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March 3rd, 2010

09:30 am - Historic Pattern Confusion
Hello, I've been trying to make a tailcoat for my boyfriend for his birthday. I found some really fabulous books in the library (namely, "Men's Garments 1830-1900" by R.I. Davis) that have detailed drafting patterns and instructions.
However, I'm very confused about how to proportionally adjust them for a different size- how to turn the drafting patterns into sized sewing patterns I can use. All of the patterns are based on the "average man," at 5'9" and chest girth of 38 in., but I need to alter them for someone who's 5'11" with a chest girth of 45 in.
Furthermore, each pattern instruction says "Scale is half the chest=19 in." but I can't quite figure out what this means. I guess the pattern is based on the half back measurement and the others are in scale with it, but I don't understand how to practically use that information based on my boyfriend's half back measure, which is different.

Any advice/ideas?

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October 2nd, 2008

08:02 pm - Traveling in Victorian Glory
Ahh! So, first of all, hi to everyone! This is my first post to this community(:

Second, I'm going to be traveling by train to Virginia (from California) over the holidays, and was planning on not only dressing up all (or almost all) during the trip, but traveling in a Victorian traveling outfit. The only thing is.. I can't find much information on them!

I know there WAS such a thing, for sure, but what did they look like? I've only found one fashion plate - of a traveling paletot - so I don't know what the rest would look like.. I assumed the skirt would be very similar to a walking skirt..? I am open to all sorts of information for any Victorian time - starting at early bustle onto Edwardian. Thank you for anything!


P.S. Any information about hats are very welcome, also! And clothing for cold weather... *shivers thinking about Virginia winters* :D

P.P.S. As a bonus, has anyone else traveled in historical clothing? I'd love to hear stories (and that I'm not the only one, heheh)!

P.P.P.S. Sorry if you've already read this in another community! I'm looking to gain as much insight from all sorts of people(:
Current Mood: creative

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July 10th, 2007

11:50 pm
Hey, I just found this community. My name is Sarah, and I'm seventeen. I love to sew, and I'm kind of obsessed with American social history between 1945 and the early 70's, which very much includes the clothing of the era. For a long time I've been wanting to make a dress in the style of late 50's/early 60's; one with a full skirt and petticoat and tight bodice. I've got the skirt and petticoat pretty much down, but the bodice is giving me a bit of trouble. I've been trying to find general information on sewing fitted tops for dresses (just simple ones, nothing fancy), but so far I haven't had much luck. I was wondering if someone could give me some advice or pointers about sewing simple dress bodices without a pattern. Thanks!
The black flowered one at the bottom is sort of what I'm going forCollapse )

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November 26th, 2006

01:00 pm - my new find with a problem
Hello everyone!

I have a new find witha a problem

I found a Pfaff 130

but i have no power cord they lost it, no books , no accesories nothing all lost..........Can any one help me!

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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October 3rd, 2006

12:26 am - Spanish Fashion
Hey, I've just been invited to a Spanish themed party that will be in a couple of weeks and I'd like to wear an outfit that matches the theme.
If the theme was Mexican I'd have no problem finding an oufit because there's a dia de los muertos themed skirt I've been eye-ing. Too bad. Well, I personaly don't really know much about "stereotypical" Spanish fashion. If any of you do though, I'd appreciate any help/tips!
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: The Bloodhound Gang - Along Comes Mary

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May 11th, 2006

09:09 pm - hi :x
Name: Nikki

Quest: to make awesome stuff

Favourite Colour: red

Favourite Type of Fabric: chirimen

Crafting Abilities: hand sewing, clumsy machine sewing, knitting, crochet, drawing, painting, other crafty things.

Favourite Era/s and/or Style/s: Victorian, Edwardian, and some 1920s and 1940s.

Current number of projects on the go: 2

Pictures of Exciting Projects to Date:

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November 10th, 2005

06:14 pm
this is my lastest project, it's actually the rough draft of a dress for my friend aiden's b-day party on the 26th.

for the final, i'm going to make more tiers extend to the floor, and make them from a more flowy fabric so it looks better. and the neckline needs some work. i also need to make the ruching a little more even in the front.

for lack of a witty line . . .Collapse )

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October 30th, 2005

12:13 am - Photo Group
I started a Flickr group for pre-twenty-first clothing. It's called I Made Pre 21. I thought it'd be a good place to compile all the photos of the pieces we make. Join if you want, add photos if you've got 'em.

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12:01 am - Hallowe'en!
Capelet!Collapse )
Current Mood: crazycoffee

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October 19th, 2005

11:44 pm - Oh noes! Not an MIE vintage pattern!
While cutting out pieces for a vintage pattern blouse (from an old skirt, no less!) I realized something...

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Look at that; sewing geek and pony geek all in one!
Current Mood: quixoticwhimsical

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