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Jun. 25th, 2017 @ 11:28 pm ahhh day off
Current Mood: productiveproductive
 Today was my one day off after six on. Three more and then I go to Ohio for family reunion. Had a wonderful battery recharging day. 

Step 1: sleep in till 9:30!! 
Step 2: snuggle in bed with husband and dog
Step 3: make raspberry peach jam. (we're up to 25 cups of berries off our canes in a little over a week. O.O and the iron is I don't really LIKE raspberries so I'm trying to find ways to use them up. this is my third batch of jam. it did not set well and I am not a fan). 
Step 4. knit on Jenny-Rose's pineapple. Finished the first set of bobbles and halfway through the second. It's satisfying to watch it develop.
Step 5. two hour nap.
Step 6. sew one side of the first band of trim on my lemonade dress...FOR SEPTEMBER. yup that's me working a head. I know I just saw a pig fly by too. 

I don't wanna go back to work tomorrow. :-p 
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Jun. 21st, 2017 @ 10:20 pm *gasping*
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
 Coming up briefly for air...I'm still alive. My job is crazy at the moment. We're switching offices and that involves moving and packing and it's been a bit of a shit show. I'm working 6 days instead of my normal 4 a week. I came home from my 12 hour shift today and was ready to drop. Packing is just so much more physical and uses more brain power than what is routine. 

So yeah no sewing, nothing interesting...but I'm not dead yet! 
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Jun. 2nd, 2017 @ 07:47 pm (no subject)
 Waiting in line to go in and see Wonder Woman!! So excited. It's about damn time for a female driven movie. And I have to say the mix of people, especially the excited trim of nerd boys is giving me warm fuzzies. 
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Jun. 1st, 2017 @ 05:02 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
 Just tried to do a practice run of my hair for Reading on Sunday...it did turn out like a nice set of victory rolls...but FRIZZY. I swear my textury frizzy hair just does NOT want to roll into smooth pretty vintage styles. Excuse me I'll be over here being cranky. 
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May. 24th, 2017 @ 10:04 pm told myself I'd post more
Current Mood: tiredtired
 but I don't have that much to post about?...lets see working on my dress for reading. Ended up going with the vogue that looks modern for one very stupid reason....it doesn't have sleeves and I'm feeling lazy. 

Otherwise I've ordered pettipants, a paper parasol and shoes. I bought a hat and purse with [personal profile] jennylafleur  several months ago. 

Work has been nutty as we're moving at the end of June so there's a lot of packing, planning, decisions etc happening. I haven't been there for long enough to view it as anything but a good thing, the nurses' who've been there 30 years seem more hesitant about the changes. 

My garden is off to the races, we've had a fair amount of rain which has limited my weeding which is not such a good thing....mmm I think I'll have to post a better entry tomorrow.
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May. 13th, 2017 @ 09:30 pm 1940s dress for reading
Current Mood: calmcalm
[personal profile] mandie_rw , [personal profile] miss_philomena , [Unknown LJ tag] and I are going to the WWII airshow in Reading, PA this June (as in like two weeks better get moving here) and I've outgrown all my 40s wardrobe.

When I was at my mom's for easter she offered me a dress length of what feels like rayon (burn test was positive for either rayon or cotton I can't tell flame colors apart that well) which is idea for the no doubt 100 degree weather.


So I picked up three vintage patterns. Help me chose which!  

Option 1:

Pro of this one is it looks simple. Cons involve will it make me look like a linebacker in a dirndle.

Option 2:

Pros of this one: I think the shirring would be flattering, but would the skirt look like a loin cloth? cons: more complicated. aka sleeves.

Option 3

Pros: less gathering in the skirt. cons:  I like the construction standards of vogue better. 

I  did actually buy all three as they were all on sale. So vote and help a girl out!  What's your opinion?

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May. 7th, 2017 @ 10:51 pm Finished and worn!
Current Mood: happyhappy
Last weekend [Unknown LJ tag] , [personal profile] mandie_rw and [personal profile] miss_philomena and I did a "dress in a day" style demo at the Indian King Tavern where Amanda is a docent. I say style because we of course didn't finish nearly as much as we could have if we hadn't been answering questions. Some very good, but if one more person asks me why women weren't allowed to wear buttons...you seem to assume because women didn't usually they were for some reason forbidden...So I took the dress home and over the ensuing week finished up the bits we didn't get to. The IKT had another event today so why not show up and show off the dress!

The thing today was a "revolutionary tea" lecture, demo, thingy. The speaker definitely felt passionate about and knew her tea. That said it was supposed to be a 45min lecture and she spoke for an hour and a half until the organizer gave the "wrap it up" signals. You see they had tea and snacks sitting out for the guests, yay cold tea? I DID learn that the industrial revolution started when people began drinking tea for breakfast instead of beer as they were suddenly caffeinated *insert eyeroll* But other than that it was mostly a very informative interesting lecture.

Then we went downstairs and swanned about looking photogenic while we took approximately a million photos...Have I mentioned how freaking FANTASTIC I felt? I stole Amanda's frosting hat and damn I'm not sure what it did but I felt 20lbs thinner and 100 times fiercer.



I'm telling you somehow it's a magic hat. I was really happy with how the dress turned out! I have a few minor fitting changes like I always do after a wearing. and it needs some kind of real trim.

After we were finished looking pretty we determined that it was time for food! Haddonfield is a delightful little historic town with lots of fun little business and we took ourself to the fish and chips shop. A hearty lunch was had, during which Amanda and I were WAY too amused but Adrienne's phallic bangers and mash and I laughed till my sides hurt.

Next stop was the dinosaur! Apparently the first dino discovered by people who figured out what it was was in Haddonfield. Who knew? So they have a charming dinosaur statue that we required a visit too.


Then we decided to stroll. At that moment that drizzle had finally let up to sun and a light breeze. So we walked along the main street and admired the million dollar homes and borrowed them for some photos.


We ended the night we delicious gelato! It was a really delightful day and I have to say it was fun to just feel pretty in something. It restored some of the spark and why I costume. I love my friends....and their hats. 
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May. 4th, 2017 @ 07:17 pm wasted a day
Current Mood: draineddrained
I am someone prone to escapism (hello I dress up in weird clothes to play with my friends).  And I have a bad habit of binging on something...one time I spent a whole day watching versions of Jane Eyre and reading the book, one time it was Emma...last night I found a copy online of a book series I ADORED when I was in Middle School and High School. I started re-reading it...oops. I realized when I came up for air at 7pm tonight that I had wasted an entire day and I am always left with a weird hangover feeling. Like coming out of an imaginary world and back into my own. I'm SUCH an empath that I get very into whatever I'm watching or reading and walk away with a headache and odd fuzzy feeling...so after feeling like a horrible person for wasting an entire day when I have a huge to do list and a dress to finish I tried to figure out why do I do this to myself?

I think the times I've done this all line up with periods where I'm feeing huge uncertainty and anxiety. Today specifically I was hiding from the healthcare ruling. Do I have a huge pre-existing condition? not yet? well other than a uterus. But Rob has depression, and it IS a hugely big problem in our life If he lost coverage because if it I'm not sure how he would function. 

But I'm also a 33 year old woman who wanted to be a parent, have financial stability and feel like I was contributing to the world...so I'm struggling to find my place. What will not being a mother be like for me? Do I want to move to MA to be with my nieces? Do I want to tell Rob to move to LA in the hopes of him succeeding in an impossible career and him being happy?...yeah I guess no wonder I like to pretend I don't exist in another world sometimes....although that doesn't help this dress get finished. I guess it's 8pm now and I should eat something and try to sew a little. 
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May. 2nd, 2017 @ 11:25 pm pootling along
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
I'm chugging along on the lavender anglaise.

1. Pleat back side of petticoat, sew waistband Done
2. remove and reset sleeves
3. Pleat and attach dress skirts- Got one half of the skirt pleated.
4. Hem
5. Trim? TBD

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May. 2nd, 2017 @ 08:33 am Lavender anglaise
Current Mood: awakeawake
My goal is to finish the lavender anglaise started at our sewing demo Saturday to wear this coming Sunday. As it stood Saturday afternoon it needs:
1. Pleat back side of petticoat, sew waistband. 
2. Remove and reset sleeves 
3. Pleat and attach dress skirts
4. Hem
5. Trim? Not sure how it's getting trimmed. I wanted self trim. But this dupioni frays like a MOFO!

last night while we netflixed I got the petticoat back waistband pleated and half attached. 
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