I wanted to add Digg links to all the pages in specific categories. Smashing Magazine had a trick for adding Digg links based on custom…
Month: August 2009
I’ve gotten most of the old pages that I felt were worth keeping imported into WordPress. I dusted off my old PHP coding skills and…
Hey, if you’re looking at this wondering what the heck happened to your friendly neighborhood sempstress, fear not! I’m in the middle of a big…
Reverse applique is the process of sewing two layers of material together with the stitches forming some sort of design, then cutting away the positive areas of the top piece of the material. This creates a nice, strong design. Reverse applique using leather is seen in at least one surviving suit of men’s clothes from 1615-20 (Arnold, Patterns of Fashion, pgs 30, 90-2).
This is a very popular style of bodice amongst the english during the Elizabethan period. It shows a distinctive inverted arch to the neckline.
So, you’ve bought, begged, borrowed, stolen (I hope not), or been gifted with a dress dummy. It came with directions about how to adjust it to your size. The instructions they gave you were for modern clothing, and you wanted the dummy for to make ‘bethans.
In case there was any doubt in anyone’s mind, I love working
with leather. I think it can add a very sophisticated touch to a costume, and,
let’s face it, the number of people who do leather work is limited. I’ve been
wanting to try the reverse applique leatherwork technique shown in Patterns
of Fashion (in one of the men’s doublets – the one with the gillyflowers – I
forget whose that is) for several years now.
I noticed a while back that most of the bodices in Alcega’s
book and several other period tailor’s books show a slight backwards S curve
at the front edge. That seemed like it would accommodate the bust and belly
a little, and I was feeling …