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horizontal stripes?

Hello all! I just found this great community, and maybe some of you could help me with a Regency costuming conundrum:

I have some very pretty and very period-looking roller printed cotton that I'd like to use to make a woman's day dress circa 1810-20, BUT it has horizontal rather than vertical stripes. Now, for the life of me, I can't recall ever seeing a striped dress from this period that had anything but vertical stripes.

So, has anyone here ever seen a fashion plate or existing gown from this era with horizontal stripes?? And if so, could you direct me to a book or website where I could see one?

I thought of just using the fabric sideways, but my mother seems to believe that one should never do that under any circumstances if you want your garment to fit right. Does anyone have any experience in that matter? Does going against the grain really matter that much with plain old cotton calico?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated! :)

Edit: Thanks for all your helpful input! I think I will go ahead and do it sideways. I really want vertical stripes, and that's totally true about border printed fabrics - they use the selvage for the hem, and I've never had any problems using those. I'll go forth and sew with no fear now! :D
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Linen Fabric Online?

Hi guys...

My former supervisor (a super neat lady and costumer) had recommended a great site that had high quality, inexpensive linen. I think it was fabrics-store.com...has anyone purchased from them? I am going to be making a man's regency shirt and neckcloth, as well as a regency shift and was wondering what weight to buy. I've never purchased fabric online before -- it's not easy to figure out how heavy or how sheer something is from a tiny square image on my screen!

Thanks! (Sorry for cross-posting)
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Midshipman's uniform for a "squeaker"

Although my son is just learning to walk, I would like to get a jump start on research, etc that will help me create a uniform for a  young midshipman in the Royal Navy circa 1800-1812. Can anyone suggest books, portraits, drawings, original source documents, or patterns that will help me develop a greater understanding of a midshipman's life in the RN as well as guide me in creating an historically appropriate set of garments?

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Regency Underwear

Hi everyone!

I have an unusual request to make of you all. The Medieval Studies club at Binghamton University is putting together an academic conference on the history of underwear from the classical period to 1750. Tied in to this event will be another, a fashion show entitled "Underwear Through The Ages."

We're looking for samples of underwear from the classical period to the present day, particularly 18th century, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian underwear (for both men and women, preferably as historically accurate as possible.) If any of you have pieces you would like to loan to the university for the fashion show (to be held April 24th, 2010) please email me at hallen1@binghamton.edu. We would pay for postage both ways and insurance on the garments, and your name would be in the program as the owner/maker. We are looking for all sizes.

If you think you would be interested in helping us out with this, please let me know!

Thank you very much for your time!

An Affair to Remember

Regency Costumes

Hi all!

I am a theatre teacher currently in the process of directing a production of Pride & Prejudice. I am looking for Regency clothing patterns (particularly for males!) and was hoping that one of you could direct me to the right place. (I am also willing to buy or rent, but I truly feel that making the costumes would simply be cheaper.)

Many thank yous in advance for your help!
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The Georgia Regency Society invites you to Tea


My name is Stephanie Coté, and I am the founder of the brand new Georgia Regency Society, a chapter of the Regency Society of America. It has been brought to my attention that the members of this group may be interested in joining us for our events so I am here to introduce us and invite you to be a part of the Georgia Regency Society.

We are a group of people who have come together through the love of all things from this era, whether it be the clothing, food, culture, music and dance, literature, or just good company. Our first event is coming up in a few weeks and it's my pleasure to invite you all to join us on December 5th, 2009 for a Regency Costumed Afternoon Tea and Lunch at the Sugarplums Tea Room in scenic Canton, Georgia.

For full details and RSVP information please see the events page of our website. If you'd like to RSVP, or have any questions or comments, please direct them to info@garegency.org.

Thank you so much, we hope to see you there!

Stephanie Coté
The Georgia Regency Society

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Historical Fashions Blog

I started a Historical Fashions picture blog over on Tumblr today! You don't have to be a member to see the photos, so feel free to bookmark it and check it often - posts are queued and every hour a new photo is posted automatically. If you ARE member of Tumblr, feel free to join and post! Let me know how you like it :) This includes the Regency era along with others - I am using fashions from the Middle Ages all the way up to the 1950s (and occasionally special circumstances for any garments later).


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