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Sep. 20th, 2017 06:52 am
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And nothing shows. Well the break did. It was quite impressive to be fair. It’s also the rib above the one that hurts. So I broke the last false rib and it’s the free end of the first floating riib that hurts. The break is very close the the end of the 11th rib so maybe that’s why it hurts? It could be tiny ligament? But it feels like there are nerves at the end that are pressure sensitive.


That’s not showing up though.


So at least I know it’s the floating rib so it in theory can’t really do much, it’s kind of reliant on the costal muscles- and I know they need stretching so… hopefully that’s it.


 


What is a bit of a worry is my carpal tunnel feels like it has started up again. I did wrangle with some blue swimmer crab, and also with some fused fabric. So there is that. Also pressed my Elsa cape flurry and snowflakes.


 


It’s now a couple of hours later- and I have regained a lot of flex πŸ™‚ It’s no lie that flinching over my rib has caused muscles to seize all the way to my feet. But I can sit in second position again and rest my chest along my legs, and I can lean on my elbows level with my feet. I used to nearly get my chest to the floor but for only a week, if that, yes- a lot of power in regular stretching, pain relief when needed to do my strength building.

At least it's a good excuse...

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:45 pm
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Instead of not working on my dress just because, I'm not working on it because of a cold. Boo...

Whoops.

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:47 pm
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I'm still trying to catch up on all the posts I've missed over the last two weeks. I had no idea it had been so long since I last logged on! 

Sewing-wise, Titanic has been finished for quite some time. And in fact, on Friday, I went to a pop-up Vintage/costume store that I had found some vintage buckles at last year, and they miraculously had two buckles with a 2.5" opening! One was a vintage green plastic in a semi-rectangular (but more decorative) shape. Unfortunately, when I got it home, I noticed that the middle bar was broken. However, I managed to super-glue it back in, and I'm hoping it will hold. I painted the plastic, and it looks quite nice! The other is a gold-ish metal, but the oval is quite plain. However, it will work if the green one winds up breaking again. 

Once I finished that, I made a fun overskirt to wear with some of my medium-length modern skirts for the Halloween season. It is a black mesh with flocked bats that I splurged on at Joanns. I have another Halloween skirt which is currently in progress. At this point, it just needs the waistband finished and to be hemmed, both of which I'm hoping to do tonight. 


In between the two skirts, I also did a mockup for the commission I'm working on for two Victorian jackets. I did the fitting for them on Sunday, so my next step is to cut out the one jacket I'm making in the velvet and lining (which I have to pick up tomorrow from Joanns), and to cut out the pieces I need to alter the other jacket. My goal is to finish both of those to the point of the next fitting by this weekend, so that I can go back to sewing for myself. 

I'm going to a Regency ball at the beginning of November, and I've decided I need a new dress, since I've been wearing my first LWD for practically everything Regency for the last 5 years. Still not sure yet exactly what I want, but hopefully I'll figure that out soon - probably something early-to-mid 1820s. I'm hoping I can squeak it out of the 3+ yards of blood-red silk in my stash.

In sewing-related news, I did another portrait session on Friday, and this time, there was a sculptor there! I've never been sculpted before, but it was really cool to see her progress (and she's really good!)
 

Thinking about time...

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:30 am
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Two months until Gettysburg. If I plan a month a dress, that's two dresses. I want three.

Obviously, I need to work. I don't need a month for an 1860s dress.

But I currently have a cold. I wish there was a cold shot like a flu shot. I was very happy with my flu shot last year...

Hmph.

Sep. 17th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Every weekend should be a three day weekend...

Daunting

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:25 pm
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There's so much weird pinning on the checked bodice that it's a little daunting to work on.

Or I'm just lazy...

Futzy stuff

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:44 am
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Last night out of nowhere I tried the checked bodice on and pinned the hems and neckline and fronts. I hate that part. I think (I keep saying I think) I'm happy with it. The front basque folds a bit at the waistline, but I'm fine with that. I have to take in the back basque a bit. It's a little too full.

One of my favorite things about hand sewing is that seams are finished securely and don't pop doing things like this. So of course side seam popped. Oops :)

An idea

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:00 pm
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I really hate making back closing bodices. When I was marking the darts on the current dress, I realized I could make the storm cloud fancy dress a little later 1860s and do a front closing bodice, like the fuschia dress and slightly later spotty evening dress. And that works well for an overskirt too. That sounds so much less daunting.

I reeeeaaaaallly need to get going with all this...

So...

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:50 pm
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Instead of the darts, I entered grades for five hours last night. Oy.

Tonight's goal? Don't pass out before bedtime...

Instagram catch up

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:19 pm
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Β 


My Take A Breather costume- A remake of my Jem dress πŸ™‚ The belt and shoes were still fine but I also have a glorious new wig. So it needs a really glam dress.


And Ahsoka belt and bracers. I now have the belt wet forming on a dressform.



The horns separated in temperature change, the plastic went up and the clay went down. This necessitated getting the horns able to be worked on more easily and able to be tidied away.



Take the seat off a stool and replace it with the sculpting surface. Perfect height for sitting at πŸ™‚



My back lekku is a little short and the front sit too close so I also had to change how I worked with her.



So I put my old head cast on a dress form. Her neck is so short because I was aligning bust and chin. My shoulders sit much lower and my neck is rather long. This may help exlpain how much work I need to do on patterns to fit them! And why dress forms are rarely helpful.



This is a waratah. It is not supposed to be a standard (long skinny trunk and ball shaped top.) But that is what we have. Also the bottle brush at the back is not a single tree but is doing what the waratah was supposed to.



Finally some of the ducks are back. This one taps on my door for food. And then goes to the other end of the drive to the house to ask for more.

Two darts!

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:38 am
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I sewed two darts yesterday, so two more today, I hope.

Slowly, it'll get started, then hopefully I'll be myself and quickly get it done!

Tonight's goal...

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:00 pm
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Sew one dart. That's not the least bit daunting!

Except, I really just want to drink lattes and do nothing...

Also, note goals tag. I figured it'd be easier to find posts about a dress if every other post wasn't I'm going to thread a needle!

So that rib

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:04 am
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Turns out it’s broken, healing but broken. Cartilage does not show up on xrays though and here is weirdness at the jon between bone and cartilage so I will ask for further investigation.


As for what can be done… nothing. Pain relief. But nothing.

lazy Sunday

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:59 pm
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 I've enjoyed a marvelously lazy Sunday. I puttered and cleaned the kitchen this morning, made apple sauce and a chocolate cake. Then Rob and I vegged and watched football. I passed out with my head in his lap. The Packers won (woohoo) the Eagles won (yay I guess? Rob cares). I got out my dress for the battle of brandywine and put gussets in the underarms. I had ripped them out at Ft. Washington playing exuberant graces.

In other news I have started looking seriously for another job. Don't get me wrong I like my job, but...what I'm doing does not further my nursing skills and frankly I make half what i would most other places. And I'm tired of financially barely making it. and lately not making it :-/ Rob just hasn't been holding his end of this financial deal. So my options are push a man with a mental illness who shuts down OR find something that pays me more.  My major criteria at the moment are 1. a raise, a significant raise. Laura just took an offer elsewhere and got her salary doubled. 2. tuition assistance. The end goal is my NP. That has really solidified in my mind and I just cannot do that on my current salary. Laura gave me the contact info for her recruiter so I emailed them, and applied to a job at CHOP's specialty clinic. So I've started the poking process. Think good thoughts for me.

It's funny I was SO resistant to accepting that I needed to move on, and now that I have decided it's time I have this great NEED to move on to new challenges. I need something that pushes my nursing skills farther. I'm ready to further develop my assessment skills. 

What? Real stuff?

Sep. 10th, 2017 06:12 pm
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I marked the darts on the checked dress!

The back waist might be a little too high. But better than too short, and there will be a cartridge pleated skirt underneath it. But it's finally in that looking like something phase.

And once the neckline is finished, I can start the collar. Hooray, for busy work! It's points with eyelet embroidery. Well within my skills :)

Weekend goal met!

Sep. 9th, 2017 09:23 am
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I knit a row last night!

11 rows of green left, then 19-28 more rows depending on how many repeats of yellow I decide on, then leaves :)

Weekend goals...

Sep. 8th, 2017 04:58 pm
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Knit some.

I can do that...

And maybe mark the darts Sunday, but we're not going as far as counting that as a goal.

Goal met!

Sep. 7th, 2017 04:29 pm
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Today's goal was take out a chemise, petticoat, corset, and hoop. It's done, and they're patiently waiting in my closet for when I want to do the darts :)

Seams!

Sep. 6th, 2017 06:32 pm
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The main seams on the checked bodice are done!

Now, I need to put the corset and hoop on to do anything. Hmm...

Stalled progress

Sep. 6th, 2017 11:04 pm
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My Ahsoka lekku did not cure as well as needed. So I’m going to see if I can tidy the belt template and start tooling leather.

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