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(no subject) [Apr. 3rd, 2006|07:57 am]
[Current Mood |determineddetermined]
[Current Music |Bella Morte-Away]

I've had an awesome opportunity to take a corset class taught by the costume designer of the Bristol Renaissance Fair. I had to bring my son with, and boy did he prove to be a distraction! The end result will be a comfortable and supported corset, custom fitted to me. Also we learned about why it's so important to use supplies made especially for corsets. When I started to get into costuming for the Elizabethan period, I did alot of research on corsetry and found that alot of people like to use stuff like lumber strapping to bone their corsets to cut their costs. PLEASE don't do this, lumber strapping has sharp edges and has tons of chemicals on it from the wood and whatnot. People, this can seriously injure you if the edges cut you. Always remember, you and your well-being is much more important than saving a few bucks on a corset! Use plastic coated spring steel bones made for corsetry in your corset and let the lumber straps hold in wood!

Also very important: measure five times and you'll probably cut once! (That is why I said my beloved son was a distraction!)
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(no subject) [Mar. 27th, 2006|08:09 am]
[Current Mood |giddygiddy]
[Current Music |Nickleback-Someday]

So I finally got a Viking serger on Saturday and still have not had the time to play with it. The court dress I'm doing this year is green brocade wih some light beadwork on the bodice, a double box-pleated skirt and dark brown velvet on the hem. There's so much done, yet nothing on the dress is actually completed. The skirt needs to be hemmed and attached to waistband, the bodice needs to be lined and scallops added. Scallops need to be trimmed, and sleeves need to be started.
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(no subject) [Mar. 24th, 2006|06:13 pm]
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]
[Current Music |Vivaldi-Winter]

Hello to anyone who happens upon my Livejournal. I'm really passionate about Elizabethan costuming and 16th century history. I am currently working on a court gown for the Bristol Rennaissance Faire, where I portray Mistress Elizabeth Cavendish. I also love other eras of clothing and I really want to do a Civil War gown.
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