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Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:36 pm
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The rain cloud dress sleeves are pinned in!

They're different than I planned. I planned a silver sleeve over an organza puff. Instead, it's an organza puff over a fitted silver sleeve. I initially made the puff over a white lining, but didn't like it, and then liked the puff on its own without a sleeve over it. It's a little 1830s, but they're very cloud like, and fancy dress breaks rules anyway.

Tomorrow, hopefully sew them in and closures!

a weekend

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:15 pm
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Yesterday I did pretty much nothing. I sat on the couch in the fetal position and tried not to barf. Yay periods! when you get one every 6 months it sucks. and no it's not by choice. I have defective ovaries.

Today I NEEDED to get LOTS DONE both in cleaning the house for our Halloween party next weekend and in Gettysburg sewing. In fact I'm kind of in that SO MUCH TO DO SO OVERWHELMED CAN'T DO ANY OF IT place. So I started small. I got up, showered and did a load of laundry. Then I de-clogged the tub (which was DISGUSTING) wait that was pre-shower...

Rob and I tottered off to Target to get our flu shots. PSA you all SHOULD get a flu shot and Target gives you $5 for doing so (and my insurance 100% covers it) so I got a free box of pumpkins and a free skull for making Rob get stabbed ;-) Then we came home and at lunch. We did another layer of spray paint on the patio set we picked up at the habitat for humanity re-store. only the table left to go! But we ran out of cardboard to stand things on.

Ellie and Rob went to the park and I took a nap...oops? Then I NEEDED to sew...so I started to pick up things. It's amazing what a good housekeeper I can be when I need to sew. I found half of the dining room table, emptied and re-loaded the dishwasher, picked up a bunch in the living room and found the coffee table. Still not company worth but...every little bit helps. Rob swears he's going to work on the list I made today. And I do have Thursday off.

After dinner I did FINALLY sew. I finished the corset. Got the alphabet skirt onto the waistband and the hem facing sewn and ironed up to be hand whipped down. So I just need to whip down the wiastband and the facing and add a hook and eye and the skirt at least is done...now that the corset is done I need to fit a ballgown bodice pattern.


Collar embroidery

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:58 pm
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I haven't worked on any of the dresses themselves today, but a few minutes ago I started collar embroidery for the first time in a few days, so that's something :)


Oct. 20th, 2017 09:25 pm
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The armscyes on the rain cloud dress are piped. Maybe sleeves tomorrow? I might know what I want them to look like?

oops didn't post yesterday

Oct. 20th, 2017 10:46 pm
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I forgot to post yesterday. WHOOPS. I was off yesterday but had a hard time getting started. I did eventually get some traction....

drumroll please )Yes yes I will put it over a shorter hoop. I ordered this exact one again and I'm going to just move the bottom one UP to the final length but I'm not positive what that will be. So I'm doing it over the long one at the moment.
I did not manage to get the waistband on...but I put in a real placket (that never happens). And tonight I got the grommets set for the corset (remember that one...) and pinned on the waistband...currently I don't want to go upstairs and sew it on. 

Aunt flo came today. so I feel disgusting. 
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oops! But I've been sewing! Not as much as I should be, with Gettysburg now officially less than a month away. Shh, don't remind me.

Instead I've made two new 18th century outfits, one of which the weather has been decidedly uncooperative about me wearing. 80°+ weather and a wool gown do not go together. Maybe if I do some December stuff it'll get an outing. I also made a shortgown/bedgown, which [personal profile] mandie_rw and [personal profile] robinsnest have both posted pictures of, from our bedgown revolt last weekend.

Gettysburg sewing (and knitting and crocheting) is still progressing. I'm not worried yet that I won't finish my sewing. I'm not sure other things will be finished in time, though. I've got an in progress shawl, but it's the bottom of the list. The tunisian crochet under petti I'm working on is taking precedence over that. We'll see!


Oct. 19th, 2017 09:03 pm
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The rain cloud skirt is on the waistband, the hem facing is done, and it looks good over the tied up hoop without a petticoat.

I'm inching towards being ready...

another 12 hour day

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:28 pm
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Today was my second 12 hour day this week. But I keep telling myself I have to sew every day after work...it is less than a month and all. So today I sewed the second half of all the first french seams (up to 52 seams sewn).


Saveall pressed open. Then I sewed the pairs into couplets for the first half of that french seam...13 more seams. (65 done. 39 to go)
Then I couldn't handle the thought of more seams so I switched gears and made a replacement for the lacing panel I put too big of holes in now that I ordered smaller grommets. They came yesterday so I should get those put in and finish the corset.

Thank you for everyone's sympathy about the car. $400 later...

As usual...

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:13 pm
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I do less the day after doing tons. The rain cloud skirt hem facing is pinned, and I hemmed a Halloween costume for a teacher's daughter. I still plan on starting to hem my dress...

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....

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Oct. 16th, 2017 10:06 pm
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My Grandmother is officially able to pull herself out of bed and go to the bathroom without help, as of today!!! This is a huge step towards her being able to come home, and I am SO EXCITED because she is miserable being stuck in a nursing home. Hooray for progress! Meanwhile, Jenny has been giving the house a thorough cleaning, and Glenn has been doing some small home improvement tasks. So far, he's fixed a broken toilet, figured out how to get hot water in the little bathroom's shower, and put in a new mailbox. It should be all done up and welcoming by the time she gets home. :)

Everything else around here is still pretty much status quo. I'm still entertaining/chauffeuring Jenny and am exhausted by it, but there's only a week left, so - light at the end of the tunnel! Also, still applying for jobs and getting no positive results. But, I've started in on business analyst positions, so I think I should get some hits from that. I mean, I have eight years of BA experience, so that should put me in the running - especially with the healthcare industry jobs I applied for, since I've been in healthcare almost exclusively for twenty years!

I'm still plugging away at my Rhinebeck sweater. I started the sleeves this evening, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to finish in time. It would really need to be done by around Thursday evening, so I'd have time to block it, and I have volunteering at Plimoth tomorrow, and at least one Jenny day this week, so. . . We'll see! I also really need to work on my Rosie costume, and tried to this afternoon, but I felt discouraged by what I know is going to be a depressing fitting. Pants are just not a good idea for me these days, and I'm better off with a dress that fits the bust and then flows away. I'm just going to have to suck it up and power through it. At least I picked a dark color. . .

I know I haven't mentioned it lately, but I am still absolutely longing to be back in Scotland. I think about it literally every day, all throughout the day. I thought after a while it would start to fade, but I just really feel like I belong there, like it's where I need to be. Every time I see some picture or hear a story of it, I just feel totally heartsick. It's such an impossible dream, because Glenn will never go, but one can't help what the heart chooses to fall in love with, after all. *sigh*

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.
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Pipe bomb found behind tents at a re-enactment. It was neutralized but, please, be careful. This is sadly only one of many incidents this year. A group of re-enactors were pepper sprayed a couple of months ago.


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