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by Tuppence
Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 16690

On re-reading this, it does seem like two different things are being tralked of.

1. the beginning of re-enactments. Could have been at any point in history.

2. The beginning of modern re-enactmant as a hobby.


Not quite the same thing.
by Tuppence
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: leather coat - 15th C
Replies: 23
Views: 4042

What status? As far as I know, definitely not among the wealthier. But it might well have been worn among the lower classes as a protective garment of some sort - the same way a blacksmith would have a leather apron. Chances are that if they did wear anything like that, it'd have been farly close cu...
by Tuppence
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chimera
Replies: 4
Views: 1494

I've heard of one IP deciding that another IP is too lax on spam and blocking all emails from them. And that's without considering technological glitches! At another forum I read, I had to register with an alternative e-mail address, because precisely that was happening with all e-mails they sent. ...
by Tuppence
Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chimera
Replies: 4
Views: 1494

can't help specifically, but I've had customers try to contact me via e-mail and it's not got through, and I'm obviously none the wiser. Have you tried phone? And if that doesn't work, then letter, of the old fashioned type. Communication problems aren't always the costumer's fault :wink:
by Tuppence
Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Livery Colours
Replies: 26
Views: 13183

oh, and some heraldic and livery colours went with the person, some with the family name, and some with the title.

so it'd be prefectly possible for one nobleman to have three or four different ones.
by Tuppence
Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Livery Colours
Replies: 26
Views: 13183

strictly speaking, the heraldic colours (actually called tinctures, and in no particular order) are as follows (and shade isn't that important): azure (blue) gules (red) purpure (purple) sable (black) vert (green) then there are the metals: or (gold, or yellow without actual gold) argent (silver, or...
by Tuppence
Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1940s lingerie
Replies: 6
Views: 2214

focusing on a quality, which isn’t readily available anymore even within the luxury market. but obviously I can't speak for the quality of other peoples work Contradictory. You say you can't comment, but by saying it's not available, you are commenting. You seem to have misconstrued the level that ...
by Tuppence
Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:02 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Trusting Sources
Replies: 5
Views: 1590

intrpretation of medieval art is an art in itself.


as for books, whether redrawings or reproductions of original pictures, never trust anything that doesn't give you shources you can check.
by Tuppence
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 17489

My own pet bugbears.... Those s*****g all-in-one dresses with the split at the front. They bear absolutely no relation to anything in existence at the time. And if you are going to wear them, a shift is not an underskirt. Black shirts. Red shirts. Any non white / off white shirts. The trouser waist....
by Tuppence
Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lightweight wool for wimples?
Replies: 8
Views: 1776

yep, it's ok.

obviously not the bottom couple of rungs of society, but probably not as high status as you'd think. they were spinning and weaving constantly, remember, and practise makes perfect.
by Tuppence
Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lightweight wool for wimples?
Replies: 8
Views: 1776

what they said.

you can find it in normal fabric shops occasionally 0 mine from carlisle market - but whaleys or wolfins should do.
by Tuppence
Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: silk
Replies: 10
Views: 1515

But you and G23b are now talking about completely different periods.

You tudor, him medieval.

Bit of a difference.


Might be better to start a different thread to avoid confusion.
by Tuppence
Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Heaving Corseted Bosomry
Replies: 9
Views: 1602

That's fabulous!
by Tuppence
Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2581

Am sure there's a seller in the US that does pure silk velvet, but white only - and if I remember correctly, pretty lightweight. Cotton velvet notlikely in the 14th century, and although as S-cat says, cotton velvet isn't just one weight and type (or for that matter, pile length), it doesn't really ...
by Tuppence
Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:02 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: silk
Replies: 10
Views: 1515

Samite - Lighter weight satin (preferably not crepe back, lighter. Samite is more like a crisp satin - similar feel to a lightweight taffeta or dupion, but shiny (satin weave). It's still made, though hard to get. There's also twill weave, which feel a little like a very soft linen or cotton.
by Tuppence
Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: newbie - where do I get patterns to make medieval dress? ..
Replies: 10
Views: 2439

As Phil said, you need to be more specific. Medieval tailor's assistant, although a quite good book, is very limited in it's dates. Also, as Lucy said, you need to find your group first, then get kit. Different groups have very different standards, and you don't want your hard won kit being banned a...
by Tuppence
Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Who makes custom embroided fabric for the reenactment world
Replies: 18
Views: 2535

completely not a medival pattern at all.

bears very little relation to any medieval design I've ever seen.

brocades, brocatelles and samites are what you'd be looking for.

only places I know that do them in medieval patterns are trade only. sorry.
by Tuppence
Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:17 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1630's Women's Jackets/Bodices
Replies: 9
Views: 1978

there is one in patterns of fashion - possibly the v&a one, but couldn't swear to it
by Tuppence
Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Worsted Braid
Replies: 9
Views: 2241

We quite often buy smaller amounts of both worsted and metallic laces from them.

In my experience they're only strict on the minimums if you're having something made that isn't in stock. Although going to see them personally may be a factor (not sure).

Give them a ring.
by Tuppence
Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Denholme Velvets?
Replies: 3
Views: 1046

Has now been changed - url must have changed inthe last couple of years, possibly around the time they lost the big mill.
by Tuppence
Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tuppence, please change a web address for Denholme Velvets?
Replies: 2
Views: 957

Will do, must have changed.

I know the big mill closed, so maybe around then?
by Tuppence
Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Plea for ribbon and trim offcuts
Replies: 13
Views: 2026

I probably have some around.

How urgently do you need them?
by Tuppence
Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion?
Replies: 47
Views: 5018

matka if you can get it is lovely, and period correct (probably not by that name, but has been around since at lease the 12c).

lovely soft twill silk.

tussah (aka wild silk) is also lovely.
by Tuppence
Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:12 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recontructing History Patterns - Any good?
Replies: 32
Views: 6643

Learning to sew from commercial patterns is the usual thing here too. Which is why I said learn to cut your own patterns. I learned to sew from commercial patterns. I quickly realised that to do what I wanted to be able to that wouldn't be enough, so I went off, read some books, and learned to cut p...
by Tuppence
Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: layered linen
Replies: 15
Views: 2663

Except you still don't mention your period of interest.

For later periods (anything post 1100 - 1200 ish, really) then you shouldn't be gluing anything at all - as I said - different jobs.
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: leather supplies
Replies: 14
Views: 3184

second le prevo, although I'm biased cos I get a trip home out of a visit....
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: layered linen
Replies: 15
Views: 2663

Could be the wrong type of needle too... though all needles will snap sooner or later if you use them long enough. Sewing leather is completely different to sewing fabric. Leather stays awled when you awl it, because you're basically cutting it, with fabric and an awl you're pushing the fibres apart...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Recontructing History Patterns - Any good?
Replies: 32
Views: 6643

Oh, I use drawing on the cloth for sleeve patterns all the time (just about the only thing I trust myself to do freehand). For quite a lot of things I draw a diagram and then draw it out, never cutting an actual patter, but sleeves are the only thing I often don't bother doing that with. I ususally ...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:55 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dupion?
Replies: 47
Views: 5018

Avoid all dupions at all cost for anything pre 19th century unless accuracy isn't an issue!!!!!* As sc says, e-mail me too - we probably use the same suppliers for lots of stuff, but between us we'll almost certainly be able to get whatever you find cheaper than a london shop. *and yes, I know I use...
by Tuppence
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: layered linen
Replies: 15
Views: 2663

oh, and there's nothing wrong with using pliers on needles - with some things it's necessary, even after awling.

plus, if they snap on you you're either doing it wrong, or have bought crap needles.

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