My mannequin is wearing a partially completed shift that was a massive fail. I 
have to re-think the whole thing, so there it hangs.

Ann Wass

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From: R Lloyd Mitchell <>
To: Historical Costume <>
Sent: Thu, Jan 14, 2016 10:37 am
Subject: Re: [h-cost] What's your dummy wearing this season?

One mannequin is holding a robe for Queen Anne, hems and trim are waiting 
Queen Maud is fitfully pacing about because her coronation gown is still 
without the sleeve lace she has chosen and it  has not arrived yet. Her white 
morning robes are constantly being donned and cast aside. I fear they will be 
dusty before the package has arrived!

We have a new client, (Mrs Jack Gardner) Isabella. She has been asked to sit 
for Mr Sargent and has decided nothing in the closet will do. Measurements have 
been taken and a lovely bolt of black silk velvet chosen. The patterns are 
being drafted with the help of friend Miss Grimble. Mona is looking wildly 
about for pearls We may have to get them matched and restrung as they are to 
adorn the waist. Wish us God-speed as we have heard that she is Very 
particular) (Truth be told, after our exploits with Q.Maud, I think we should 
feel quite practiced in completing this project!!)
From: <> on behalf of 
michaela de bruce <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:18 PM
To: Historical Costume
Subject: Re: [h-cost] What's your dummy wearing this season?

I have a display mannequin in the lounge, but she is naked, she is mainly
holding a sci-fi alien headpiece up to prevent it deforming. So I'm going
to put that on once I finish typing :)

My dressform is loaned out to a friend, and the one I have borrowed in
replacement is also naked while I tidy my art space. I have just restored
my sewing/ironing desk top so I can actually start working again :) I have
a new removeable cover to finish sewing as well. Then I can iron huge
applique pieces again.

As for current projects:
Finally finishing my c1600 Spanish gown, stage one anyway. I decided I
probably won't have enough trim for the doublet and the galerilla as I
thought so doublet is a higher priority. It means all new stays, finishing
the underlayers and tracking down lace of a suitable size.
While doing this I have documentation to write up, which means a fair
amount of scanning so, ugh. Got that to look forward to.

I also have an Elsa spring gown to make (Frozen Fever) as the ice gown
sleeves can get a little warm at big children's events :)

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