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by m d b
Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:33 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Diana's Ballgown Pictures
Replies: 24
Views: 11872

You look like Tissot could have painted you:) Instead of a whole new petticoat, could you cord the ruffles? I know cording was used in petticoats prior to the era and in some corsets around about the time of the dress, and after. You may find it helps keep the ruffles from collapsing on themselves s...
by m d b
Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:44 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Curious about a "vintage nightgown" pattern
Replies: 15
Views: 8205

I'm not familiar with the nightgown, is it toactually sleep in or is it a dressing gown type of thing? http://frazzledfrau.tripod.com/titanic I have a pattern diagram from a 1900s Girls' Own Annual for a dressing gown that sounds similar to what is being described. I do believe there is an online bo...
by m d b
Wed Nov 02, 2005 9:00 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Saloon girl!
Replies: 20
Views: 10382

So cute! And let it never be said ever again that red heads shouldn't wear pink*! Fron another redhead. With a pink fixation. I thnk next year will be the year of pink. Pity one can't tget those boots anymore. they are exactly what I want... (*It's all down to actual shade of hair and shade of pink ...
by m d b
Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:20 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Renaissance dress
Replies: 30
Views: 12246

Amanda, I understand about shoe requirements;) I hate the fact that I have to wear modern shoes with my garb because I really do make such an effort to make my whole ensemble correct for a look I'm going for. But frankly health comes first in everyhting now;) I don't think the gown really warrants a...
by m d b
Tue Oct 18, 2005 4:09 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Am I Period or Not?
Replies: 110
Views: 46691

When AIPON first disappeared another site took up the job some felt the original should have aimed for: http://slumberland.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=5 It's a much more focussed group, people actually willing to share information and ideas rather than just criticise work. There are several sectio...
by m d b
Wed Oct 12, 2005 3:21 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Striped outfit is now completely finished
Replies: 28
Views: 13662

Just, wow. Beautifully created there Merja:)
by m d b
Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:27 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Working without a dress form
Replies: 28
Views: 18603

If you have no time to make/buy a dummy then see if there is anythign around the house that might work. For my dummy stand I use the bas of a Christmas tree and an old vacuum tube. Now my secret is out! I also have used an old free stand lamp with a papermache form (from my own duct tape double) wit...
by m d b
Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:21 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Pattern for an Edwardian Day dress?
Replies: 8
Views: 4990

I have some "patterns" from a 1906 Girl's Own Annual online:
http://frazzledfrau.tripod.com/titanic

There is one camicole/corset cover and some petticoats etc.

They are really fabric layouts.
by m d b
Mon Sep 26, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: measuring corset boning
Replies: 9
Views: 7103

And now se sing Handle's Halleluia chorus!!! So often plastic is disregarded as "too flimsy." Yep, so is whalebone (which when fresh and not brittle from a hundred or so years poor storage) can bend back on itself. I have never had a problem with plastic, except when I used it only int he bodice wit...
by m d b
Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Bustle Query
Replies: 5
Views: 3857

I know there were fears in 80-81 of the crinoline returning (I think it was a miscommunication issue as it really meant the cage bustle) in Paris, but I'm not sure how widespread it was at this stage. From Corsets and Crinolines: 1879 The fight is on between inflation and flatness. It may last some ...
by m d b
Tue Sep 13, 2005 3:46 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Shoes From Elise Island
Replies: 4
Views: 2755

Oh my.. snaffling the image as I need a pair of flesh/tan coloured shoes for the show I'm in (will be worn under: http://costumes.glittersweet.com/historical/sg.htm ) I'm covering an older pair of shoes that are just too not quite right. This is a nice shape. Honestly it could be from the last quart...
by m d b
Thu Sep 08, 2005 8:31 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: desperately seeking help on sleeve lining!
Replies: 3
Views: 3993

It may also be the fabric playing silly buggers. I'm currently making Lucy's dress from Dracula (her first one, the one that screams pretty English Rose) and the (sperate) skirt lining is a fine silk. I'm using habotai which wiggles all over the place. Beautiful when made, frustrating when cutting. ...
by m d b
Tue Sep 06, 2005 10:03 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My version of Mina's Red Gown from Dracula
Replies: 12
Views: 6574

Ahhh.. I was thinking of something I had seen on a phantom dress which was ribbon instead.. long tube, sew long deep zigzags across and gather.. not sure how it would work. It came close with the ribbon, but not quite;) But I was originally thinking about a long long tube making tucks and pushing th...
by m d b
Tue Aug 23, 2005 6:38 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Fully pleated skirts are the DEVIL
Replies: 12
Views: 5959

If you don't mind hand sewing you could also use part of a technique to sew cartridge pleats in place. Sew a complete waistband and finish all the edges. Mark on your skirt where the waisband goes, pin it to heck;) Fold the excess fabric to the inside and hand sew the skirt to the waistband edge to ...
by m d b
Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:34 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Mock up / cotton lining of Grand Parlor Skirt
Replies: 36
Views: 15865

I'm wondering if it's heavy duty monofilament... like a hevay fishing line. I know you can use lighter stuff for lighter fluted ruffles. Wire will keep it's shape after being squished unless it is of a hardened variety.
by m d b
Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:06 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Corset boning
Replies: 9
Views: 6629

Well I use whatever is most appropriate for the era;) That means no metal until the 19th C (unless it's an orthopaedic corset*) and using cable ties as they are the cheapest baleen substitute one can buy. I would use reeds/caning, but my ribcage would crush them in no time;) I have used really wide ...
by m d b
Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:38 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Even more Costume College pictures :)
Replies: 26
Views: 13776

what, another man!! :evil: That's ok... I can share. :D I lurk...I come out from the shadows, then I'll lurk again. :lol: The lack of any opportunities regionally (we live in BC) to go to any events really puts a damper on investing the time and money into doing much costuming. :( hey I live NZ.. a...
by m d b
Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:17 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: New bodice - fitting question & neckline trim
Replies: 25
Views: 11180

1) Bless your mum, but she is thinking in modern terms not historical;) Modern clothing is shaped very differently (looser body and longer armscye-sleevehead combo) It fits fine. There are horizontal subtle ripples that the flash has highlighted, but that is only natural and are not stress wrinkles....
by m d b
Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:01 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Fashion Plates
Replies: 9
Views: 4548

I found this at last! I was going through my files when I came across a photo I had forgotten compare these: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/glittersweet/costume/1878hbwedd.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/glittersweet/costume/1877hbplate.jpg The gown is dated a year later than the ...
by m d b
Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:53 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Artist/Seamstress?
Replies: 21
Views: 11485

I can draw, in fact I have drawn since an early age, and just realised recently I was designing costumes for most of my childhood;) It was basically fan art but recreating wardrobes and characters ;) I have most of my art on my ISP provided site: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~thebruce/art/index.htm A...

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