[h-cost] Question about mid-19th century hand embroidery

2017-03-15 Thread lisa58
Hello to the list. I am doing a project and want explore mid-19th century embroidery as displayed on dresses. Was embroidery using wool threads common? And where would be the best place to start looking for info about it, and images? Does anyone on here have a special intereset in this?

Re: [h-cost] 19th century clothing in need of a new home

2017-02-13 Thread lisa58
Hello, I'm Lisa Ashton, and I have a non-profit under the umbrella of the International Costumer's Guild, called Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show. My mission is to preserve, study and research Victorian and Edwardian fashion and to understand better the commonplaces of everyday

Re: [h-cost] Historical costume kickstarter project

2016-12-05 Thread lisa58
I also pledged, my copy will become part of Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show and join many other wonderful contemporary and antique references in my little parlor museum. Keep up the good work! Lisa Ashton curator, Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show

Re: [h-cost] An amazing sewing machine

2016-07-19 Thread lisa58
Thanks! This was a great article! I put it up on my FB page for Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show. Lisa a On Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:09:28 -0700 Marjorie Wilser writes: > Brace yourselves. Mrs. General Tom Thumb had a sewing machine built > to scale! > > FWIW

Re: [h-cost] searching for 1887 misses' fashion illustrations

2016-01-22 Thread lisa58
The two books are good ones, I have them both. 1887 I suspect even the 15 year old and the 19 year old would wear a small "Traveling bustle". I have a brown "Traveling suit" from the 1880's made of a rust brown very heavy faille taffeta, relatively simple in terms of embellishment with matching

Re: [h-cost] Lincoln Funeral Reenactment

2015-02-05 Thread lisa58
It sounds really amazing, wish I could be there! Yours in costuming, Lisa A On Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:49:38 -0500 cc2010m...@cs.com writes: Hello, I found out about this recently. They are doing a reenactment of Lincoln's funeral in Springfield, Illinois the first weekend in May. People

Re: [h-cost] Anyone here?

2015-01-14 Thread lisa58
Hi there! I went to Facebook only because my friends kept pushing me into the 21st century! And I'm not young. I mange Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show on FB and I 'd love to see any or all of you join and weigh in. It's far easier to put up and comment on photos that way, and I

Re: [h-cost] The Progressive Tailor - something fun from the early 1900s.

2014-10-28 Thread lisa58
Thanks! This is terriific! I've re-posted it on my FB page Miss Lizzy's Traveling Historical Fashion Show, which you are all invited to join! https://www.facebook.com/MissLizzysTravelingHistoricalFashionShow Miss Lizzy's is now a non-profit Special Interest Group of hte International

Re: [h-cost] re wardrobe size, middle class

2014-10-14 Thread lisa58
Great references!! Another Holmes fan! Yours in costuming, Lisa a On Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:44:38 +0100 Kate Bunting katembunt...@gmail.com writes: Another point: some of Sherlock Holmes's deductions depend on the fact that lower middle-class Victorians owned fewer clothes than most of us do

Re: [h-cost] re wardrobe size, middle class

2014-10-12 Thread lisa58
Hi Cassandra, Long time, since Ive heard from you. Lizzie Borden, according to my research, would have been dressed in a normal way on the day of the murders. Every movie Ive seen about her is a fantasy, as well as most if not all of the documentaries. We know: * that she was wearing a

Re: [h-cost] What's your dressmaker's dummy wearing today?

2013-09-11 Thread lisa58
One of them is about to be dressed splendidly in an 1895 two-piece indigo velvet dress with cream lace decoration that I bought at an auction in July. Another is dressed in a gorgeous 1887 black dressof heavy satin, with a bustle and incredible beadwork on the collar, bodice and cuffs. The

Re: [h-cost] where to buy lucet?

2013-06-18 Thread lisa58
Rebecca, I have at least a dozen lucets (plain polished wood, mostly cherry, with a regular handle) that my husband made a few years ago for me to teach with andsell. Contact me offline at lis...@juno.com if you are interested. Yours in costuming, Lisa A \ On Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:19:57 -0500

Re: [h-cost] Astrida's Book

2013-06-17 Thread lisa58
I just sent an email to a close friend--the one who took me to the UNH Exhibit last fall when I was up visiting her to performat the Haunted Overload attraction! The book ismarvelous, the little bit of I've been able to go through--I just got mine today too! Yours in costumign,L isaA On Mon, 17

Re: [h-cost] Multiple machines

2013-04-03 Thread lisa58
I use my Pfaff 1475 machine for buttonholes, although my Kenmore zig-zag machine can make them (but they aren't as crisp and nice--and it's all a manual task), and the Pfaff offers 8 different styles in addition to being able to tweak the size. Of course my Elegante embroidery machine makes

Re: [h-cost] what is everyone working on?

2013-04-01 Thread lisa58
I have an old Husqvarna Viking that we got for free at a church flea market a few years back--it was covered with paint splashes and was missing the cords and pedal. The nice church ladies gave it to us (saying they couldn't sell it without the cord), and we were able to replace the cords and

Re: [h-cost] Victorian Embellishments exhibit

2013-01-29 Thread lisa58
I actually got to go to this exhibit last Halloween, when I was up in NH performing at Haunted Overload. It's a tremendous exhibit, and you can get pretty close to see real details. Gorgeous garments andaccessories. Yours in costumign,LisaA On Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:23:50 -0800 Marjorie Wilser

Re: [h-cost] Is anyone there?

2013-01-07 Thread lisa58
I worked through the whole Christmas season--5 shifts in row at Christmas, as well as NY Day. My son gave me a fabulous book on 19th C. Photography, and I got other beady and fabric presents that are delightful. From daughter and grandson (now 2 1/2 years) a customized calendar with photos.

Re: [h-cost] Question for experienced sempsters

2012-10-09 Thread lisa58
Maybe your daughter is a shapeshifter and didn't tell you? Yours in costumign, Lisa A On Mon, 8 Oct 2012 11:47:03 -0700 Julie jtknit...@gmail.com writes: I have a mystery that I'd like some insight on. I've spoken in person to all the costumers I know and all are baffled. I made a dress

Re: [h-cost] 19th-century visions of the year 2000

2012-09-10 Thread lisa58
These are absolutely wonderful. Yours in costuming, Lisa A On Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:54:53 -0700 Lavolta Press f...@lavoltapress.com writes: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/historic-visions-of-the-future-slideshow/pos tcards-from-the-future-photo-1347289263.html Fran Lavolta Press Books of

Re: [h-cost] Photos of abandoned silk mill

2012-05-24 Thread lisa58
Holy cow--amazing. I actually drive by Lonaconing in western Maryland, on my way to Cumberland or to my cabin in WV. Incredible photographs. Makes me want to know more about the actual manufacturing. Yours in cosutmign, Lisa a On Wed, 23 May 2012 22:05:22 -0700 Lavolta Press

Re: [h-cost] What's your dressmaker's dummy wearing today?

2012-05-18 Thread lisa58
I returned from Costume Con 30 with some interesting things to play with. At the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, I found a set of 4 vintage post cards printed on fabric squares and plan to make an itneresting wall quilt. I also found fabric at a store with all the Arizona cactuses pictured on a

Re: [h-cost] Audio slideshow of a costume workshop

2012-04-19 Thread lisa58
Just got to watch this for the first time; and it was truly wonderful and summed up a lot of what I believe about why I costume, espeically my interest in certain historical periods. Even though I am not an actor, when I wear my costumes/historical clothing with the appropriate undergarments, I

Re: [h-cost] What's your dressmaker​'s dummy we aring today?

2012-03-13 Thread lisa58
I am working on building my FSF costume for a group entry at Balticon in May, after CC30, like last year, Im going to be wearing purple, although with far fewer beads. My upstairs dress form is wearing 1860's historical reproduction, for my upcoming Lunacon costume. Unfortunatley I keep getting

Re: [h-cost] Desperation request from a friend..

2012-02-29 Thread lisa58
Even though I 'm not currently making armor, this was terrific--thank you! Yours in cosutmign,L isa A On Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:39:17 -0800 Sharon Collier sha...@collierfam.com writes: How many pieces and what type does he need? Easy, inexpensive armor: For chain mail. Get a black sweater the

Re: [h-cost] Upcoming program

2012-02-09 Thread lisa58
I haven't heard back after responding--I'd like to come but I need to know where to send the payment, and to reserve for the first two presentation.s Yours in cosutming, Lisa Ashton On Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:37:50 -0500 (EST) annbw...@aol.com writes: SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012 RIVERSDALE HOUSE

Re: [h-cost] beginner sewing machine

2012-02-06 Thread lisa58
I still love my Sears Kenmore (I've had it for 25 years), and I recommend the newer ones as well. They are not expensive and my feeling is that a plain machine that can do straight and zog-zag is more than enough for a beginning sewer. If well-maintained they should work well forever. Yorus in

Re: [h-cost] 1968 Boys Wear

2012-01-23 Thread lisa58
Gotta be age. (Which to some degree, supposedly corresponds to size) Yours in cosutming,Lisa A On Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:41:09 -0500 penn...@costumegallery.com writes: I am working on an article about 1968 boys wear from a clothing industry trade journal. Repeatedly in the article refers to

[h-cost] Civil War rashion

2012-01-17 Thread lisa58
Dear Katy-- It was lovely meeting you at Arisia, thank you somuch for introducing yourself. I would love to have time some time to sit and talk about historical fashion. I am very involved with collecting and scanningm y Victorian photos, and love images of all natures of Victorian life. I

Re: [h-cost] Civil War rashion

2012-01-17 Thread lisa58
Hi Katy-- HAving gone through getting into costuming with children, I totally understsand. It's very hard to find time or dedicated space. None of my photos that are vintage that I have scanned, are online at this point. I don't know how to go about it, and don't really have the time to mess

Re: [h-cost] Civil War rashion

2012-01-17 Thread lisa58
Yes, I also have Carbonite, AND I keep an up-to-date back up on an external hard drive. Yours in costuming,Lisa A On Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:17:25 -0500 Audrey Bergeron-Morin audreybmo...@gmail.com writes: I do have it on a flash drive, and am constantly adding more--just trying to get

Re: [h-cost] Beading supplies

2012-01-04 Thread lisa58
If you want to edge bead, there are many easy techniques. I know one that produces a lovely scalloped edge, and is super fast to do. Yours in cosutmign,Lisa A On Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:38:32 -0800 Lavolta Press f...@lavoltapress.com writes: I've often seen beads on 1920s dresses machine sewn

Re: [h-cost] Beading supplies

2012-01-04 Thread lisa58
Yes--the technique of knotting every several inches or so, while addingto the timespentbeading, can really pay off. I used to do lots of long beaded fringe on costumes, by hand (although usually I would bead onto ribbon or binding or piping), and there were times when I lost far fewer beads

Re: [h-cost] Beading supplies

2012-01-03 Thread lisa58
I can speak to your bead needs. I have a little experience with them. The first issue is that you want to couch them, AND that you want them to be washable and dry-cleanable after having couched them on. At least that's what I understood you wanted. Couching is fine, but you should not do it

Re: [h-cost] Sherlock Holmes

2011-12-20 Thread lisa58
Good point--maybe that is what made the written stories so wonderful--the understatement. Mr. Holmes always wanted to just stick to the facts without embellishment. Yours in cosutming, Lisa A On Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:03:33 -0500 Elena House exst...@gmail.com writes: I watched an interview with

Re: [h-cost] Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

2011-12-18 Thread lisa58
Sorry, Jeremy Brett just always rubbed me the totally wrong way as Holmes. He never let Holmes show any compassion, but was always very snobbish and superior, esp. to Watson. And in the books, Holmes doesn't treat Watson that way . And far too many liberties were taken with the actual plots.

Re: [h-cost] Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

2011-12-16 Thread lisa58
I wasn't even able to get through the FIRST movie in this series, and it was because of the same issues I read about in the review of THIS movie. And Im a Sherlock Holmes FANATIC. The best Sherlock Holmes EVER, and the best costumes, were int he Russian version of Sherlock Holmes form the

Re: [h-cost] Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

2011-12-16 Thread lisa58
: I must admit I love the Jeremy Brett Hound of the Baskervilles and Sign of Four. But some of the others in that seriesyikes! The costuming for the series was understated and very realistic and believable with some beautiful details. -Original Message- From: lisa58 lis

Re: [h-cost] Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows

2011-12-16 Thread lisa58
You are in for a treat--I wish I could afford to buy it, and have all of them. Yours in cosutming,Lisa A On Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:38:02 -0800 Lavolta Press f...@lavoltapress.com writes: Well, in the first movie it was kind of refreshing to see Watson sock Holmes in the jaw after that

Re: [h-cost] On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life

2011-12-10 Thread lisa58
It's been a while since I got this email, but I also wentto the web site, and there didn't seem to be a way to order hte exhibit catalog, and I too would like to order it. Do you know how one could order it mailed? Yours in cosutming,Lis aA On Sat, 5 Nov 2011 16:08:25 -0400 Katy Bishop

Re: [h-cost] Converting a Sack Style Men's Dress Coat to a Frock Style Men's Dress Coat

2011-11-04 Thread lisa58
Ifyou can b uy wool from one o f the online fabric stores, like Distinctive Fabrics, they often have sales and I have gotten fabulous wool fabric for as little as $5/yd!!! Yours in costuming, Lisa A On Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:13:39 -0400 Paul and Charlene asti...@golden.net writes: Angelique wrote:

Re: [h-cost] 1880s hairstyles

2011-10-26 Thread lisa58
Thank you for hte link--I am trying to find out all I can about hairstyles to try to identify my numerous vintage photos, sometimes the dress isnot enough. Yours in costuming,Lisa A On Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:05:28 -0400 Katy Bishop katybisho...@gmail.com writes: I have a page on my site with

Re: [h-cost] 1880s hairstyles

2011-10-22 Thread lisa58
Yes, thank you, it helps a lot. My current project is scanning in all my photos that I have bought at flea markets, and most of them are unidentified by date. Thsi helps a lot. Yours in costuming,Lisa A On Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:43:09 -0500 otsisto otsi...@socket.net writes: 1880s pics

Re: [h-cost] 1880s hairstyles

2011-10-21 Thread lisa58
I have been collectingVictorian vintage photos for a few years now,and it seems as if almost anything was accepted in the 1890's as far as hairstyles, and dress modifications. Yours in csotuming,Lisa A On Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:43:35 -0700 Marjorie Wilser the3t...@gmail.com writes: Mine, too.