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The complete slideshow [Apr. 1st, 2009|02:01 pm]
Costuming Charles II



The slideshow of the silver tissue dress is here.

The album is here. Photos are as big as Photobucket would take; I can email really huge ones on request.

The bad news is that I only got to see the bodice; excuses were made about the skirt. I was seeing the Edwardian dress I'm also working on too and I was told that they didn't think I'd have time to look at two whole dresses. Wtf, right. (Symington's complained that this can be a problem with Bath. They only give you two hours and restrict how much they'll let you see.) Also, it was said that it's a pain to get the skirt out of the box. (So is driving 3 hours each way. *grumble*)

A later comment made more sense though. I think honestly that it boiled down to a care issue. Since the re-branding of the Fashion Museum this dress has finally come off display, meaning that everyone has wanted to see it and it's been in and out of the box like a yoyo, obviously risking damage. I think they're just reluctant to keep having people handle it so much.

However, I did protest that it was only the waistband I was desperate to see, as per Kendra's question about binding the pleats - enough to guilt-trip the lady at the museum into saying she could have a look into the box next time she's in the archives and see if she could put us out of our misery without having to get it out. She said she might even take some snaps. I've reminded her by email since I got back and I hope she'll keep her word.

Meanwhile, in The Cut of Women's Clothes there's a drawing of a "waist belt" on the pattern, and there's no sign of such a thing on the bodice. So could that be the waistband that the skirt cartridge pleats are attached to?

In the meantime, enjoy!

[User Picture]From: howlgirl
2009-04-01 01:56 pm (UTC)
I have a thought about the flap on the CF of the bodice. Could it have been used for a busk?
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[User Picture]From: peacockdress
2009-04-01 02:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering that. It would have to have been inserted there, from the bottom; I don't remember seeing any opening at the top and I can't see one on the photos now.

Did they ever insert them from the bottom? I always assumed it was top only.
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[User Picture]From: peacockdress
2009-04-01 02:14 pm (UTC)
Wait - I got it - Norah Waugh drew it and said "Tab to secure busk." She reckons you're right!

Edited at 2009-04-01 02:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: demode
2009-04-01 06:21 pm (UTC)
I have tons of questions but no brain power right now - more soon! WTF on no skirt? Thank you for asking about that waist treatment! I really hope they get back to you on it.

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[User Picture]From: demode
2009-04-07 07:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, so my main question is something that I was thinking when I was working with the Norah Waugh pattern, and that is that the covering/fashion fabric doesn't match the linen/boned/tabbed layer in the front. So then what I'm assuming is happening is that: the fashion fabric is sewed down to the CF tab/piece, not to the next tab, but then to the rest of tabs working around toward the back. The dress is worn with all the tabs tucked into the skirt EXCEPT for the CF tab/piece; so the not-sewn-to-the-fashion-fabric-layer 2nd tab is tucked into the skirt while the fashion fabric layer lays on top of the skirt at that same point.

Does that make ANY sense?
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[User Picture]From: peacockdress
2009-06-10 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yes! That sounds right.

So sorry I took so long to reply to this, Kendra. I plead oak leaves. :D
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[User Picture]From: seekatesew
2009-04-03 05:42 am (UTC)
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