Monday, May 7, 2012

Pinking away!


When I was initially looking for an 18th century pinking tool, I dreamed of getting one of these:

This pinking tool belongs to the fabulous
costume maker who has Before the Automobile.
She writes that it is from William Booth Draper.

Unfortunately, no one had these in stock, so I had to get creative. I found my solution at a taxidermy supply shop, and honestly, though I still want an authentic punch (just to say I have one), I would not trade my tool for anything! It is sooooo easy and I can churn out yards and yards of trim in no time. I think the 18th century seamstress would have loved to get her hands on one of these!

This rotary pinker works great with crisp fabrics. For softer fabrics, go two plus layers at a time. Test first, because some fabric leaves strings that you have to go back and clean up.



Pick one up for yourself at Van Dyke's Taxidermy. They are a little pricy but they are very heavy duty and you can buy replacement blades if needed. The only drawback I see is that the pinked edge is pointy instead of scalloped, which is what one usually sees on extant dresses. Though I always go back to this engraving below (see "A"). I wonder what it was used for and why you never see it on dresses? Anybody know?

Via Fuschia's 18th Century Dress.

7 comments:

  1. You are certainly resourceful! Bravo!

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  2. hi... FYI I called the company that used to sell them online and although he doesn't have the shop or online website he still makes and sells them in three siczes and I think they are about $50 dollars! I'm super excited I ordered mine today and hope to have it by months end!

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    1. Oh wow really? Who's that? Green man forge?

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  3. I have been thinking about buying one of these but have heard throught the costumers' grapevine that they don't work well on silk - do you have any thoughts. I'd like to avoid a pricey machine I can't use.

    Thank you - Rose (Tfirah.blogspot.com/Tfiracostuming on FB)

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  4. If you are looking for one of the pinking punches check out marenhusDesign on etsy. I was able to do a custom order with her today. She has a blacksmith making them for her.

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  5. Sorry, correct name of shop is Marenshus Design, with an s.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! Wow this was an old post. I did end up buying one, and actually, I think it was from the person you just mentioned.

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