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by Amphigorey
Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Making my FIRST corest! Advice needed!
Replies: 10
Views: 10816

Re: Making my FIRST corest! Advice needed!

I'd recommend twill, duck, or canvas for the mock-up. If you use twill, though, make sure that the diagonal weave isn't going the same direction all the way around the corset, or it will twist on your body. Also, it's very useful to make re-usable lacing panels so that you can actually lace yourself...
by Amphigorey
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Split Skirt TV299
Replies: 3
Views: 3315

Re: Split Skirt TV299

I'm looking at the hand drawn version, and I cut out the paper pattern pieces, so I'm looking at the pattern itself. I double checked to make sure I didn't accidentally cut one to Bicycle and one to Riding, because that would totally account for it, but they're both at Riding. And they're all smooth...
by Amphigorey
Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Split Skirt TV299
Replies: 3
Views: 3315

Split Skirt TV299

Hello! I'm making the Split Skirt, and I'm confused about the Front pattern piece. It's a good 7 1/2" longer than the Side piece, and the notches are different. (The front has two widely set single notch marks, while the Side has a double notch and a single notch, and they don't match the notch...
by Amphigorey
Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: New Bustle pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 9830

Re: New Bustle pattern

Sitting in this type of bustle is really easy! My bustle is from Period Patterns for Stage & Screen by Jean Hunnisett, and it's a lobster tail like the new pattern. I love it; it's super comfortable, light, and sitting is never a problem. The tail just collapses under you. I haven't looked at He...
by Amphigorey
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:29 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Edwardian corset
Replies: 3
Views: 4575

Re: Edwardian corset

Oh right, I forgot about the pads. No, I didn't use them.
by Amphigorey
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:55 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Edwardian corset
Replies: 3
Views: 4575

Edwardian corset

I love the Edwardian corset. It gives a fantastic shape and it's really comfortable. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-p1aZIv3qReY/T3N50l9u6-I/AAAAAAAAA_A/6DHQRM8ZhEU/s512/DSC_0018.JPG https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gNX1BPfL82E/T3N6CfDi7VI/AAAAAAAAA_Q/mnHF5s0RfaI/s512/DSC_0030.JPG The drawers a...
by Amphigorey
Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Heather: we need a new pattern!
Replies: 16
Views: 10468

Re: Heather: we need a new pattern!

YES YES MORE EDWARDIAN WHEE

Especially a base for an evening bodice! I ended up draping my own, but I'm not super happy with how it came out. The corset looks amazing, but the bodice kind of hides it, and I want to achieve that Edwardian look.
by Amphigorey
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Which corset should I make?
Replies: 6
Views: 6010

Re: Which corset should I make?

The Edwardian corset is harder than the Victorian, so you may want to start with the Victorian one anyway. I really like Heather's pattern; it produces very nice results and is easy to follow. Lots of people like the Laughing Moon, but I think it turns out like a tube unless you do a lot of futzing ...
by Amphigorey
Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1903 Trumpet Skirt
Replies: 5
Views: 4984

1903 Trumpet Skirt

I have some candid photos of my newest gown from last weekend at Dickens Fair. I'm hoping to have better shots soon, but for now this is what I have. I'm wearing the Edwardian corset under it, and I'll have pics of that soon too. It's the 1903 trumpet skirt pattern (which I LOVE) in red silk twill w...
by Amphigorey
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Ladies' Gloves in the Bustle Period
Replies: 22
Views: 16426

Re: Ladies' Gloves in the Bustle Period

Gloves are a bitch and a half to make, so you'll definitely want to make some practice runs with cheap fabric before you cut your leather. The thumb is tricky, as are the fourchettes. I'd avoid a pattern with quirks for your first time out. (Quirks are the diamond shapes at the base of the fingers; ...
by Amphigorey
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1903 Trumpet Skirt lace overlay
Replies: 3
Views: 3059

Re: 1903 Trumpet Skirt lace overlay

Thank you! That all makes sense. I'll stick to my original plan.
by Amphigorey
Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1903 Trumpet Skirt lace overlay
Replies: 3
Views: 3059

1903 Trumpet Skirt lace overlay

I'm in the process of building the trumpet skirt. I plan to do a net lace overlay, and I'd like to use the selvedge for the hem on the overlay, since it is nicely finished and scalloped. It's going to be shorter than the main skirt, and I'll ruche it up in places so it falls in gentle swags all arou...
by Amphigorey
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Edwardian corset fit
Replies: 2
Views: 3982

Re: Edwardian corset fit

The way I fit it as a muslin was to pretty much built the whole corset out of cheap twill instead of coutil, and use replaceable lacing panels so I can lace it up. I put in bone casings in the front half and used the seam allowances as casings in the back half. I put it on again this morning and pai...
by Amphigorey
Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1903 Trumpet Skirt ruffles
Replies: 1
Views: 2093

1903 Trumpet Skirt ruffles

I'm wondering if there is a misprint on the trumpet skirt pattern. On the ruffle pattern piece, it says "Cut 12,"
but in the instructions, it says "Cut 5." That's a big difference! Which one is correct?

(My apologies if this turns into a double post; my first one didn't show up.)
by Amphigorey
Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:02 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Sewing Machine Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 8229

Re: Sewing Machine Recommendations

I have a Husqvarna Viking 1+ which I love. It's nice and heavy, super durable, and will sew through layers and layers. It also plays well with chiffon and other light fabrics. I got it for $750 used. It does have embroidery capabilities; nothing as elaborate or fancy as the computerized ones you can...
by Amphigorey
Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Pattern Advice Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 7394

Re: Pattern Advice Needed

Honestly given your time constraints and the fact that you're making TWO dresses, I'd use the fashion plate as a reference for trim and just use one of Heather's NF patterns directly, without trying to recreate that crazy draping. You can always make another overskirt in the future if you want to tr...
by Amphigorey
Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Edwardian corset fit
Replies: 2
Views: 3982

Edwardian corset fit

I just finished the muslin for the Edwardian corset, and I have to say it is SO FRICKING CUTE I may die, and it fit almost perfectly right out of the package. I do have a couple of questions, though. First, it's too tight just around the bottom of my ribcage, so I need to let it out. My problem is I...
by Amphigorey
Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Newest Creation
Replies: 7
Views: 5634

Re: My Newest Creation

This dress reminds me why I like bustle so much. You look fantastic!
by Amphigorey
Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:49 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Boning widths with questions galore.
Replies: 7
Views: 6111

Re: Boning widths with questions galore.

Hm, interesting! I always use 1/2" bones on either side of the grommets. I find that they prevent too much bowing out, and I've never had comfort problems there. I wouldn't use 1/2" anywhere else on a Victorian, but they work well in my experience for the grommets. ...actually that's not t...
by Amphigorey
Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:45 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: LM100 - Silverado or Dore? and the kitchen sink ...
Replies: 3
Views: 4809

Re: LM100 - Silverado or Dore? and the kitchen sink ...

Hi, My measurements are fairly close to yours (42, 30, 38, size 32HH), and I highly recommend the Truly Victorian pattern. In my opinion, the Laughing Moon pattern is tubelike and not hourglassy enough. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/115775427491834556436/albums/5487492830178006545 This is how t...

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