I live in the Kansas City area. Can I come pick up my tights and save on shipping? (Or, can I come see the fabric?) (Or, can I come over and sit at your dining room table for a few hours for no reason?)
Short answer: no.
Long answer: No. We conduct our business via email and this website. Period.
Besides, with gasoline prices the way they are, shipping on a single pair of tights will cost you less than the cost of the gasoline it would take you to get here.
A vendor at a renaissance festival told me I should hand wash and line dry any tights that I buy. Is that true?
Maybe for their tights, but not for ours. I mean, who's got time for that? Your tights might fade less over time if you hand wash and all that, but under normal circumstances you can machine wash Seamlyne tights, and dry them in the dryer! I've got tights that are more than five years old that still look great, and they've endured many washings and dryings.
We do recommend that you use mild detergent and cold water, and don't put the detergent on the fabric: put it in the water, then put in your tights. Never, ever use bleach, even on your white tights. Dry on low heat. (Of course, all that is true for your everyday clothes, too!)
What do I wear under my tights?
If you ordered tights without a codpiece, then wear an athletic supporter or a dance belt (girls, you're on your own with this one...I'm a guy, I have no idea.)
With a codpiece, don't wear anything under your tights. The codpiece is there for your comfort, so don't spoil it!
I'm very hard to fit. Can I get custom made tights?
Yes. Drop us an email and explain your situation. In most cases, we can accommodate you, right down to drafting a new pattern just for you.
Why is black more expensive?
Black takes twice as much dye, twice as much time, and more than twice the trouble to produce a good color. The dye bath must be heated and maintained within a small, ten degree range for a long time of constant, by-hand stirring. It's a lot of trouble, but it produces a deep, rich, colorfast black and is, we think, worth the extra cost.
We are working on finding an acceptable black that doesn't require as much work that we can offer without an up-charge, but we haven't found it yet.
Codpiece, codpiece, codpiece. What the hell is a codpiece?
The codpiece began as a flat piece of material covering the gap between the two legs of men's trousers. Over time, this evolved into rather elaborate and highly decorated fashion accessories.
In our case, it's a fabric pouch on the front of the tights to hold "the package", and is comfortable for men in the way that an expensive, finely made bra is comfortable for women.
Ok, so, should I get my tights with a codpiece?
But, don't people notice?
Depends upon the costume, but yes, people will notice. They're
supposed to. That's a good thing.
Can I dye your tights? (Or, You don't offer the color I want...)
Seamlyne Reproductions is committed to creating the most comfortable
tights, codpiece tights, shirts, and chemises that you'll find anywhere.
Our tights are available with or without codpiece, and are ideal for
renaissance festivals, stage performances, circuses and circus performers.
Our shirts are perfect for a range of uses from high school plays to camera-ready, professional costuming applications.