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by m d b
Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: A 1880s Worth Ballgown
Replies: 2
Views: 5488

Re: A 1880s Worth Ballgown

The Whitaker Auctions have been a must visit site for over a decade :) I'm so happy they have archived so many images (check out their full gallery: http://whitakerauction.smugmug.com/)

So many of my favourite gowns are from there :)
by m d b
Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Pattern Recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 6138

Re: Pattern Recommendations?

You definitely want a gored skirt, the bodice needs to fit smoothly over all the layers!

Good luck :) I want to replace my own dress, or at least make a nearer recreation, but do not have enough for the fully kilted petticoats of the Aussie/World tour versions. Even with a deep skirt yoke...
by m d b
Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Finished grey bustle gown
Replies: 11
Views: 12886

Re: Finished grey bustle gown

Lovely :)
by m d b
Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Red Mina Gown, Bram Stoker's Dracula
Replies: 1
Views: 4980

Re: Red Mina Gown, Bram Stoker's Dracula

I'm redoing the bodice, at last! But I also finally shared the images of a photoshoot from two years ago (oh dear..) http://www.arrayedindreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSC_6155-199x300.jpg http://www.arrayedindreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSC_6176-199x300.jpg http://www.arrayedindream...
by m d b
Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:56 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Red Mina Gown, Bram Stoker's Dracula
Replies: 1
Views: 4980

Red Mina Gown, Bram Stoker's Dracula

It took 6 years from getting the fabric (I think, I think I posted about it here at the time...) I finally finished Mina last year. It is not truly finished and I am in the middle of refitting the bodice but I do have photos! http://www.arrayedindreams.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/204x300xsm_IMG_3...
by m d b
Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: The Wishing Dress from the Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 8
Views: 8323

Re: The Wishing Dress from the Phantom of the Opera

Lovely :) How did they react to you at the Garnier? I hear they re much better about fans now than they were when I was there (97).

And thanks for the link back :) I didn't realise how long I had been away from these forums!
by m d b
Sat May 30, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: a multitude of questions: hair and glasses
Replies: 12
Views: 8405

Sorry for opening an oldish thread but this is a health issue and one that is close to my heart ;) Wear your sunglasses! Sensitivity to light is not a small matter. I know this too well ;) I have handled two pairs of tinted glasses from the 19thC and they were both small and oval in shape and used g...
by m d b
Sat May 30, 2009 4:53 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Kia ora, again ;)
Replies: 0
Views: 2650

Kia ora, again ;)

I thought I should reintroduce myself as I have been away for a few years and there are many more new people :) I have been making costumes since '95 and am going back to my first love of Victorian costuming in a big way this year :) I have finally started several projects that have been put off for...
by m d b
Sat May 30, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1868 day dress - Finally got to wear it - pictures :)
Replies: 24
Views: 17167

Wonderful! The colours are such a perfect choice for this period and it still has amazing "punch" in sepia.

Brava :)
by m d b
Sat May 30, 2009 4:31 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Help in the process of losing weight!
Replies: 7
Views: 6607

I fluctuate in weight by about 20 pounds (stress related, health related) so I can sometimes get away with not much adjusting but there are also times where I have to hold off making what I want until I know what size I will end up at ;) My experience has also told me that you may wind up with very ...
by m d b
Sat May 30, 2009 4:25 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: The 1870 Day dress diary
Replies: 24
Views: 16336

Stunning skirt :) I have the same trouble with my Spanish renaissance skirts and farthingales ;) I am thinking of putting some weights at the front of my skirts or at the front of my farthingale.

Bias striped flounces are just scrummy :)
by m d b
Sat May 30, 2009 4:15 am
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: "Most Beautiful Bustle Dress Costume In America" C
Replies: 29
Views: 20617

Thank you so much for opening this to international people as well :) You didn't need to so for that I say thank you :) I shall be editing some image files very soon and you are very much inspiring me to work on three 1870s to 1880s gowns now rather than leave them 'til next year ;)
by m d b
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:17 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Corset Laces - what do YOU use?
Replies: 6
Views: 5763

I use a flat nylon braid that can be bought here for about $NZ1.25/m. I asked for samples so I could see how well they would hold up to the friction of the lacing holes by scraping them over the edge of a plastic pamphlet display;) This one actually held up very well. This is a flat ribbon-like braid.
by m d b
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: using linen - weight, "softened", ?
Replies: 24
Views: 17494

Linen is hardy but sadly modern machinery can't deal with the very long fibres so they get chopped up and we get a very very weak fabric, probably due to the non gripping nature Heather aluded to which is more important in short stapled fibres than long. Hand woven linen though doesn't have that iss...
by m d b
Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:27 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Getting rid of creases
Replies: 9
Views: 8058

Re: creases

I know I have the same fitting issues right there and I wind up with a pattern just like in patterns of Fashion and period pattern diagrams with the deep curve over the bust rather than a straight line. It's quite hard to describe but if you unpick the shoulder and smooth from the crease up and diag...
by m d b
Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:23 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wishing dress, new photos
Replies: 40
Views: 21560

Sorry for the extreme delay.. Anea knows why but I should explain to others. We had a house fire in April and I have only today got everything settled to be able to have on call internet access! Two months and one day later... Anyway, I can now add these photos to my site, but it will be a while bef...
by m d b
Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:09 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: I finished something!
Replies: 9
Views: 5724

Lovely and elegant:)
by m d b
Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wishing dress, new photos
Replies: 40
Views: 21560

Thank you both:) Actually the Portrait of a lady dress is mine too;) http://costumes.glittersweet.com/historical/bella.htm I'm really glad you recgnised it:) I adapted the dress because I loved how the bolero goes up at the back in the original Harper's Bazaar plate. And because I wanted to see how ...
by m d b
Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:04 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wishing dress, new photos
Replies: 40
Views: 21560

I wore my dress again today and finally got a nice photo of the back of it. http://farm1.static.flickr.com/148/433427548_efb6bdf0ce_m.jpg http://farm1.static.flickr.com/167/433427550_ed2840387a_m.jpg I made a few minor changes to the bodice as well, I'm possibly going to change it again at later dat...
by m d b
Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Easiest Patterns For Beginners
Replies: 8
Views: 6781

For bodice fitting I would highly recommend going with a pattern that does not extend past the waist. Fitting gets trickier the more curves you include and fitting over the bust into the waist and over the hips/belly is not something to rush headlong into;) There are bodices that stop at the waist (...

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