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 on: February 26, 2017, 06:02:42 PM 
Started by Michaela Richmond - Last post by Jim_Ruley
It's always best to handle the material in person before committing.  If that's not possible I'd go with the lightest weight and finest weave available.  The Wm Booth Draper site has a 2.8oz linen 60" wide (WLG 113) that looks to be finer than the one you specified.  It's more expensive, but given the width a shirt bosom length should be enough for 2 or 3 shirts.  You could buy a coarser linen (or cotton) for the body and sleeves.

 on: February 25, 2017, 04:13:36 PM 
Started by Sarah Olson - Last post by Sarah Olson
I'm hoping this is the right place to put this. My parents are planning a visit to Tennessee in April and my mom was hoping for some recommendations or tips on Civil War (or other historical, they like it all) sites to visit. She's a great trip planner, so I'm hoping for specific advice like "go to this particular Ranger talk" or off the beaten track/non-military history and heritage ideas, rather than simply "Shiloh! Lookout Mountain!" On previous trips to larger battlefields (Gettysburg, Antietam) we have hired personal guides for more in depth tours, I would guess that they would not be opposed to doing that again.

They'll be driving from Madison, WI - I think the general plan is to drive to the Chattanooga area, then head west before going north again. They are excellent hikers, although mom is not the best with precarious heights.

Thanks in advance!

 on: February 25, 2017, 03:44:41 PM 
Started by debi casey - Last post by Ms. Jean

Consider using a fabric that will hold starch & serve as an underskirt/petticoat, too!

 on: February 24, 2017, 06:30:21 PM 
Started by Michaela Richmond - Last post by Micaila
You can definitely use your base bodice pattern and slash and spread the bottom section. The trick is that you will still make a darted lining and put your pleats in to fit over that. I would probably make the outside of the pleats look even and take out more on the inside of the pleat to match your darted lining.

 on: February 24, 2017, 04:04:54 PM 
Started by Michaela Richmond - Last post by Michaela Richmond
Would any of these be appropriate?
2. (the 3 oz. 54" wide for $15/yard)

 on: February 24, 2017, 03:53:34 PM 
Started by Michaela Richmond - Last post by Michaela Richmond
Looking for linen sources for a very fine pleated front shirt. What is the proper weight of linen I should be looking for?

 on: February 24, 2017, 03:43:48 PM 
Started by Michaela Richmond - Last post by Michaela Richmond
Ok, I've been scratching my head on this and can't seem to visualize the answer...
I would like to make a dress with a smooth yoke and the lower part of the bodice pleated. I was thinking you could just take your fitted toilet and slash and spread for the lower section...

But since you don't have darts how do you accommodate your torso shaping? (I mean to get the bodice to fit and the pleats to still look nice as the bodice tapers down for your waist) Would the pleats need to be a different width at the top (near the yoke) than the bottom (near the waistband). Or do the pleats look even on the outside, but are wonky on the inside?

I feel like there's got to be a simple solution, but right now I just can't seem to make it work in my head  Tongue Smiley

 on: February 22, 2017, 03:19:30 PM 
Started by Elaine Kessinger - Last post by MaryDee
So sorry to hear about Mr. Trent.  I have enjoyed his posts here during the 4 years I've been on this board. 

 on: February 21, 2017, 02:11:03 PM 
Started by debi casey - Last post by debi casey
Thanks for all the math.  The length of the skirt will probably @ 44-45 inches; we dont have all the parts yet to make that measurement, but the lady I am making it for is about my height, so that is what I planned for. Once I have the corset finished and her shoes arrive I will have a number.  So, do you think that I would need to make the tucks a tad bit longer for the extra 3 inches? Or just use your numbers. I suppose I should practice on some cheap muslin to see that I like it.


 on: February 21, 2017, 08:43:47 AM 
Started by debi casey - Last post by Jessamyn
Elizabeth has already done a great job with the math, so I'll just add that these tucks are an excellent advertisement for the period method of balancing the skirt from the waist and keeping the hem on the straight grain!

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