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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Costumes, Fire Proof?  Reply with quote

As just starting out in all this myself in our new Society i just trying to put some kind of outfit together.

Do they need be fireproofed somehow? Sure its advisable, but have to be? Looking at getting something made on ebay custom.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that some societies insist on it, but I would say it depends on the material in the costume.

IMHO, most natural materials (ie cotton, wool, leather, dead animals etc), if heavy enough, probably wont need it.  I don't fireproof my white jeans and my wool gurnsey and they just smoulders if a smut or torch lands on them (from experience!).  The animals and skins I've got are also naturally fairly fire resistant, they also smoulder rather than burn.  All of my military costumes are heavy cotton and this too withstand torch heads dropping on it with a slight mark at worse.

Part of the choice of costume for me is suitability (including warmth/too hot, waterproofness, ease of getting into pub/onto coach, comfort and will it burn easily).  Obviously 1 costume wont cover a warm September in Uckfield and a wet and cold Barcombe in November - so I have a few.

If I were to be wearing a pretty flowing dress with a petty coat underneath or something lacey, I would probably treat it with something, but you'll have to ask the girlies about that  Embarassed

If I was wearing a shell suit or similar to bonfire - I'd need shooting  Rolling Eyes

Guess it also depends what you're doing.  If setting off lots of street fireworks, then I may consider it, but normally other society members are good a brushing off smuts and most clothes wont ignite that easily.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I know all our Tudors fire proof their costumes, just incase.

Although as Ghoti says I don't think there is any need to fire proof white trousers or knitted jumpers.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a 'newbie' to outmeetings,  I've only done one season in long skirt and petticoat and didn't fireproof them. I didn't have any problems ( even when it wasn't raining and my skirts were soaked through!), though I did get a large amount of parafin from an unlit torch on my skirt one night. I did flameretard my kids headgear though.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't usually fire proof but I do Waterproof some of my costume bits (Yes I do own a costume not just smugglers! lol) and waterproofing boots is an absolute must and is done every year before september
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never fireproofed any of my costumes. Mind you as most of them are military ones gives them a nice authentic lokk  Laughing


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