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Ask the Experts: September 2009

AtE_iconWe've got quite some tough questions this month!

  • Bethan asks about different seam finishes on corsets
  • Natalie inquires about hand sewing stitches and finishing techniques in Regency era clothing
  • Alywen would like to know how to take patterns off of antique clothes.

 

Our experts have been busy answering these questions and Jennie Chancy of Sense and Sensibility patterns graciously offers her expertise on Regency era sewing techniques.

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Ask the Experts - June 2009

Detail from Carl Spitzweg, The Bookworm, 1850We have three questions this month, and lots of answers!

Emma asks about different methods of pre-shrinking fabric for goods that will be sold. Melanie askes about where to get tailoring supplies in the UK and Hanna asks on where to purchase hard to find tailoring and corset books.

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Ask the Experts: March 2009

Raimundo Madrazo - Portrait Of A Lady In Pink Ribbons

This month we have a question on sources for where to buy silk ribbon, drafting a corset with gores and the rules for the Single Pattern Project.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column! 

We welcome questions about any sewing or costume related subject, and your questions will be passed on to the group of experts to answer. You're welcome either to specify whom you're asking, or not to, whatever is your preference. Anonymous questions are also welcome!

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Ask the Experts: August 2009

Arrufos, 1887I hope everyone is having a great summer (and winter for all those south of the Equator)! Cathy and  I are really looking forward to meeting a lot of you at Costume College at the end of the month.

Thank you all for all of the responses to our request for questions and stories, we had over 25 questions sent in!  Out of all those, we picked  four questions this month. More will be answered next month, and some of them are great ideas for future articles!

The first question is  on the scale used in Norah Waugh's books. The next is  on getting 5mm grommets to set smoothly, and the next on how to get pleats in silk crepe to lie smoothly. The  last one is on the rarity of an embroidered chemise.

We also share a humorous  story sent in by Jennie on the importance of asking clarifying questions to your client or customer...

 

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Ask the Experts: May 2009

Elevating Fashion, 1901, Henri Gerbault

This month we have one question about a YWU sister site and two questions about corsetry - one concerning types of boning and when to use them (with an interesting variety of opinions from four of our experts amongst the answers), and the other on building a corset/chest binder for a female-to-male transsexual.

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Ask the Experts: February 2009

Warner's 1898 Corset La ReineAnother set of hard questions this month!   Emma writes about setting up an online corset business, Amelia about sewing a corset with satin and velvet panels and Jude asks for advice about the proper type of fastening for an English round gown. Register to read more...

Ask the Experts: July 2009

Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, photographed by Brady-HandyThis month we have a special edition of Ask the Experts devoted to your questions about the Single Pattern Project '09.

You've seen lots of how-tos now - the in-depth analyses from Sunny, Cathy's run-down of the possibilities and the rules, trimmings ideas from Gina, Ginger's petticoat, and so on - and the deadline for your entry is less than three months away.

We have two important questions: how do you finish the hem, and how does one wear the finished outfit?

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Ask the Experts: April 2009

Catalina Micaela of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, 1585, Alonso Sánchez CoelloThis month there is the wide variety of questions that Ask the Experts is known for!

Questions this month range through how to find tutorials on styling Georgian wigs, good sources for aiglettes, pattern drafting instructions for a late 1920's day dress, how to make a frou-frou petticoat and a wire mesh crinoline and sewing corsets without wrinkles.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!

We welcome questions about any sewing or costume related subject, and your questions will be passed on to the group of experts to answer. You're welcome either to specify whom you're asking, or not to, whatever is your preference. Anonymous questions are also welcome!

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Ask the Experts - January 2009

ate_icon.jpgWe have three questions for the New Year: Jade asks about re-covering bras for clients, Charlene wants to know more about 18th century buttonholes and Jane asks for more details about the Single Pattern Project.

Submit your questions now on the "Ask a question" page for next month's column!  We welcome questions about any sewing or costume related subject, and your questions will be passed on to the group of experts to answer. You're welcome either to specify whom you're asking, or not to, whatever is your preference. Anonymous questions are also welcome!

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