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Sep. 9th, 2019 @ 09:20 pm Belvidere 2019
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Yesterday I went to Belvidere Victorian Days, which in itself isn't weird, but for the first time I went without a close friend. Yes I saw people I knew, but none of the usual suspects went, and it felt very out of my comfort zone to go "alone." But somehow it didn't bother me? Rob was surprised the day of when he suddenly realized I was going solo, I guess I hadn't talked about it at all.

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I wore my 1882 tea gown that I made for last year, but honestly I love it so much I'd wear it a million times. Something about it makes me look so curvy in all the photos...which I am very much not actually.

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I met up with Mick and Shane and mostly hung with them or bounced over and saw Lara. It was very relaxing and kind of freeing to realize I can have a good time without my security blanket. The weather was beyond perfect, 70s and breezy. We had a formal tea time with china and laughed a lot.

The shopping at Belvidere is sadly not what it once was. But I did get a few things from Lara. I got a Young's Improved Plaiter board (pleater) which is magic as far as I can tell. Now I want to pleat ALL THE THINGS. And the CUTEST pair of slippers. I have zero idea how old they really are, but they're super comfy and I think they're darling.

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They changed the fashion show this year and instead of being one old lady's collection of misdated things they put out a call to all participants who wanted to show their work. Which meant it was a really mixed bag. Some very interesting interpretations, some lovely tailored things, a few beginners who made solid dresses straight out of TV patterns...

All in all it was a lovely day and I'm glad I went. It really remains my favorite event, even if the shopping isn't great. what I want out of an event is to relax and laugh a lot. mission accomplished. 
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Aug. 15th, 2019 @ 10:09 pm and for my next trick...
Current Mood: amusedamused
My next thing to sew for is Gettysburg and I'm determined to actually work on things ahead of time. I don't actually NEED anything new. I have a full 1860s wardrobe which really does take the pressure off, but I would like a few new things.
  1. I need to re-trim my orange check ballgown so I actually like it. It's totally do-able
  2. rational dress outfit
  3. new day dress with evening bodice out of blue plaid I bought off Amanda
  4. berlin work slippers to wear around the B&B with my wrapper
One of those is TOTALLY not necessary...so I of course started there. But there's something SO NICE about a lap project I can sit on the couch and work on. I bought the crewel wool for it in May at Amanda's fancy needlework store. (it wasn't cheap but what's the point of a handwork hobby if not to keep tiny handwork shops open). Yesterday I fished out the bag and managed to figure out which skeins went with which colors. I had to substitute some (my berries will be orange instead of red) and I got one less green than required and one other thing I combined but forget now. I made myself a handy swatch chart or I'd never remember.
 
Part of why they will be $60 slippers is that a) I bought enough canvas for me AND alice and that was more expensive than you'd guess and b) I picked a design with 50 billion colors that I'll use 12" of each. OH WELL I LIKE COMPLICATED. In for a penny in for a pound right?

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I imagine this will take me till like gettysburg 2021 but hey I started right? 
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Aug. 12th, 2019 @ 04:47 pm Longwood Gardens Edwardian Stroll
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
In the end I managed most of my sewing for our Longwood outing. I did not make a stock collar, but looking at Alice's super tall collar I don't think I have enough neck for it anyway. I also didn't make a belt, partially because I forgot, and partially because I did a quick sweep and didn't have any fabric that wanted to be a belt and sort of matched. I wore it with a brown ribbon, but it didn't matter because my shirtwaist is SO blousy it hung over it.

I got there super early because I'm always late and dammit. I wanted to be ontime. Dressed myself fully in the parking lot and was just figuring out how to fish my sunglasses out of the car with a bird wing on my hat when Adrienne and Mackenzie rolled in. I did film a very amusing (to me) clip of myself dressing in the parking lot as I was kidding myself that I would "vlog"

The weather was STUNNING. It was warm but with a steady cool breeze and low humidity it was super pleasant. The news claimed it was the nicest day of the summer and I'm tempted to agree with them.

Everyone else came mostly dressed so it was just a few min of gathering bits and picking up a Taylor in the parking lot before we headed inside to find more of our group. All in it was a group of about 20 breathing bodies, 3 of whom were Alice's ADORABLE 2 nieces and nephew who are visiting from the UK. Somehow Alice managed to perfectly costume five people in like a week..and they were perfection!

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This is the picture of those who made it till 6:00 closing time, We had a lot of people arrive late and some who left early so I never managed one good group photo.

In terms of my outfit I'm hoping Amanda got some full length photos as I didn't really.

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The sad but true reason is because I felt fat and uncomfortable and didn't WANT to ask someone to take my picture. :-/ all I see is that I'm a giant white blob. I have no waist. I wore Rob's 1860s cravat on a whim and regret it in every picture, it hides the insertion work I did on the shirtwaist. I had my hat tipped so far back you can't see the amazing wing and it looks like a cowboy hat instead.

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I did however think everyone else looked stunning, and as someone who really enjoys photography I loved getting to take all their pictures. Alice and Amanda seem to be so perfectly lithe and elegant and made for this era. I had major lust for Amanda's super sharp jacket.

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I think as a unit we were a stunning view at Longwood that's for sure. Looking forward to going back sometime.

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For my next wearing of this outfit I want to finish a belt, lose 50lbs, and ponder some skirt embellishment. So many of the originals have it, but would it detract from the elegant line? unsure. 
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Jul. 29th, 2019 @ 02:40 pm taking stock
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
 Okay the Longwood Gardens Stroll is less than 2 weeks away. Lets take stock and then delve into a serious corset conversation.

1. Chemise- done (me?! finish something!?)

2. Bloomers- not getting made, gonna wear my cotton pettipants

3. Corset cover- I think I'm going to order off amazon and shorten this nightgown.

4. Petticoat- bought an antique off ebay that should fit me, [personal profile] mandie_rw  talked me out of feeling bad about it as there are hundreds around that aren't remarkable enough to be in a museum so why should they just rot or be cut up for some old lady's crafting habit and not worn. 

5. Skirt- the hem with facing, interfacing and full lining is done but it's too long so I need to shorten the top edge about 2" and put on a waistband. possibly two darts in the sides of the front for more of a nipped in waist. 

6. Shirtwaist- I traced my size of the TV pattern off onto true grid and got that cut off. Need to make a mock up. I was planning to use leftover "sheer white shit from the YVD" as there's a done lying around but the biggest bits are organdy and I don't want to joust with my pigeon breast. The second largest is a yard and a half of voile from Farmhouse fabrics...gonna do a mock up and see if I can squeeze it out. I want to lose the giant sleeve goiters anyway so that'll cut down on yardage and she always massively over estimates yardage I feel. 

7. Which brings me to The Corset *cue dramatic music* I wanted to try making a mesh corset with Amanda for science! and I bought the TV edwardian corset and cut it out according to her sizing and...holding it up over my modern clothes it looked like a hot fucking mess yesterday. too small in the waist, ENORMOUS in the boobs with bust gussets the size of my head. I was all prepared last night to throw $300 at the problem and buy a Redthreaded corset to save my sanity...but our house needs $4k of work this fall and Rob's job tomorrow got cancelled and I really shouldn't spend that much on a corset. 

Here's my plan- I'm going to bone the CB and put in the grommets so I can actually lace it. I'm going to make the bust pads so I have those to try on with fittings and then I'm going to try it on over my chemise. That'll give me at least a better idea what I'm working with. I suspect if I take out the giant bust gore and replace it with a smaller size one I'll get myself almost to a workable place. When I held it up to myself in a pj shirt and no bra this morning the bust gappage wasn't nearly as bad, so maybe trying it on over a modern bra is just the worst thing ever. I mean other people make this thing work for them! 
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Jul. 18th, 2019 @ 12:18 am (no subject)
Current Mood: chipperchipper
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Now that the chemise is past the point where if I put it down I'd never remember what these random linen bits are (will it ever get lace? probably not) I've started to think about the rest of my outfit. [personal profile] mandie_rw helpfully suggested I should skip to the outside as I can fake the underwear but not the dress. she is wise. I decided to start with the skirt first as if I get totally desperate I COULD order ye olde blouse on amazon and Amanda is gonna let me buy her leftover insertion lace so we can majorly be twins...I'm amazed she puts up with me following her around copying her like the older-younger sister she didn't need or want.

I'm using this ageless patterns skirt pattern because I have it. the last 2 times I made it I was 1. thinner and 2. made it too short. BOTH TIMES. so THIS TIME I was determined to make it too long. We'll see how I do. The last 2 time I made it I also didn't put any thought into it beyond an unlined skirt with horsehair in the hem. This time I'm going for broke in the "look nicer" category and I'm going to line, interline AND face the hem.

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Today I managed to pattern it out (I had to add 10" to the waist. so good for my ego y'all) and I de-trained it as a skirt for walking in the garden seems silly to have a train.  And I cut out the lining which will be the premium muslin from Joann's. Tomorrow my goal is to cut the interlining and fashion fabric and begin basting all the pieces before work...wish me luck I seem to be moving at a snails pace.
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Jul. 15th, 2019 @ 02:46 pm well...that's a thing
Current Mood: amusedamused
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Okay so I finished the Truly Victorian Chemise pattern...I'm not sure I would recommend it. I find it...to be a very unflattering nightgown or a pinafore that makes me look 3. good thing it doesn't matter as no one will ever see it. I found the assembly instructions she provided down right inane. 1. it's MUCH easier to put in the yoke if you do it flat before you assemble the sides. 2. she leaves a ton of edges and just says "finish with lace" these edges being things that are much easier to finish BEFORE the yoke is added...so I kinda just said screw it and did my own thing. 

Next up I'm going to shift focus and work on the skirt and shirtwaist as I can fake it with my victorian corset and petticoats but at the very least I need the outers and the event is less than a month away O.O 
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Apr. 11th, 2019 @ 10:20 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
 A little under a week until the YVD and it's time to take some serious stock of things, I just finished hemming my skirt with teeny weeny Amanda sized stitches because it's sheer and you can see. really specific lists help me see progress so this shall be in steps

Dress
  • Gather to a waistband
  • darts
  • sew bodice to skirt
  • back closures
  • ribbons
  • bertha
 
Other Crap that I hope to finish but most likely won't

  • Finish Rob's neck stock
  • shorten petticoat with a tuck
  • white petticoat as I realized my ivory on looks weird with the sheer dress
  • lace on pelerine
  • some kind of head covering for the picnic
  • make side puffers from curls I ordered on ebay
  • bustle
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Mar. 10th, 2019 @ 11:35 am change
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
 I've been reflecting a lot on change this weekend. Rob left me last night to go to a concert and play a memorial video he put together for a musician we knew at the Ren Faire (yes I was invited. no I didn't want to go. I was feeling quiet). I haven't seen said musician in a long time or the band, but looking at the short snippets he shot on his phone it's weird to me that only one of the original band members is remaining from 2006...but then 2006 was 13 years ago. Wasn't my summer romance to his man I married just yesterday? 

So I was sitting at home alone and feeling nostalgic. Last night was the Francaise Dinner and I was feeling nostalgic for the simpler times. I'm sad that an event I loved so much and helped start is a place where I no longer feel welcome. I miss the times when my costume life and friendships didn't feel so damn complicated. I am well aware of my faults and contributions to the great schism but...while I don't want to go back to the way it was before sometimes it's easy to view those times with rose colored glasses. It also feels like last year not seven years ago...where did the time go? I wish the fences could be mended and friendships that are lost could at least not feel like scars and instead like acquaintances. I know at least I'm not the person I was. How could I be? I think something as major as a career change from theater to nursing has to change you in some ways. I hope it's for the better. 

And I do hope that this new group of costumers that I see going to the Francaise Dinner now and I can be friends someday. I do love meeting new people and making new friends. It's kind of strange to realize we aren't the "new" generation of costumers, there's a whole wave who have never heard of LJ or long for the days of dress diaries. Hell they think blogs are out dated probably. 

Well Rob's going to drag me to captain marvel today, perhaps that can pull me out of my nostalgic fog. 
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Mar. 4th, 2019 @ 10:20 pm scary appointment one done
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
 an update on the journey to the center of my uterus 

cut for those who don't care about my fertility Collapse )
suddenly it all feels rather real and slightly terrifying. I mean that's normal right? 




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Feb. 22nd, 2019 @ 11:05 am Good News Friday
Current Mood: chipperchipper
 I'm going to steal a page from [personal profile] brickhousewench and do a good news Friday post. 

1. I survived my work week and I'm off from my real job till Tuesday! I have to do 4 hours on Saturday at the office job but that's just easy fun money.  

2. I got a $3/hr raise at work! for no reason! well not for NO reason but they evaluated everyone's salary and they're trying to "be more competitive" which is crazy to me as they did the same thing last year and I got a $4 raise so yeah in a year I'm up $7!? cray. 

3. I'm going to Disney with my favorite kid for his Make-a-Wish trip and I'm crazy excited! We are going to have SO MUCH fun. It'll be me, him, the director of nursing and the recreational therapist. Sometime in March not sure the exact dates yet. Rob's thinking of going to disney at the same time and staying with his friend Ryan who works there and we could meet up for dinner or something. 

4. Ellie got groomed on Tuesday so she's super soft and less sheddy. 

5. Ellie starts class on Monday! It's her second level obedience class which is the pre-requisite for the therapy dog class. I'm also stupid excited for that.

6. I did some sewing on my 1830s stays. I got all the gores put in and I'm up to the "now you have to figure out the cording pattern, oh and where did you PUT the cording" 

Today my plan is to work on the cording, poke the embroidery, and find the coffee table as I have friends coming for sewing day on Sunday which I'm greatly looking forward to.  
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