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by Bobbpe
Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:38 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Skirt Hem Binding
Replies: 1
Views: 2528

Skirt Hem Binding

What do you use as a protective binding at the hem of your skirts? In period, they used "brush braid", among other things. I'm trying to be fairly historically accurate. Thanks
by Bobbpe
Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Ladies' Gloves in the Bustle Period
Replies: 22
Views: 15193

Ladies' Gloves in the Bustle Period

I looking for specific information regarding the gloves ladies wore in the daytime during 1870-1889. I'm thinking with a silk visiting type dress that has three-quarter length sleeves. Were the gloves leather? Where they long enough so that they reached past the sleeve end, so no skin on the arm wou...
by Bobbpe
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Flat fell a common seam?
Replies: 17
Views: 12223

Re: Flat fell a common seam?

I agree with Heather that seams on woven ready to wear (RTW) became common in the 1960s. That's not to say that somewhere some company may not have made RTW serged seams, but I have never seen or have heard of any serged seams before the 1960s, and I have seen quite a bit of clothing from before the...
by Bobbpe
Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress
Replies: 15
Views: 8397

Re: My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress

MaryGode, I am fascinated by how you do your collars. I know of pad stitching in tailoring, but it never occurred to me to use it on silk! I did some searching on this Bulletin Board about pad stitching stand up collars, and I couldn't find anything. If you write a post about how you do collars, I w...
by Bobbpe
Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress
Replies: 15
Views: 8397

Re: My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress

Thanks, Kathi H, for the compliment on the shoes. The color of the shoes is more of a royal blue than a navy blue, but they are the best that I have for this dress. I was very lucky to get these. One of the members of Somewhere in Time, Unlimited (SITU), our local (Seattle, Washington) area historic...
by Bobbpe
Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress
Replies: 15
Views: 8397

Re: My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress

Thanks, MaryGode, for telling me how to get the photos to show. Now how do I delete my post that says the photos don't show? Thanks
by Bobbpe
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress
Replies: 15
Views: 8397

My Striped Silk Taffeta Dress

Many, many thanks to Heather for her fitting help and the people here who helped me pick a fabric for the underskirt for this striped navy blue and silver silk taffeta dress. As you can see, I went with a solid navy blue silk taffeta. This dress is not finished – there will be lots of pleated self-f...
by Bobbpe
Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Stuck on TV 428 bodice pleat
Replies: 3
Views: 2910

Re: Stuck on TV 428 bodice pleat

I had this very question, and I asked Jason Maclochlainn, author of The Victorian Tailor, what was done on men's Victorian coats in period. He said that the raw edge was sewed, as Heather stated, using a catchstitch.
by Bobbpe
Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: What type of buttons?
Replies: 6
Views: 4171

What type of buttons?

What type of buttons, that are available now, were used on bodices on the bustle period? I know mother of pearl buttons were used, but what other types were used that are available today? Thanks
by Bobbpe
Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Navy Blue, Silver Gray and What?
Replies: 7
Views: 4777

Re: Navy Blue, Silver Gray and What?

I finally decided on some blue and black changeable silk taffeta that I found on the web. It is very similar to the blue in the striped fabric, and has a nice sheen like the stripe. Thanks so much for all your help. You gave some great suggestions, but I couldn't find silk taffeta in most of those c...
by Bobbpe
Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Cicago, Seattle, Portland, SF - Autumn 2011?
Replies: 11
Views: 10160

Re: Cicago, Seattle, Portland, SF - Autumn 2011?

In Seattle, you should check out Nancy's Sewing Basket at 2221 Queen Anne Avenue North. They have nice, but pricy fabrics and trims. The Ribbon Room at Nancy's should not be missed! In the Ribbon Room, talk to Susan about historic costuming! Also, they are having a sale through Sept. 18th. If you li...
by Bobbpe
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: First bodice fitting help!
Replies: 19
Views: 13810

Re: First bodice fitting help!

I think it is looking very good. The front looks fantastic. I'd like to see the back with the chemise pulled down and your arms hanging naturally at your sides.
by Bobbpe
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:04 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Navy Blue, Silver Gray and What?
Replies: 7
Views: 4777

Re: Navy Blue, Silver Gray and What?

I did think of dying white silk taffeta. The problem with the silver gray is that it is made up of navy blue threads in one direction a sort of white in the other (I think the blue is the warp and the white is the weft), so it would be very hard, if not impossible, to duplicate. Dying to get the nav...
by Bobbpe
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Navy Blue, Silver Gray and What?
Replies: 7
Views: 4777

Navy Blue, Silver Gray and What?

I am planning to make a new bustle ensemble. For the fabric, I "shopped my stash" and found some lovely navy blue and silver gray striped silk taffeta. Each stripe is just over 1/8" wide. I have about 10 yards, but I don't think it is enough for the bodice, underskirt and overskirt, a...
by Bobbpe
Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1874 reception dress
Replies: 33
Views: 22543

Re: 1874 reception dress

This dress is so beautiful! How much fabric did you use, considering all the pleats? Thanks
by Bobbpe
Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Newbie From Western Washington (State, That Is)
Replies: 3
Views: 5784

Re: Newbie From Western Washington (State, That Is)

Here in the Seattle, Washington area is Somewhere in Time, Unlimited (SITU). We have been doing historical costuming for over 30 years! Check us out at CostumingInSeattle.com We are a very friendly and welcoming group!
by Bobbpe
Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: About the Ripple skirt and jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 4611

Re: About the Ripple skirt and jacket

I use 3" wide polyester horsehair braid in the hems of skirts and I like it a lot. Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide has a great method for how to insert it into hems. I bought it at Sew True Supply, but I needed to buy 36 yards. I have a lifetime supply, but I sell some to my friends, beca...
by Bobbpe
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: TV 102 Chemise Problems
Replies: 6
Views: 5658

TV 102 Chemise Problems

I seem to able to sew all other Victorian garments, but I'm having problems with the easiest, the chemise. I'm using TV102 and the armscye of the chemise is way too tight – I can’t even get my arm in. I called Truly Victorian about this a while back and was told that they are aware of the problem. T...

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