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Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009

Your Letters, Advice and Questions - October 2009

Thank you very much if you took time out to answer the survey recently. In response to your feedback, we're going to try some improvements to the format of the Ask the Experts page.

There's such talent and experience amongst our readers as well as our writers that this month we'd like to enhance it and make it into a "Letters, questions and advice" page - so not only will you be able to ask questions, you'll be able to share your own tips and advice and your own experiences, as well as your letters, to the mix!

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Ask the Experts: September 2009

Ask the Experts: September 2009

We'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.

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

 

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Ask the Experts: August 2009

Ask the Experts: August 2009

I 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: July 2009

Ask the Experts: July 2009

This 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?

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

 

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Ask the Experts - June 2009

Ask the Experts - June 2009

We 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.

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

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Ask the Experts: May 2009

Ask the Experts: May 2009

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.

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

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Ask the Experts: April 2009

Ask the Experts: April 2009

This 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: March 2009

Ask the Experts: March 2009

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: February 2009

Ask the Experts: February 2009
Another 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.

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Ask the Experts - January 2009

Ask the Experts - January 2009

We 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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Ask The Experts - December 2008

Ask The Experts - December 2008

 This month we have two questions about corsets and one about scissors.

Our experts talk about what makes an S-bend an S-bend and where to find a pattern for one, plus boning channel placement.

They also discuss the best kind of scissors to use to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. 

 

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.

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Ask The Experts, November 2008

Ask The Experts, November 2008

This month our questions centre around fabrics and fitting - both fitting for modern figures and fitting for an authentic historical look and feel.

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Ask The Experts, October 2008

Ask The Experts, October 2008

You sent in some tough questions this month! Thanks for keeping us on our toes, and keep 'em coming!

Washing coutil Fusible Interfacing problems Ethics of making a tightlacing corset for a 16 year old Sewing with silk velvet Dress forms Working with stripes

 

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.

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Ask The Experts, September 2008

Ask The Experts, September 2008

This month we have quite the variety of questions. 

Setting in tailored sleeves How to work with silk habotai without losing your sanity Costuming the man in your life Finding ladies stockings Making ruffled straps for bras Calculating turning ease in corset patterns

 

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.

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Ask The Experts, August 2008

Ask The Experts, August 2008

This month in Ask the Experts we answer questions on costuming terminology, drafting bust curves and where to find historical patterns for gentlemen.

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.

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Ask The Experts, July 2008

Ask The Experts, July 2008

This month we switch to a different format for the "Ask the Experts" column.

Instead of just asking one person questions, you get to ask the whole group! We have two questions this month, one on using velvet for a Robe a l'Anglaise and one on starting a business.

 

 

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