views: 8300

that is because a modern size 12 has more or less the same measurements as the size 16 measurements used to be!!!!! Vanity sizing the call it Ah, yes, I love how I know I've put on weight since I was 15, but I'm the same dress size... aren't tabs not supposed to have seam allowances because they're...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to make Bends?
Replies: 4
Views: 1579

Either: cut strip, stitch together at short cut ends (with an enclosed seam of some sort), hem the longer edges. or cut wider strip, sew into tube along the long edges, turn out, sew together along the shorter edges (or just finish the shorter edges by hemming them). For two colours, just as you sug...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Adding Arming Points to a Doublet
Replies: 4
Views: 925

Sorry to disappoint, but a woollen doublet will never stand up to the wear it will get if used as an arming doublet. Wool as a fibre is simply too soft (even if a relatively coarse wool). Also, if it's cut as a normal doublet, it'll be unlikely to be tight enough to work as an arming doublet - menin...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:48 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What MOPs really mean.....
Replies: 17
Views: 4727

'do you make it all yourself' = 'there's no way anybody can do so many different things' 'I want really good quality fabric' = 'I want the best you can get for £4 per metre' 'is that really hand embroidered' = 'can't be is too neat' (reply = no, it's not hand embroidered, that's why there's a sign s...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:45 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Used and Second-Hand Books
Replies: 9
Views: 2010

If selling any way other than through a market, try the Federation of Small Businesses.
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: patten's
Replies: 5
Views: 2659

Very useful.

Again, remember that post 1600 (possibly earlier) they have iron rings on the bottom, not just wooden soles.
by Tuppence
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is light blue/green a medieval/historical good color?
Replies: 33
Views: 6928

Agreed - if obtained solely from woad, there'd be little chance of it ever getting the greeny tinge.
by Tuppence
Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen shirts/tunics and dyes
Replies: 9
Views: 2510

Linen for undertunics and underdresses, no problem at all (there is an extant example of the latter from mainland europe, though I think it's 14th century offhand). For outerwear, the only evidence comes from southern europe - probably something to do with the warmer climes, and you're probably bett...
by Tuppence
Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Does anybody know...
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

It actually looks pre-raphaelite or victorian to me.

Could be wrong though.
by Tuppence
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Spangles
Replies: 6
Views: 2091

Yup, said thread started by me last time around, although I'm still not up to the spangles bit of that project.

[mod] Have deleted the duplicate post for tidyness [/mod]
by Tuppence
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lace
Replies: 7
Views: 1797

I don't have a copy of it - have you tried the h-costume list? Or H-needlework? There are lots of Americans on those, so there may be a good chance that somebody would have it. Personally I think it's perfectly plausible that similar techniques can have developed at different times on opposite sides...
by Tuppence
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wish me luck!
Replies: 31
Views: 5654

Leather needles and hand protection.

And have a nice pile of scraps nearby that you can hurl against the wall.

Cutting's not so scary - hardly shook at all when cutting 95 quid a metre woven to order, three month (at least) lead time silk a few weeks ago - honest :mrgreen:
by Tuppence
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Material needs.
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

On average 2m for each of outer and lining (unless you're big), although may be different for these as I've not seen them.

Oh, and obv interlining for the doublet
by Tuppence
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sleeves - 1250
Replies: 6
Views: 1509

It wouldn't have too bad an effect, bearing in mind that the premise would be that you'd have somebody to do the stitching and snipping for you. But as it's entirely possible to make a tight sleeve without it needing to be cut, it does seem distinctly unlikely. Strikes me as simply a lack of ability...
by Tuppence
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 3725

was about to say what kind of hosen, but since you've answered that, something fairly thin, and not scratchy.
by Tuppence
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:08 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: help required
Replies: 12
Views: 2323

It really does depend whether you want to be wholly historically accurate or not (in terms of costume, at least). You really ought to have: the shift and hosen (half) - both pretty basic the underdress (aka kirtle) - ideally with full length sleeves (there's not that much evidence for the other type...
by Tuppence
Wed May 28, 2008 5:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1812 Light Dragoon coat buttons
Replies: 4
Views: 1392

Assuming British LDs, contact the regimental museum that's closest to the regiment - or the NAM?
by Tuppence
Wed May 28, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather for Buff Coat
Replies: 22
Views: 6020

There's an American company doing proper fish oil tanned buff, but it's even more expensive. About £15 plus last time.
WArning: if Nige's is anything to go by, this stuff has a distinct odour :D
by Tuppence
Wed May 28, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Slingsby's shirt (17thC)
Replies: 4
Views: 1557

Actually there were fairly massive changes in men's shirts from the 15th to the late 16th century - then it slowed down and aside from details (collar shapes, etc) they stayed the same till roughly the mid 18the century - then little change till mid victorian. So this is one thing where you can use ...
by Tuppence
Wed May 28, 2008 1:07 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Skinner's Horse
Replies: 13
Views: 2662

Very nice.

What's the fabric, cos it looks a shade out to me (though obv could be the picture / monitor playing tricks)
by Tuppence
Wed May 28, 2008 1:06 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: early 18th century frockcoat
Replies: 26
Views: 3490

dave - date is early 18th century - can check the exact date tomorrow, but the book's upstairs. frances - thanks for the tutorial, it was a joke - believe it or not, I do actually know the odd thing about costume. I recall once having to advise one of your customers because you weren't sure which la...
by Tuppence
Tue May 27, 2008 10:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather for Buff Coat
Replies: 22
Views: 6020

Keith Lyons is fab, but I'd doubt whether he'd have anything suitable for a proper buff coat. The whole subject is a bit of a sore spot for a lot of c17th re-enactors - there are tons out there that bear no relation at all to the originals (which I have handled - littlecote collection to be precise)...
by Tuppence
Tue May 27, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: early 18th century frockcoat
Replies: 26
Views: 3490

nearly 30 buttons on the front (they're all on there, but the bottom half of buttonholes are false, as per the original, so they're hiding). plus two on back, 8 per cuff, and five per pocket (again, false buttonholes as per original - what the mania they had in the 18th c about tons of buttons on th...
by Tuppence
Tue May 27, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: early 18th century frockcoat
Replies: 26
Views: 3490

Some pictures, which are slightly dodgy, due to having been taken at 5-ish AM on Saturday

(and because I don't have a Bucket sized dummy (he is fairly huge - in length anyway)).
by Tuppence
Tue May 27, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: early 18th century frockcoat
Replies: 26
Views: 3490

Nigel wrote:He did ask for green and debs can be very literal at times
Oy, you were the one who checked the colour, and bought the fabric.
by Tuppence
Wed May 21, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: YAY!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Shadowcat wrote:You have been reading the H Cost list!! :lol:

S.
Might have...
by Tuppence
Wed May 21, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: YAY!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

YAY!!!

by Tuppence
Wed May 21, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: To toile, or not to toile.....
Replies: 21
Views: 3847

Good pouint - I made one for a fitting yesterday in at least three fabrics.
by Tuppence
Wed May 21, 2008 12:10 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Buttons with swastika inside
Replies: 9
Views: 2987

From memeory (the book is upstairs and I can't be bothered to go and get it :wink: ) the one the nazis used was the runic one - from one of the northern germanic countries. probably why the nazis used it - (germanic symbolism - going back to the true arian race (etc, etc)) though they could just as ...