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by Val
Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: What kind of chemise for a square necked bodice?
Replies: 1
Views: 2424

What kind of chemise for a square necked bodice?

I'm currently making TV 410 that has a deep square neck. All my Victorian chemises ride pretty high and are not wide enough to pull down my shoulders or low on the bosom. All I can think of is using my Regency chemise which is really loose. What has everyone else used for this particular neckline? Val
by Val
Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My 1880s Best Black Bustle gown w/ lots of frou frou
Replies: 3
Views: 3016

My 1880s Best Black Bustle gown w/ lots of frou frou

These were taken before I put the boning in since I needed to manipulate the fabric a lot while sewing trims and buttons on, so I apologize for the whimpiness of the bodice. I used TV 420 for the bodice; TV 221 for the skirt; & one of my TV apron patterns but I've Frankenteined it so much, I don...
by Val
Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:18 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Question about instructions for TV410 Polonaise
Replies: 15
Views: 7625

Thanks Heather for the quick answer, since we'll all be sewing with that pattern today.
BTW, I should have some photos of my purple 1830s gown (from the Riverside Dickens fashion show), and my 1885 black bustle gown to post soon. I'm wearing them both to Costume College too.
by Val
Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:33 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Question about instructions for TV410 Polonaise
Replies: 15
Views: 7625

This was exactly some of the questions I was coming here to ask about the flatlining, about it ending abruptly at the waistline. And most of mine were answered, thank you. I still have one. My flatlining, twill, ends in the middle of the darts. So does this make the lower part of the darts wonky wit...
by Val
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Dickens fest Riverside California
Replies: 3
Views: 3213

I was there Sat, and even tho we had intermittant rain, two downpours, and sunshine, all the vendors were there. We had a great fashion show this year. I posted a photo of my TV 1830s gown in the Show & Tell section.
by Val
Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My TV 1830s gown worn at yesterday's Riverside Dickens Fair
Replies: 4
Views: 3651

My TV 1830s gown worn at yesterday's Riverside Dickens Fair

I finally got a halfway decent photo that I could post here. Yesterday I wore my new gown in the fashion show at the Riverside Dickens Fair. I think it came out very nice, and had lots of compliments on it, especially the draping across the front. It's made with a purple and gold cotton, in a reprod...
by Val
Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:35 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1830s pattern, TV 455 sleeves
Replies: 7
Views: 5819

Another question on the sleeve: I'm almost done with the dress.
I am not lining the sleeves, so am not finishing the cuffs by sewing right sides together. I was going to just turn the edges under but is it supposed to be open like a slit?
by Val
Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:18 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1830s pattern, TV 455 sleeves
Replies: 7
Views: 5819

Oh yes, I know Loren, and I've seen her dress. She's on my LiveJournal list so maybe I can talk to her about it.
by Val
Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1830s pattern, TV 455 sleeves
Replies: 7
Views: 5819

1830s pattern, TV 455 sleeves

I'm making this lovely pattern to wear to the San Francisco CA Dickens Faire (if it's not cold, have another backup for it) and the Riverside CA Dickens Festival. I want to make the upper portion of the sleeves to collapse with gathering/smocking, then add a ruffle just below it where it billows out...
by Val
Mon Jul 14, 2008 10:02 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Show me your TV 1830's Romantic Era gown!
Replies: 10
Views: 6809

Kat, I have mine cut out but won't be sewing it for another month (after CC) You'll probably see it on my LJ before you do here. :)
Val (chloe&rudy)
by Val
Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: One of our own needs prayers
Replies: 17
Views: 8924

I just popped in for a visit and saw this post.
Dana, I know we haven't talked in awhile but you are in my prayers for a complete recovery, and prayers for strength for your family.
I hope we get to talk again soon.
Val- San Diego
by Val
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

Dana wrote:But boy does that ruffler save a lot of time.

That's what I was thinking when I make my couple rows of ruffles on a petticoat. I'll just keep feeding it, and feeding it, and ......... :shock:
by Val
Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

Thank you Dana, I'll save this to my notes. I ended up with about 6" too much fabric when I finally pinned the pleats to the skirt, so just took that out. MUCH better than buying more fabric. Of course it would have been nice to have those sharp 1 1/2" pleats but at least it's done and loo...
by Val
Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

Thank you for the "halving" technique, Heather. I think that might help. :D **Edited to add** If this helps anyone, I just quartered my ruffle/pleat fabric, and my skirt. Each 1/4 of the skirt was 24 inches, so that's what my pleated 1/4 had to fit. I played with it a bit, and came up with...
by Val
Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

I think the 2 extra yards would work. The original yardage is only for making that a ruffle, so you have to figure extra for pleating.
Same to you! :D
by Val
Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Travelling with a wardrobe to events
Replies: 11
Views: 6909

I've only had to travel 3 hrs to an event (Costume College) where I need to bring lots of stuff (4 outfits w/ hats). I put everything that hangs in garment bags, and the rest of the stuff in a small suitcase, and a small cosmetic bag. My bonnets/hats go in hat boxes.
Glad to hear you're both OK.
by Val
Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

Val-May I ask what yardage you bought for this skirt? Thanks!-dani I'm using TV 221, the 1878 Tie-Back underskirt with the ruffle, which is also used for pleats. It's a Natural Form, no bustle. My fabric is silk dupioni. The skirt calls for 5 3/4 yds of (45" or 60"wide) fabric. The ruffle...
by Val
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:31 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

Thank you Heather, and Elin. That will help very much. I knew about multiplying the fabric but I didn't know by how much related to the size of the pleats. I think at this point, I'll do the adding pieces on as I go.
Thanks again for the great help.
by Val
Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221
Replies: 13
Views: 7871

Pleats vrs ruffle on skirt 221

I spent about an hour doing knife pleats with a fork on my pattern piece, and then realized it may not be long enough to go around my skirt. Sure enough, I looked at the pattern and it says it's for a ruffle& I can tell it's not going to make it. :( So is there anyway you/anyone can tell me how ...
by Val
Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:17 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Video for knife pleats using a fork
Replies: 9
Views: 5997

This is going to be my first attempt at making pleats, and I'm sure Heather can answer better than I from her experience. But as I'm thinking about it, I don't think think it would make much difference, although while sewing on the machine and using the fork, it seems it would be easy to be folding ...

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