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by Bookwyrm
Wed May 19, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Parisian Museum - Les Arts Decoratif
Replies: 0
Views: 2074

Parisian Museum - Les Arts Decoratif

Back in the dark ages, in this thread about Scarlett O'Hara's BBQ dress, links and instructions were posted for using the AMAZING, HUGE fashion plate library on the Les Arts Decoratif museum's website. It looks like in the intervening time they've updated their website, and the instructions no longe...
by Bookwyrm
Wed May 19, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Men's clothing patterns
Replies: 5
Views: 4435

Re: Men's clothing patterns

Thank you!
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 16, 2010 1:21 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Men's clothing patterns
Replies: 5
Views: 4435

Re: Men's clothing patterns

Xole - I don't suppose I could get those scans from you? rabid.bookwyrm at gmail dot com
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 16, 2010 1:20 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Corsetmakers in or near Stockholm, Sweden?
Replies: 10
Views: 9738

Re: Corsetmakers in or near Stockholm, Sweden?

Ohmygoodness, lovely.
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 16, 2010 1:18 am
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Questions about Underpinnings
Replies: 5
Views: 4883

Re: Questions about Underpinnings

You can also do a flannel petticoat to wear under your hoops - make it just a little wider than you need to walk, and ankle or mid-calf length. If you get really, really cold, you can quilt it.
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 16, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Photos wanted
Replies: 28
Views: 27837

Re: Photos wanted

Ooh, while we're on requests: back and front views of everything! I almost always want the view not shown.

I really wish I had any pictures to contribute, but I haven't made anything from TV patterns yet (well... I used one as the basis for something, but it's completely unrecognizable).
by Bookwyrm
Thu May 13, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Photos wanted
Replies: 28
Views: 27837

Re: Photos wanted

I have also thought that the photogallery would be more useful if the photos were linked from the pattern catalogue. If there's anything I can do to help you sort that out, I'd be happy to.
by Bookwyrm
Thu May 13, 2010 5:32 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: What to do, what to do.
Replies: 2
Views: 2937

Re: What to do, what to do.

I also have short hair. I don't really have any suggestions, since I haven't done any Victorian stuff (I don't know of any group around here), but I've heard the false bun idea before and I expect it would work. Depending on the haircut you have, there are also falls or half-wigs, which are intended...
by Bookwyrm
Thu May 13, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: 1840's Summer Bodice on Ebay
Replies: 5
Views: 4092

Re: 1840's Summer Bodice on Ebay

Thank you!
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 09, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: 1840's Summer Bodice on Ebay
Replies: 5
Views: 4092

Re: 1840's Summer Bodice on Ebay

Erin - Which clothing store? Anywhere that sells antique dresses for a song is worth a visit in my book.
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 09, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: More questions on the Polonaise...
Replies: 12
Views: 6888

Re: More questions on the Polonaise...

It's true, I find hand buttonholes very difficult (I think there's just some technique I haven't quite figured out - I hear that hardening the edges with beeswax melted on a knife can really help with making a buttonhole neat), but hand eyelets are very easy and pretty for me. It's all about practice.
by Bookwyrm
Wed May 05, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: More questions on the Polonaise...
Replies: 12
Views: 6888

Re: More questions on the Polonaise...

If you're making the button holes by hand, you do want to use a heavy thread (buttonhole twist, actually), but on a machine it's up to you.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:33 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Crinoline & Skirt
Replies: 27
Views: 15119

Re: Crinoline & Skirt

There's a page up at Sense and Sensibility on how to grade patterns. I'm having no luck digging it up, but I remember it on her site somewhere.
by Bookwyrm
Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:30 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 8
Views: 5754

Re: Shoes

A 9 (US) men's shoe is an 11 women's wide. The Fitzwell (2nd link I left you) has black calf 11W shoes, and the Clarks (first link) has sandstone 11D shoes. The Fitzwell don't have the idea throat but as Tiffers said you could probably have that recut or just put a bow on it and don't worry too much...
by Bookwyrm
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: 18th century stays question
Replies: 2
Views: 3369

Re: 18th century stays question

Straps can help keep the shoulders erect, and might help with support, although typically 18th c. stays are not aimed at supporting the bust so much as containing and smoothing it. They generally seem to be stiff enough to hold up against even the most boobalicous onslaught. The silhouette is much m...
by Bookwyrm
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Romantic Corset
Replies: 2
Views: 3521

Re: Romantic Corset

Jill Salen's Corsets has one or two that probably come from the 1830s, but because of the transitional nature it's very difficult to precisely date things from that period.
by Bookwyrm
Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 8
Views: 5754

Re: Shoes

I don't know what size you need, but consider buying a plain woman's flat and adding the grosgrain bow to it. It would be a simple addition. Here are a pair: http://www.zappos.com/clarks-book-pump-navy-leather And another: http://www.zappos.com/fitzwell-jenn-navy-calf And another, my favorites: http...
by Bookwyrm
Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Green and cream check polonaise
Replies: 7
Views: 5956

Re: Green and cream check polonaise

I hear you on bad feet. I can't wear heels over an inch (inherited bunion tendencies) and I have wide feet, so basically nothing fits.
by Bookwyrm
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: sleeve patterning question
Replies: 2
Views: 2334

Re: sleeve patterning question

It looks like the lower sleeve is sheer, but has a heavier wide trim around the hem which helps hold it out in that smooth edge.
by Bookwyrm
Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: The Best Regency Era Patterns?
Replies: 12
Views: 7810

Re: The Best Regency Era Patterns?

Scaling things up is easy. I'm sure it's come up on the regency boards I linked, or try a google search.

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