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by Bookwyrm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Fully pleated bustle skirt
Replies: 2
Views: 2340

Re: Fully pleated bustle skirt

To do pleats whose folds all perfectly kiss, you'll actually need three times the width (if you sketch out a cross-section of pleating, you'll see this - every part of the pleated section is three layers deep of fabric). Which is another reason to start the pleats as low as possible - save fabric!
by Bookwyrm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Stripes RE worded question!
Replies: 2
Views: 2668

Re: Stripes RE worded question!

Yes, you can do that. You will want to be sure that the center fold is pressed or washed out; some fabrics hold folds really well (which is bad in that case), but other than that there should be no problem.
by Bookwyrm
Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: My Outfits from Wild West Con, 3/4-3/6/11
Replies: 15
Views: 10156

Re: My Outfits from Wild West Con, 3/4-3/6/11

I love it. It speaks so much more than so many more generic steampunk costumes. Did you do the leather bodice yourself?
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 15, 2011 8:18 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: New Portland OR group
Replies: 8
Views: 8851

Re: New Portland OR group

Sadly, we pretty much dissolved. It was a lovely idea, but more difficult in practice. There is a dance in the works, but I haven't been part of organizing it - one of our brief members decided to go ahead on a very casual summer social dance. I've been traveling the last week, so I don't know anyth...
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 15, 2011 8:00 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: First Victorian Ensemble for Fashion Show
Replies: 7
Views: 6142

Re: First Victorian Ensemble for Fashion Show

Very, very nice. I really enjoy those pleated bell sleeves.
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 15, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Collars and Cuffs
Replies: 4
Views: 4065

Re: Collars and Cuffs

I've seen lots of designs for collars and cuffs in fashion magazines like Peterson's and La Mode. Keep an eye out, and they'll start turning up. I think the Peterson's over at Festive Attyre have several different options, and she mostly has 1870s magazines up.
by Bookwyrm
Sun May 15, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: Sleeve Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 4961

Re: Sleeve Problems

Very nice. The lace collar feels very authentic.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:56 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Waterfall bodice detail
Replies: 9
Views: 5096

Re: Waterfall bodice detail

There's a really easy way to mock this kind of pleat up with paper. Here is a little illustration of my method. Obviously you fold your paper however you want your final pleat shape - in this case I was illustrating an overskirt with a tapered pleat up the side, but you could fold it straight instea...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleat questions and sizing the waistline
Replies: 6
Views: 4250

Re: Pleat questions and sizing the waistline

And easier to move if your waist changes size.
by Bookwyrm
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Pleat questions and sizing the waistline
Replies: 6
Views: 4250

Re: Pleat questions and sizing the waistline

Elastic might stretch out, if the skirt is very heavy. I would personally prefer two different hooks in that situation.
by Bookwyrm
Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Oak Leaf Dress (Redux) for Haiti
Replies: 0
Views: 4270

Oak Leaf Dress (Redux) for Haiti

Remember the Oak Leaf Dress from a few years ago? Cathy Hay, the creator, is going to make another of Lady Curazon's dresses (the Peacock dress) to raise money for continuing relief in Haiti. Here's the link to her LJ post. I am really hoping she makes it all the way to her goal, because I for one w...
by Bookwyrm
Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Baffled on evening fabrics
Replies: 15
Views: 8398

Re: Baffled on evening fabrics

Dupioni silk would have been considered second-rate because of the slubs. Taffeta or heavy satins are the best, but dupioni has a decent hand if you don't care about this historical accuracy.
by Bookwyrm
Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Different Types of Dresses
Replies: 25
Views: 15044

Re: Different Types of Dresses

I would like a look at those notes, too, kellydofc.
by Bookwyrm
Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: How to recreate extant dress
Replies: 3
Views: 4434

Re: How to recreate extant dress

I also think the French Vest bodice could be a good start. You would cut the vest part down in front and eliminate the collar. The waist and hip would need to be changed, likewise the sleeve. The back waist has pleats releasing, I think from the skirt. I can't really tell whether this is meant to be...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Need help figuring out which size for TV110
Replies: 5
Views: 4734

Re: Need help figuring out which size for TV110

I do it the same way, except I my two are a slim needlenose pliers from jewelrymaking and my Gerber multitool. I pick up the end in the toothy pliers (in the picture that would be the vicegrip) so that the ridges can hold the end from slipping around sideways. Then I slide the bone in and get the ot...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Petticoats, drawers, and other underwear
Topic: Flat fell a common seam?
Replies: 17
Views: 12570

Re: Flat fell a common seam?

My understanding is that since underwear was washed so much more often, it was typically made with well finished seams. The only ones I know about for sure are flat felled, and I cannot imagine that there is any sort of standard as far as which side was "out" since they're both equally fin...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Early Bustle and Natural Form questions
Replies: 6
Views: 4106

Re: Early Bustle and Natural Form questions

A bustle pad is basically a pillow - lots of people do them in a sort of 'petal' shape, a little like the sort of pillow you tie to the seat of a hard chair, just a padded shape with some stitching making it flat. That will definitely help with a bit of pouf to hold out your skirts. That plus a pett...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: An outfit using TV361
Replies: 3
Views: 2831

Re: An outfit using TV361

You could use 460 or 463 for the bodice - they will both have the same high neck and trim silhouette. You can shape the hem however you want - it would be relatively easy to take the pleats out of the French Vest bodice during mockups (remember to fit it over a bustle, to make sure there's enough sp...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Fantail Skirt TV 225 & Butterfly Train TV361
Replies: 5
Views: 3397

Re: Fantail Skirt TV 225 & Butterfly Train TV361

You can fill space with a draped swag of fabric, like these examples: http://www.festiveattyre.com/victorian/p81/apr3.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; http://www.festiveattyre.com/victorian/p81/jan2.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Or a swag and bow, or just a b...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Finished at last...
Replies: 3
Views: 3485

Re: Finished at last...

Oh my word, so many buttonholes.

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