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 on: March 03, 2017, 02:34:31 PM 
Started by MCBurbage - Last post by Elizabeth
These patterns don't meet a good standard of historic shapes, techniques, or construction. I cannot recommend them for living history use, and don't open the forum to discussion on how to correct them. Sorry--not meaning to sound short. Cheesy The forum is designed as a forum for wide discussion, but this particular set of patterns isn't within that.

 on: March 03, 2017, 02:30:35 PM 
Started by Elizabeth - Last post by Elizabeth
Boosting the signal just a bit... here's what I wrote this morning regarding Lakeway Publications/The Citizen's Companion and their unauthorized republication of articles I wrote under Susan Hughes and Connie Payne, when they were editors.

Please encourage people to contact me if they want updated information; I'm strongly considering updating and re-releasing all the back articles myself. Cheesy

 on: March 03, 2017, 01:29:22 PM 
Started by MCBurbage - Last post by EKorsmo
I've not made this pattern.  The envelop pictures don't look bad, but you'll want to make sure the skirts are wide enough (the infant bodice dresses in particular look a bit scant),  and that the bodice is fitted to the child wearing it.  Also, petticoats are typically shorter than the dresses worn over them; I've no idea why they were shown opposite here, but it explains why I keep running into people wearing them that way...

I have used Liz's girls and infant patterns, and highly recommend them.

 on: March 03, 2017, 06:22:31 AM 
Started by Michaela Richmond - Last post by Rob Bruno
Hi Michaela,
I have some linen that was made by Pat Kline at FHW several years ago.  He called it Irish Linen cause it was very close to the lining used in Tait jackets shipped to the CSA.  I have made several shirts out of it and they are my favorite shirts.  I have plenty of scraps that if you like, I could mail you a piece and see if you like it.  It is not pure white like some of your examples, but I would say more of a natural color linen.  I have plenty of the material that I could sell you a couple yards for a shirt.  Let me know if you would like a sample and PM your address.

 on: March 02, 2017, 04:02:51 PM 
Started by Sarah Olson - Last post by Sue Leurgans
If you like house museums there are 2 in Franklin that were apart of the battle in Franklin.  I loved them, but house museums are my favorite. IIRC Franklin is about an hour away from chattanooga.   (really good aquarium in chattanooga)

 on: March 02, 2017, 11:22:43 AM 
Started by Miss Whitlock - Last post by Miss Whitlock
It does have a narrow-ish center back piece, although it may be up to 2-3 inches.  Tongue I think I will fidget my pattern together to get a single piece in the back, with as much of the shaping moved to the side seams as possible.  Smiley

 on: March 02, 2017, 11:10:20 AM 
Started by Miss Whitlock - Last post by Miss Whitlock
 Smiley I wasn't using a pattern, just my own head (the image is off the internet, to illustrate aforesaid head). I would definitely avoid using it though...   Cheesy

That is a suprisingly simple solution! *Overthinks everything*  Grin

 on: March 02, 2017, 09:15:09 AM 
Started by MCBurbage - Last post by MCBurbage
My nine-year-old daughter has decided she wants a "Civil War" dress, and I don't know much about children's clothes from the period.  After I finish my current Texas Revolution project, I will spend some time looking at threads on here, but in the meantime, I want to ask about the two girls' dress patterns that Simplicity published several years ago.  I have found a lot of comments on Simplicity's women's patterns but haven't found any about the girls' patterns.

Both of them look like images I've seen except for skirts usually being longer than they are on the taller girls, but I don't know how the patterns are.  Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on the accuracy of Simplicity 4737 and 4739?

Simplicity 4737

Simplicity 4739

 on: March 01, 2017, 07:31:19 AM 
Started by Michaela Richmond - Last post by Jim_Ruley
Based on the limited information given, this is probably the best one unless you want a very lightweight shirt:  6075 - White Shirt/Shift Light Weight Linen from Burnley & Trowbridge

 on: February 28, 2017, 06:45:24 PM 
Started by BetsyConnolly - Last post by Ginny Hardcastle
Bump.  This is an interesting topic.  Does anyone have any suggestions for Betsy?

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