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by m d b
Wed Feb 14, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wishing dress, new photos
Replies: 40
Views: 21246

Thanks:) I think I have permission to use them, but I'll have to make sure.
by m d b
Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Mary from Little House on the Prairie
Replies: 12
Views: 7947

Ahh.. I read about this in one of my costume books. In 1881 there was a bit of a panic that the crinoline was going to come back. It seems it was a bit of international miscommunication as in Paris it was the bustle that was coming back not hoops. I would have to hunt around but it may have been in ...
by m d b
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:12 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My black & red silk gown (Vest Basque & Grand Parlor
Replies: 8
Views: 5433

Well you know I'm a sucker for "plain" and I really like this. Can't wait to hack into my red silk now that a cunning plan has been found for it! ;)
by m d b
Fri Jan 26, 2007 4:09 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My one day dress! 1880ish
Replies: 4
Views: 3090

Thank you:) Luckily most of the shortcuts I took are reversable, well the ones that matter anyway;) I can unpick the topstitching forming the boning channels, then I can sew in bones in cases, I can cover the overlocked (serged) seam allowances with strips of butterly silk (my extant mid 1890s bodic...
by m d b
Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:51 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My one day dress! 1880ish
Replies: 4
Views: 3090

My one day dress! 1880ish

Well it was one day plus final touch ups the next morning and some prep work the night before;) Click them to get the full size. http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v609/glittersweet/th_picnic4.jpg http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v609/glittersweet/th_picnic5.jpg http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v60...
by m d b
Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:10 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wishing dress, new photos
Replies: 40
Views: 21246

Actually I was sent the url to a public place to view the images:
http://nzphotographic.exposuremanager.c ... al_village
There are more there than on the forums:)
by m d b
Tue Jan 02, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: LM- Chemise and Silverado Corset
Replies: 25
Views: 16320

My corset closes with hooks and eyes down the front and I have never had an issue with the popping open or the hooks opening and I get at least a 4 inch reduction with it. I used expensive hook and eye tape which is what they used in the film. I used wide steel strapping as a replacement for the wid...
by m d b
Thu Dec 28, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: waist or hip yoke?
Replies: 5
Views: 5106

Draft a pattern based on a skirt or even a pair of pants you currently wear?
You just need to make the top and bottom edges curved slightly and the sides angled in slightly so laying a pair of pants or skirt on paper/calico/other test pattern material will give you a good start.
by m d b
Sat Dec 23, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Can you sing?
Replies: 16
Views: 10147

Hmm.....stomach breathing. Well, the way I have been taught (by several different singing teachers) to breathe, you don't so much expand your stomach as widen the bottom of your rib cage. Yes. One of my teachers said there are plenty of people who can push a piano with their belly but it does't mak...
by m d b
Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wishing dress, new photos
Replies: 40
Views: 21246

Hehe, no I just lost weight and the panniers are hanging too loosely (so are aflling forward) ;) I need to adjust the pannier and backdrape layer. (I lost 8cm from my hips which is about 2 1/2 inches.) I made the black dress in 2004 . I think I posted about it here.. The bolero is from I think 1872 ...
by m d b
Sun Nov 19, 2006 4:11 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Wishing dress, new photos
Replies: 40
Views: 21246

Photos from today when I wore the dress again:)
by m d b
Sun Nov 19, 2006 4:08 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1870s Hair
Replies: 9
Views: 4808

They were from a dollar store! people by pass them because they are curly crunchy things that can be just too shiney. However these are a nice make for the same price in the same stores and are made with two shades of hair. Mine was a dark blonde with a light. The light being longer so gives the eff...
by m d b
Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:13 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1870s Hair
Replies: 9
Views: 4808

Thank you for the kind words:) I will be wearing the costume and hairpieces tomorrow so I'm hoping to get some nice outdoor photos as well.
by m d b
Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:48 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1870s Hair
Replies: 9
Views: 4808

1870s Hair

I am going to a live day at Howick Historic Village again and decided to snazz up my Blue Dress with a new hairstyle. As the dress has such a mid 1870s silhouette (lets not discuss the other elements of which come from all over the 70s and 80s!) I decided to go mad with fake hair and came up with th...
by m d b
Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: New 1873 Polonaise
Replies: 8
Views: 5111

Lovely:) The colours work very well together:)
by m d b
Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:40 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Corset lace preference
Replies: 12
Views: 7491

The strongest "lace" I found was actually a nylon ribbon braid that was very closely woven. I tested it in store by rubbing it on the edge of a plastic display to see how badly it would rip. It hardly shed at all and that was treating it infinitely rougher than anything 'd actually inflict on them;)...
by m d b
Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:55 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: bodice help-make me curvier!
Replies: 41
Views: 25615

Hee, there was just a discussion on H-cost about small busts and how to get a curvy shape, so here I weigh in again;) Having personal experience as well. Yes a corset. I would highly recommend a corset with gussets at the bust and waist for those of use with smaller differences between bust and wais...
by m d b
Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My version of Gwendolen's archery dress
Replies: 29
Views: 14194

Beautiful :) I especially love the colour changes you made and the shaping you acheived.
by m d b
Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:14 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1885-7 walking dress
Replies: 8
Views: 4129

Thank you everyone:) It is after a real dress worn by a young girl in a book of American photographs. The really lovely large volume (I have the title on the webpage) not the slim Dover print (though that too has some lovely images in it.) I went for fuller skirt drapery though to make use of the fa...
by m d b
Sun Aug 20, 2006 4:27 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1885-7 walking dress
Replies: 8
Views: 4129

1885-7 walking dress

We had another "live day" at the historical village in Auckland so I went along with a new dress and had a friend in one of my older costuems (refitted for her.) http://costumes.glittersweet.com/historical/1887grey.htm http://costumes.glittersweet.com/historical/1887grey4.jpg There's more info and m...

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