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by Bookwyrm
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Stalled project - help!
Replies: 4
Views: 2098

Re: Stalled project - help!

I think a deep lace laid on flat around the neckline would look very nice - like this girl's: http://marquise.de/en/1800/arte/a1881_2.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; You could add a deeper ruffle or pleat of the red behind the brown ruffle at the edge of the skirt, a bit like th...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: lace-up bodice period correct?
Replies: 3
Views: 2234

Re: lace-up bodice period correct?

Small metal grommets should be appropriate. If the show too much on the dresses you can cover them with thread to match the dress (which is probably the most historically correct). Remember, though, the rule of stage costuming is it's only visible if you could see it from forty feet on a dancing cam...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:34 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: New Portland OR group
Replies: 8
Views: 9561

New Portland OR group

Hi all, A friend and I have decided to start a Victorian costuming group in Portland, OR, since we couldn't find one to join. We are the Puddletown Victorian Enthusiasts' Society. Our website is http://victorianportland.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; We meet twice monthly at the...
by Bookwyrm
Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: 1881 Evening Dress
Replies: 8
Views: 6515

Re: 1881 Evening Dress

That yellow dress is terribly lovely.
by Bookwyrm
Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Use of flowers on ballgowns
Replies: 3
Views: 3425

Re: Use of flowers on ballgowns

Waistline, shoulder, back hip. I wouldn't do one CF on the bust, I'd do more at the side of the neckline, going up towards the shoulder. And then maybe one on the other side at the waist or around towards the back.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 3 Bustles
Replies: 4
Views: 4471

Re: 3 Bustles

Oh my god, I love the bondage straps on the overskirt! I used to have a pair of enormous pants in that style ('til they fell apart, alas! second hand hot topic clothing) with chains and straps and etc.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: boiled wool: will it shrink?
Replies: 2
Views: 3060

Re: boiled wool: will it shrink?

Ok, this is of no relevance whatsoever, but I cannot help hearing your post read in the Old Spice Man's voice. Hello, ladies. *cough* The boiled wool I've worked with did continue to shrink. A solution I have heard of but not used is, get a towel wet but not sopping and put it in the dryer with the ...
by Bookwyrm
Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: What is a waist-band and what does it do?
Replies: 9
Views: 7631

Re: What is a waist-band and what does it do?

Yes, they're another layer of sturdiness at the waist. I know a lot of people swear by them, but unless I'm worried about the strength of my fabric, I don't tend to bother. They're also called waist stays or waist tapes. The imprint of the tape can show through the outer layer in some cases, so ther...
by Bookwyrm
Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Ambitious Beginner Seeking Reassurance!
Replies: 12
Views: 6970

Re: Ambitious Beginner Seeking Reassurance!

Don't use a low-quality polyester satin (or a cheap brocade, but the satin is the really important one) if you can avoid it. Put the money that you're saving doing this yourself into really fine fabrics and supplies, and they will look and work up better. Baste the satin seams by hand (about 1/4&quo...
by Bookwyrm
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1874 reception dress
Replies: 33
Views: 24314

Re: 1874 reception dress

Heavens, yes. Is the pusher tool anything special? It looks like it's just a bit of metal that won't go further than the depth of the pleat through the rails. Are there other pushers, for pleats of different depths?
by Bookwyrm
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Those tiny metal sequins?
Replies: 6
Views: 4753

Re: Those tiny metal sequins?

Hedgehog Handworks also carries them online; you may wish to comparison shop there. They have gold and silver.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Back length on TV 261
Replies: 3
Views: 2577

Re: Back length on TV 261

If you haven't cut it yet, you could just trim enough to turn into those cornery bits (perhaps from the corners of the long pannel?) and keep the train!
by Bookwyrm
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: 1881 Evening Dress
Replies: 8
Views: 6515

Re: 1881 Evening Dress

This was also a problem back in the day.

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Aside: does anyone else hate the new Flickr? I know I do.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Carhartt work corset
Replies: 8
Views: 6307

Re: Carhartt work corset

Oh, that's even better!

I'm rabid_bookwyrm on LJ - the new corsetmakers mod.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Victorian Society Anual Ball
Replies: 3
Views: 6372

Re: Victorian Society Anual Ball

Sorry, what state is that in?
by Bookwyrm
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Carhartt work corset
Replies: 8
Views: 6307

Re: Carhartt work corset

I think the tool belt paraphenalia is actually riveted on (if I remember the Corsetmakers post right, anyway). I wouldn't expect snaps to hold against as much wear as it's likely to get.
by Bookwyrm
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Purple Victorian Day Dress
Replies: 11
Views: 8266

Re: Purple Victorian Day Dress

Absolutely stunning. All your details just bring it to life.
by Bookwyrm
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Need idea for bodice for TV216 Parisian skirt.
Replies: 5
Views: 4056

Re: Need idea for bodice for TV216 Parisian skirt.

Yes, you'll probably want to cut the hip much looser than the pattern calls for and tailor it in when you make a mockup. Good luck!
by Bookwyrm
Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:45 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Steampunky fun
Replies: 3
Views: 4264

Re: Steampunky fun

Oh, good job! Steampunk doesn't have to be about goggles and gears and blinkey lights and this is an excellent example of that.
by Bookwyrm
Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Need idea for bodice for TV216 Parisian skirt.
Replies: 5
Views: 4056

Re: Need idea for bodice for TV216 Parisian skirt.

During the early bustle, the 'ideal' torso was much shorter and rounder, whereas during the later bustle period the 'ideal' torso was very tall, with broader shoulders and a narrow waist. If you just prefer the taller torso over the shorter one, I don't see why you couldn't graft the two ideas toget...

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