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by Gemma
Thu May 02, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: What do you use for tracing patterns
Replies: 15
Views: 18657

Re: What do you use for tracing patterns

I use wrapping paper (I stock up after christmas when the 20m rolls go down to $1), and a needle pinted tracing wheel - it means the pattern goes on top so the paper doesn't need to be see through, and I find it just as quick.

Gemma
by Gemma
Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: First corset, Dore fit question
Replies: 9
Views: 9374

Re: First corset, Dore fit question

Heather's absolutely right, don't try and get rid of the curve - you've naturally got what we all want from our corsets, tiny waist and curves lucky you!
by Gemma
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:37 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Stunning 1903 Evening Gown
Replies: 4
Views: 3623

Re: Stunning 1903 Evening Gown

Its a beautiful dress and its back on public display in the costume museum - I'm guessing because of the interest generated by cathy's recreation (yes, I got very excited when I saw it was out and dragged my husband over to see the dress that someone on the internet had recreated!) Looking forward t...
by Gemma
Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:47 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Trimming mid 1890's waist/bodice
Replies: 17
Views: 13176

Re: Trimming mid 1890's waist/bodice

Wow, that is gorgeous! I LOVE it! My vote would be for black lace - sometimes its worth spending a little more to get it right, and this is one of those times :)
by Gemma
Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:42 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Black and Silver--1872 Vested Bodice
Replies: 6
Views: 4910

Re: Black and Silver--1872 Vested Bodice

Beautiful outfit - I love the way the silver skirt shows through the chiffon overskirt - so simple but so effective! Great job.
Gemma
by Gemma
Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:34 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1830s sleeve drafting
Replies: 2
Views: 2431

Re: 1830s sleeve drafting

It is? Oops, guess I should've tried it instead of just looking at the picture on the front - it looked to me as if it gradually came in from elbow to wrist. I'll make a mockup and see how it goes!
by Gemma
Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:29 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1830s sleeve drafting
Replies: 2
Views: 2431

1830s sleeve drafting

Hi all, I'm planning to make the dress below as my major project for this year (working ont the inderwear at the moment!) I have the TV 1830s pattern, but I'd like to adapt it to make the sleeves more like these ones - I love the dramatic change from puffed to tight sleeves. I asked the tutor at my ...
by Gemma
Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Bustle skirt for everyday?
Replies: 6
Views: 4894

Re: Bustle skirt for everyday?

Andrea's comment reminded me of a wedding dress trend I noticed in this years designer collections - some people are using horsehair braid as a design feature, either in big loops and curls to add volume, or just sewn in the usual way but to an outside net layer rather than hidden away inside the dr...
by Gemma
Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Wedding Gown
Replies: 24
Views: 15604

Re: Wedding Gown

Hmm. I'd be a little concerned with the fact that the lace is stretchy, in case it stretches after you attach it to the satin and leaves you with ugly wrinkles and saggyness. Could you test it, just sew a big square of lace to a backing fabric and let it hang for a couple of days?
by Gemma
Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:43 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Red and Black dresses
Replies: 15
Views: 9401

Re: Red and Black dresses

Here's my red and black - funny thing, I didn't twig till Susan started this thread that the reason I wasn't getting the urge to do the red and black thing was that I'd done it already! This one is out of Patterns of fashion. http://www.faraboverubies.co.uk/uploads/5/2/7/0/5270507/4174362_orig.jpg h...
by Gemma
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:14 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Carolina Bells
Replies: 14
Views: 9540

Re: Carolina Bells

From Ken AKA Hugh Damwright Right now I am stuck and looking into what options are available to get it going again. I was unable to do the transfer as planned due to the size of the forum. It will be on the same web address as before, once I get something worked out. At this time I can't offer a tim...
by Gemma
Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Carolina Bells
Replies: 14
Views: 9540

Re: Carolina Bells

Ok, I just googled Hugh's name and found an email address, so I've sent off a request for information. Hopefully it'll be back soon!
Gemma
by Gemma
Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Carolina Bells
Replies: 14
Views: 9540

Re: Carolina Bells

I think there was a warning that there might be a few hours of downtime posted, but its been down all week :( Hopefully the problem will be sorted soon!
by Gemma
Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Designing patterns on a dressform(?)
Replies: 9
Views: 7005

Re: Designing patterns on a dressform(?)

I did a 5 day course on 'modelling and draping on the stand', and still use the techniques I learnt when I need to design something, in combination with commercial patterns and more mathematical pattern drafting. The problem I have with it is that my dummy just isn't the right shape - the length fro...
by Gemma
Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:44 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleat length on 221
Replies: 7
Views: 3926

Re: Pleat length on 221

Hmm. Sound to me like you've just come up against someone who likes to be the centre of attention all the time, and as if they saw your wonderful work, realised it was better than anything they could do and immediately said something critical so that they could feel superior again. Honestly, 'your p...
by Gemma
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:02 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: question about trim- over or under?
Replies: 5
Views: 3888

Re: question about trim- over or under?

And I like under - which doesn't help you much except to tell you they both look good!
by Gemma
Tue May 10, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: London Tea Gathering in late summer or fall>
Replies: 4
Views: 6583

Re: London Tea Gathering in late summer or fall>

I'd be up for that! And I'm sure we could find somewhere that would have us, or worse case scenario we could picnic in hyde park.
Gemma
by Gemma
Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:41 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV 416 again
Replies: 3
Views: 3071

Re: TV 416 again

I would bone from the top of the back opening to the point where the peplum splits - looks like maybe an inch below the waist, and stitch across the bottom of the channel to keep the bone in place. Then just close the peolum with hooks and eyes. If you're worried about the peplum lieing flat, could ...
by Gemma
Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:52 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Bordered Asymetrical Overskirt
Replies: 2
Views: 2907

Re: Bordered Asymetrical Overskirt

I can't help you with the asymetrical overskirt but as soon as I saw your sketch I thought of this dress:
http://www.carolinabelles.net/vb/showthread.php?t=12002&highlight=Grace+Kelly
by Gemma
Fri May 21, 2010 1:07 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: from tissue to something better
Replies: 7
Views: 5517

Re: from tissue to something better

I use dressmakers carbon paper and one of those little wheels - you can use it on fabric too for marking darts and seamlines. Mine is inherited from my gran and must be at least 30 years old, but I guess this is the same stuff http://www.sewessential.co.uk/Category.asp?CategoryID=467&NumPerPage=...

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