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by David H Smith
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: "In this style, 10/6d"
Replies: 6
Views: 4628

Re: "In this style, 10/6d"

The only other Top hat maker I heard of in London was about 80, so I was probably the better candidate! xx
by David H Smith
Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:11 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: "In this style, 10/6d"
Replies: 6
Views: 4628

Re: "In this style, 10/6d"

Well Mary, to shape the sides of the block, I used a traditional 'spoke shave plane', rather a laborious job. That was why I used a softwood for the block. Oak or Beech would have given me a great deal of blisters! As regards the adhesive, I use 'Copydex', but as you say, apply it too liberally, and...
by David H Smith
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:18 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: "In this style, 10/6d"
Replies: 6
Views: 4628

"In this style, 10/6d"

Hello everyone, I thought I would share with you my technique for making a classic Top Hat. It was one of the things that brought my wife (Susan - smt22) and me together after I saw her photographs of a couple of her outfits! A few of you have asked about the Top Hats in my photos, well this is how ...
by David H Smith
Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: LLandrindod Wells Victorian Festival
Replies: 3
Views: 5469

Re: LLandrindod Wells Victorian Festival

Long may it continue! hope to see you chaps at another dress ball. :)
by David H Smith
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Bustle Underwear
Replies: 4
Views: 3875

Re: Bustle Underwear

Fantastic workmanship on your petticoat and corset. I expect you will show the same attention to detail on the reproduction dress!
by David H Smith
Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:20 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Sewing Machine Recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 7819

Re: Sewing Machine Recommendations

I am fascinated by all of the machine options now available, as a novice i'm still working on a 'hand cranked, turn of the century' Sowitch machine, with a 'Jones' flying shuttle. I've had to make the bobbin's for it, but it's become kind of 'an old friend'! A victorian machine still making Victoria...
by David H Smith
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Dave Smith starts a 'New Old trade'
Replies: 7
Views: 7512

Re: Dave Smith starts a 'New Old trade'

If you are into making your own patterns and such, I have the book for you. "Men's Garments 1830-1900" by R. I. Davis. It is detailed instructions for drafting custom patterns based on your measurements. I have a friend who makes a lot of his own clothing, and he finally gave this book a ...
by David H Smith
Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Dave Smith starts a 'New Old trade'
Replies: 7
Views: 7512

Re: Dave Smith starts a 'New Old trade'

Welcome aboard! I am so incredibly jealous of Susan. What a great way to bond with your spouse! I recently finished a LM Frock Coat. Not that I am impressed with the work I did, but I was learning while doing it and I would love to see and learn how from someone who knows. :) I look forward to seei...
by David H Smith
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Dave Smith starts a 'New Old trade'
Replies: 7
Views: 7512

Dave Smith starts a 'New Old trade'

Hi everyone, I am a newcomer to T/V. My wife [Susan,Aka smt22] started me off tailoring, with a 'Laughing Moon' waistcoat. It was not long before I wanted to try to make my own frock coat to accompany her to various events. I think I am really hooked to the hobby now, and infact draughted my own wed...

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