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by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: 1876 Ballgown & Undies
Replies: 6
Views: 4767

Re: 1876 Ballgown & Undies

I saw this in the competition and thought it was lovely. Very nice work.
by Bookwyrm
Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 10376

Re: Hello

Silk is more expensive probably because of the new tariffs on imports from China. I work at a ribbon store, and our suppliers are switching from Chinese to Japanese for almost everything, which means the price is going up.
by Bookwyrm
Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: New Portland OR group
Replies: 8
Views: 8862

Re: New Portland OR group

We are looking at doing a Victorian Dance in May. We'd love to have you!
by Bookwyrm
Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:47 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: Designing patterns on a dressform(?)
Replies: 9
Views: 7210

Re: Designing patterns on a dressform(?)

The Corsetmakers LJ community has had several posts about designing corsets with separate bra cups. Here's a link for the appropriate tag: http://community.livejournal.com/corsetmakers/tag/miscellaneous|bras%20and%20cupped%20corsets" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; You'll have to dig a...
by Bookwyrm
Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: is my butt too big for this?
Replies: 5
Views: 4814

Re: is my butt too big for this?

No worries! It is a big shift from modern fashion to the 1800s. Their focus was on completely different parts of the body than ours is, and it takes a major adjustment to not see it as very weird. If you want some more reassurance, go look at the photo galleries - both the one linked at the top of t...
by Bookwyrm
Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Corsets
Topic: closed front and corset binding
Replies: 8
Views: 7403

Re: closed front and corset binding

There are a few tricks to closing corsets - I usually start with the top hook, then the bottom hook, then I unhook the top and bend the busk halves to keep pressure on the bottom while I'm fastening the other studs from the bottom up. It helps if your laces aren't too loose - they help maintain tens...
by Bookwyrm
Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: Does this fit right?
Topic: is my butt too big for this?
Replies: 5
Views: 4814

Re: is my butt too big for this?

Stop worrying about how your hips look in a hoop - the whole point is that you can't see them because the skirt (over the hoop) is so big. Slim is not in this fashion's vocabulary. Basically, the effect you're going for is a trim waist, heavily emphasized by the width of the skirt. There's no emphas...
by Bookwyrm
Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: Corsets
Topic: TV110 Sizing (or Bra size vs. Corset size)
Replies: 21
Views: 27040

Re: TV110 Sizing Problem

Heather, thank you for that information! It's really cool to get a look at how you designed the pattern.
by Bookwyrm
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: Girls dress ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 5188

Re: Girls dress ideas

You might be able to find a shot dupioni that would catch or complement two of the colors from the plaid. I also like Heather's idea of picking two silks for the body and contrast.
by Bookwyrm
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Phew! The wedding is over!
Replies: 12
Views: 8634

Re: Phew! The wedding is over!

Thank you!
by Bookwyrm
Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: Phew! The wedding is over!
Replies: 12
Views: 8634

Re: Phew! The wedding is over!

That is lovely. Out of curiosity, what is the border around the edge of your tunic (overskirt)? It looks like a very full ruffle or fringe, with tassels?
by Bookwyrm
Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: What do y'all think?
Topic: About the Ripple skirt and jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 4751

Re: About the Ripple skirt and jacket

I've used horsehair braid in the theatre. It's wonderful stuff - even the narrow (1 or 2") braids do a terrific job holding out your hem and it goes around curves so well. If it's attached to a very light fabric the braid can be so springy that the skirt caves in just a little right above the h...
by Bookwyrm
Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Photos wanted
Replies: 28
Views: 25838

Re: Photos wanted

Heather, have you considered browsing the gallery to see whose work and photos are up to your standards, and then asking those people permission to use their images? I wish I had any photos for you to use, but I haven't used any of your patterns without heavy modification.
by Bookwyrm
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Photos wanted
Replies: 28
Views: 25838

Re: Photos wanted

Heather, have you considered looking at the gallery to see whose work and photos might be up to your standards, then asking those people permission to use their images? I wish I had any photos that would be useful to you, but I don't.
by Bookwyrm
Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:30 am
Forum: Look what I just found.....
Topic: Fashion Show with actual Museum Collection Pieces
Replies: 2
Views: 3061

Re: Fashion Show with actual Museum Collection Pieces

Those are very lovely dresses.
by Bookwyrm
Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: New Portland OR group
Replies: 8
Views: 8862

Re: New Portland OR group

Thank you! I'll be sure to post our big events here so you'll know about them.
by Bookwyrm
Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Hello from St. Louis
Replies: 1
Views: 4225

Re: Hello from St. Louis

Hello and welcome. I'm also in my mid-twenties, and I also embroider (though I'm coming to embroidery as a function of period clothing, rather than the other way around). If you're on Livejournal, you might want to check out the community Corsetmakers. There's a great deal of information there about...
by Bookwyrm
Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Question about cotton sateen
Replies: 3
Views: 3043

Re: Question about cotton sateen

My philosophy on historical accuracy is that I don't need to be perfectly accurate, but I want to know enough to make a choice, rather than err through ignorance. As Heather says, fashionable fabrics changed significantly by decade, so if you're making an 1880s dress the CW websites are only going t...
by Bookwyrm
Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Places to go, things to do
Topic: New Portland OR group
Replies: 8
Views: 8862

Re: New Portland OR group

We'd love to have you! At the moment there are just a few of us, so thanks for the well-wishes.
by Bookwyrm
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Dresses, skirts, bodices, everything else.
Topic: Different Types of Dresses
Replies: 25
Views: 15054

Re: Different Types of Dresses

I had also noticed that the '70s were mad for silk underskirts. I assume that would be taffeta or something similar?

It was relatively common to make one or two bodices to go with a single skirt, because the skirt takes so much fabric and the bodices take relatively little fabric.

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