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by Heather
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Fitting below the waist in front
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Fitting below the waist in front

Yes, like that. I think I would lower the fullest part a bit, so that the curve in is more dramatic. You want it wrap in a bit below your belly. You might even want to bring it in 1/4" past the original bottom point. I just looked at my corset, and I forgot that what I really did was put in a 2...
by Heather
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Fitting below the waist in front
Replies: 5
Views: 257

Re: Fitting below the waist in front

Sorry to take so long to see your post. I really need to check here more often. It's also funny that I have just spent the last hour mulling over wanting to write a blog post about a similar problem/solution that I came upon when making my own corset last fall. I have a feeling our 2 issues are simi...
by Heather
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Patterns advice needed
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Re: Patterns advice needed

Yes, the green bodice is TV490. I omitted the sleeves, and then draped 3" wide ribbon around the neckline and shoulders.
by Heather
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Sleeves bigger than my head.
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Re: Sleeves bigger than my head.

This is an amazing photo!! Looks like an antique! Well done.
by Heather
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Heavy skirts, is there a way to help with the weight?
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: Heavy skirts, is there a way to help with the weight?

The corset should be distributing the weight of the skirts over your hips. If you have having issues with the skirts pulling or causing aches/pains, then I would look at the corset and see why it is not protecting you properly. Either the corset doesn't fit you well, and is allowing the boning to hi...
by Heather
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV201 - connecting the dots
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: TV201 - connecting the dots

Sorry for coming late to the post. Yes, technically, the side back piece would be turned face down to match. But as you cut one facing each way anway, then you just grab the once that you need for each size. With most Victorian era skirt, you have a diagonal edge to the back matching a straight edge...
by Heather
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV461 yoked blouse
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: TV461 yoked blouse

I guess I need to check here more often. Sorry for the late reply. The yoke has a facing, so you do not need to turn the center front edge of the yoke; just the lower front portion.
by Heather
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Elsa 1860s at Vancouver Fan Expo
Replies: 4
Views: 693

Re: Elsa 1860s at Vancouver Fan Expo

Lovely photos!
by Heather
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV442 fitting
Replies: 18
Views: 10054

Re: TV442 fitting

I think it looks great! This bodice does usually sit right at the point of the shoulder, rather than lower down the arm. So where you have it seems fine to me. Anytime you go off shoulder, you will have trouble raising your arms. So that might be part of the issue, wanting to move your arms to much?
by Heather
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 324 mash-up
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: TV 324 mash-up

Sorry not to see this post earlier. When you do shirring, you need to put a ribbon or strip of fabric underneath the gathers to sew the shirring to, to hold them in place. The gather stitching will not hold by itself; they will rip out. So you only need 2 rows of stitching at each point. Another way...
by Heather
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 461 fitting question
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: TV 461 fitting question

Ah, ok, thank you for the clarification. For that, I don't think you need to change anything. It will drop the armhole a bit is all. Or if you want to correct for that anyway, you can most likely just trim the lower front section at the top edge. Or trim the bottom of the yoke. Either way.
by Heather
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Velvet for bodice
Replies: 2
Views: 479

Re: Velvet for bodice

No, you shouldn't need to add anything for velvet. Just make it up as normal. Be very careful about sewing, though, as the nap can really shift your fabric around. Pin every 3/4 or so, and if you can, reduce the tension on your presser foot to just about nothing. You will have to move your fabric by...
by Heather
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 461 fitting question
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: TV 461 fitting question

Just to clarify, you mean that you normally take in the center front 1/2" at the neck edge coming up from the bust? I'm not sure if you will still need to make adjustments. Most likely not the same, angling the center front more. But, you might still want to make the neck smaller, it it was too...
by Heather
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV216 Parisian trained skirt
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Re: TV216 Parisian trained skirt

For sizing, the best way to go would be to add 1 or 2 sizes to the front panels of the skirt. 1 size if the sizes are every 4" or 2 sizes if the sizes are every 2". I don't remember which way is was. I don't think I have pics of the skirt both ways. On my version, I used the flat back, but...
by Heather
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Help on 1878 Polonaise
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

Re: Help on 1878 Polonaise

I'm glad to hear that you got it worked out. However you get there is just fine. For trimming, really that is in the eye of the beholder. So I try to stay away from trimming recommendations. If in doubt, pin the trim on loosely and see what it looks like. If you like it, do it. If not, then go with ...
by Heather
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Natural form skirt
Replies: 4
Views: 1285

Re: Natural form skirt

Wow, that is a great find. Looks like an original Natural Form skirt to me. They really new how to make everything look great, with linings and everything. I really have no idea what the fabric would be. I could be silesia, through. I understand that was a favorite lining fabric in the day. It is ha...
by Heather
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: TV108 Sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

Re: TV108 Sizing

Oops, sorry about that. I 'll have to take a look.

You want to lengthen/shorten in the gap between the bustle wires at the top and the bottom hoops.
by Heather
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: TV108 Sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 1305

Re: TV108 Sizing

There is a bit of room in the front panels to allow for more waist room. I'd have to measure to see how much exactly, but I expect there is about 6" or more. If you need more, then I would add to the front/side panels only, and keep the back bustle part the same.
by Heather
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Help on 1878 Polonaise
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

Re: Help on 1878 Polonaise

Yes. you can cut the neckline to be any shape that you like. Once it is fitted, draw a line where you want the neckline to be add seam allowance, and cut it out.
by Heather
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Help on 1878 Polonaise
Replies: 8
Views: 1353

Re: Help on 1878 Polonaise

The back should be fitting fine, as you chose that part of the sizing first. The issue is most likely not the back, but more to the front. As you choose the front sizing secondary, and that is where the error was on the sizing chart, the front is where it all started to go wrong. I still recommend f...

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