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by Erin
Sat May 18, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: DressU 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 6010

Re: DressU 2013

Bummer! As I expect to be living in the area for some while yet, thanks to an exciting new job opportunity, I plan to attend for several years at least. Next year, I'm also hoping to import some of my southern costuming friends... I hope you can make it! It would be so much fun to meet up :-)
by Erin
Sat May 18, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: DressU 2013
Replies: 3
Views: 6010

Re: DressU 2013

I bought my registration for classes and all events today! I just moved to Philly three days ago, and I'm looking to find my way into the local scene... As I recall, you're not local Kelly, but who cares? I'm always up for meeting new friends, especially someone I admire as much as you :-) Let's mee...
by Erin
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Kyoto Dress Fabric
Replies: 2
Views: 3686

Re: Kyoto Dress Fabric

What about using silk organza instead of organdy? I have both in my stash at the moment, and the organza (from Dharma) is not quite as stiff as the organdy, so I think it might drape better.
by Erin
Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Calling all Central and Southern Florida costumers!
Replies: 0
Views: 11135

Calling all Central and Southern Florida costumers!

Hi all! I'd like to invite everyone who's within a reasonable drive to Orlando to join the Central Florida Costumer's Guild's Project Victorian. Over the course of the next nine months, we will be conducting monthly workshops on constructing a Victorian outfit from the skin out. My friend Audrey and...
by Erin
Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:39 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Where to start?!
Replies: 5
Views: 7133

Re: Where to start?!

Hi Sandy! Welcome to Victorian in Florida... I'm in St Pete :-) Please feel free to PM me for my strategies on *not dying* in the heat ;-) Also, I'm built much the same way you are and I'm leading a corsetry workshop using Heather's pattern in the coming months. I'll put a post up on the Meet and Gr...
by Erin
Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: lining choice?
Replies: 4
Views: 3654

Re: lining choice?

In general, I don't bag line my bodices. Instead, I flat line (LOVE flat lining!), and then face the edges. It's the lazy way to do things, I know, and it doesn't leave you with that whole "inside as pretty as the outside" look, but I also like to try to make a lot of my stuff washable (it...
by Erin
Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Cotton/silk blend
Replies: 4
Views: 4077

Re: Cotton/silk blend

I actually find silk, especially tighter weaves, to be easier to work with and more durable than cotton. That being said, there's no hard and fast rules for blends. Your best bet is to order a sample and play with it. Check it for evenness of weave, toss it in the wash, see if it bleeds, iron it, ch...
by Erin
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:30 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Bodice Inset
Replies: 9
Views: 6507

Re: Bodice Inset

Hey Frank! I asked the same question several years ago - here's the thread with descriptions and replies. And here's what I ended up with:

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by Erin
Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Surely not?
Replies: 7
Views: 8219

Re: Surely not?

Clearly, the big four are taking some liberties with the definition of the word "historical" :P
by Erin
Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: After a long absence.....
Replies: 9
Views: 12265

Re: After a long absence.....

Welcome back! And congrats to you and Amanda!
by Erin
Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: cotton organza dress using Sheer Dress Bodice
Replies: 5
Views: 5067

Re: cotton organza dress using Sheer Dress Bodice

Love that fabric! The dress looks so fresh and pretty!
by Erin
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Steampunk Inspiration
Replies: 3
Views: 3498

Re: Steampunk Inspiration

That is truly an astonishing dress! You're right, though, Miss Cindy... no sitting down allowed! And I have to admit to a snarky moment... so much wonderful and careful hand work went into it, but all I can see is that awful floral tapestry bodice that looks a little like a couch cushion. I suppose ...
by Erin
Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 5021

Re: Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards

I tried to join so I could see everything and vote, since I've been reading articles here and there, but the registration page is wonky. There's a bunch of blank fields that all say they're required to register, but none of them are labeled with what should go into them. Also, when you go to the log...
by Erin
Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Fabric Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 18589

Re: Fabric Questions

I can't complain... for a long time I had a rule that I wouldn't spend any more than $6/yd on silk, and I didn't. I'm half way through a striped silk taffeta (the really heavy stuff, courtesy of ebay) dinner gown, but it's all on hold at the moment. Next on the block is 19teens (Titannic, duh!) cors...
by Erin
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Skirt shape
Replies: 19
Views: 14257

Re: Skirt shape

Hi ladies - I teach chemistry, so perhaps I can help explain a bit. Sodium hypochlorite (common household chlorine bleach) is a strong oxidizer. The chemical composition of animal fibers such as silk and wool is protein strands. These unarmored strands can't withstand a strong oxidizer, and will act...
by Erin
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Fabric Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 18589

Re: Fabric Questions

I'm also probably gonna order the ticking, It's worth a shot and if it proves too weak for my purposes I'll just use it for a pinstripe waist cincher skirt I have planned to wear at the office and order some of the real stuff. I'm slowly collecting the materials I'll need to do this since I REALLY ...
by Erin
Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Bombazine
Replies: 3
Views: 3850

Re: Bombazine

Dharma Trading carries a silk/wool blend , though I couldn't tell you if the fibers are woven together in each thread or if it's a warp/weft thing the way it used to be. I've heard nothing but rave reviews of Dharma from friends and strangers alike, but it should be noted that all their fabric is i...
by Erin
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Ladies' Gloves in the Bustle Period
Replies: 22
Views: 16810

Re: Ladies' Gloves in the Bustle Period

I may have mentioned this elsewhere, but I can't find it so here goes. For leather gloves, I hunt high and low and buy wherever I find them. I've picked up opera length kidskin mousquetaire gloves at antique malls, modern wrist length gloves lined in silk at an Isotoner outlet, vintage gloves from m...
by Erin
Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Wedding Gown
Replies: 24
Views: 16959

Re: Wedding Gown

Nah. I'm good with the "typo." ;)
by Erin
Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: New Year's Resolutions
Replies: 9
Views: 6780

Re: New Year's Resolutions

This year I will: Run a half marathon. It's Feb 12, I've been training for 6 weeks, and it's time to really crack the whip and up my mileage. Reward: better health, more energy, less flab, and that FABULOUS 60s wiggle dress at my favorite vintage shop that I need a few less inches to fit into ;) Sew...

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