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, Cathi M <vixen1@...> wrote:
> I would say it's a great starting point.
> Her research was very good but you do have to watch her sewing
methods and such.
> There will be shortcuts and things because of course it was written
for stage and only needed to "look" right.
> It's in my collection and I've used it a fair bit.
I don't think they're so much "shortcuts", as using modern theatrical
techniques instead of any attempt at reproducing period sewing for
the sake of being period sewing. I was trained in sewing for the
stage by a designer who was trained by Hunnisett, and a lot of what
we did was based on 20th century haute couture technique. The
materials weren't quite so grand, but the cut and fit had to be
perfect, and the clothes had to look as good on the last night of a
twelve week run as they did on the first. They were very well made
garments, but not period reproductions by any stretch.