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by Heather
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: A Belle Epoque Librarian
Replies: 2
Views: 2963

Re: A Belle Epoque Librarian

Ha, that is sooo cute!! Love the book print.
by Heather
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Size help with TV422
Replies: 4
Views: 2515

Re: Size help with TV422

I didn't see anything wrong with you math, or size choices in the previous post, based on your measurements as given. I got the same thing. Back width of 16 would be a size I for the back and side back. Then full bust of 42" less the Adjusted back of 21.5 gives you 20.5 left over for the adjust...
by Heather
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403
Replies: 8
Views: 4597

Re: newbie to fitting historical fashion - TV403

Looks like it is just too big around the bust for her. It looks like there is plenty of room at the front of the armhole, so I would take the extra width out of the Front at the side seam. Looks like you have maybe 3/4" on each side that you can take out? This will help with both of the issues:...
by Heather
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: to wash or not to wash interlining?
Replies: 1
Views: 1504

Re: to wash or not to wash interlining?

If you think you will ever wash the dress, then prewash the lining. If you know that it will never be cleaned, then don't bother. I never wash or clean my silk dresses, so often don't bother with prewashing.
by Heather
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: plaid matching tips
Replies: 1
Views: 1495

Re: plaid matching tips

With a gored skirt, it is impossible to match plaids or stripes. The problem is that one side of the seam is straight and the other side is bias. You can match at one point, but then from there, the stripes will become increasingly "off" the farther away from that point you go. If the ckec...
by Heather
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 35
Views: 16456

Re: Beginners question on TV442

Hailstop, sorry about that. If are flat lining only, and no bag lining, then you will need to do facings all around your edges. I find the best way is to make piping, with one side of the allowance longer, which doubles as a bias facing. I think I have a page on how to make pipings. Look below for t...
by Heather
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Size help with TV422
Replies: 4
Views: 2515

Re: Size help with TV422

Where are you short the 3"? At the bust, or at the waist, or both? If you are short at the bust, then I would suggest that you bust measure is larger than you measured. This measure is very easy to take too small. If you haven't seen it yet, I would suggest taking a look at my blog page about t...
by Heather
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 35
Views: 16456

Re: Beginners question on TV442

I think you are asking about TV422? Yes, the third neckline is a full high neckline.
by Heather
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: August Overskirt problems
Replies: 3
Views: 2693

Re: August Overskirt problems

Yes, a second skirt could easily be used as a petticoat. I would highly recommend an actual petticoat at some time in your future. They are wonderful, and you will wear it with pretty much every dress you ever make. So having a couple on hand is a huge benefit. Then you can mix-match them as needed ...
by Heather
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: August Overskirt problems
Replies: 3
Views: 2693

Re: August Overskirt problems

Yeah, taking in the front seams at the top would make the problem worse. I would let those seams back out, to get back to flatter front. If you need to take in the front section to fit over larger hips, put in a dart or pleat at the sides, rather than in the front panel. If you don't need to adjust ...
by Heather
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Natural form outfit?
Replies: 1
Views: 2167

Re: Natural form outfit?

This is a Natural Form era dress. Most likely the later end of it, 1880-1882. The striped dress has pannier drapes on the hips which is more of an 1880 thing. To make something similar, take a look at patterns TV225 - Fantail Skirt and TV428 Jacket bodice.
by Heather
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: TV382 closure question
Replies: 2
Views: 2160

Re: TV382 closure question

I think the overskirt leaves a little bit of a gap at the side closure. If you make them overlap, it will bring the back panel a little bit more towards the front on the left side. Which is not rally an issue. The back can be made wider or narrow without really effecting anything other that what you...
by Heather
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Fabric Requirements for Romantic Era Dress
Replies: 2
Views: 1934

Re: Fabric Requirements for Romantic Era Dress

I think this pattern has a deep hem on it, but for the skirt you really only need 3 x your waist to ankle lenth, plus hem and seam at the top.
by Heather
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 35
Views: 16456

Re: Beginners question on TV442

Ok, good. That sounds like you don't want more room in front, and adding to the back will be fine. And yes, with an off-shoulder bodice, you will not be able to lift your elbows over shoulder height. Often a little bit short of there. It can also restrict some forwards movement, like being able to m...
by Heather
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 35
Views: 16456

Re: Beginners question on TV442

Thank you for the hard numbers, that does help. Your reasoning sounds good to me. I think making the back larger would do the trick. And the easiest way would be to add to the center back. Then you won't have to mess with the side back and changing the curves. Or combine adding at the side seams wit...
by Heather
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: natural form jacket TV428
Replies: 4
Views: 2492

Re: natural form jacket TV428

before you give up on Natural Form, try it will a really good petticoat, like TV125. This will give some shaping to the skirts, so they aren't just hanging there. Natural Form can be very pretty. Of course, if you have you heart set on a bustle dress, then you just have to make a bustle. No way arou...
by Heather
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 35
Views: 16456

Re: Beginners question on TV442

It sounds like the one you have now just doesn't fit. I would guess that the bust measure she started out with was not taken large enough. I would suggest starting over. Before you do, take a look at my series on taking measures, especially, the bust measure. http://www.trulyvictorian.net/blog1/inde...
by Heather
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Beginners question on TV442
Replies: 35
Views: 16456

Re: Beginners question on TV442

Lacing helps with gaining weight, but not so much with loosing it. Unless you make a gap first, so it will lace smaller in the future. The biggest flaw in this idea is that the front will stay the same size, and as you get smaller and pull it to the back, it will start to bind at the armholes. (when...
by Heather
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: natural form jacket TV428
Replies: 4
Views: 2492

Re: natural form jacket TV428

The Natural Form era is called that because they dropped the extra hoops/bustles/pads. But they didn't really go totally flat. Have you taken a look at our history pages? http://trulyvictorian.net/history/1877.html
by Heather
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: skirt on the right
Replies: 2
Views: 2356

Re: skirt on the right

that is an interesting skirt. I would do a skirt lining out of a broadcloth using TV261, and attach the little hem ruffle to the bottom. The top skirt is interesting. It looks to me like they took about 4-5 yards and laid it over the lining on the cross grain, pleating/gathering the top edge to fit ...

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