lovetriangle: (Leon Bakst)
My own nature is at odds with my desire to teach my daughter a lesson. Harumph.

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Ok, I was happy to have won some scrummy baby pink silk twill from [personal profile] sarahbellemon ebay which has arrived (thank you!).

The funny thing is, it is radically different than the dreamy "silk twill" I bought for my Anna Meyer gown. hurmmmm. What the heck did I buy?

The AM fabric is a twill weave and both warp & weft burn up as silk. The "right side" of the fabric is a diamond white with a lovely sheen that glows like candlelight. The "wrong side" is like a ground fabric in a dark creme that has very little sheen. I wonder if this is a 2-ply or 4ply twill, maybe?

Texture-wise, the twill from Sarah is more like a really heavy charmeuse. It's drapey and watery and flows in nice large ripples. The AM twill has a crispness to it like tafetta. It's fairly heavy but it behaves like tafetta. It is truly the most amazing fabric I've ever touched, but now I don't know what it is!

As for Sarah's shell pink silk twill, it's so beautiful and I just had to buy it, but I don't know what to make with it! LOL! It's 3 yards by 45" and I'm taking suggestions!  
lovetriangle: (Leon Bakst)
The boar's head in hand bear I,
Bedeck'd with bays and rosemary;
I pray you, my masters, be merry,
Quot estis in convivio.

Caput Apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino.

The boar's head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land;
Which thus bedeck'd with a gay garland.
Let us servire cantico.

Caput Apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino.

Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the king of bliss;
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensi Atrio.

Caput Apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino.

This tribute brought to you by Boar's Head Horseradish Cheddar. A cheese so yummy I had to post about it!

Not for the faint of heart, nor weak of tongue!

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to have more...
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From the lovely yet uncomfortable [personal profile] jenthompson!

Most people like to feel comfortable. There are comfort foods, comfortable sweaters, comfortable shoes, etc. Please fill in your comfortable answers to these questions about things that make you feel good and are comfortable, just like that horrid, ratty robe you always wear.

1. What are two foods you might indulge in after a stressful day?
a. Mother's English Tea cookies
b. ice cream

2. Which two beverages do you find soothing and delicious?
a. Iced coffee made with espresso, not brewed coffee
b. Fresca

3. What two books do you re-read every once in awhile?
a. The Harry Potter books
b. Day of the Jackal - best spy novel EVAH!

4. What two movies can you watch over and over without getting bored of them? 
WAY more than two, but today I'll say...
a. A Man for All Seasons
b. The Odd Couple

5. What are your most comfortable articles of clothing?
a. Sweats from Lucky Brand
b. tshirts from Hard Tail

6. Name two songs that give you comfort, or two songs that you never get tired of. 
Again, too many to name, but today...
a. Cicut Cervus by Palestrina
b. Kiss Me or There She Goes, the Sixpence version

7. Lastly, what do you like to do to unwind after a hard day?
a. read
b. watch tv or movies
 
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Once again, Tom Cruise shows us the color of crazy.

Anyone who thinks fiction is sillier than fact, well... I give you Mr. Tom Cruise

And just to nitpick a little, what kind of structure does he think we puny humans can build that will withstand an attack from a civilization capable of intergalactic war? 

Just sayin'...

 
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Would you be cool if we met at 7:30 tonight instead of 7? I sent you an email as well, but I just wanted to catch you by any means possible. :-)
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I finally got web pages up on the Rosenkavalier suit and the pink Venetian.

There are gallery and diary pages for both and I've tried to give proper credit for all photos snapped so please feel free to rsvp here if I got something wrong. :-)

I have more to do on the site and some kinks to work out still - like still getting the wrong banner text on the new pages, grrrrrr - but life keeps intruding so it's slow going...

Without further adieu, I hope you like them...
http://alyxxndon.com/Alyxx/RosenGallery.htm
http://alyxxndon.com/Alyxx/PinkieGallery.htm
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So, I've been mining all your lovely Costume College photos for pix and I came to realize something.

There was a crap-load of fabulous goin' on there that I just didn't get to see. :-(

Next year, I gotta be where the in crowd is, just so I can see what ya'll are wearin'. LOL!

On another topic, I am mourning the loss of my brown shearling coat again. It's cold, I'm on the way out the door to a band rehearsal and that's the only coat that will go with what I have on. Alas, It got beaned with an egg last Halloween by some grown man with the emotional maturity of an 8 year old.

So, now I'm thinking of painting it again. What would you use to paint a leather with the texture of chamois? It has to be flexible, but not chip.
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Ok, so you know my hosts servers went kaBLOOey and ate everything on them and they won't pick up the phone. Bastards.

So I found anew host and have been trying to get my site put back together for a while now. Well, it's back up and it has a new look. And a couple new pages but they aren't done yet... Give me a few hours tonight and I'll have pictures, I promise!

I'd really like some input on the new look - like is it too hard to read? What fonts show on your screen? I'm using Maiandra & Harrington but they aren't SUPER common so I wonder what shows on a system that doesn't have them.

Anyway, any suggestions are welcome.

http://www.alyxxndon.com/Alyxx/index.htm
lovetriangle: (Leon Bakst)
If marinade were meant to be sprayed on meat, it would come in little bottles with a spray top.

Conversely, if perfume were meant to be soaked in for 3 days & nights, it would come in large bottles with a wide opening. Please take note of the difference.

Note to building managers in charge of janitorial & maintenance contracts:
Hand soap scented so strongly that people ask if I've had pina coladas for lunch is a bad idea. It does not make the bathroom smell better; it clashes with people's (hopefully modestly-applied) perfume, and just plain stinks!

Note to the makers of hand lotion:
I should not be able to smell a tropical island's worth of sickeningly sweet fruit from across the room every time my coworker lubes up.

I do not have a strong sense of smell. I am not allergic to perfumes, hairspray, etc. So, if something bothers me you KNOW it's gotta be stinky.
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I've had the interesting experience of a 5 hour band rehearsal (wailing out the likes of Livin' Lovin' Maid, White Rabbit, and To Sir With Love) followed by a madrigal rehearsal the following night, where little things like dynamics are expected.

I am a bit surprised that I survived both without sounding like Harvey Fierstein on Tuesday. I am quite tired still, though. The band music is very taxing vocally and energy-wise. The madrigals are like a soothing balm for the voice (and the soul) but I had to pay more attention than usual just to keep my voice doing what I wanted it to when it was so worked.

In costuming news: I wasn't 100% satisfied with the toile of the Queenie bodice so I toiled another. I'm still not 100% satisfied. hhhhhhhrrrrmmmm. I having a tough time getting the armseyes exactly where I want them and fairly small. I'm toiling this over my effigy corset so the back of the bodice is pretty darn high as well but the front neckline still has to be wide. Every little tweak causes a need for 2 other tweaks. I even moved my side-back seams to further around the sides. I've gotten good fit for the last few years I've been doing this, but for some reason this is just not there yet.

I guess I'm a lot pickier now than I used to be... LOL!

That, and I have NO fabric to waist if I screw up, and no way to get more. I like to live on the edge...
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In my prayers.

The true miracle of that horrible day is that they weren't an hour later when they probably would have killed 10-50 times as many people.
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My condolences to [profile] sewphisticate on the passing of your favorite. :-(

Like I said, a voice touched by God with an ease that appealed to opera lovers and non-opera lovers alike. He was able to popularize opera in a way I don't think we'll ever see again, did some very impressive "stunt singing", brought the Neapolitan song book to the masses, and did a great deal of charitable and humanitarian work. 

RIP King of the High C's.

Big day!

Sep. 5th, 2007 06:14 pm
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In the non-costuming portion of my world, today was my girl's first day of school! Oh, she was so excited! She had her backpack and her lunch box, her new dress and everything. She was so proud to be going to kindergarten like a big girl.

How did it come so quickly?

Tee Hee!

Sep. 5th, 2007 06:12 pm
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My gems came today for Queenie. :-) Now all I need are some brass pieces and I can get into it. If I can get off my a$$ and sew I could get a lot done even without those pieces. LOL! But, I gotta pay rent before shopping again.
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It was 106 degrees today. I was unable to do anything but loaf and eat ice cream. No, that's not bad but I feel all... well... salty. I hate that. And I can't fathom what it was like for people in the valley. :-(
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And it's really soft, too. :-) 



I would have had a pick of the underskirt/forepart to show y'all this morning if I hadn't spent all night unsuccessfully trying to get my machines working again. gggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. My main machine is not winding bobbins again and I tried to change thread colors on my serger and failed to get it threaded correctly again. I need to try again today in real lighting - my living room is a bit on the dim side and I must have missed a critical loop somewhere. Over and over.

ggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

So far, I have the skirt & lining cut, the bodice successfully toiled, and the underskirt cut. 

The only supplies I have left to get are some red velveteen to edge the underskirt, and maybe some brass filigree pieces to attach the gems to so they look more "set." Anyone seen something appropriate for CHEAP? They mus be 1.5" wide or less, preferably square in general silhouette, and no more than 30 cents each. I've found plenty in the more-than-a-dollar-each range, but I need 100 of them. Anyone?
lovetriangle: (shanghai)
Yeah, so? I have CADD, What of it? You gonna make sumthin' out of it? huh?

PDSvN gets put aside again *sigh* because I simply can't rest (literally, I can't get to sleep at night now) until I have a Queen dress. I have been approached for the second time in a year discuss playing QE1 in rather large venues. The first time the whole deal really wasn't a reasonable return for a heavy investment of time and effort so I turned it down. This time, the deal is not sealed but I really hope I get it.

But even if I don't, I just HAVE to have a queen dress. Who wouldn't in my shoes? The funny thing is, if I DO get the gig, they have 2 queen dresses already. But they wouldn't be MINE, you see...

So, I have been collecting materials and batting around design specifics for months and I think I have most everything hammered out.


So, that's the plan. The gig is in November, but even if I don't get it, I'll look FABulous in my own little queenie dress! *happy dance*
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I had the ecstatic experience of listening to a live Met broadcast recording from 1964 of Don Carlo with Franco Corelli. I can't describe what happens to me when that man sings. He is the King of tenors. The Elvis of opera. The greatest of them all.

Oh, sure, what about the fat man, I hear you cry? He's great, don't get me wrong; a voice touched by God. Schipa? McCormack? Gigli? Caruso? Wunderlich? Yeah, ok, great ones, all. But there is no sound so exciting as Corelli singing. I get goosebumps all over and my nipples get hard enough to cut glass. At 6'4" he cut a swath across the stage like Rock Hudson in Giant. As thrilling to watch as he was to listen to; you never knew if he'd have a nervous breakdown or make it through the third act.

In the word of Birgit Nilsson when she had to talk him out of the bathroom before every performance, "Oh Franco, nobody can do it like you can."


Savor the High C 

Every bit as good Live 

And more...
lovetriangle: (PDSvN)
I got off my ass and pulled out the PDSvN gown so I can start lining the skirt and I couldn't find the lining material anywhere. ANYWHERE! That was enough to derail me so I slugged for the rest of the evening with my daughter.

I actually will have somewhere to wear this thing in November if I can get it done.

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