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 on: January 16, 2017, 11:31:43 PM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by Elizabeth
The mantle idea is really fun.

What about maybe repairing the running seam, and selling off the dress entire?

 on: January 15, 2017, 03:34:14 PM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by Ms. Jean
Shirred bonnet?

 on: January 14, 2017, 10:09:19 PM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by EKorsmo
So, my first sheer dress (a barred silk of light-bright green) doesn't fit, and I don't have enough material left for a new bodice, or to replace the skirt panel that's developing runs along the seam. Most of the skirt fabric is still usable, however, so I'm considering re-purposing it.  Perhaps a sheer mantle? Maybe over-dying it for a more muted green or blue? Is there anything else it might do for?  I don't have small children to sew for, so I'm thinking more along the lines of accessories.     

 on: January 14, 2017, 08:34:43 AM 
Started by Ms. Jean - Last post by Ms. Jean
Yes, this conversation started long ago.  I found a relevant reference in The Lady's Manual of Fancywork, 1859:


Rolio Fringe -- This was much used at one period for trimming mats, having a thick, long, fleecy looking pile.  It has not been made for a year or two.

Seems that the loopy trim I want was used for mats but not clothing and was out of date by the time of Ms. Pullen's writing in October of 1858.

Thanks, all!

 on: January 12, 2017, 05:55:55 PM 
Started by kglange - Last post by kglange

 on: January 12, 2017, 01:03:04 PM 
Started by kglange - Last post by Elizabeth
Not at all... it's a white bodice, called an "underbody" or "waist" and sometimes "guimpe", worn under an open-neckline, shorter-sleeve dress to change the fashion look. It won't add much in the way of warmth, as it's most often in fine, sheer cotton.

What is most typical for winter is to have different winter dresses than summer; accessory jackets and knit "jumper" jackets are also options. It's really rare that a person wouldn't have at least one warmer, long-sleeved wool dress for winter use, even if second or third-hand and remade.

 on: January 11, 2017, 08:26:19 PM 
Started by kglange - Last post by kglange
What's happening in this picture?  Was it too cold that morning so mom stuck a turtleneck under her dress?

(I'm on a search for an appropriate way to make summer dresses comfortable in the winter.  Is this really just an undersleeve tacked to the cuff of her short sleeve?)



 on: January 10, 2017, 11:06:46 AM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by Elizabeth
I'm leaning toward later theatrical alterations, too... that cap is just odd, and the bag is... poofy. I do think the last alteration on the sleeves was in the 50s, *maybe* as late as 61? There's some weird seaming in the side body, though... HIGHLY atypical for the 60s in that case, and more like perhaps there was an alteration from an earlier 50s shape with a fan-front overlay, perhaps.

 on: January 09, 2017, 06:48:33 PM 
Started by Ms. Jean - Last post by Ms. Jean
Good evening, all.

I will be in San Diego this March.

Your advice on must-see sites, sights, and collections is needed.

Thanks so much, Jean

 on: January 08, 2017, 11:02:58 PM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by EKorsmo
Doing some local research, I came across a set that's confusing me a bit.  Picture here

The dress looks like a late-fifties-to-very-early-sixties original to me, but I've never seen anything like that bag and 'cap'.  Given how the material matches, my working hypothesis is that some fabric was harvested from the skirt for later costume use, and then the props ended up donated along with the dress.  I intend to make some inquiries about the piece's history (and perhaps pay it a visit), but does anyone have insight on the accessories?   

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