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  • xina007eu
    ... particular ... Hirsch ... reproduction ... to ... December. ... random ... names or ... characteristics. So ... of Madonna ... painting ... straps and
    Message 1 of 112 , Mar 1, 2002
      --- In Authentic_SCA@y..., Kirrily Robert <skud@i...> wrote:
      > Maud wrote:
      > > Oh! <lightbulb coming on> We've always referred to that
      > > painting as the "Fram Aircleaner Headdress" painting. Juliana
      > > (yeah, Sir Arion's wife--I know them too) has a *huge*
      > > of this mounted on canvas hanging in their livingroom, and I got
      > > take a minutely detailed look at it when I was visiting last
      > This reminds me of something that I ask people occasionally, as a
      > joke-like thing. See, it always amuses me how many SCA people know
      > certain portraits quite well and distinguish them not by their
      names or
      > by their subjects, but by some other distinguishing
      characteristics. So
      > here's the question I ask people: Do you know the painting
      of "Madonna
      > with the Baseball Boobies?" First person to send a URL of the
      > I mean wins a small prize if I ever meet them.
      > (Second prize goes to "Sketch of a woman with the weird white
      straps" and
      > third prize to "That one with the amazing blackworked cuffs".)
      > Yours,
      > Katherine
      > --
      > Lady Katherine Rowberd (mka Kirrily "Skud" Robert)
      > katherine@i... http://infotrope.net/sca/
      > Caldrithig, Skraeling Althing, Ealdormere
      > "The rose is red, the leaves are grene, God save Elizabeth our

      Madonna with the baseball boobs (or tennis-ball tits):
      White band:
      There are several pictures with a mysterious white strap/band on this
      page, I guess you mean one of them:

      Best regards,

    • unclrashid
      ... of ... angle. ... that ... how ... a ... Ok, I ll add my 2 cents, also. I don t really want to argue about whether or not this is a flounce, because we
      Message 112 of 112 , Mar 6, 2002
        --- In Authentic_SCA@y..., "xina007eu" <Christina_Lemke@h...> wrote:

        > none of these look like a proper flounce to me. Look how the folds
        > the skirt continue straight into the "flounce" part. Also look how
        > the "flounce" or band doesn't stand away from the skirt at an
        > It looks like this:
        > | | skirt
        > | |
        > | |
        > | |
        > | |
        > ----------------------
        > | | "flounce" or band
        > ----------------------
        > I'd expect a silhouette like
        > | | skirt
        > | |
        > | |
        > | |
        > | |
        > ----------------------
        > / \
        > / \ flounce
        > --------------------------
        > I don't see how one can achieve the first silhouette with a flounce
        > that is 1.4 or 1.5 times the circumference of the hem, assuming
        > the flounce is of the same or a similar fabric as the skirt, and
        > the folds of the skirt can continue straight into a flounce. Even
        > allowing for artistic license and non-naturalistic depiction, it is
        > bit odd.
        > Just my 2 cents ...

        Ok, I'll add my 2 cents, also. I don't really want to argue about
        whether or not this is a flounce, because we may just be arguing
        semantics here. I do however believe that it is very defintitely a
        piece of fabric gathered or pleated onto the bottom of the kirtle.

        Also, I sew Victorian and Edwardian gowns for a local dance company
        so I know a lot about how gathered fabric hangs on a skirt. Just
        because the fabric is gathered does not automatically mean the
        flounce must flair out. That is dependent on many factors, including
        the ratio of the gathering, the weight, the drape, and the stiffness
        of the fabric. While any flounce will flair when you walk or spin,
        wool gathered at a ratio of 1.5 usually is too heavy to flair out
        like your second drawing without a lot of support underneath. If all
        gathered fabric automatically flaired out just because it was
        gathered, Edwardian dressmakers would not have need to use all the
        types of petticoats they invented with ruffles and flounces of
        horsehair and organdy and crinoline to support the flounced skirts

        My guess would be that this was a way of repairing an old, muddy,
        worn-out hem. You may notice in the pictures that they frequently
        pull up the outer skirt when tramping about outside. I beleive they
        wore the "best" kirtle on the outside and the underlayer may have
        been an older kirtle in poor condition. I bet the hem got really
        worn out and soiled. They might cut off the bottom few inches to
        reomove the soiled fabric and then need to add more fabric on to
        lengthen it. I know that when you sew a straight piece of fabric
        onto the bottom of a flared skirt, it destroys the original line of
        the skirt, and may even not be wide enough to walk in. Slightly
        gathering the added strip of fabric would solve this problem.

        I thought at one time that these slight gathers were the result of
        the dress being hemmed inside out, with a fairly deep hem, but
        the "flounces" in these new pictures posted are definitely too deep
        to be just the hem.

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