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by Sara P
Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 560 as a pirate coat?
Replies: 2
Views: 2629

Re: TV 560 as a pirate coat?

Thanks for the information, Heather! I am really excited about making this coat. I have a navy upholstery material embroidered all over with gold, orange, tan, cinnamon, and chocolate in a large plants and leaves design. Also, instead of putting the buttons around the top of the cuff, I am going to ...
by Sara P
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 560 as a pirate coat?
Replies: 2
Views: 2629

TV 560 as a pirate coat?

I am about to embark on a fancy pirate costume for wearing to pirate faires. I'm thinking that TV 560 would be fairly easy to adjust to a more piratey style. I'm thinking of something like this: http://www.samiah.com/Samiah-Bailey-Coat.htm Here's what I'm thinking... 1) Use the bell sleeve, and exte...
by Sara P
Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: need help with LM100
Replies: 13
Views: 11215

Re: need help with LM100

I have a similar shape, and I didn't know what the problem with my first Dore corset was until I made a Silverado to wear for Halloween one year. It turned out that the pattern is about 1/2 an inch too short for me between waist and where the bust flare begins. In the Silverado, that meant that the ...
by Sara P
Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: 1/4 inch vs. 1/2 inch steel boning
Replies: 8
Views: 7972

Re: 1/4 inch vs. 1/2 inch steel boning

Also, I've found that my posture when tightening my corset has a huge impact on how the corset fits after lacing. I have to make sure I'm standing up straight and that I'm holding my stomach muscles as tight as I can. Not sucking it in to make it small, but as if I were preparing to be punched in th...
by Sara P
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: A question on drawer length...
Replies: 17
Views: 12144

Re: A question on drawer length...

I do pull my bloomers right over the bottom edge of my corset. Because they're low rise (the waistband sits much lower than a regular pair of jeans), the waistband of the bloomers doesn't get up in where all of the other waistbands are conflicting, and makes it easier to find and pull down by braill...
by Sara P
Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: A question on drawer length...
Replies: 17
Views: 12144

I had enough problems snapping the snaps on bodysuits when they were in style, and I was (a) a teenager and (b) not wearing a corset! I wear my ren faire bloomers (closed crotch, low rise elastic waist) with my Victorians, and it works out well. You could make short ones with ties or elastic at the ...
by Sara P
Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My first complete Victorian outfit
Replies: 5
Views: 5089

The brim of the bonnet is one of those old lady-style baseball caps with the flared bill from Wal-Mart. I used some pages from a Victorian costuming guide that a friend scanned for me to figure out what the other pieces should look like, then fooled around with some masking tape and the buckram for ...
by Sara P
Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:29 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My first complete Victorian outfit
Replies: 5
Views: 5089

My first complete Victorian outfit

Here are some pictures of my first complete outfit. It's a hoop era walking costume made in blue/gold/cream plaid upholstery material with gold moire cotton jacquard underbodice and skirt trimming. The undersleeves are separate and made of white cotton with lace around the cuffs. The bodice is made ...
by Sara P
Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:53 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Waist treatment?
Replies: 5
Views: 4696

Thanks for the replies! How would you go about making a princess cut hoop skirt? Add gores between the princess panels? I can't wrap my mind around how to get the fullness to go over the hoop while still maintaining the bodice shape.
by Sara P
Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Waist treatment?
Replies: 5
Views: 4696

Waist treatment?

I am planning to make this costume this week sometime, but I have a few questions. First, here is the picture: LINK I'm looking at the left side dress, which looks like a walking costume. It looks to me like the line of buttons and the pleated trim are off center on the dress, and that the closure l...
by Sara P
Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:27 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Cage Crinoline
Replies: 16
Views: 11746

The lumber strapping is also easier to crease and kink than hoop wire. You'll have to be careful about shutting it in doors (and trunk lids!) and how you hang it up or store it, if you use the lumber strapping. The hoop wire is less difficult. I have a hoop that I've had for 12+ years that has the p...
by Sara P
Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Preparing for a Ball
Replies: 5
Views: 4112

As for colors, your grandmother could wear pretty much anything she likes. Medium or darker colors, jewel tones, or light colors with a dark accent are all nice. She might want to avoid an all-light gown, or too many pastel colors (like pale pink with pale blue) as they tend to look like a little gi...
by Sara P
Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Best pattern to recreate this fashion plate?
Replies: 4
Views: 4225

I know I'm a bit late in the conversation, but I had an idea from looking at your fashion plate. It depends on how much you're used to fiddling with patterns, though... I was thinking that you could use the ball gown bodice for the off the shoulder neckline, but the tea dress (minus the front pieces...
by Sara P
Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: SDI Victorian Ball in Pasadena March 7
Replies: 0
Views: 2901

SDI Victorian Ball in Pasadena March 7

Yes, I know it's already passed :). I was there last night for the first time in about 8 years. I saw a number of ladies that I recognized from pictures here, but I honestly couldn't remember names, and was embarrassed to say hello :). I didn't get my new gown finished in time, so I was wearing a bo...
by Sara P
Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Open neckline fitting problem
Replies: 14
Views: 11983

In a post Heather made today, she called it a petersham belt.
by Sara P
Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:31 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Open neckline fitting problem
Replies: 14
Views: 11983

If it still pulls, you could try sewing an internal waistband into the bodice at the back and side back seams, to keep the material pulling on your waist instead of your neck. Kind of like in the Talma Wrap.
by Sara P
Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:37 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Overskirt question
Replies: 4
Views: 3839

Thank you for all your help :). I've been cutting out ruffle strips all afternoon!
by Sara P
Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Overskirt question
Replies: 4
Views: 3839

One more question about this... where are the sash ends coming from? This particular illustrator loves to show the sash ends flying out (at least half of the gowns in their fashion plates have them) but there doesn't seem to be a logical place for them to come from. From the angle, it looks like the...
by Sara P
Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Overskirt question
Replies: 4
Views: 3839

Overskirt question

I'm looking at making the dress on the left: click for image My question is about the overskirt. I was thinking of doing the front just as a series of flat ruffles sewn to the front and sides of the skirt, but I'm wondering about the back. Is it a separate layer, like a long overskirt, or is it more...
by Sara P
Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Mantua Maker corset
Replies: 3
Views: 4940

The Silverado is better for people that aren't curvy, as it gives them some curves. Curvy people (like me!) usually have better luck with the Dore instead. I've also heard that Heather's corset (TV110?) is really easy to work with and flattering. I've never used the Mantua Maker one, though.

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