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by Heather
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV466 Alexandra Bodice
Replies: 5
Views: 3972

Re: TV466 Alexandra Bodice

Yes, those are the boning that I recommend. The 5-7mm widths would be best. Most of the plastic boning you find in regular sewing shops is not that great. It is usable if it is all that you can get. But sometimes is doesn't work as well as it should.
by Heather
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: The "Almost Finished" picture!
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: The "Almost Finished" picture!

Your dress is looking amazing! I love your colors (blue is my favorite). Can't wait to see the rest!
by Heather
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Ruffles using a ruffler/serger.
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Ruffles using a ruffler/serger.

You can't. You can run test strips and get close, figuring out which settings will put, for example, 10" of fabric into a 5" space. But you can't just hit a few settings and have it come out right. Every fabric will behave differently. When using an automatic ruffler type setup, I just fin...
by Heather
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Sewing the TV240 waistband
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Sewing the TV240 waistband

The skirt only goes into the waistband the amount of the seam allowance, which in this case is 1/2". The waistband itself is 2" wide, so it will only go up 1/4 of the way into the waistband. You want to keep the skirts out of the waistbands as much as possible, to reduce bulk at the waistl...
by Heather
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV240 swags
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: TV240 swags

You can pin the pleats in place, on just the top skirt. And then afterwards, pin the seam to the underskirt seam. Roll the bottom of the top skirt over, and line up the top pleat first. Then work you way down the to the hem matching up the seams as you go. I work with the skirts flat on and ironing ...
by Heather
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV240 swags
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: TV240 swags

Sewing the pleats permanently to the underskirt keep them exactly where they need to be at all time. Otherwise, they may shift as you move around and move out of place.
by Heather
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 263 1887 Imperial Skirt question
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: TV 263 1887 Imperial Skirt question

Ah, good! I'm glad you got is sorted out. :D
by Heather
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 263 1887 Imperial Skirt question
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: TV 263 1887 Imperial Skirt question

I'm pretty sure that the instructions call for the opening to be off center at the back. So yes, it should be one panel on the one side of the opening, and the other 2 panels with a wider space on the other side. There should be a mark on the waistband to let you do this, with the mark for the shift...
by Heather
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 263 1887 Imperial Skirt question
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: TV 263 1887 Imperial Skirt question

Sounds like you are doign things just right so far. You will have to pleat the back to fit, gathers won't go tight enough. Just overlap your pleats and it will all go in the space needed. It is tight, but doable. Also, putting in the burnous pleat at the back will remove some of the fabric from the ...
by Heather
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Free Petticoat
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Free Petticoat

You need to start out with the circumference of the hoop, rather than the diameter. If the 47" diameter is correct, that would be 150" circumference. (diameter x pi). If this is not correct, try measuring the length of the bottom hoop, and use that number instead. Be sure to mark your star...
by Heather
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1870s Watermelon Crawl
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: 1870s Watermelon Crawl

I just love stripes!
by Heather
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: TV 105/ one more question
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: TV 105/ one more question

Yes, that should be fine. I think I spaced my 3/4" buttons every 3 or 4" even. I think I have 5 total down the front.
by Heather
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: TV 105 sleeve question
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: TV 105 sleeve question

I think this sleeve overlaps a bit at the top of the shoulder. I would lap it about 2" and then ease it it to fit the armhole.
by Heather
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Corset measurments
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Re: Corset measurments

You can use your Victorian corseted measurements. You may find that you can go 1" smaller in the waist, and end up with a bit larger bust. But the hip should be the same in both.
by Heather
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Edwardian Corset
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Re: Edwardian Corset

I've always just started out with the long for a quick mockup and tried it on. Once you decide how much you need it to be shorter, you can just the final version at that length.
by Heather
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: How to question
Replies: 2
Views: 256

Re: How to question

Yes, you could use the Two-tone bodice pattern. If you plan on wearing a bustle, you will most likely need to add room to the hip to get over it. But adding length should be easy enough.
by Heather
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Does anyone know what this is? Pattern suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: Does anyone know what this is? Pattern suggestions?

This is a type of polonaise, which is a bodice/overskirt combined, worn over and underskirt. They come in endless variations. You can easily use the Tea Gown pattern for this. To move the closure to the back, add 1/2" to the center back for a button overlap. Or if want it to lace, then don't ad...
by Heather
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Early Bustle Ball Gown
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: Early Bustle Ball Gown

Your dress is absolutely amazing! And it looks even better in person. Fantastic job! Beautiful young lady, beautiful gown... I can see many great dresses in your future!
by Heather
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV240 waistband
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Re: TV240 waistband

I never use any kind of interfacing in my waistbands. It would just add unnecessary bulk. Unless the skirt is heavy and you are using open weave sheer fabric for the waistband, you should not need to use interfacing. Between the skirt itself, and then 4 layers to the waistband (by the time you fold ...
by Heather
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: An extra large bustle, or extra petticoats?
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: An extra large bustle, or extra petticoats?

This is an realy 1870s dress, so the bustle was often a hoop with the bustle top. It is not unusual at all, and you can see some really huge skirts for this period. by 1873, the hoop shape flattens in front quite a bit. But 1869-1872, this is the main shape.

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