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  1. sooooooo…. inhales

    There are examples of embroidery in King Tut’s tomb. The Egyptians had some native embroidery, which included stab stitch, stem, chain and twisted chain–there’s some child-sized tunics in his tomb that include those.

    But the kicker is an adult tunic. It’s called the “Syrian tunic” and it seems to be a gift, as it’s not using many native Egyptian themes. Those are are more Levant than anything else. It uses outline stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, twisted chain, blanket stitch and a form of couching.

    Embroidery is an Old Human Skill, with a Looooooong history.

    I got this from “Tutankhamun’s Wardrobe” by Vogelsang-Eastwood, a professor at the Centre for Textile Research, for my Minoan research.

    1. Yup the paisley. Paisley makes my eyes bleed. As a scarf or shawl pattern it’s okay, as a trim, fine, but all over paisley is hideous.

      Also looking at the old studio version of pintucking, could it be some sort of smocking stitch? My grandmother did decorative smocking as a hobby and some of the stitches give fabric that raised diamond shaped pattern.

  2. If I have seen it on Aliex then I’m done. Might as well decorate with thumb drives or sim cards, it is so out of that world and in this one!
    I have committed the dupion and smocked sleeve crimes, also modern lace motifs, but only on bridalwear inspired by historical costumes!
    I was going to say that back before te interwebs, it was a lot damned harder to do research as it was down to books and having access to museum collections, so a certain amount of leeway is understandable. HOWEVER, this in no way explains the cluster f’ery that is most modern day productions, who have access to everything. Bah.

    1. Heck yeah, we have so many Back In The Day conversations about how hard it was to find decent materials & research! But there are still older productions that got stuff pretty right & even on minimal budget — like Elizabeth R in 1971, which used cheap materials but precisely copied period portraits. And modern show? No excuse!

  3. Totally agree: wrong fabric choices, in “historical” shows/films, bug me as well (next to so many other things – I know I’m hard to please 🫣✌🏻😅).
    And the designer can’t always hide behind low budgets or time constraints. Nowadays almost any fabric can be found and bought online. And if you know/can place your historical paintings & portraits there is no real excuse. I studied costume design 🤫”before the Internet” and we just had to visit libraries & museums.

  4. Sweet baby Jesus, some of those dresses are beyond ugly. However, there was a moment–“Shopping for fabric is, to me, one of the best parts of costuming, coming a very close second to actually wearing costumes.”–when I suddenly realized why I feel so at home on this site: my late mother also adored shopping for fabric. I spent many hours as a child following her around Beverly Hills Silks & Woolens. (Not that we were a posh family, but my old lady had posh taste.)

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