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Below are the 19 most recent journal entries recorded in margo's patterns' LiveJournal:

Friday, July 3rd, 2009
11:35 am
I found the shoulder strap of the corset to be about 3 inches too short. This is probably my fault because I had to measure myself and probably came up with the wrong size for the shoulder to shoulder measurement. I also need to add about 2 inches to the bust measurement.

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
3:09 pm
Here we go!
Here I go to trace out the patterns for the corset. I decided to do the boned tabs version. I don't have one yet, and I figure if I'm doing the Iron Dress 3 right, I better start with a good foundation. It will be constructed of 2 layers of twill with a fashion fabric of either red or gold duponi silk. I know duponi isn't period, but I like how it looks and I'm the only one who will see it anyway, so I'm using it!

I haven't decided yet if I should line it with some muslin or cotton? I'm become pretty convinced that it needs both front and back lacing. I can't rely on my hubby to lace me up, and I tend to fluctuate on weight some, so it seems to be the ideal solution.

xposted to my journal
Sunday, March 25th, 2007
9:31 pm
Blue & Gold Male Henrician
{x-posted to a couple of communities, and my personal blog}

So, not feeling well I've been lying around a lot today, and am now feeling antsy. So I took some photos of my client's doublet and jacket bodies (meaning just the top halves) that are mostly done, at least enough to see what I've been busy with.


View all starting here: Royal Blue & Gold Henrician Doublet & Jacket.

And yes, it is on a woman's dress form, as I don't have one for a man. That's why it is sitting funny, and gaping in the front. I am also wondering how best to deal with all those little puffs coming out of the slashes, because sometimes they like to disappear into the cuts. This might be annoying to keep pulling them out while wearing the outfit.

I hope to get some work on another part of the outfit tonight, if I don't end up in bed again really soon.

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
9:36 am
spanish sleeves
Does anyone have any photos of Spanish sleeves? I will be using them on my dress and would like to see what they look like on a person or a dummy and not just a sketch.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
3:19 pm
Looking for patterns...
I hope this type of post is allowed here. If not, please feel free to delete.

I'm looking to buy a used copy of Margo's Patterns "Underpinnings" and "Ladies Wardrobe." Please let me know if you no longer want yours!

(x-posted to various places)
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006
1:18 pm
Yardage Question
A general question for anyone who owns Margo's Pattern for underpinnings. I posted to the yahoo list but haven't received an answer yet, and this is time sensitive.

I am going to take advantage of a great sale on a linen/cotten blend tonight and want to buy enough to make the farthingale and square-necked smock. I also wondered if the blend would be good to use as a lining to the corset. I don't know the exact mixture, but others seem to think it's a good smock weight. It's the linen/cotton blend on sale at JoAnn's this week.

However, I haven't bought Margo's pattern yet, so I don't know how much to buy! If anyone has this pattern and could take a quick peek for me, I would be ever so appreciative!

I am 5'2", and size 16-18 in normal clothes.

(x-posted various places)
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
11:27 am
help with the corset
Hi all. I have a couple of questions to ask about the corset. I am also a member of the yahoo group, but after hours of searching, I couldn't find quite the right answer. Here goes:

As I will have to lace into and out of this corset by myself every time, I was looking to put front lacing in. Would the correct method to do this be simply slicing the front for the lacing and adding two inches to the back open so they can be sewn together? If not, what is the best method?

Also, instead of getting rid of the back lacing, would it be alright to keep both, as then I wouldn't have to get the fitting perfect (it's my second corset and I'm not entirely confident about my ability yet...)? I'm not necessarily lookng for absolute historical accuracy. I'm concerned that having two points of lacing would weaken the corset. Any thoughts?

Any help will be greatly appreciated! ^.^

Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
11:56 am
corset pattern
Hello all,
I am making a corset following Margo's pattern. I made a mock-up of the pattern, and during the process had some trouble with the sideback piece. In the instructions the angled part at the waist of the pattern is facing the corset front, but if I match the notches and armhole, the the angled part faces the back. Also, if I match the notches and ease it in, the bottom part of the side back does not match up with the side back.

I've talked with someone else who mentions the notches don't match up, and she redrafted part of the pattern.

Has anyone else encountered this problem, was there an update on the pattern that I missed?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
9:09 am
Happy Hat Day!
Hat Day is a holiday my family has been celebrating lo, these 23 years now.
It started out as a prank we were playing on my sister's new boyfriend. We
thought it would be funny to all be wearing silly hats when they arrived on
the evening before Thanksgiving, and act as if it was a holiday everyone
celebrated. As I recall, he passed with flying colors, donning a pith
helmet and enjoying himself immensely.

So, we still wear silly hats on Thanksgiving Eve, as a celebration of family
and silliness. I'd like to invite all 860 or so of you in my extended
family to join me, by putting on a silly hat and thinking about all the
ways your family (either the one you were born into or the one you've
created for yourself) is special.

And Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm more grateful than I can say, for all
of you.
Saturday, October 15th, 2005
2:31 pm
Slops help?
Hello! This seems to be a low volume group so not sure if this is the right place to ask. (I've sent an email to Margo to ask to join the Yahoogroup.)

I'm making a muslin for the medium length slops, and have just cut out the base, pattern pieces size 2A and 2B. The very first instruction on page 57 says to stitch the side seams.

Except that the side seam on 2A is an inch longer than 2B. What should I do?

I haven't got the length wrong, really! (The medium for a size 40 is ten lines up from the max length, which I've taped up on both 2A and 2B).

Current Mood: confused
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
5:16 pm
Katrina Relief for Plus Size Women
Hello, everyone!

You may have heard on the news that some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina are plus-size women, who are wearing GARBAGE BAGS because the shelters don't have any clothes that fit them.

This is an ongoing problem for charities, which get very few donations of larger clothing. I know there are many of you on this list who are "sumptuous" sized--that's why I made the patterns up to size 30--so I'm asking you to please go into your closets and give whatever you don't use anymore. These women have lost everything, and they need everything---from that party dress you wore once to a pair of comfortably broken in jeans. Please don't think that anything that's clean and in good condition isn't good enough to wear--after all, if you only had a few donated outfits to wear out in public, you'd want some older casual clothes to wear around the house to keep the good stuff nice.

Those of you who don't have plus sized clothing to give can also give to this cause, if you like- the people organizing it have put out lists of other things they need. Things like toiletries, books, shoes, ...anything, really.

So please, everyone, if you can, contact Candace at the email address below and arrange to get the special labels for your shipments. tell them I sent you--Let's show them that Margonians care!


Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Has anyone else noticed how a lot of the refugees from Katrina are plus-sized women? This past Saturday two feature stories on CNN were about two "Curvy" women, one who gave birth after the storm and one who despite the destruction on the coast, married in a shelter on Saturday in Jackson, MS.

If you have ever visited New Orleans, then you understand the weather… extreme heat and humidity. Can you imagine surviving the storm, arriving at one of the shelters, finally getting a hot shower and then having no clean clothes to wear because they did not have your size? I can see this being a real problem.

Many of us at www.curvychick.com have been asking, how can we help our curvy "southern" chicks. Well, we have a solution. We, as members of The Curvy Chick, can/will send our old plus-sized clothes to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Most charities are accepting only cash donations, however why should perfectly good, plus-sized used clothes go to waste when there are a lot of women who need them?

Goodwill Industries of Houston is accepting and distributing donations of goods (instead of just cash). Packages marked for "Distribution for Refugees of Hurricane Katrina" will be distributed to those families.

ANOTHER opportunity is to adopt a curvy chick member. We currently have over 50 members who have been effected by Hurricane Katrina and are in need of your help. I have personally adopted a member and will be sending her a care package that will include personal care items along with clothes that are of her size. Remember these members are going to need your help for months to come, so you can make a difference in their lives each month especially as we are upon the holiday season. There are so many ways you can make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families.

If you want to adopt a member, please contact me directly at candace@curvychick.com and I will pair you up with that member as we progress in our efforts. If you know of a "Curvy Chick" who is in need of our help who may not be a member of our community, please let us know and we will do all we can to help them as well.

I think this is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for us to expand the Curvy Chick community by helping our "Curvy Cousins" in need. It would be a great way to show the world how awesome the women are who make up the Curvy Chick community!

Whether you chose to adopt a family or send your items directly to the distribution center in Houston, TX, we will have a "Curvy Chicks Care" label to place on your package that will indicate that your donation is specifically for Katrina's plus-size refugees. A letter is available for you to place inside your package to explain our relief efforts.

To receive the label and letter, please email me at candace@curvychick.com. Please note that these labels are not shipping labels, for the cost of shipping the clothes will have to be funded by the individuals who choose to participate.

Please note that you may ship your clothes to:

Goodwill Industries of Houston
5200 Jensen Drive
Houston, Texas 77026

Phone: (713) 692-6221
Fax: (713) 692-0923
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
12:52 pm
Hello, everyone. Sorry it's been awhile since I've posted.

As you probably noticed, we didn't release the Irish patterns in July. Life got very complicated, and I decided that, important as this business is to me, it wasn't as important as my family. So I took some time off to concentrate on some important issues. Now that things are resolved and the boys are back in school, I expect to get the Irish patterns out very soon, and hopefully get going on more projects.

One of the things I did this month was to move into a new office! A friend generously offered me his spare room as an office, so I no longer get distracted by housework, charming husbands, or adorable kids, and I don't have two tons of patterns stacked in my dining room. I think this is going to work out really well.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
1:09 pm
Pelican dress diary - finished! Plus: My new website


Due to current server problems my "usual" site is not available at the moment, and will probably not be for another week or so... *sigh*...

I'm currently uploading a mirror page, which will then be accessible at


As soon as the 'old' site works again, the pictures below will show again - but until then, feel free to browse through the aforementioned site, which is basically the same as the one mentioned below - just that it's at a different location.

If you want to browse through the links given below, this can easiest be done by replacing the http://www.yesterdaygowns.com part by http://www.bs-u.de - the folder and page names remain the same.

Thanks for reading, and sorry for the inconveniences!

Best wishes,


I am proud to announce that I have finally managed to...Collapse )

Best wishes,

(X-posted to my own journal, dressdiaries , elizabethangarb and margospatterns )

Monday, July 4th, 2005
2:18 pm
Did I understand correctly that...

...this is another place where I can shamelessly promote whatever I make from Margo's patterns...? ;-)
(the first entry in this community makes me think so, so I'll just start away with it, as no one else seemed to dare to do so until now...)

Hi, I'm Naergilien, real name Sabine, some of you might know me from Margo's mailing list where I have last presented a doll gown version made with Margo's patterns...

Well. Currently I'm making a human sized gown - a copy of Queen Elizabeth's "Pelican" gown, to be exact. By now the gown is finished, but I have written such an extensive dress diary that I am posting it in installments, so far over at dressdiaries and elizabethangarb - but perhaps I can find some new "victims" here...? ;-)
Two previews of the back-then still unfinished gown:

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If you have already followed my postings over at either of those communities - don't be scared, I'm not intending to spam this fairly new community with all my old entries. Instead, I'd like to link to my tagged site which I have so far created for this particular costume reproduction. You can find it here:


and it's pobably best if you would read it from bottom to top, as the oldest entries are - typical for Livejournal - at the bottom. This will give you the chance to go through each and every step I have so far posted.

If it is allowed, I'd like to post the entries for the last steps - 'just' another five or ten or so... - in this community as well. The gown *was* made with Margo's patterns - The Lady's wardrobe - just that I had to invent a new pattern for the rolled sleeves of the Pelican gown.

Well, I hope I didn't make anything wrong introducing myself here with this posting (I'm a bit scared because so far only margorose posted here...). :-S

Best wishes,

Sunday, June 12th, 2005
11:55 am
Phantom Costume History
Well. Since it seems that I have to print the leine pattern in two sheets, I decided to include that wrap front variation. Being a responsible person, I thought I should go back and do a little additional research, maybe see if there's some little detail I can add to make it even more historically cool. So I rounded up the Usual Suspects of Irish costume history, and discovered that, as far as I can see, it didn't exist. Not only that, but I can't even remember where I got the notion that it did.

I have a vague suspicion that it might have been mentioned in an old SCA publication, or maybe someone I worked Faire with a gazillion years ago told me about it, but I really don't know. In looking at the contemporary art, the only thing I can surmise is that someone interpreted the deep V neck of the ionar/jacket thing worn over the leine as a wrapover effect...maybe.

It just goes to show what a precarious field costume research is. I do my best to be accurate (and to tell people when I'm not), but I sometimes wonder, late at night, if some archeological or bibliographical find is going to come along that proves that my life's work is completely wrong.

Of course, I also find myself speculating on just how much I could abuse my authority, if I were ever to let my sense of humor loose. Hmmm....April Fool's Day is only 295 days away!
11:52 am
What's up..
Hi everyone...Sorry I haven't been posting. I've been very busy, as you'll see. Also, I thought I'd crossposted something from my personal livejournal to here, but apparently I didn't...so I'm copying it here:

Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
2:09 pm
Pattern Hydra
Proof that I can't do ANYTHING small: I was planning to launch the "Mayfaire" line of patterns with a single package, a simple Irish dress and leine combo. But it's taken on a life of its own.

It turns out the same leine pattern will work for both sexes, so I've split the Irish dress and leine into two packages, so guys don't have to pay for a dress they won't use. Then I got to thinking about all the folks who want to dress their kids in something sinmple, comfortable, and reasonably accurate. Okay, I'll split it again and do children's and adults versions. But wait! If the ladies have a dress to wear over their leines, surely the men should have something too...so now there's an ionar/jacket pattern.

Cool. Five patterns where there was one. But Wait again! the Irish dress bodice is identical to an English bodice pattern, except the latter has a pointed front. Well, that's easy to fix...and little girls like to dress English too...so now there are SEVEN patterns. And I don't have to take a big risk on those bodice patterns, because they're small enough to get printed on bond paper at the local copy store as I need them, instead of having a thousand tissues printed.

But wait! While a lot of people just want to make a plain bodice with no frills, some people really like tabs and skirtings and shoulder treatments. So why not make up an add-on package that they can buy or not as wanted?

So, that's eight patterns. Except that I know people are going to want smocks and skirts to wear with those bodices, and the smock pattern can also be made with different sleeve lengths and necklines that can turn it into a medieval tunic, and.....

I'm doomed. Doomed to sit here and crank out patterns for the rest of eternity, with no end in sight.

What a great fate. :)
Saturday, May 7th, 2005
11:13 am
(cute kid story)

I've been working on the cover for the Working Woman pattern. The artist does them in black and white, and then I use Paint Shop Pro to color them. When I finished, I asked my nine year old what he thought. He said, "It looks good..but you should make one of the ladies black, to show appreciation for people from other countries".

He's absolutely right, and I'm proud of him for thinking of it when I didn't.
Saturday, April 30th, 2005
4:58 pm
I Wanna SEE!! (xpost to margorose)
Someone just posted to the margospatterns list to say that Threads Magazine has reviewed the patterns. Unfortunately, I've let my subscription lapse, so I don't have a copy.

I called Wayne on the cell phone, found him on the freeway, and begged him to go back to Borders and see if they have the new issue yet.


scroll down and look at "tools of the trade"

This is just so cool. I feel Really Real now.
Friday, April 29th, 2005
9:26 am
Welcome, everyone! I expect any number of you will be joining up soon. At last we have a place where we can post pictures of our projects right into our messages, and have threaded discussions on topics.

The only problem, for me, will be avoiding the temptation to spend all my time here and not get any pattern making done. I'll work on that.
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