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by Iris
Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Sheer Edwardian skirts
Replies: 3
Views: 4787

Re: Sheer Edwardian skirts

Thank you! Aha! That's what all those eBay sellers who never bother with research mean when they call an obvious petticoat a skirt. So I can play with my stash and find something I like? Perfect.
by Iris
Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Sheer Edwardian skirts
Replies: 3
Views: 4787

Sheer Edwardian skirts

I just acquired a pristine black wool skirt that I want to wear. It's a sheer weave, and I don't know what Edwardian etiquette would have been for petticoats under a semi-sheer skirt. Not sure what details would help, but the skirt has pleats in groups of threes and twos all around. The pleats are h...
by Iris
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Insert eyelet
Replies: 4
Views: 5101

Re: Insert eyelet

OK, I can do that. Thanks!
by Iris
Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Insert eyelet
Replies: 4
Views: 5101

Re: Insert eyelet

Thank you, Heather. In addition to thanking you, I'm writing because I just hung a Leavers machine-made lace curtain. I've used lots of those in my old house and I wash them in the bathtub -- no problems, that is tough lace. It's different from the insert eyelet I'm wondering about. Does it make any...
by Iris
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:39 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Insert eyelet
Replies: 4
Views: 5101

Insert eyelet

Found some lovely vintage insert eyelet I'd like to use on a petticoat flounce, but I'm not sure of the strongest way to use it. I'd like to make a two-layer flounce with the eyelet insert bridging the space between the solid fabric of the petticoat and the decorative flounce. Because it has teeny t...
by Iris
Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1890s skirt lining
Replies: 2
Views: 2850

Re: 1890s skirt lining

Yeah, it's the additional 20 lbs of fabric I was hoping to avoid. I walked around city streets for four hours Sat. during the day and an additional four in modern heels that night on a concrete floor and I'm zonked today. And that was without the extra 20 lbs. of fabric. Sounds doable. I kind of rea...
by Iris
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1890s skirt lining
Replies: 2
Views: 2850

1890s skirt lining

I'm reading depressing things on skirt instructions from an 1895 Young Ladies' Journal . They talk about either flatlining or bag lining an organ pipe skirt without mentioning what material was usual for cotton twill. Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion Vol. 2" describes a similar silk ski...
by Iris
Wed May 29, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: How fluffy were sleeves?
Replies: 2
Views: 2946

Re: How fluffy were sleeves?

That is one very cool group. I spent an hour last night just ogling photos and paintings. Fantastic. Thank you!
by Iris
Tue May 28, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: How fluffy were sleeves?
Replies: 2
Views: 2946

How fluffy were sleeves?

I'm making the mid-1890s bodice using a very light leno weave cotton for the sleeves, collar and veed (sp?) front and back inserts. It's gonna be hot where I'm working! I made up the sleeve puffs using two layers of net flatlining and when I pinned the first puff to the first sleeve, it looked ginor...
by Iris
Wed May 08, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting
Replies: 34
Views: 31971

Re: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting

It's one of only two pix I have. The other involves modern clothes, too, atop the Griffith Observatory walkway. Point was to see if muscle shape is skewing fit.
by Iris
Wed May 08, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting
Replies: 34
Views: 31971

Re: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting

Oops. Didn't answer your first question. Yes, the bodice overlaps evenly all the way from top of hip to collar. I'm only having measurement questions with the collar. If it's supposed to just touch, I can adjust size accordingly. Thanks. But if you see anything in the photo that looks like a possibl...
by Iris
Wed May 08, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting
Replies: 34
Views: 31971

Re: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting

Thank you, Heather, but you're scaring me.
I'm attaching a picture that shows my neck fully revealed. I'm the old lady on the left.
by Iris
Wed May 08, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting
Replies: 34
Views: 31971

Re: 1896 Plain Bodice - fitting

I've been re-reading this discussion to get the fine points of fitting. Unlike Helena, I'm practically flat-fronted. I thought the back was fine until I saw she had to take in the gap at the back of the armhole. OK, fix is shown in the directions. The part that worries me about this discussion is th...
by Iris
Wed May 01, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Heather is a genius
Replies: 4
Views: 4001

Re: Heather is a genius

Maybe run hem facing that looks like ribbon along the seam from the pique part to the collar?
by Iris
Wed May 01, 2013 3:03 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Heather is a genius
Replies: 4
Views: 4001

Re: Heather is a genius

I'm so excited at how perfectly the back fit, I hesitate to ask this but inquiring minds need to know. How did they get lace or batiste inserts into bodice tops without messing up the fit? I have some light weight cotton with a weave that almost looks like drawn work that I'd like to insert as vee s...
by Iris
Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Michigan opp to wear your gorgeous dresses
Replies: 3
Views: 5518

Re: Michigan opp to wear your gorgeous dresses

In that case I'd better finish the stairwell plaster and put up the faux anaglypta.
by Iris
Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Heather is a genius
Replies: 4
Views: 4001

Heather is a genius

Just finished the muslin for the 1896 bodice TV 493. Needs tweaks to the front Heather already suggested in the instructions but the back and lower armholes fit perfectly. A lifetime first! I'm 5'3", almost no chest but wide shoulders, have a short nape-to-waist measurement so I shortened the m...
by Iris
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Michigan opp to wear your gorgeous dresses
Replies: 3
Views: 5518

Michigan opp to wear your gorgeous dresses

Anyone in driving distance to Kalamazoo, MI, is cordially invited to volunteer as a guide or as lovely set decoration for the first Hidden Kalamazoo Tour June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 16 from noon to 5 p.m. We're taking people behind the scenes to eight sites in downtown Kzoo that, in most...
by Iris
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Costume College 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 5433

Re: Costume College 2013

Thanks for the travel tips, Heather. I'm really excited by the possibility of going even for a couple of hours. The weekend is probably when my relatives will want to explore with me. They're into hiking, so I expect at least one venture into mountains -- we don't know which ones this far from the d...
by Iris
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Costume College 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 5433

Costume College 2013

My son and daughter-in-law invited me to Burbank the week of Costume College in Woodland Hills. She's totally turned off by costumes, so I'll be going on my own on Friday while she's at work. Anyone from here going?

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