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2009 Fashion Short Courses – South Australia

January 20, 2009; Posted in Education

TafeSA are offering a number of short courses related to fashion, dressmaking, lingerie and costume making between January and July 2009. Areas covered include corset making, pattern drafting, alterations, millinery and bra making, among others.

The following information is reprinted from the TafeSA Short Course Guide 09 and the TafeSA website. Please note: A Rare Notion is not affiliated with TafeSA nor does it endorse the listed courses. Information is only listed as it may be beneficial to some customers.
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Volume Discount Pricing!

February 24, 2008; Posted in About Us, Products

A Rare Notion is pleased to announce volume discount pricing – now available on most of our stock!

Discounts are processed automatically when you purchase in quantities greater than 5, 10, 25 or 50 and will immediately appear in your shopping basket. Price breaks are shown on our new, improved product information pages which now also include information on stock quantities.

How To Cut and Tip Spiral Steel Boning

May 23, 2007; Posted in How To

This article explains how to cut and tip continuous spiral steel boning using tools that are easily found in hardware stores.

Check out our range of boning here.

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How To Insert A Corset Busk

May 22, 2007; Posted in How To

This article deals with the method of inserting a standard busk into the front panel of a corset. These instructions can be easily adapted to suit other types of busks, such as spoon busks.

Check out our range of busks here.

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Truly Victorian Patterns

March 28, 2007; Posted in Products

We now stock a small range of Truly Victorian patterns. Printed on paper, not tissue, these patterns are based on historical garments, drawings and descriptions, drafted to fit the modern form. Designs are basic versions with details of trimmings left off which allows them to be easily adapted into one-of-kind creations. Most are multi-sized and contain all sizes in the one package. Full instructions are given with each pattern, however some prior sewing knowledge and experience is assumed.

Due to the quality of each pattern they are best suited for creating historically accurate clothing for re-enactments, but could also be adapted to other uses. The 1880s Late Victorian Corset, for example, is historically accurate, but has been adapted to suit modern bust cup sizes for ease of fitting and would be perfect for creating anything from period underwear to modern outerwear.

Any of the Truly Victorian branded patterns available on trulyvictorian.com can be ordered in. Lead time is approximately 2-3 weeks.

All Truly Victorian artwork displayed with patterns is © Truly Victorian

Welcome to A Rare Notion!

November 16, 2006; Posted in About Us

A Rare Notion is a retailer of unique and hard to find sewing supplies, specialising in items for corset and lingerie making, located in South Australia. We are an online-only business, which means we have no physical store locations and no expensive overheads so we can pass the savings onto our customers.

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