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Elsa photo by Little Noise || Mina photo by Little Noise || Femshep photo by Little Noise wig work, make up, body art, armour, dance-wear, formal gowns, historic dress, embroidery, and finally large scale prosthetic work. Costume maker and performance artist since 1999. Diploma of Performing Arts, 1997 Mistress of the Order of the laurel (Society of Creative…

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I need a corset

Well I need a very specific corset.  If you look through most corset diagrams in magazines at the time, you’ll notice a trend for corsets that constantly curve through the back and waist and hips, front and back. http://www.arrayedindreams.com/antique-fashion/der-bazar-1857-1898/patterns-from-der-bazar-corsets-1870s/ But Ithese really are designed for a fashionable shape which includes displacing fleah from the waist and…

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1876 basque

The science and geometry of dress by Jackson, Louisa L., Mrs. [from old catalog] Published 1876 So, the trouble with the system is the “bust” measure is a sort of not really measurable distance where the armhole (arm size) and the side seam end.  And then you take the back measure separately. Not a full measure…

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some gems from the manual

The science and geometry of dress by Jackson, Louisa L., Mrs. [from old catalog] Published 1876 We cut on the fold due to wide fabrics, this explains why cutting fronts is best done individually. Yes! The side is where you can do some final fitting tweaks. But it was better to adjust everywhere else first. How…

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Making the tools

As per my previous posts I now have the tools for the 1876 drafting system. https://archive.org/details/sciencegeometryo02jack The science and geometry of dress by Jackson, Louisa L., Mrs. [from old catalog] Published 1876 I printed and used contact spray to lay them on the inside of a cardboard box my new mirror came in. So nice to have…

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