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by Heather
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV442 fitting
Replies: 17
Views: 7002

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: 50

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: 46

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: 70

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: 46

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: 159

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: 407

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: 274

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: 340

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: 340

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: 407

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: 407

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...
by Heather
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Help on 1878 Polonaise
Replies: 8
Views: 407

Re: Help on 1878 Polonaise

First off, let me say that most likely you did nothing wrong. A couple days ago I found that there was a serious error on the sizing chart, and this would definitely effect the fit. I have posted the corrected instuctions at the main website, https://www.trulyvictorian.net/pattern-corrections.html I...
by Heather
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Sizing for 1878 Polonaise
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: Sizing for 1878 Polonaise

Most of the time, you just need to let the front darts/seams out. But you can also adjust at the sides if needed.
by Heather
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Sizing for 1878 Polonaise
Replies: 4
Views: 391

Re: Sizing for 1878 Polonaise

This pattern adjusts the same as all my other patterns. Cut for your bust measure, and then take in/let out for the waist at the darts/front seam.
by Heather
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Taffeta fabric for a,Natural Firm dress
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Re: Taffeta fabric for a,Natural Firm dress

Taffeta should work great. I made mine in dupioni, which is very similar. Changeable fabrics can be fun, but be careful about nap, as it may look different if you get it the wrong direction.
by Heather
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Material for 1878 Polonaise
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: Material for 1878 Polonaise

You can pretty much use any woven fabric you want for this pattern. However, if you want to be authentic, now you have to be a little more critical. And those fabrics can be hard to find and expensive. The flocked fabrics aren't historically accurate, but if it is what you like and/or can afford, go...
by Heather
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Smaller sleeves for the Eton Jacket
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Re: Smaller sleeves for the Eton Jacket

Yes, you can substitute any other 1890s sleeve, including using any of the sleeve linings as an outer sleeve. If you want to adjust the existing sleeve smaller, you can straighten out the curves above the elbow on the Outer Sleeve, and then make the sleeve head a smaller circle to match. 498SmallerS...
by Heather
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV442 fitting
Replies: 17
Views: 7002

Re: TV442 fitting

By the way, your dress look amazing!!!! Love how it is coming together!
by Heather
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: TV442 fitting
Replies: 17
Views: 7002

Re: TV442 fitting

The shoulder edges looks like it got stretched out a bit when the piping when on. This is a very common problem as this edge is bias. So you really need to think "shrink" as you work with it. Yes, you can put in a tucker, which is a narrow edging of lace or fabric with a drawstring, that y...

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