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Today... / Re: Wednesday 19th February
« on: February 19, 2020, 16:28:59 PM »
Oh dear, @Sonatine , did it follow you home and you just had to keep it?

Exactly, I couldn't leave it on the doorstep in the rain!

Today... / Re: Wednesday 19th February
« on: February 19, 2020, 15:30:38 PM »
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Today... / Re: Wednesday 19th February
« on: February 19, 2020, 08:44:31 AM »
Morning everyone!
The weather seems to have cleared up a bit here too. I'm planning on going into town to try sewing machines today. I'm looking for a  potential replacement for my trusty old Elna which has a tension issue that's going to be at least £85 to fix. It is tempting to get a new one for the ability to sew backwards and to have automatic buttonholes but I like my current one a lot. Decisions decisions!

Today... / Re: Friday 7th February
« on: February 07, 2020, 21:24:15 PM »
@FloBear I used to have pet rats and loved them, they were so intelligent and it was sweet when they sat on the edge of their water bowl to wash their faces with the water. One would spend ages sitting on my shoulder, she was so inquisitive and I think she liked having the extra height for a better view!

I've had a sudden burst of motivation over the last two days which was a nice surprise after a month of feeling down with no enthusiasm for anything. Yesterday I got PDF patterns printed and assembled and went to the Goldhawk Road to buy fabric and then spent today cutting everything out. So now I've got a petticoat, a wool walking skirt and a shirtwaist ready to sew this weekend.

@UttaRetch no worries, it's easily done with things written online!

@UttaRetch yes, although you've added the term 'dress' to your search! Hardly surprising that you get dresses then.

That's me put off from entering, I was excited that there was a competition I could enter with a historical garment but oh well.

@Manuela it's the name given to the garment ladies wore in the late Victorian / Edwardian era with a skirt. Normally with a structured high collar, cuffs, and front or back buttons. Like this one.

Would a shirtwaist count as a shirt for this contest? I was planning on making one this month so will enter it if it's eligible  :)

In the wardrobe / Re: Riding Habit
« on: November 21, 2019, 13:11:57 PM »
I could talk (well write) about the history of side saddle for hours but I'll try to keep this brief haha!

Originally ladies rode facing completely to the side on a planchette. They had no control of the horse so had to be led by a man, and it wasn't possible to go any faster than a walk.
Then a pommel called the fixed head was added which allowed the ladies to face forwards with their right leg hooked over the pommel, and to ride independently.
In the 1830s a second pommel called the leaping head was added. This sits over the left thigh and gives greater security which means it's possible to gallop and jump. This meant Victorian ladies could ride fast across country with the hunt while still looking elegant.
The two pommels are hidden by the apron / skirt which is why there is the illusion of being balanced somewhat precariously. I've attached a photo from an early lesson which shows how it works!

Eventually I'd love to have a collection of habits from the 1700s through to the 1920s...

The left leg is used as if riding astride and a whip is carried in the right hand and used as if it is the right leg. Most horses adjust to it fairly quickly :)

In the wardrobe / Re: Riding Habit
« on: November 20, 2019, 20:59:24 PM »
Thanks for all of the kind words, I'm really happy with how it turned out!

@Lachica I started riding side saddle about 11 months ago and loved it so much that I stopped riding astride almost immediately. It does feel different but mostly it feels much more secure. It's also the only time I get to look and feel elegant haha!
With a side saddle that fits well and a balanced rider the weight should be fairly even on the horse's back, with a slight increase on the left side where the rider's right leg sits.

In the wardrobe / Re: Riding Habit
« on: November 20, 2019, 09:33:44 AM »
Finally posting pics of the 1889 habit!
Thanks to a very kind friend I got to ride at a show at the weekend, and was joint 1st in the period costume class  :D
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And a close up of the bodice back because it isn't visible in any of the photos.
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Technical Help / Re: Coat Interlining
« on: November 05, 2019, 12:23:37 PM »
My coat was wool blend outer and satin lining so similar to yours. I used ordinary brushed cotton (brushed on both sides, very soft and almost felt-like but not very thick) as interlining and the resulting coat is very very warm and almost completely windproof. I would worry that bump would not only be too warm but also too bulky.

In the wardrobe / Re: A baby coat!
« on: October 31, 2019, 15:07:04 PM »
Oh my goodness how adorable! It looks like such a cosy coat

They're all great ideas but I particularly love hand sewing, using up scraps, mini SWAKOP, and lingerie.

In the wardrobe / Re: Riding Habit
« on: October 23, 2019, 16:54:41 PM »
Mock up number three and it's getting better!
It had a lot of hip flare to the point of almost having a peplum, so in this photo the excess is pinned out on the right side as you look at it, with the original shape on the left side:
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I think the fit and shape is pretty much there now  :D

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