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by Heather
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 31
Views: 4774

Re: Beginners question on TV442

The bias tape is to finish the edges cleanly. If you are using piping on the straight, then it will not curve well around the edges, and so you would use bias tape to cover the allowances. If you are making your piping on the bias, then you can use the piping, cut wider, to have the "tape"...
by Heather
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Striped Worth ballgown, 1884
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Re: Striped Worth ballgown, 1884

This is a Natural Form Era dress, so no bustle. Unless you want a bit of a hip pad to fill out natures lack. To make a very similar look to this dress, you can go with TV225 for the underskirt, TV324 for the overskirt, and then TV422 for the bodice. Or, TV420 for the bodice, and cut any neckline tha...
by Heather
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV422 TV466 Mashup
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: TV422 TV466 Mashup

Yes, you can easily swap out fronts/backs on the different patterns. Use the same size you would otherwise. Just make sure that you adjust the should widths and hem lengths to match. All part of my master plan. Bwaaahaaha. :D
by Heather
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 423 Two-tone bodice
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Re: TV 423 Two-tone bodice

You can go either way. You certainly don't wont to go up to the neck line with it. I like the end the center back a bit below the shoulder blades, or about 6" above the waist. It if gets too tall, then you end up with a point sticking out at the back. This this bodice style, no point, the back ...
by Heather
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 291 pattern lay-out
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: TV 291 pattern lay-out

Oh good! And I forgot the other way to do this.... You can always piece on the bottom corners from the scraps. They did this a lot in the 1890s, with the very wide gores.
by Heather
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 291 pattern lay-out
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: TV 291 pattern lay-out

If you don't have a nap, then maybe turning some of the pieces upside down should help. If you can avoid cutting cross grain, that would be best. But if that is what you need to do, then that is always an options. If you wash the skirt later, it will shrink differently, cross grain from on grain.
by Heather
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 31
Views: 4774

Re: Beginners question on TV442

Shorter is better than longer. If the boning is too long, then it might poke into you, or it will get in the way of the hem. The center front is really only needed through the waist and to the point to hold it down. The darts need to be short enough to allow you to finish the hem, and stay below the...
by Heather
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 291 pattern lay-out
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: TV 291 pattern lay-out

If you follow the layout in the pattern, you will have plenty of room to make them fit. They will not fit with the fabric folded in the center, so you need to open out your fabric and cut the left and right sides separately.
by Heather
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 31
Views: 4774

Re: Beginners question on TV442

If you are not using it with piping, so that it will not be seen, then I would purchase bias tape in a similar color. Or make some out of a different fabric. If you want to using it with piping, then you can make the piping separately with the fashion fabric on the straight, but then use a bias stri...
by Heather
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Natural form TV324 overskirt over a regular Tournure
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Natural form TV324 overskirt over a regular Tournure

You can make it fit just fine. I would do a full width of 45" fabric for the back, rather than cutting it down as that pattern has it. The length will be fine, you just need the width to get around the bustle.
by Heather
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 31
Views: 4774

Re: Beginners question on TV442

Sorry to be so late in responding.

Yes, you can sew to just the seam allowance, on either just one side, or on both. Just fold the bodice fabric away from underneath, and sew one side at a time. I think it looks better to do both sides, but the one side functions just fine.
by Heather
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV442 fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 4128

Re: TV442 fitting

The shoulders look good, so I don't think you need to change anything there. It think the issue is that it is just a tad bit big across the bust. I think you can take in the center front curve a bit, making it more of a straight line. The rest looks great!
by Heather
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV442 fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 4128

Re: TV442 fitting

Not exactly what you mean with the front seam. But I think you are asking about keeping the center front seam allowance 1/2" all the way to the top, which is what you want to do? However, you can also make the allowance wider as you go above the bust point to reduce any gapping at the neckline....
by Heather
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: tv263 as a petticoat, and a balayeuse question
Replies: 3
Views: 2525

Re: tv263 as a petticoat, and a balayeuse question

Dancing in a train is not easy. And it gets in the way of other dancers, and can cause isssues for everyone. I would recommend that you add a loop to the skirt. I like to put the loop on the top side of the skirt, about 10" above the hem, and off-center to the side that she will be carrying it....
by Heather
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403

2" extra at the sleeve is about right. You want to ease that extra in over the top of the shoulder. This will let the sleeve curve in a bit over the top of the shoulder and lay smoothly off the shoulder with a round shape, rather then a stressed flat shape. Sleeves that look flat over the top a...
by Heather
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403

That looks much better. I can see where the size B would give a bit more room. I'm used to people wearing corsets, so the tighter fit is a good thing. I think your lengths are looking fine, though it can be hard to tell in photos. One thing I am seeing is the side view, there are stress lines that a...
by Heather
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: A Belle Epoque Librarian
Replies: 1
Views: 970

Re: A Belle Epoque Librarian

Ha, that is sooo cute!! Love the book print.
by Heather
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Size help with TV422
Replies: 4
Views: 669

Re: Size help with TV422

I didn't see anything wrong with you math, or size choices in the previous post, based on your measurements as given. I got the same thing. Back width of 16 would be a size I for the back and side back. Then full bust of 42" less the Adjusted back of 21.5 gives you 20.5 left over for the adjust...
by Heather
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403

Looks like it is just too big around the bust for her. It looks like there is plenty of room at the front of the armhole, so I would take the extra width out of the Front at the side seam. Looks like you have maybe 3/4" on each side that you can take out? This will help with both of the issues:...
by Heather
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: to wash or not to wash interlining?
Replies: 1
Views: 383

Re: to wash or not to wash interlining?

If you think you will ever wash the dress, then prewash the lining. If you know that it will never be cleaned, then don't bother. I never wash or clean my silk dresses, so often don't bother with prewashing.

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