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15267Re: [SCA Newcomers] patterns and clothing forms

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  • Theophania
    Dec 29, 2009
      late to the game but i for one am greatful for all your input listed above. I have both patterns (3728 and 2589) (not really sure how i got them) and have been eyeing to see if they would even be worth making up for a sca event or for just a costume party. i'm am very new to sewing so i tend to cling to easy to understand patterns.

      --- In scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com, "Elizabeth Walpole" <ewalpole@...> wrote:
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf Of Bambi TBNL
      > Sent: Friday, 18 December 2009 1:04 PM
      > To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] patterns and clothing forms
      > I know I am really going out on a limb here but...has anybody sen the newest
      > simplicity tudor for women patten....not too shabby!!!!actually is is in 2
      > patterns...one is outer clothing and one is underpinnings n such...but
      > really , it does not suck considering the stuff that has come out before and
      > the sizing is actually quite generous...I just made it for someone.and the 
      > tudor corset alone really worked surprisingly well ..I actually had to cut
      > the pattern down cause the muslin proved  the fit did not take into accont
      > the squishing down that occurs when a real corsett does its job!!!lol
      >  Bambi (To be named ater) TBNL
      > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
      > -------
      > Simplicity has been coming out with some reasonable patterns recently.
      > Especially if you do 18th/19th century as well as SCA (but then the research
      > is much easier for 18th & 19th centuries as there are so many extant
      > garments, after years of making 16th century clothing it felt like cheating
      > when I researched 19th century stuff). Ease in garments that are not
      > supposed to have ease is a recurring problem in Simplicity's historic line
      > (they had the same problem with the Civil War corset patterns), the pattern
      > designer comes up with a corset pattern and then Simplicity adds ease so a
      > corset ends up being bigger than the measurements the envelope says it will
      > fit!
      > Simplicity 2589 (http://www.simplicity.com/p-1547-costumes.aspx) is better
      > than anything else I've seen for that period from the major pattern
      > companies but unfortunately that's not really saying much. I think its major
      > flaw is that it's designed to cash in on The Other Boleyn Girl, so it
      > recreates the flawed costumes of that movie (e.g. most Tudor portraits don't
      > show the skirt pleated in front, it's smooth in front and pleated at the
      > back, though there are a couple of 1550s-1560s gowns with pleats that are
      > moving closer to the front as it transitions into something more like an
      > Elizabethan style). For a beginner it's much better than most people wear in
      > their first few years in the SCA but it really reflects theories on
      > construction that are about 20 years old (though my first Tudor gown was
      > based on the same research and I still wear it occasionally, when the
      > weather and occasion call for 8yds of velvet ;D). If you're serious about
      > Tudor get a copy of The Tudor Tailor for the latest research (you can order
      > it direct from the authors, http://www.tudortailor.com/, or it's also
      > available from other online bookshops), I have yet to hear of anyone who has
      > regretted the investment.
      > From what I can see the one really bright point in this pattern is the
      > French Hood Most other French Hood patterns I've seen look like a sun visor
      > turned backwards and tend to stick straight up in the air, this one has a
      > really nice looking period silhouette (although it looks like the version in
      > the photo used buckram that was too light weight, so it developed wrinkles)
      > and it's good to see a pattern with the complete ensemble not just the
      > dress.
      > Personally I would be happier to see the underwear pattern, 2621
      > (http://www.simplicity.com/p-1576-costumes.aspx), combined with the
      > Elizabethan pattern, 3782 (http://www.simplicity.com/p-2009-costumes.aspx),
      > as the best information we have at the moment suggests that corsets (as
      > opposed to an underdress with a stiffened bodice, which gives a similar
      > silhouette) probably didn't turn up until around the 1580s or 1590s (it
      > basically required somebody to have the brainwave that now bodices are boned
      > they will stay in place without the weight of the skirt holding them down
      > and we can make the bodice and skirt as separate garments). And overall I am
      > happier with the Elizabethan pattern than the Tudor pattern (it has some
      > minor inaccuracies I would nitpick, e.g. cross lacing instead of spiral
      > lacing, but nothing major).
      > Note my assessment of the Tudor patterns is based on looking at the images
      > online I haven't got a copy of this pattern yet (though I have got a copy of
      > the Elizabethan pattern) Once I have got a copy I may reassess my opinion of
      > the pattern.
      > Alright that is enough of a novel for now (can you tell that Tudor is my
      > passion ;P) if you have more time than money it's possible to improve this
      > pattern, but it's probably not a project for a beginner unless you're good
      > at visualising how two dimensional shapes will look in three dimensions.
      > It's going to be significantly easier to buy a good pattern to start with.
      > Yours in service,
      > -----------------------------------------
      > Elizabeth Walpole | Elizabeth Beaumont
      > Canberra, Australia | Politarchopolis, Lochac
      > http://magpiecostumer.110mb.com/
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