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by Bookwyrm
Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Pattern Advice Needed
Replies: 12
Views: 7369

Re: Pattern Advice Needed

I love that dress. I've sketched a couple of possible fronts to experiment with, but it'll probably be a long time before I get around to it.
by Bookwyrm
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:24 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Pleats question
Replies: 3
Views: 3039

Re: Pleats question

I've definitely seen original dressed whose pleats were tacked down six or twelve inches above the hem to keep them from shifting. I don't have any specific references, sorry.
by Bookwyrm
Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: I am starting a dress diary!
Replies: 16
Views: 9988

Re: I am starting a dress diary!

Heather, this is fantastic! I love reading dress diaries. Thank you thank you thank you!
by Bookwyrm
Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Crinoline Fashions at NMSU
Replies: 4
Views: 3885

Re: Crinoline Fashions at NMSU

Yup. And there are a bunch of things in there that look like stills from old movies, rather than original photographs. It's pretty frustrating, especially since period movies aren't often the most accurate.
by Bookwyrm
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Victorian Mourning Costume
Replies: 7
Views: 5562

Re: Victorian Mourning Costume

That is a stunning mechanical arm. Would you mind telling me how to made it? Even a rough summary would be great.
by Bookwyrm
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Gathered Dress 456
Replies: 3
Views: 5557

Re: Gathered Dress 456

A seam is just a dart that goes all the way from one edge to the other. You can always adjust them just like you would any dart.
by Bookwyrm
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Dress Fabric
Replies: 7
Views: 5420

Re: Dress Fabric

Here are a couple more screenshots for you. I have a few more, though these are the best; if you'd like to PM me your email address I'll send 'em your direction. Sorry they're not very big - click the thumbnails and then click again for the full size. The back: I think there's a bow or tails or some...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Dress Fabric
Replies: 7
Views: 5420

Re: Dress Fabric

River's got her muff in front of her waist in all the shots, so it's really hard to tell if that's a bodice and overskirt or a polonaise, but my money would be on separate bodice and overskirt. What I see is a very long front drape (knee length) with those big round tabs (pleated so that a stripe ru...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Oct 22, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Downton Abbey Corset
Replies: 7
Views: 7522

Re: Downton Abbey Corset

It looks like there is some kind of horizontal seam just below the waist, which suggests separate hip panels, possibly just in front. That's fairly easy to add - when you get a mockup that fits well, draw on the panel you want. On the pattern, transfer the shape of the panel over and trace those pie...
by Bookwyrm
Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Crinoline Fashions at NMSU
Replies: 4
Views: 3885

Re: Crinoline Fashions at NMSU

I really wish the author had bothered to attribute most of the images.
by Bookwyrm
Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: What type of buttons?
Replies: 6
Views: 4454

Re: What type of buttons?

These square metal buttons are replicas of extant buttons (We have the same style from several manufacturers, which almost definitely means it's a repro): http://buttons.com/KeywordSearch_Results.asp?Keywords=newbury+square&Submit.x=0&Submit.y=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Washing ruffled dress
Replies: 6
Views: 4447

Re: Washing ruffled dress

Vinegar is actually used to set dye. As long as you are careful not to make huge drips on the fabric, I wouldn't worry - cotton isn't prone to water spotting. However, I don't know much about that kind of finish - you may get spotting or washing away on the finish before the whole thing goes in the ...
by Bookwyrm
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:20 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: New Dinner bodice outfit
Replies: 5
Views: 4648

Re: New Dinner bodice outfit

Ooh, tell me about PDX Gear Con?
by Bookwyrm
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Curious about the new Edwardian Corset
Replies: 12
Views: 9372

Re: Curious about the new Edwardian Corset

Heather, that's a lovely pattern! I'm excited!
by Bookwyrm
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:42 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: super puffy overskirt
Replies: 6
Views: 4539

Re: super puffy overskirt

My guess was also 1883 - It's clearly late bustle, not early (bodice shape and lack of train give it away) but that blue overskirt is very reminiscent of the late natural form overskirts (they often got sort of pannier-y towards the end). Later on in the late bustle overskirts got very vertical and ...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Regency Site?
Replies: 5
Views: 7177

Re: Regency Site?

The Regency Society of America boards are here: http://regencysa.proboards.com/index.cgi?

We have lots of pictures in the 'inspiration' posts stickied to the top of all the costuming boards.
by Bookwyrm
Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Cicago, Seattle, Portland, SF - Autumn 2011?
Replies: 11
Views: 10958

Re: Cicago, Seattle, Portland, SF - Autumn 2011?

I'm in Portland. The shop I work in, the Button Emporium and Ribbonry, has a ton of glass and metal vintage or reproduction buttons (metal is almost all repro, glass is both), and some really lovely vintage ribbons and laces. We also have things that aren't reproduction but will work depending on th...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: Cicago, Seattle, Portland, SF - Autumn 2011?
Replies: 11
Views: 10958

Re: Cicago, Seattle, Portland, SF - Autumn 2011?

I'm in Portland. The shop I work in, the Button Emporium and Ribbonry, has a ton of glass and metal vintage or reproduction buttons (metal is almost all repro, glass is both), and some really lovely vintage ribbons and laces. We also have things that aren't reproduction but will work depending on th...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:58 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Need help dating recent purchases
Replies: 7
Views: 5621

Re: Need help dating recent purchases

The huge buttons definitely appear in fashion plates at the turn of the century - I'm thinking in particular of bicycling and other sporting clothes.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Recreating a Dress from Man From Snowy River
Replies: 1
Views: 2979

Re: Recreating a Dress from Man From Snowy River

The poem the movie was based on was written in 1890, and it looks to me as though the moviemakers set the costuming right about that time. So she isn't wearing a bustle, just full petticoats (or perhaps a very small pad, to hold out the back of the skirt). You should look more to the Belle Epoch ski...

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