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« Reply #275 on: May 10, 2012, 11:05:54 pm »

Hi Ms Pipistrella,

I wouldn't use interfacing for the waist-band - there is a special tape that goes inside the cloth, and I have completely forgotten its name.  It is extra strong and will keep the skirt tight around your waist whether the top is straight or on the bias. - that is it, petersham.

At the hem? well that depends upon the thickness of the fabric you are using.  It is used to make the bottom a bit stiffer so that the skirt hangs more like a triangle, with fewer ins-&-outs, if you see what I mean.  So you can use any thickness that you happen to have.  You can also add 'dust ruffles' on the underside (gathered or pleated fabric 3 or 4 inches deep) which will also help to give the correct silhouette. 

On the outside of the skirt hem a row of pleating was also often added.  There are many different types of pleats that they used.  All of this will help stiffen the hem.  Of course the correct petticoat with the same triangular shape would be correct, for the same reason.  This is the difference between dressing-up clothes and something that looks authentic.

I wish you well with this.  There is nothing like the feeling one gets from swanning around in an outfit one has made for oneself.
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« Reply #276 on: May 11, 2012, 12:57:12 am »

I'll go along with that! When I was too poor to buy clothes (unemployed, years ago) I made my own trousers, firstly just to wear around the house, but later on I got confident enough to even wear them to work (after I got a job). Was even complimented on how nice they looked! for an otherwise life-long non-sewer, this was quite an achievement, believe me!  Grin
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« Reply #277 on: May 11, 2012, 01:14:19 am »

I am starting a 1870ish pair of trousers this weekend.  I'll take pictures and post about my travels as I go for anybody that's interested.
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« Reply #278 on: May 12, 2012, 09:40:23 am »

I've just started on the Laughing Moon 1890's five gore skirt pattern (#101) and have a question that I hope one of you will be able to answer.

The pattern includes some pieces to be cut out in interfacing but I can't find any mention on the packet or in the instructions of what weight of interfacing I should be using.   It's for the waistband and the facings for the bottom of the skirt .

It would depend on the weight of the main fabric-- the lighter your fashion layer, the lighter the interfacing. You want something that'll help it behave, but not make a harsh line where it stops or make the skirt hang oddly. The waistband will be more forgiving if you go a little heavier than strictly necessary. Have you tried the TV forums? The lady that writes the patterns if fairly active there, and could answer your question directly, with a bit more precision than I. Wink
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« Reply #279 on: May 12, 2012, 05:42:57 pm »

a few 1950's dresses for a customer, and a skirt for a lovely lady to wear for the Asylum Ball!
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« Reply #280 on: May 18, 2012, 01:01:44 am »

Hi Ms Pipistrella,

I wouldn't use interfacing for the waist-band - there is a special tape that goes inside the cloth, and I have completely forgotten its name.  It is extra strong and will keep the skirt tight around your waist whether the top is straight or on the bias. - that is it, petersham.


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« Reply #281 on: May 20, 2012, 10:51:12 pm »

In the end I used a half-width of waistband interfacing and that has worked well - probably helps that the skirt is worn over a corset.

I decided to leave off the interfacing on the hem facings since the fabric is quite stiff and that seems to have worked well.  Wore the skirt this weekend at Waltz on the Wye but I didn't remember to get any photos taken Sad

Also wore the corset I made in a Kindred Spirits bridal originals workshop - but I bent the front busk so when I make the next one I'll add an additional bone behind the busk for reinforcement.  Apparently this happened because I tried to move and sit as if I wasn't wearing a corset.
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« Reply #282 on: May 24, 2012, 04:26:05 am »

My current project. Sorry for the meh quality picture, all I had was my cellphone.  At this point, all it needs is the bias trim on the top and bottom. This is part of the undergarment ensemble for my little sister's upcoming ball gown. Sometimes the rest of my sisters tell me I'm just spoiling her rotten with all the pretty things.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #283 on: June 03, 2012, 02:13:39 am »

Further work on the current project for my baby sister (the model in the dress). It hasn't got the trim on it yet, but its coming along swimmingly.
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« Reply #284 on: June 04, 2012, 02:32:55 pm »

that is so pretty and very like early Victorian romantic style
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« Reply #285 on: June 04, 2012, 03:08:41 pm »

that is so pretty and very like early Victorian romantic style

Seconded. Also, Victorian Romantic is a truly gorgeous era.
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« Reply #286 on: June 04, 2012, 03:40:51 pm »

I might finally finish my TV grand bustle today. It took me three tries to actually procure the additional black bias tape I needed.

I've been sewing a lot of smaller crafty things. I also made this little spacey dress for an event. I'm on the right in the blue wig.


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« Reply #287 on: June 04, 2012, 03:56:13 pm »

Not so long ago, I decided to return to making womenswear, and have been searching for suitable victims. While I have had some luck with friends, I also got bored and started on a late 1870s inspired skirt, designed from scratch. I will soon have a very well dressed dress form  Undecided
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« Reply #288 on: June 06, 2012, 01:03:10 am »

Hi Pete,

Have you a pic yet of his creation?
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« Reply #289 on: June 06, 2012, 02:57:38 am »

Hi Pete,

Have you a pic yet of his creation?

No, currently I am at a friends house as the circuitry is gone in my flat...once I have resolved this, I shall endeavour to get a picture.
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« Reply #290 on: June 06, 2012, 03:44:51 am »

I am mostly finished with my TV Grand Bustle. I left off the bottom ruffle but I think I need to put it back at least in the back.

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« Reply #291 on: June 06, 2012, 04:06:52 am »

I am mostly finished with my TV Grand Bustle. I left off the bottom ruffle but I think I need to put it back at least in the back.




That is awesome; I'm really loving the stripes.




we're almost done with her dress. it just needs a design painted in gold on the purple fabric, and a few other touches and its set. Smiley
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« Reply #292 on: June 06, 2012, 10:47:24 pm »

Hi Wilhelmina Frame,

Nice-looking petticoat.  Hmm, there is something not quite right with the back.  Those ruffles should be parallel to the floor and they are not.  It almost looks as though you need to let the back down from the waist to get it to lie level.  Do you have someone who could do this for you as it is almost impossible to level the back of a crinoline on your own.

I would offer - but I am a little bit too far away I think.

Maybe have a little box-pleated frill all the way around the bottom hoop as otherwise it is only too easy to catch your foot in this hoop and trip yourself up as you walk.  Then all the men would have to gather round and pick you up.  Oh dear!
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« Reply #293 on: June 06, 2012, 10:49:42 pm »

Still a long way from finished





As it is going quite well, I shall probably use it as a display item.
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« Reply #294 on: June 06, 2012, 11:07:49 pm »

Wish my stomach was that flat without a corset! 
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« Reply #295 on: June 07, 2012, 05:07:45 am »

Hi Wilhelmina Frame,

Nice-looking petticoat.  Hmm, there is something not quite right with the back.  Those ruffles should be parallel to the floor and they are not.  It almost looks as though you need to let the back down from the waist to get it to lie level.  Do you have someone who could do this for you as it is almost impossible to level the back of a crinoline on your own.

I would offer - but I am a little bit too far away I think.

Maybe have a little box-pleated frill all the way around the bottom hoop as otherwise it is only too easy to catch your foot in this hoop and trip yourself up as you walk.  Then all the men would have to gather round and pick you up.  Oh dear!

Yeah, it's not quite right. I made the regular TV bustle a while back and it turned out better. I don't like this one as much. It can't travel and it will only work under the early bustle skirts so although it's not quite right I'm not really inclined to try to mess with it that much.

I also think that it wouldn't ride the same way if I was wearing my corset. The bustle is a little tight without it.
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« Reply #296 on: June 12, 2012, 03:19:16 am »

Hi Wilhelmina Frame,

Nice-looking petticoat.  Hmm, there is something not quite right with the back.  Those ruffles should be parallel to the floor and they are not.  It almost looks as though you need to let the back down from the waist to get it to lie level.  Do you have someone who could do this for you as it is almost impossible to level the back of a crinoline on your own.

I would offer - but I am a little bit too far away I think.

Maybe have a little box-pleated frill all the way around the bottom hoop as otherwise it is only too easy to catch your foot in this hoop and trip yourself up as you walk.  Then all the men would have to gather round and pick you up.  Oh dear!

Yeah, it's not quite right. I made the regular TV bustle a while back and it turned out better. I don't like this one as much. It can't travel and it will only work under the early bustle skirts so although it's not quite right I'm not really inclined to try to mess with it that much.

I also think that it wouldn't ride the same way if I was wearing my corset. The bustle is a little tight without it.


I've found that leaving the cross wire out helps a lot. I just didn't put it in and mine collapses for easier transport and is more flexible with different corsets.
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« Reply #297 on: June 12, 2012, 04:09:44 am »

I am about to start sewing Confederate Kepis, Spanish Civil War side caps, American Civil War Haversacks, and Confederate Sicilian Caps.....my fingers are going to pay until I can get the blasted sewing machine fixed.  (all because stupid me decided to try and install a needle in low light and ended up loosing it in the machine)
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« Reply #298 on: June 12, 2012, 04:25:26 am »

Hi Wilhelmina Frame,

Nice-looking petticoat.  Hmm, there is something not quite right with the back.  Those ruffles should be parallel to the floor and they are not.  It almost looks as though you need to let the back down from the waist to get it to lie level.  Do you have someone who could do this for you as it is almost impossible to level the back of a crinoline on your own.

I would offer - but I am a little bit too far away I think.

Maybe have a little box-pleated frill all the way around the bottom hoop as otherwise it is only too easy to catch your foot in this hoop and trip yourself up as you walk.  Then all the men would have to gather round and pick you up.  Oh dear!

Yeah, it's not quite right. I made the regular TV bustle a while back and it turned out better. I don't like this one as much. It can't travel and it will only work under the early bustle skirts so although it's not quite right I'm not really inclined to try to mess with it that much.

I also think that it wouldn't ride the same way if I was wearing my corset. The bustle is a little tight without it.


I've found that leaving the cross wire out helps a lot. I just didn't put it in and mine collapses for easier transport and is more flexible with different corsets.

Without the crosswire it's hardly a bustle. I wore it this weekend with my corset and it hung closer to parallel.
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« Reply #299 on: June 12, 2012, 10:43:58 pm »

That is interesting, Wilhelmina.

I like the look of the 1880's bustle shape myself as it suits my silhouette and is so dramatic.  But I think that the 1870's bustle is so much prettier with all those bows and fru frus.
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