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by Heather
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: TV110 Sizing for a Newbie
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: TV110 Sizing for a Newbie

The cup size is more about the relative sizes between waist and hip than actual cup size. A bra will fit tight to the ribs under the bust, but a corset will float out in front at the waist size, and go up from there over the bust. If you tummy sticks out as much as your bustline, then you need a sma...
by Heather
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Trick of the eye
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Re: Trick of the eye

I have no idea, on that one. Usually, people just wear taller shoes.
by Heather
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Color combination
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Color combination

Using more than one patterned fabric in a garment was usually considered overly busy, and not in good taste. Just a convention of style.
by Heather
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Color combination
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Color combination

If you are wanting to be as authentic as possible, then I would go with something a little less bold. But if you are wanting to make a beautiful dress, then go for it! As an aside, using a stripe with a brocade is usually not the best idea. Keep you outfit to only 1 patterned fabric at a time. Metal...
by Heather
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 430
Replies: 5
Views: 828

Re: TV 430

I forgot this pattern wasn't on the fold in the front. It still has a seam. So you just need to add 1" to the pattern, the same that is added to the back seam for the opening. You can see on the Back piece, how it butts out the extra 1". Take that off the back and add it to the front. I ho...
by Heather
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: TV163 sizing question
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: TV163 sizing question

You can still choose the size based on your hip measure, then let the darts out for a larger waist. If you want a larger bustle, then go with your waist measure. Cut the waistband according to your waist measure. It most likely won't matter all that much either way.
by Heather
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Victorian Petticoats TV170
Replies: 1
Views: 122

Re: Victorian Petticoats TV170

So glad to hear that it worked well for you. I love this petticoat also. I have two of them, and wear them with pretty much every dress.
by Heather
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Hem facing fabric for TV291
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: Hem facing fabric for TV291

For hem facings, I usually use the skirt fabric itself. Or if that is not practical, then I use a cotton broadcloth in a similar color. If you need/want to pad the hem a bit, then I like to use a natural drill, flat-lined onto the facing.

I'm so glad you like the e-patterns!
by Heather
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Bodice Advice
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Bodice Advice

I think you can wear anything you like. You can always wear a low cut evening dress, regardless of age. But if you want to cover up a bit more, you can do that, too. The sleeves for this era are quite large, so most of your arm is covered above the elbow to start. You can make the sleeves longer if ...
by Heather
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV416 boning question
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: TV416 boning question

I think you can go with the 5mm.
by Heather
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Skirt to go with TV490!
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Skirt to go with TV490!

1890s really like a full skirt, so several petticoats work best. It's not historically accurate per se, but a net crinoline really works great. They wore several stiff petticoats, with horsehair,cording, and/or other stiffeners in them, to add fullness to the hems. THey also padded out the hems of t...
by Heather
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Hello from Devon, England
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Re: Hello from Devon, England

Welcome!
And Congrats on the weight loss!
by Heather
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Skirt to go with TV490!
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: Skirt to go with TV490!

You can use any of the 1890s skirt for an evening dress, including the Walking dress. If you want a train, then go with TV292 or TV298. 292 is more A-line, and 298 is very straight in the front. For a short skirt, then TV291, TV296, of TV294 would all be nice. 296 is very wide, and looks great with ...
by Heather
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: TV110 Sizing for a Newbie
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: TV110 Sizing for a Newbie

Yes, that sounds like the sizing I would start with. Though you might want to keep the hip at the size G. You want the hip to be larger rather than smaller, as whatever you take off on your waist has to go somewhere, and the hip is usually the place. If it turns out to be too large, you can always t...
by Heather
Sun May 26, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TVE41 Trouble
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: TVE41 Trouble

It's always is best to fit with the high neck, and after you have it fitting properly, design the yoke shape and re-cut. When you cut the neck out low for fittings, it will tend to stretch out on the bias, and will not generally fit well. And with a blouse, you are going to have more ease than in a ...
by Heather
Sun May 26, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TVE41 Trouble
Replies: 5
Views: 516

Re: TVE41 Trouble

Do you have pics of the sides and back? I can't tell if there is something in the back that should be fixed to help the front out. But it looks like there something going on back there. Then front looks like it is climbing up meaning the back might be too short. The neckline is way too high in the f...
by Heather
Sat May 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV460 and shoulder width adjustments
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: TV460 and shoulder width adjustments

The front sleeve seam (the shorter one) will set in at the notch. The back sleeve seam (the longer one) will fit right around the Side Back/Back seam. Usually within 3/8", if not right on.
by Heather
Sun May 05, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV460 and shoulder width adjustments
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: TV460 and shoulder width adjustments

During your mock up stage, you can just cut anything that extends beyond where it should end according to your body. It will not effect the sleeve in anyway. The sleeve always assumes that the armhole fits your body. Once your armhole is the shape it needs to be, and the size it needs to be to fit o...
by Heather
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: self fabric trim on 1850s skirts
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: self fabric trim on 1850s skirts

Not a lot lot of traffic on this board anymore either. I think everything has moved to FB. It's kinda sad, but oh well. One idea would be to go with small ruffles/ruches or flat stripes set on in patterns. I know that is more of an 1860s thing, rather than 1850s, but is anyone really going to care? ...
by Heather
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Removing armhole fullness
Replies: 1
Views: 614

Re: Removing armhole fullness

Here is the diagram for the bust dart shift, to get rid of the extra fullness at the front of the armhole. fittingfront.jpg This comes into play when you have the equivalent of a bust dart of extra fabric at the front armhole, pointing towards your bust point. On your mock up, pin in a dart here, so...

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