Which Material for 1870?

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Which Material for 1870?

Postby applejelly » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:15 am

I would like to make TV20 with TV400 and TV410 with TV201 for a Victorian festival in November this year. I don't have a huge choice of material but one of the two fabric stores in town has taffeta and wool on special. I have looked online and most early bustle dresses online seem to be mostly silk some wool and cotton. Would taffeta be alright as I would like to mix and match the four pieces?
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Re: Which Material for 1870?

Postby ljt » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:34 am

Are you making a day dress or evening gown? For day I would say wool, evening silk.
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Re: Which Material for 1870?

Postby Heather » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:08 am

In all honesty, I try to stay away from taffeta. No matter what your dress looks like, the taffeta always translates as "glorified prom dress." (Unless it is 100% silk, then it works fabulously) I think you will be much better off something that does not have much shine to it. Wool or linen is great. Even plain cotton can look very nice.
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Re: Which Material for 1870?

Postby applejelly » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:19 am

Thank you, I would like to make the polanaise for a ball that is planned for the event and also a day dress as well. I have used taffeta before for a regency costume and I agree with you it did turn out the opposite of what I was looking for. The problem I have is there is very limited choice of fabric where I live but a shop in town does have a sale in wool $15 meter. [New Zealand]. I haven't looked yet, but not sure if it will work for ball gown.
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Re: Which Material for 1870?

Postby Heather » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:19 am

Try looking in the upholstery section. There is a fabric called faille, or sometimes bengaline, that is fantastic. It is basically looks like grosgrain ribbon, with ribs in it. It often will have a water mark. This fabric looks very historically accurate, even though today is it typically made of acetate or polyester. It will work for both day and evening.
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Re: Which Material for 1870?

Postby applejelly » Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:01 am

Thank you for that suggestion I will have to have a look at my local stores.
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Re: Which Material for 1870?

Postby smt22 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:08 am

If you're in NZ you could try looking on Trademe as well. I used to get a lot of fabric from there when I lived in New Zealand. Also, you'd be amazed how much fabric you can get from a set of curtains or duvet covers from Savemart! :-)
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Re: Which Material for 1870?

Postby applejelly » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:07 pm

I have thought about trademe but don't like to buy fabric without seeing it first I have purchased items which only bear a passing resemblance to the description. I have personal choice not to buy things from savemart they present themselves like a charity but actually they are a business and only give lip service to donating any profits to their charity. Sorry don't want to sound negative and I wish I could find a reputable seller on trademe it would make it much easier.

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