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by Bookwyrm
Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: How to clean vintage gloves?
Replies: 8
Views: 5723

Re: How to clean vintage gloves?

Jumping on here - anyone know for leather? I picked up some fine white leather gloves and they're a little grubby around the fingers. My expectation is they can't be cleaned, but it seems worth asking.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: The Best Regency Era Patterns?
Replies: 12
Views: 7812

Re: The Best Regency Era Patterns?

Because Regency dress is so simple, they're the easiest patterns to scale up from books. You should have a look at the Cut of Women's Clothes and Patterns of Fashion and suchlike.
by Bookwyrm
Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: stockings?
Replies: 25
Views: 17490

Re: stockings?

My housemate works for [url]sockdreams.com[/url]; they have an assortment of socks and stockings in various fibres - I'm particularly excited about some of the wool ones. The only thing to note is that if your leg is bulky (including muscular - I've got bicyclist's legs, for example) then socks won'...
by Bookwyrm
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Corsets are for men too--cartoon
Replies: 2
Views: 5147

Re: Corsets are for men too--cartoon

Oh yeah. Military men wore stays to improve their posture and figures, dandies wore them... it wasn't as widespread, I believe, as women's corsetry, but it was certainly done. I've seen other cartoons of men in stays, but I don't remember where.
by Bookwyrm
Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:52 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: The Best Regency Era Patterns?
Replies: 12
Views: 7812

Re: The Best Regency Era Patterns?

There's a Regency board much like this one at http://regencysa.proboards.com/index.cgi? - there is a board of pattern reviews and discussion.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:08 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: I think I've done something wrong...
Replies: 6
Views: 3639

Re: I think I've done something wrong...

Bias tape is cut fabric on the bias; twill tape is a veeeeery narrow woven fabric on the straight of grain. Each edge is a selvedge, so there's no raveling.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Crinoline & Skirt
Replies: 27
Views: 15124

Re: Crinoline & Skirt

If one ruffle has to be more full than the other, I would make the bottom one the bigger.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Professional seamstresses in or around Portland, OR?
Replies: 2
Views: 5551

Re: Professional seamstresses in or around Portland, OR?

Thank you. I *think* someone else actually suggested her and she doesn't do weddings (too much stress). In any case, they found a seamstress they're quite happy with, but I appreciate the suggestion very much!
by Bookwyrm
Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: The Odyssey diary
Replies: 10
Views: 8038

Re: The Odyssey diary

You should try this on without pants or bra. Lightweight knit yoga-pants are ok, but the waistband of anything like jeans will mess up the fit. And you don't ever want to wear a corset over a bra - you can ruin the bra and the corset won't fit right.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: We need a hat thread!
Replies: 30
Views: 19596

Re: We need a hat thread!

A suggestion I've heard, if you don't want to charge money for one reason or another, is to trade time. Hour for hour, you'll sew or make hats and she'll.... Mind your children? Clean? Run errands? Fix your computer? Build you a new computer from components? And not "cooking but actually loiter...
by Bookwyrm
Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Age Appropriate Dress
Replies: 2
Views: 2327

Re: Age Appropriate Dress

Briefly, older women (married women) wore darker, richer colours and more jewelry. This is true for day and evening wear. Rather than, say, floating cotton and silk voiles, they would more likely wear taffeta and velvet, or wool. Decoration such as beading or embroidery on a dress might also be more...
by Bookwyrm
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: planning a project
Replies: 4
Views: 2739

Re: planning a project

I think a princess-seamed foundation. Then lay over it the neckline ruffles, the front 'vest' and the skirt ruffles, far enough back that the edges won't show. Then over all that the side and back drapes, which can be loose at the front edges or just gently tacked down.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: 1890's Maids dress
Replies: 3
Views: 2717

Re: 1890's Maids dress

I found a really fantastic book on servants' clothing in the Portland library once and I've never been able to figure out what it was since, or I would recommend it to you. This is what I remember: You should keep in mind there were different levels of servant. The parlor maids were the most fashion...
by Bookwyrm
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: 2 more cartoons from 1870s
Replies: 1
Views: 2443

Re: 2 more cartoons from 1870s

Yes! I love both of those, I'm so glad you posted them.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Ripple Jacket fit help
Replies: 6
Views: 5648

Re: Ripple Jacket fit help

You might also want to be fitting over a blouse, if that's what you'll eventually be wearing this over. The extra fabric will change how it fits.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Skirt that would work with and without a bustle
Replies: 3
Views: 2462

Re: Skirt that would work with and without a bustle

Or have a skirt that is somewhat more trained for the NF clothing. The first part of NF, trains were very in fashion, so this is not necessarily a bad thing.
by Bookwyrm
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Gaslamp Romance outfit
Replies: 0
Views: 2528

Gaslamp Romance outfit

My housemates are getting married in April on a dirigible, and they have logically decided to go with a steampunk theme for the wedding. While the ceremony itself will be quite small (only twelve seats on the airship), they'll keep the theme for the reception. Here's my planned outfit: http://trulyv...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Day to Evening Dress
Replies: 5
Views: 4083

Re: Day to Evening Dress

I would also put good money on the pattern only coming with the bodice and maybe the sleeves. The front drapey bits and possibly the sleeves will almost certainly not be included.
by Bookwyrm
Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Professional seamstresses in or around Portland, OR?
Replies: 2
Views: 5551

Professional seamstresses in or around Portland, OR?

Ladies - My housemate is getting married and is looking for a seamstress in or around Portland, Oregon, to make her dress. Anyone got any suggestions or recommendations? SF Bay Area would also be acceptable, though not as good with airfare the way it is now. Also, if there's anyone out there (again,...
by Bookwyrm
Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:47 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: my first ever made victorian undies!
Replies: 7
Views: 6315

Props to you for a well-fitting corset! That's lovely, as is the rest of the set.

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