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by danceforjoy
Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleating
Replies: 5
Views: 4088

Re: Pleating

I wouldn't want to be without my "Perfect Pleater" - it's a louvered contraption available online from Clotilde. Tuck, press, cool, remove, tape them down... it makes gorgeous uniformly pleated trim without a lot of headaches, which can then be cut to length and sewn on like any other furb...
by danceforjoy
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: ISO Man's cutaway tail coat pattern
Replies: 0
Views: 2476

ISO Man's cutaway tail coat pattern

Hello Again --

Part of this year's project is a tail coat for my spouse c. 1830s - 40s. Has anyone made up such a garment? What pattern? Any suggestions?

Thanks --

Deborah
by danceforjoy
Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Early Victorian gown
Replies: 0
Views: 2303

Early Victorian gown

Hello All -- I'm about to launch forth into my annual costuming extravaganza. I've been just enchanted by the costumes from "The Young Victoria," and so have thought that I would make something from roughly 1838 - 1841 or thereabouts. But I'm not a "Young Victoria" -- I'm definit...
by danceforjoy
Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Did I hear 1850s basque bodice?
Replies: 7
Views: 5100

Did I hear 1850s basque bodice?

Hello Heather and TV sempstresses/sempsters -- Did I read something about a plan for an 1850s basque bodice? I'm so intrigued... I'm starting to think about something from this period and would really like something a little more interesting than the usual point-in-the-front, point-in-the-back numbe...
by danceforjoy
Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Fabric choices for petti (worn with TV 292)
Replies: 4
Views: 4484

Still wondering...

...about fabrics for a lightweight, danceable, yet appropriately supportive petti, for TV 292 Bell skirt per above, and thoughts about trimming it without weighing it down.

Someone? Anyone?

Kind regards to all,
Deborah
by danceforjoy
Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Fabric choices for petti (worn with TV 292)
Replies: 4
Views: 4484

Fabric choices for petti (worn with TV 292)

Hello Dear Sempstresses and Seamsters, I'm working on my grand project starting from the "skin side out." Just finished a new chemise, and am now contemplating a petticoat for my ensemble, which will include a Bell Skirt TV292 made from silk taffeta. It's not terribly heavy fabric as you k...
by danceforjoy
Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:28 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Amazing private collection, mostly 19th c
Replies: 3
Views: 3536

Amazing private collection, mostly 19th c

Oh my. http://www.abitiantichi.it/ing.html This is mostly in Italian but easily translated. SO much to look at! and not only that... there are also hats, corsets, shoes, even umbrellas, children's clothing. The truly amazing thing is that this is a private collector.

Enjoy!

Deborah
by danceforjoy
Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pattern questions for famous Worth gown
Replies: 12
Views: 7221

Embellishment ideas?

What do you think of that chiffon frill on the lower skirt of the Oak Leaf gown? Or am I dooming myself to a headache of epic proportions? I don't own a serger to finish the edges, which look as though they'd need a narrow ribbon edge otherwise. I agree -- haven't seen much embellishment on skirts o...
by danceforjoy
Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:14 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pattern questions for famous Worth gown
Replies: 12
Views: 7221

Pattern questions for famous Worth gown

The Oak Leaf gown. Not quite as famous as the Peacock Gown, but this one was also one of Lady Curzon's extensive Worth wardrobe, and I'm enamored of the gorgeous lines. See it here, and drool: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v74/sapphorama/Edwardian%20Worth%20gown/076a.jpg . When you're breathing ...
by danceforjoy
Mon May 25, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV292 cut to floor length - piecing question
Replies: 1
Views: 2038

TV292 cut to floor length - piecing question

Hi Heather and All --

If, say, a person were to cut the Bell Skirt without a train at floor length, would it still be necessary to put in the crosswise seam? and if not necessary, how much fabric would a person need to make up?

Thanks so much for your kind responses.

Deborah
by danceforjoy
Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Farthingales has new brocade coutil!
Replies: 2
Views: 3554

Custom coloring coutil

Don't be afraid to dye coutil with fiber-reactive (Procion) dyes. It's very easy and makes the available color range almost unlimited. Plus, the "figures" of the brocades - the little rosebuds or sprigs -- are rayon and dye to a darker shade of your chosen color. Very pretty! Tips for succ...
by danceforjoy
Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: How about this one:
Replies: 6
Views: 4601

As a possible alternative, how do you think the assymmetrical overskirt TV 374 would work for this? The bordered tulle is very fluid, no crispness at all and very little weight except for the border, which is as I said about 12" - 15" deep. Just trying to envision all the alternatives here...
by danceforjoy
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: How about this one:
Replies: 6
Views: 4601

Well, I went ahead and sprung for the Dream Cloth. Thanks so much for your suggestions, Heather! VERY helpful and inspirational indeed. I'm sure I will turn this over and over in my head until either I figure it out or said head pops off. <g> I'm still thinking that I like the wider skirt, both for ...
by danceforjoy
Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: How about this one:
Replies: 6
Views: 4601

Struck gold!

I've just returned from work and a stop at my local fabric outlet, where to my utter amazement I found the most incredibly beautiful not-a-lace sheer overlay fabric - 6 7/8 yards of it. (Amazing because Seattle just doesn't offer much for fabric lovers.) It has a deep (12" - 15") black cut...
by danceforjoy
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:33 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: How about this one:
Replies: 6
Views: 4601

How about this one:

I think I'm moving toward a general idea with my Belle Epoch ball gown project as I really do love this look: http://www.mfah.org/collection.asp?par1=18&par2=&par3=63&par4=115&lgc=4&currentPage=1. I'm still thinking of the black cherry silk taffeta, and possibly using a correspon...
by danceforjoy
Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Fabric Choice Dilema
Replies: 5
Views: 4342

Tropical weight wools

Fashion Fabrics Club has absolutely gorgeous tropical weight wools for unheard of prices right now. Check this out: http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/search/search.aspx?page=4&keywords=tropical+wool+8.95 Some of them have some texture and you could surely find some good combinations. I've had gr...
by danceforjoy
Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: A most ambitious project
Replies: 3
Views: 3573

The right to bare arms? Not for me, thanks!

Nor do I "bare arms" -- wouldn't want to frighten the children! <g> I, too, find the sheer sleeve alternative very attractive. There's really no reason that one couldn't use a beaded swag at the upper arm, and a pouffed upper sleeve of some other fabric, or any combination of adornment whi...
by danceforjoy
Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:03 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: A most ambitious project
Replies: 3
Views: 3573

Eye candy in the Belle Epoch

Here's a breathtaking bit of eye candy: http://www.mfa.org/collections/search_art.asp?recview=true&id=114915&coll_keywords=&coll_accession=&coll_name=&coll_artist=&coll_place=&coll_medium=&coll_culture=&coll_classification=Costumes&coll_credit=&coll_proven...
by danceforjoy
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: A most ambitious project
Replies: 3
Views: 3573

A most ambitious project

Hello Dear Ladies and Gents -- When times get tough, the tough start thinking of making elaborate new garment ensembles to be worn once or twice a year at most, it seems. Ah well. At least, fantasy is very low cost entertainment...though it does sometimes have some rather costly side effects! Prompt...
by danceforjoy
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Creating an 1870-ish evening gown
Replies: 23
Views: 13838

More fabrics from afar

Hi there again Ms. Boots -- Being the habitual enabler I am...and if you have time (you said your prom was in May?) you might try http://www.puresilks.biz . They're in India, but the selection and prices are phenomenal and the shipping not too bad. Here's what they said re: shipping: <snip> orders l...

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