My arms fell off

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My arms fell off

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Has this ever happened to anyone else? I made some nice grey wool sleeves to pin on to my dress, having read that tying them on was a Continental idea - only to find during chatting to a school group that the poor pins buckled, and gave up. I had only put two pins at the top of each sleeve, so perhaps was asking too much of them! I love those pins, and have been careful with them for years, but only used them with linen partlets before! :cry:

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Christabel wrote:Has this ever happened to anyone else? I made some nice grey wool sleeves to pin on to my dress, having read that tying them on was a Continental idea - only to find during chatting to a school group that the poor pins buckled, and gave up. I had only put two pins at the top of each sleeve, so perhaps was asking too much of them! I love those pins, and have been careful with them for years, but only used them with linen partlets before! :cry:

what sort of pins?

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Lovely pins from Annie the Pedlar - I don't know how else to describe them! Not the longest sort, though, it being late Tudor.

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could be that the wire used for them wasn't strong enough for that particular job.

may make sense if they weren't made for that.

shame, though.
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Quatermasterie do a good stout 'copper alloy' pin....brass really but I wuz trying to sound like I knew stuff.
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Thanks for that - I'm sure Annie would have been bemused to think the pins had been used on something so heavy, and she probably does a range of thicker ones. (Like me, in this instance!)

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I do thicker ones too, but brass is still brass and bends under serious pressure sideways, you may need a couple to hold something like sleeves.
I never though there was a problem with lacing on sleeves, I know I've seen lots of pictures of men with laced on sleeves. When I wake up properly I will have a look at the research again.
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You know when you've read lots of bits and pieces in books and on the internet, and just can't remember the source? I just wish I could, but I do remember the person stating firmly that there is no evidence for lace ties on English women's sleeves, although it can be seen in Italian and, I think, Dutch pictures. So Lucy, I'll be going back to my research too! :?

Thanks for the idea about doubling up pins.

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I can make pins or needles to whatever spec you need :)

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Thanks, Saxon, but I'm o.k for now - but I'll bear you in mind in future!

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