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While this account may look active, it's not.  After the recent fb/twitter kerfuffle over at livejournal, I decided having an alternate account would be a good idea.  But, unless lj goes boom, I'll be staying over there. 
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Ever since [ profile] hruggles mentioned it, I've been toying with the idea of going to October Crown. This would of course necessitate new garb, most likely of the 13th/14th century variety. So, when a friend of mine gave me 31yds of linen, in varying hues at 3yds or more each, my mind started working overtime. Now, I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of medieval fashion is limited to what I learned in my History of Costume class, so I am by no means an expert here, but I do know what I like.
So, I think I'm going for a fitted dress, probably between 4 and 6 gores, with a cyclas over the top. Haven't decided on colours yet, depends on how much fabric the mock up takes, which I won't know until I actually make the pattern.

E also needs a new frock. Her pink faire frock still fits, I just need to let down the hem, but she nerds a new undergown. I'll most likely use the celery green linen, 'cause, you know, pink and green rock. For the pattern, I'm pretty sure I'll be using a Norse underdress pattern found at Looks very much like a T-tunic when done. (hruggles has made a couple, so I've seen the pattern in action.)

Before I get started on all these new projects though, I need to finish the paletot. The weather is cool enough in the mornings to be able to enjoy it, and it continues to glare at me from its spot on the dress form.

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After 2+ years of working on my corset, I have come to a realization. If I wait uentil it's finished to start a dress, I will never, ever get one. So, I've decided to go aesthetic. I shall eschew the restrictive device, in favor of a more healthful alternative. (Let's face it, it's not exactly like I need the support the corset provides. *Sniff,sniff*) In this spirit, I have drafted an underbodice that will be very lightly boned. If I can stand doing it in this heat, I'll trace off my draft and add s.a. tonight. I also drafted another shift, as I'm not entirely happy with the previous one.

I'm hoping that by making this decision, I'll find my creativity again.

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Leaving me with way too much to get done by Saturday. The to do list as it now stands:

8 wizard robes for small people 6 sewn
Add wand pockets on all 8
Apply Hogwarts badges to robes
Magic wands
Wizard robe for yours truly- just needs neck bound and sleeves. *shudder* (more details later)
Spell books (I'll get pics up tomorrow, they turned out so cute!)
Pinata- needs 2nd coat of paper mache(?sp)

I think I can, I think I can......

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Aug. 10th, 2010 12:39 pm
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If you put the needle in your machine the right way round, sewing is much easier.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

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I got started on the wizard hat pinata. Not much right now, just a plain cardboard hat.

Looks more like a witch hat at the moment. I may cut the brim down a bit to make it look more wizardly.

E wants me to dress up too, so I'm kicking around ideas for a robe. I don't want to spend any money on it, so am thinking I'll use one of the green tablecloth left over from the Venetian. Haven't decided on a pattern. I'll either use the same method I used for the kids, (basically a t-smock with all the gores and gussets grafted on and more ease split up the middle.) or I'll make a simple yoke and pleat the front and back on. Whatever I decide, it needs to happen quickly, the party's next Saturday.

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Wands that is. Did the staining today.

more pics and musings here..... )

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With all the time and energy I'm spending on this party!

Worked up a practice invite, although with the time it took for just the one, I'm going to use Ye-old-ink jet for them. But they must have the official seal.

So, here's what I came up with:

Really, my lettering is not all that fantastic anyway, I'm a bit out of practice. I will hand letter the envelopes though.

We're off to the fabric store tomorrow, for robe supplies. I'll try and get the invites printed tonight.

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Jul. 30th, 2010 11:53 am
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If only it were so easy! E and I just finished reading the Harry Potter books, and with her birthday comming up, I think you can probably guess where the party is headed. Like every child who has read the books before her, they have captured her imagination. Thus, we will ne spending the next 2 weeks planning a Harry Potter themed party.

As a parent who hates all the crap that come home in goody bags, I've decide not to do them. Instead we will be making Hogwarts robes and wands for all the kids. Yes, I am crazy. But the robes should be easy enough, and with my mom's help, I should be able to get them whipped out.

we started the wands yesterday...... )

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[Error: unknown template qotd] You've got to be kidding me. Do I wish I was born in another time? I'm fairly certain I have lived in another time, probably several. It's really the only way I can explain my fascination with history. I'm pretty sure I lived in the classical period. Not sure if it was Greece or Rome. I tend to lean toward Greece, even though women were much more restricted, I am drawn to it.

Definitely the 16th cent. After all, this is the first period I decided to recreate. Perhaps I was the daughter of a Nobel in Queen Elizabeth's court. A scullery maid I was not!

Let's not forget the Georgian and Regency periods. Also the late Victorian.

As that's where my interest ends, I'm sure that's where my lives end up until this one. Who knows, I might have decided to try and reach Elysium?
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Still alive. Who knew this summer would luck my butt? I reel like it's been one of the busiest and shortest on record. We start back to school in 2 1/2 weeks. I've got a Harry Potter birthday party to plan somewhere in there, as well as a few appointments with some new Drs. For E. I always hate the getting to know you sessions where you have to re-hash all your child's deficiencies. Oh well, gotta do what I gotta do.

I know I've missed a lot from you all, but am looking forward to going back and seeing what you've been up to!

On the sewing front, it's been way too quiet. Decided I was hating the squashed bust on my corset so am starting over from scratch. This way I can also fix the busk that I put in backwards. My new plan involves wrapping ky dress form in plastic wrap and packing tape and drawing on my seamlines. Then cutting the thing apart and taking the reduction out. We'll see....

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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.

"I am here, as I'm sur you know, because of Albus Dumbledore's will."
Harry, Ron, and Hermione looked at one another.
"A surprise, apparently!  You were not aware then, that Dumbledore had left you anything?"
"A-all of us?"said Ron.  "Me and Herione too?"
"Yes, all of-"

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It'll have to do. I've run out of time for fiddling if I want to get a dress made by mid-July.

pictures and critique.... )

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Corset woes

Jun. 8th, 2010 09:00 pm
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Just when I thought I could move onto the finishing, I discover a couple.of things that need fixing. I just want to get out of the underwear stage already!

the scoop in pics..... )

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I finally, finally, finally, finished sewing the eyelets into the Victorian corset! Now it's onto the boning and binding!

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Duchess War

Jun. 7th, 2010 08:41 am
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Went to my first ever S.C.A. event with [ profile] hruggles. It was a pretty hot day to be wandering around in 20 lbs or so of clothes, but a good time non the less.

got a couple pics..... )

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Trying to get myself back in the creative spirit, I pulled out the jewelry making supplies. (meager as they are)

here are the results.... )

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Fresh homemade ice cream. Ben & Jerry, eat your hearts out!

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Things have been out-of-control crazy lately. Between the end of the school year, and wanting to string my husband up by the toes, (I love you dear), I've not been doing anything you could call constructive.

Even though I'm to close, I still haven't finished the paletot. Or the corset, or E's dress. I really need to get the blasted corset done so I can start on the rest of the underpinnings and the dress.

I've decided to attend my first SCA event. The fact that it's local, as in down the street and around the corner, and hruggles is also going, made it an easy decision. But now I need to make some drawstring casings for my camicia. It's just too annoying to wear with the sleeves. wanting to slip down all the time. Lucky for me, E's fair frock still fits, so no work there.

Now that school's out, I hope to be a bit more productive, and stop neglecting my f-list. I miss "hanging out" with you all.

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Was feeling pretty good about myself on Tuesday night.  All those boning channels were finished, the pattern for E was scaled up, and by 10:pm it was sewn. 
As I'm merrily stitching along, I think to myself, "Self, this looks a bit on the small side. "  But I ignore my better judgment and keep going.  The only thing I can say for myself, is at least I didn't put on the sleeve.
Come the next morning, I have E try on the mock-up.  She can get one arm thorough, barely, but the back was so narrow, it barely covered half of her back, and of course, there was no way on God's green earth the other arm was going through.

Here's where I went wrong..... )


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