avoidance tactics

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:29 pm
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I'm getting into the mid-semester OH GOD EVERYTHING IS DUE AT ONCE. Tonight I wrote out my schedule of work I need to do in the next week and a half...and shut all my books (nope nope nope) and took out my sewing.

Finally finished that damn short hoop, thanks to the bolt cutters borrowed from [personal profile] hiraimi  to cut the boning! Managed to cut the bottom steels too long and totally ripped the fabric while trying to wedge them in. Ooops? Ghetto-tastic mending with giant stitches were then in order. If it doesn't explode, I don't care what it looks like! The front of the hoop is maybe a leeeeettle wonky-shaped, but I don't think it's very obvious when there's a skirt over it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, anyway.

And then I leveled the top of the short petticoat and am currently sewing the waistband on, which I am determined to finish before bed. The hoop itself is probably a couple of inches shorter than it could be, but it's kind of hard to judge the length of a hoop til it's done, so oh well! Petticoat can fudge the length a little bit since it's got a flounce. And...this hoop is possibly the dumbest looking thing I've made in a while. It looks like a deranged flying saucer. xD


Oct. 17th, 2017 08:24 pm
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Finishing the rainbow painting took about fifteen minutes. Very nice!

And all of the machine work on the rain cloud skirt is done. I didn't plan on that, but that's good!

Now I'm sitting down for the first time in three hours. I'm even going to eat...

tonight's progress

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:59 pm
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well I was making fairly good progress till I was ironing waiting for Rob to get back from the store and get a txt "I think the car is smoking"......great....it appears that something is blowing a large amount of steam out. And did I mention we're currently a one car family as the breaks in my car are suddenly massively less sensitive...so yeah. I begged a ride to work tomorrow morning...I HOPE the car is fixable tomorrow or I won't be able to get home. how we afford a repair remains to be seen. I am SO OVER being broke.

I did manage to get 26 seams trimmed, pressed and ready to be frenched. *sigh*

Rainbow train!

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:57 pm
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After a comedy of errors that included a hairball, dripping paint, finding the paint didn't run so resist was unnecessary, and being thankful the paint wiped off the floor easily, and starting over, the rainbow panel for the back overskirt train drapey thing for the rain cloud dress is half done. Once I stopped fumbling around, this only took about half an hour, I think, but I was Done. So hopefully the other half tomorrow...

And bonus Koshka :)
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I cut out the skirt pieces for the alphabet dress yesterday. All 52 of them. Which are getting sewn together with french seams. So 104 seams total. or something like that. Possible I mis-mathed. I'm tired.


(I'm greatly amused that it looks like I'm about to make a hoop skirt out of fabric scraps...or neck ties...)

I decided the best way to sew them together was going to be in pairs, then I'd sew the pairs together, etc etc. somehow that made sense. Last night before I left the sewing room I got all 26 initial pairs pinned together.

Then today was my long 12 hour day with the really difficult doctor. oh and did I mention we're currently short a nurse? But my resolution it to sew a tiny amount every day till Gettysburg...I told myself I had to sew 5 seams today. That was all...

I sewed 26! then got four of them ironed, trimmed and pinned for french seams before my shoulder was angry.

I'm either actually inspired by this dress, need stress relief from work, or am panicked about the deadline....

Nothing done...

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:46 pm
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But Twila and I went to faire!


Then I graded papers and now I have no energy. But we had a great time and I loved having another chance to wear my beetle wing Game of Thrones dress. And of course I had to get a picture on the giant roadrunner. Close enough to the House Caron nightengale sigil :)

WC market fair

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:37 pm
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(And I didn't have to illegitimately call out of work this year, even!)

Overall assessment: fun time, weather could have been nicer but wasn't horrible either, bedgowns were appropriately ugly and caps were appropriately derpy. [personal profile] robinsnest  did proper writeups of the afternoon and the dance, which saves me from having to devote the time and energy to them! Which is nice of her, since I had to spend pretty much all of my free time today doing the homework I didn't do yesterday because I was out playing!
four women sitting at the edge of a river
(Purloined photo from the Washington's Crossing FB page...we spent a fair amount of time sitting on that wall overlooking the river, swigging apple cider, getting covered with ants, and trying not to let Alice's yarn balls escape over the edge of the 15-ft drop. Good spot!)

I'll try and do a (ahem) formal blog post on the very exciting bedgown ensemble this week but I make no promises!

Washington's Crossing Part 2.

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:15 pm
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When last we left off our Cinderella's were headed off to to [personal profile] miss_philomena 's aunt's house to change for the country dance.


pre- changing. obvs. SaveSave

We stopped for pizza. got to the house, let ourselves in (felt only mildly creeptastic) and proceeded to strip down to shifts. [personal profile] hiraimi stayed in her stays the whole time...as she's weird. Pizza consumed we started to get dressed. I re-wore my lavender anglaise but accidentally had super high hair. I didn't have a good plan, just piled on some rats and teased the front a bit, pinned it up and...SHIT THAT'S HUGE. WHOOPS! Oh well I rocked it.


fun fact I forgot to put mascara on...which looks SO WEIRD. I also used a white powder foundation base that [livejournal.com profile] jennylafleur gave me. And that takes some getting used to. I mean I'm fairly pale to begin with..buuuut. Still WEIRD. So glitzed out in our party clothes we went BACK to the park. They had lighted the way with lanterns and candles which is the easiest way to my heart.

(This woman in a lovely fitted jacket and quilted petticoat walked in and Alice leaned over and goes "she has little penises all over" and then I couldn't see ANYTHING ELSE)

We didn't really know what to expect as it was the first year, and the staff told us it was about half the size of what they were hoping for. And I agree it definitely has some room for growth. There was only one musician which it's quite as much fun, but the caller wasn't the worst we've met. Probably not my favorite, but I was able to follow along. Perk of lowish attendance (40ish people?) was that there was plenty of space and if I'd had the stamina I could easily have danced every dance.


People were friendly, and there were some nice outfits and some truly impressively bad outfits (and who doesn't like pondering why you have a snood AND a head doily).

I have started to tease out what I like best in a dance now that I've been to a few. My first choice is a period setting. I don't care how perfect the music, the costumes etc all are. You just are missing something when the atmosphere is..totally modern. Not that you can avoid it all the time. Obviously locations work with what they have, but if I tease out what gives me the most joy it's an immersive experience. Secondly I love dancing reels. So much more woosh and fun. That said I had a wonderful time and I feel I 100% got the value of my $17. I would consider going next year, if friend's were going or they continued to grow it.


The dance ended with a Virginia Reel (referred to by some other name but we'd talked to the caller earlier and she said yes we'd do that one and asked how we knew it) I felt hella proud that our set of six couples were able to do the dance pretty much without instruction as the OTHER set was a hot mess and she was over there walking them through it. I CAN LEARN STUFF! Virginia Reel is hands down my fav.

When it was all over we piled into the parking lot to strip down to indecent levels to drive home.


If you're massively bored and want to see all my photos here's the link. Now back to cutting alphabet wedges.


Lets do this old school style

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:11 pm
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Who's feeling an old school proper event write up? I'm feeling chatting and not like getting off my bum to go cut skirt pieces for the Alphabet Dress.

Yesterday was the Washington's Crossing Market Fair and in the evening the colonial dance. First year on the dance, but we'll get to that later. The market went 12-4 but as we knew we'd be hanging out later for the dance we aimed for noon. [personal profile] hirami nicely picked me up so Rob could have the car and we made it there at 12:07! Which for us is basically on time. I drove up in my bloomers, stockings, shift with bra OVER it and captain america sweatshirt. It was a great look. We had intentionally decided to be peasants so I made a wildly unflattering and not-documentable-print short gown, hemmed a kerchief and borrowed petticoats from [personal profile] miss_philomena .

When we decided we wanted to go as peasants [personal profile] mandie_rw started making all the derpy peasant caps she had patterns for...and I have to say I think I called dibbs on the derpiest! That said it hides your double chin magnificently!

Parking lot changing complete we loaded baskets and started wandering around looking for a place to eat our picnic lunches. Last year they'd set up table so we took for granted they would have them again this year. They didn't. But then we bumped into one of the ladies who works for the park and she directed us to an empty room in one of the historic buildings. I'm fairly certain she mistook us for reenactors or volunteers? either way WE'LL TAKE IT. Did end up feeling like we were a display. No sorry I can't tell you what the building was. Yes they did eat lunch in the 18th century.

I mean how can you blame her? we looked so much like we belonged ;-) One vendor was unable to grasp the concept that we're just a bunch of friend's from the internet. But what regiment are you with? But what group? THEN HOW DID YOU LEARN!? We had a good chuckle.

There were more vendors than last year which was nice to see. Sadly they weren't vendors I wanted or needed to shop at. The same sutlers as last year, the things that were new were kitchy home goods type things. Which is good for the fair I'm sure, as it was VERY well attended by the public. And I want the park to thrive so I don't begrudge them that at all. Just meant I spent less money. There was a new historic vendor selling beautiful box looms, but sadly not in my budget.

After shopping we played graces which is apparently our new WC tradition. We...should practice more. But had a ton of fun.

[personal profile] miss_philomena was recruited to "Molly Pitcher" aka haul stuff. I thought they'd include her in the demo but apparently the male soldiers walk too fast and spill.
SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveThey did cannon demo that made me jump seven feet in the air. Every. Time. When I   knew it was even coming!    Apparently I'm just really jumpy as a person. (Rob could tell you that). We spent a while just sitting on the wall watching the delaware, while Alice knitted and Adrienne, Amanda and I chatted.  Then we spotted some other philly costumers I'd recently met on Instagram and wandered over to stand awkwardly and hope they'd talk to us. They did and were very nice....Then we headed to Adrienne's Aunt's house to change and eat pizza before the dance...this got long as I'll do a separate post about that.

Boo. Errands.

Oct. 14th, 2017 06:15 pm
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The plan was to start the skirt for the rain cloud dress today, but then errands happened. Boo. Most likely, just collar embroidery tonight!

But, ren fair tomorrow! I'm wearing the beetle wing GoT dress. It will be fun :)


Oct. 13th, 2017 07:44 pm
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It's Friday, therefore I'm exhausted. So no bodice at the moment, but collar embroidery is easy. 9 3/4 (ha!) points left to fill with dots!


Oct. 12th, 2017 10:16 pm
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The hem and neckline of the rain cloud dress are finished!

And I ordered twelve yards of organza ribbon to make into a headpiece. Along with the six combs/hair stick things for rays of the sun.

Lots to go, obviously...

Today's progress...

Oct. 11th, 2017 07:44 pm
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The main sewing on the rain cloud bodice is done. There's obviously tons left, but it feels good to have that done! Especially the darts. Of course, this is one of those silks that pull at the seams if you look at them funny, so the darts already have a little white showing. Oh well, it'll be very busy with trim.

Just over a month left. I still seem to think it's far away...


Oct. 10th, 2017 11:52 pm
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Mmmf, colds make me even less productive than usual. We hates them, precious!

I gave myself a week to make this round gown, which wouldn't have been a problem in pre-school days, considering it's partly machine sewn and all. Buuuuut I started it a week ago tomorrow, and it's not done nor even almost done, even if you squint at it! (If I had one solidly free day, I could probably finish it, but I don't, and I have something due Thursday and a few somethings due next Tuesday, and am taking most of the weekend for playtime, so no free days anytime soon.) The event I wanted to wear it to isn't til the 26th, so I might come back to it, but for now I think I need to move on.

I bought the rest of the fabric for the starry night masquerade dress (I think that's all I need...it better be), so I think that may be up next on the docket. Although I am determined to have a Halloween skirt for this year...I have a short presentation on the 24th in one of my classes and one of the rubric criteria is to "dress nicely and professionally." Oh I will. ;) And seasonally!

Tiara, of a sort :)

Oct. 10th, 2017 05:03 pm
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So, now I have a 3D printed Cersei's crown from Shapeways. This might be the project I'm currently most excited for. Now, or not now because I need to get stuff done, to find the best way to make it silver.

It's open in back and a tiny bit big. This is good because it'll fit over a wig or can overlap as necessary.

My deadline is April. Loads of time!

Auotposting stopping

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:13 am
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It appears to be a security update in Dreamwidth, so I am opening a support ticket as it will affect anyone who has WP autoposting here. The plugin seems to work on LJ though so I may just set it up for LJ again.

LJ though will not accept a single login error so it's still a bit hit and miss :) But I can get my missing posts over to LJ at least.

So close...

Oct. 9th, 2017 07:44 pm
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Just over half of one scallop left to buttonhole stitch, and the edging for the collar is done!

Also, I really planned on starting the machine sewing on the rain cloud dress. But then I made actual food for dinner and now it's almost 8 and I'm tired in that way that only Monday can be tired. So I think it's just collar embroidery tonight!

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Oct. 9th, 2017 01:09 pm
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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, friends!!!

round gown bodice

Oct. 8th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Is almost done, actually! I've been machine sewing where I can, is probably why...I still am doing 18thc construction techniques, which pretty seriously limits how much machine sewing one can do. But the construction methods are a big part of why I like making 18thc things, so I won't give them up!

Not to mention, this silk frays enough that even if I made it like a Victorian bodice, I'd have to tack down all the seam allowances anyway, so that would negate any time I'd saved...

Currently one sleeve is sewn in, the other pinned, and I think I can get that done before bedtime. After that I just need to put the bones in the back. The neckline is unfinished as of yet, but I added too much onto the center fronts for an overlap and will have to unpick them and cut some off anyway, but I'm going to wait to do that til after I put the skirt on! It would be just like me to trim too much off and then not have enough to pin once the skirt and petticoat ties are accounted for...

Also, I totally trimmed the neckline down too much. The pattern as-is is a little too high, so I pinned where I thought looked good. Snip snip snip. Hah, okay, maybe that's a leeetle too far down? Like, possibly stays-showing-too-far-down? Oh well, can't regrow fabric, let's press on! And at the end of the day I'd rather have an 18thc neckline slightly too low than slightly too high. Too low I can fudge with a tucker, not to mention the overgown-turque-thing I plan to eventually go over this anyway; too high just looks off. And we all have seen those 18thc gown necklines in portraits and plates that we look at and go...is this work-safe? I'm not entirely sure if this is work-safe. ;)

not as good as I hoped

Oct. 8th, 2017 10:46 pm
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well I hit a snag with the corset. I got it ready for binding but wanted to try it on first for fit...but to do that i need to put in the grommets. and the ons i bought at lowes are horrible. They won't hammer flat and they're huge...so those are being returned and I ordered a new pack of smaller ones that I already have the tools for for $2 from Amazon. The only annoying part is now I have to wait for them to arrive. SO I'm refocusing. I cut out the bedgown I need for washington's crossing on Saturday, and then I'm going to switch gears and work on the skirt for my fancy dress. There is math involved and i'm oddly enjoying it.

Ta Daaaaa! I used some of my birthday money to buy a pair of white dance boots I intend to dye. I already have orange silk and [personal profile] miss_philomena is hooking me up with some grey at Washington's Crossing.

I was supposed to be sewing my bedgown right now but I spilled boiling tea on my hand and man it HURTS...

Three dresses and a corset in four weeks is totally doable right O.O

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