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Sep. 10th, 2018 @ 08:11 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Hey look my laptop is working for a hot second. Let's update!


Long version: Woke up suitably late on Saturday and dawdled getting my act together. But so did everyone else. When I rolled in Amanda was half dressed on the curb, Adrienne pulled in behind me and Jess and Alice were already on site visiting. I had planned to wear the yellow dress on Saturday day, new dinner gown Saturday night and Tea gown Sunday...but saturday was drizzly and Sunday was a predicted wash out. Amanda had to leave after breakfast for a paper and Jess had to leave after breakfast for family so I made a half dressed decision to swap and wear my tea gown on Saturday because I was so happy with it and wanted to be sure and get pictures. (spoiler alert: none of us managed to dress Sunday due to the cold wet weather and our sleeping in).


We did our quick sidewalk change (a Belvidere tradition) and then wandered off to find Mick and Shane and Alice and Jess. Found the boys first as the girls had gone off shopping. We said hello to a very crowded tent and then wandered off to do our own shopping. There were less vendors and tragically my very favorite jewelry vendor wasn't there this year. *sob* But Lara was vending as Lara Corsets so it was nice to see her and be tempted by her lovelies. Overall though there wasn't anything that blew me away. I think they tried to be selective and in the end they just didn't have much. So one lap around the square did that for us. Then we checked into the hotel (spartan and small but functional and couldn't beat the location. no complaints). And while we were waiting around for a tintype it started raining and was deemed too dark. That was the one real drag for me, we always get a tintype and this year we just couldn't.

My consolation for the lack of tintype was we finally took the carriage ride Amanda and I have been joking about taking for...seven? years?...and I have to say it was a lovely long ride in a comfy carriage. Would do again.


After the carriage ride we chilled in camp under the fly out of the drizzle. Then wandered to the hotel to change for dinner. I had a total moment of "omg they have all these lingering friends and we planned a formal mess for eight due to limits on china and when all the food shows up and us in dinner wear it's gonna be aaaawkward, but by the time we changed it had cleared out.


Despite fighting me the whole way and needing to be rescued by Adrienne I didn't end up hating the dinner dress. Although I tried REALLY HARD to drop a few pounds before and I had fitted those darts two weeks ago so I ended up being able to stick a finger up each side of my bodice. ah well I'd rather be wrinkly and feel svelte ;)


Everyone looked AMAZING. and I managed to get zero good photos of them.



"Quick. Alice look like you're mad at me"

And I have NO GOOD PHOTOS of Jess' STUNNER. I'm really mad at myself. I have nothing but blurry photos. I have to get a real camera one of these days.


For dinner Jess had taken care of a caterer (Jess gets an award for awesomeness) and the food was delicious. We had stuffed cornish hen, lamb, pasta, salad, rolls and cake for dessert...alfresco at a camp. I felt so very silly and victorian. And the really magical thing is once it's dark and the site is all alight with lamps you can't really see out of the island of light and all the modern park around you just fades to black. Much drink was had and mirth made. It was magical.


Jess changed into her tea gown for the relaxed portion of the evening. She was STUNNING.

On Sunday we slept till 8 (except Alice who woke up, did laps, walked the town, ate breakfast and found Jess) then wandered to breakfast. We had a chilly breakfast on the balcony as the tables downstairs were full. Amanda and Jess left. Alice, Adrienne and I wandered to camp. Adrienne left. Alice did dishes and I supervised. Alice and I hit up some antique stores, found nothing. and finally home. I had a delightful nap.

And now I'm attempting to sew 3/4 of a fop in two weeks...I SWORE I wasn't going to do this. I mean yes technically I started more than two weeks ago but I made very little real progress. wish me luck! 

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Jul. 23rd, 2018 @ 11:49 pm mixed bag
Current Mood: chipperchipper
The vintage buttons I ordered for my white shirt waist came today....apparently the seller couldn't locate the white ones they had listed (and btw STILL have listed) so they "sent a substitute" which while pretty are a grey natural MOP and I can't decide if they look massively dumb on my white shirtwaist. 

The generic rolled hem foot I ordered from Amazon also came today. And as I was pouting about the buttons instead of finishing the waist I dug out the giant cotton sateen ruffle I had started for the Belvidere Dinner Dress (BDD) two years ago. It took approximately too long but I finished rollhemming it. and I have to say the foot is delightful. Next step will be pleating. 700 yards of tiny pleats. shoot me. 

I also finished the shoulder seams of Rob's shirt. 

See I worked a little on all three events. 

OH also I emailed FFC on Friday to say "yo why haven't you shipped the fabric I ordered on TUESDAY" today I got an email that "oh we have it but the warehouse is behind. Thanks for your patience" um..excuse you? it's now been a week.. A WEEK. how long does it take a giant business to put something in the mail?! I'm going to end up going to Joann's and frantically looking for some shirting fabric to use. I'm so annoyed at them.

Also, I don't want to go to work tomorrow. why did I pick up a full 8 hour shift?! oh right, money.
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Jul. 20th, 2018 @ 10:05 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: tiredtired
I worked 12 hours today but when I came home I hemmed the shirt waist. So it's as finished as it can be without buttons. I also ordered a rolled hemmer foot from Amazon that'll be here Monday. Then I can dig out the ruffles I started for the Belvidere dress. I emailed FFC and said "yo why haven't you shipped my fabric. You gonna do that thing where you fuck up again?!" but you know more rudely.

The outfit I'm most intimidated by and feeling...lost about is Rob's fop outfit. I had an idea, it didn't mesh. I am kind of flailiing. But I think I might start with this pattern.
I think I like the shape of the left coat with the giant collar. I think this is the era of mis-matching? I am fairly certain I'd like to get a really nice brocade for the front of the vest. I'd only need like 1/2 or 2/3 of a yard if it was wide and had a pattern of correct directionality. Then do I match the coat and breeches? do contrasting? a wide stripe for the coat? I'm feeling lost on this one. I should order the pattern so I feel like I have a start but I've done a lot of ordering lately...might wait a paycheck.

but now I head to bed. 5:30 comes around quickly.

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Jul. 19th, 2018 @ 11:04 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 I did keep my word and sewed. I mean it's dumpy as sin...I can't decide if it just plain looks to big. Or if it is do I care enough. Also my girdle seems to do a decent fake teens look. And I can't seem to picture from my phone. I hate that DQ is so device unfriendly. 
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Jul. 18th, 2018 @ 11:39 pm talk me off a ledge please
Current Mood: worriedworried
Okay I suddenly realized all the things coming up....

August 5th - great war event in ringwood, NJ:
-test corset? might have to wear my 40s girdle and call it a day as I made that corset 30lbs ago...
-corset cover? thought I might order a old lady nightgown and shorten it
-skirt, fabric is ordered, pattern bought. no sewing
-shirtwaist, half assembled. ordered buttons.
-Hat thank GOD amanda made me the bestest one ever.

September something. Belvidere:
-um dinner dress? I think I only got as far as ordering sleeve fabric? and ripping strips for ruffles. so I need dress fabric, fittings, like the whole damn thing
-buy rolled hem foot to make ruffles.
-wash yellow dress
-finish hoop for yellow dress
-put waistband on mostly finished petticoat from TWO YEARS AGO
-I'd really like to make a TV tea gown for sunday as we'll be there two days

Pimpernell dinner september 22nd:
-shirt, cut out and one seam hand sewn
-waistcoat, jacket, breeches. I can't even find fabric I like.
-order shoes
-stock, order fabric, hem.

I am feeling massively overwhelmed and I won't lie...a little panicked. I'm in a serious sewing rut and staring at a HUGE to do. So here's my goal. sew a little bit at least five days a week. and post here to keep me honest. Today I whipped down the facings and collar on my shirt waist. Tomorrow's goal is to set the sleeves in it, at which point I'm stuck waiting for the buttons. Then I guess I'll pick up Rob's shirt again as that's the other thing cut out and ready to start. And I suppose I could order a rolled hem foot for my machine, that'd be an easy five second project.

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Jul. 5th, 2018 @ 08:40 pm actually sewing
Current Mood: productiveproductive
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Today I started sewing for the Great War Event I'm planning to attend in Ringwood, NJ. IN AUGUST. I know, no one die of shock I'm having a hard time of it myself. I can't remember the last time I started sewing more than two weeks before an event. But I took a list at what I need in September and August...and I kind of started hyperventilating. ANYWAY, that resulted in me starting sewing...


I pulled out the fabric and realized I was supposed to order 2 yards and only ordered 1 as I'm a moron...many swears later, I pre-washed it and took it and the half yard I had left from making the 40s disaster and was able to squeak it out with just a seam down my sleeve and my facing on the cross grain.

Now please permit me a rant about this pattern:

It's literally marketed at WWI Blouse, 1910s pattern. IT'S COPYRIGHT DATE IS 1907. That's SEVEN YEARS before WWI started and not even technically 1910, and I'm sorry the 1910s are 1910 onward not before. So I feel a little like I got scammed and didn't notice till I had cut it out. I guess I'm just going to finish it, but I won't lie. I'm kind of mad about it.

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Jun. 27th, 2018 @ 09:14 pm state of the US
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
I'm really struggling tonight. I really really dislike where our country is going politically. I can't help but remember the hope and euphoria I felt in 2008. I felt like if Mitt Romney had been elected the world would be over...oh how naive I was. The news of Justice Kennedy's retirement is making me feel deeply sad and helpless. This is the ultra conservatives time load the court. It will set back rights for women, minorities and anyone not a straight white man by decades. Goodbye Roe v. Wade. Goodbye marriage equality. Goodbye civil right. I feel helpless and sick. How do you focus on the day to day or even care when the world around you is falling apart? and there is literally nothing I can do. The republicans will force through a conservative justice by November. They have the majority and they will. and I don't know how to keep on going with this feeling.
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Jun. 25th, 2018 @ 10:12 pm oh right updating
Current Mood: restlessrestless
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I haven't posted much here. bad me. There isn't a ton TO post. Lets see still working a lot. Still really enjoying my job. Have a mountain of events coming up at the end of the summer and paralyzed unable to start sewing any of them for some unknown reason.

I have my period and I was woken up passing a huge clot this morning, I feel weepy and disgusting. I am due for an annual and my previous GYN got absorbed by another practice. I only saw her one time, should I look for someone less than 30 min from where I live? maybe. I suspect things in there are complicated and I need to face them.

Rob is...well I think he's making progress. It's small but I can see it. He's had a bad couple of days so it's hard to remember how far we've come. I feel protective of him. His therapist was in a car accident so she wasn't in last week, won't be in this week and the week after is the 4th. I feel torn about what to do. He really really likes this therapist. but he also said to me last week "I can tell I'm not ready to go ever other week" I feel frustrated about that. He's negotiating for work on a film he was really excited to work on, but they blew most of their budget earlier in the process so...I don't know as long as he's making more than minimum wage I guess I should be happy.

The raspberry canes are having their biannual glut. 17 cups picked so far. I made jam tonight and blithely dumped an 8 cup pyrex plus one cup for a recipe that called for 5 cups. Only realized it when I was combining yesterday and today's berries. D'OH! Well it made jam...it's just rather tart and dark in color and when it cools may be so thick it's...hard. OOPS. Guess we'll see when it cools? Who likes low sugar tart jam?
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Jun. 4th, 2018 @ 02:58 pm The not-reading-tea
Current Mood: amusedamused
We were supposed to go the the reading airshow on Sunday, but the forecast was barely 60 and rainy and frankly a stern look at my bank account really kind of dissuaded me. Hard to feel excited about something when the main draw is shopping and your whole budget would be blown on the entry. So everyone kindly acquiesced to a tea at my local tea house instead.

I woke up on time, and took out the new style of rollers I had tried last night. They were very effective. I looked like weird Al.
And that was really the best my hair looked all day. this whole vintage "brush out your wet set" thing? LIES. BLOODY LIES. I looked like I love Lucy had sex with a sheep, in the rain, and got struck by lightening. Needless to say I was quite grumpy with that and plopped a hat on it. I had PLANNED a headband. OH WELL. I'm gonna say that the brush out is a concept straight haired people who aren't frizz prone can do, and having hair that touches your butt prooooobably doesn't help either. Then I smeared make up on, and was halfway through the "FUCK NUTS WHERE'D I LOSE MY GIRDLE" panic when I realized Amanda needed picking up. Sent Rob off to fetch her from the train and was completely dressed in my FANTASTIC new flamingo skirt and world's least functional rain poncho in time for her to walk in the door looking like a million bucks. It was the perfect illustration of our friendship. really she's quite annoying that way.


Shortly there after while we were admiring my newly collapsed steps Alice pulled in and we waited patiently for Adrienne...who was already at the tea house but we all somehow missed that memo. So just a few min late we tottled off to see if she might there..she was. Luckily I only live ten min away so we didn't leave them hanging tooooo long.


I took exactly one photo at tea to taunt Amanda's boyfriend with. Aren't I on top of things? Meredith and Adrienne were already there so the three of us filled out the gathering. Lots of laughter and delicious food, I do love a tea there. although we've gone so many time it doesn't feel new or exciting anymore. I wish the alternative tea house in Lansdale was open on Sundays as it would be nice to mix it up at least a LITTLE.

After tea we walked to the antique mall next door. We didn't find QUITE as much fantastic stuff as last time, but Alice got a picnic basket and Adrienne got the world's most fun novelty glasses. I stole them shamelessly for a selfie.


I told her if she didn't buy them we couldn't be friends anymore.


playing around in the kitchen set up.

Then we said farewell to Meredith who had to drive home and prepare for being an adult today and working her real job and went back to my house for a few outside pictures and sewing day. Look I picked the one where Amanda's eyes are closed as I'm vindictive and I don't have chins in this one.


Word of advice. Don't try to take cute photos with these nut jobs.

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May. 29th, 2018 @ 11:33 am funny moment at work
Current Mood: amusedamused
 On Sunday I was at work sitting with my FAVORITE kid R doing his respiratory treatments. He's frankly a medical miracle that he's alive. very complicated medical history but basically was born with most of his organs on the outside, just has a skin graft covering his heart so he has to wear a plastic shell that makes him look like a little pregnant lady. He's also autistic so his communication isn't perfect but he's SO smart and so eager and I love him to bits Anyway you have to sit with him during his respiratory treatments because otherwise he'll just unhook himself and wander away. So he and I sat there and played Angry birds and I thought of [personal profile] koshka_the_cat  and suddenly realized his roommate J's mom had left a book on tape running for J when she left..it was The Force Awakens. I chuckled to myself and thought of [personal profile] jenthompson  and how different my costuming life was from my real life and yet they intersect. :-) it was a nice little moment.
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