re. costume

Iain E. Garden Richardson

Message 21557 · 21 Jun 2000 17:18:54 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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There are a couple of Long White dresses in a photograph at:
http://www.aurorascot.org.uk/sandviken.htm

Iain Richardson

Date sent: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 09:14:22 +0100
From: Ian Brockbank <xxx@xxxxxx-xxx.xxx>
To: 'Walker' <xxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx>
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Subject: RE: re. costume

> Hi Jenny,
>
> > I am an Australian porcelain doll maker, and am currently
> > working on a beautiful doll that I would like to dress as a
> > Scottish Country Dancer. I am having great difficulty
> > finding pictures or a good description of the costume worn by
> > ladies, and was wondering if you could possibly help me.
>
> Probably the most instantly recognisable costume would be a long white
> dress (ankle-length, leaving the feet clear to dance), sleeveless,
> with a tartan sash folded in half and pinned at the shoulder with a
> sash brooch (large, celtic-style, ~4 inches across). The underneath
> half of the sash is pinned at the waist on the opposite side, the top
> half of the sash is left hanging loose. Which shoulder it should be
> pinned on depends on where you dance (and there are various stories
> about "the right way to do it", all of which call on various
> traditions which predate me, so I can't vouch for any of them), but I
> do know that in the Edinburgh area we pin the sashes on the right
> shoulder (and hence at the waist at the left), but in the north-east
> of England, they pin them on the left shoulder and to the right.
>
> Well, to be more accurate, the sash is folded in half, and a rubber
> band put round it 6-8 inches from the fold to gather it in. It is
> then safety-pinned to the shoulder, to the waist (generally from the
> inside of the dress) and on the back where it comes over the shoulder,
> to keep both sides close to the neck as it comes over (and to hide the
> zip on the dress). The sash brooch is then pinned to the sash to hide
> the rubber band.
>
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> The dress has a very full skirt to give freedom to dance (it might
> even be cut on a complete circle, but it's a while since my wife made
> one, so I can't remember).
>
> The ensemble is finished off with ballet shoes - red ones are
> considered de rigeur by some and pretentious by others; black is
> common but some consider it common, white or cream would go with the
> dress.
>
> I'm afraid I don't know of any photos on the web, but I have copied
> this to the SCD mailing list in the hopes that someone there can help.
> [To any strathspeyer wanting to help, Jenny's email address is
> <xxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx>]
>
> Any further questions, please come back to me and I will do my best to
> answer (though I am not a dressmaker).
>
> HTH,
>
> Ian
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School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
The Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB10 1FR
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