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 I've enjoyed a marvelously lazy Sunday. I puttered and cleaned the kitchen this morning, made apple sauce and a chocolate cake. Then Rob and I vegged and watched football. I passed out with my head in his lap. The Packers won (woohoo) the Eagles won (yay I guess? Rob cares). I got out my dress for the battle of brandywine and put gussets in the underarms. I had ripped them out at Ft. Washington playing exuberant graces.

In other news I have started looking seriously for another job. Don't get me wrong I like my job, but...what I'm doing does not further my nursing skills and frankly I make half what i would most other places. And I'm tired of financially barely making it. and lately not making it :-/ Rob just hasn't been holding his end of this financial deal. So my options are push a man with a mental illness who shuts down OR find something that pays me more.  My major criteria at the moment are 1. a raise, a significant raise. Laura just took an offer elsewhere and got her salary doubled. 2. tuition assistance. The end goal is my NP. That has really solidified in my mind and I just cannot do that on my current salary. Laura gave me the contact info for her recruiter so I emailed them, and applied to a job at CHOP's specialty clinic. So I've started the poking process. Think good thoughts for me.

It's funny I was SO resistant to accepting that I needed to move on, and now that I have decided it's time I have this great NEED to move on to new challenges. I need something that pushes my nursing skills farther. I'm ready to further develop my assessment skills. 
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 Did I mention on here they cancelled Belvidere with 6 weeks notice? how about that it was like one of my top three events? or that I had JUST bought fabrics?...well they did...*insert a lot of pouting*

Yesterday we had a little sewing gathering at my house and [personal profile] miss_philomena , [personal profile] hirami , [personal profile] mandie_rw , [personal profile] blackcat452  and Tessa-who-is-not-on-dreamwidth came over to help inspire me out of my rut...I made a baked brie with my peach and rosemary jam which was delightful. 

I got...minimal sewing. I had already gotten the panels of my orange plaid 1860s ballgown skirt ripped and sewn together. Yesterday I inserted the placket and got the hem facing done. All that's left is a waistband and hooks and eyes and half of one of my outfits is done. (I know the massively easier half) and I copied the TV ballgown bodice from [personal profile] hirami again. Next is to buy the Redthreaded corset pattern and work on that. I am SO horrifically overdue for a new corset. 

Today was a 12 hour work day so no productivity...I did manage to scamper outside and watch the eclipse. we were in the 80% band and while it was cool I'm told the experience was nothing like the zone of totality. Sad we couldn't figure out a trip, but just wasn't in the cards.
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The events of Charlottesville have rattled me. I'm vacillating between deep deep sadness for my country and extreme anger. HOW DARE THEY. I try really hard to be empathetic, not see people as groups and listen to why people are so afraid that they believe something that is so completely morally WRONG...but...I'm out of patience. Rob and I have been watching the Ken Burn's Civil War to try and inspire me to sew for Gettysburg, and honestly it's creepy how similar some of the arguments and divisiveness are. Also interesting how dated the documentary feels.

But in talking to [personal profile] mandie_rw and [personal profile] koshka_the_cat I have decided that clearly what I need is a rational dress for Gettysburg...because what says "FUCK YOU WHITE SUPREMACISTS like dressing as a radical abolitionist feminist. And somehow wearing my values on my sleeve (literally) feels important to me at this moment.

This is Dr. Mary Walker, abolitionist, surgeon and all around bad ass lady. My plan is to use a rust colored plaid wool blend I have approximately 6 yards of. 
 I'm still waffling if I want sensible trousers for extra doofy ones.


Most of the pictures I've found seem to favor solid fabric but I did find this one which appears to be a check...and I'm calling that good enough.

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Trying to be more diligent about posting...lets see what's going on in our world. I've been knitting a tiny pence jug, which is not looking as perfect as I want and I'm annoyed with that. Also my super dry and snaggy hangnails have caused some of the knitting to be fuzzy and I'm royally annoyed by that.

My garden has taken off. Lots of zucchini, yellow squash, and enough cucumbers for two rounds of pickles so far. Tomorrow hoping to make garlic dill pickles. The irony is I don't like pickles so I keep hoisting them off on other people and asking for feedback. 

The next costume event remains Belvidere, which is only a month away! O.O I should get my arse moving in that direction. two dresses in a month doesn't SOUND like a ton...but it totally is. 
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I feel torn between being jealous of all my friends in LA and their amazing deals on silk in the garment district, and knowing I'm poor so if I was there I wouldn't be able to buy anything anyway. Jealous, she's a mean mean meanie head. I'm so tired of being poor. For my second husband remind me to get one with a 9-5 job. 

Hope everyone at Costume College has a great time.  
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Apparently there is a Fort at the tip of NJ named Fort Mott. I just learned this as somehow via the magic of Facebook [personal profile] mandie_rw , [personal profile] miss_philomena , [personal profile] hiraimi and I found and ended up at a Boer War reenactment there today. Now the even just said "Boer war and Victorian something something something" so I googled Boer war and went "perfect I have 1880s"...Guess who didn't tell Robin there are apparently TWO Boer wars. Cause if you're gonna get in a fight over something the british like to do it twice. 100 years war, revolution and war of 1812, WWI and WWII....luckily for us no one disowned us for wearing our 1880s natural form dresses.

I of course got a bit turned around when picking Alice up so we were a few min late, I think Amanda and Adrienne saw the entire event in the 20 min for us to catch up...oops. I did a quick change in the parking lot, much to the stares of the family BBQ. *ahem excuse me as I drop my skirt. yes I'm wearing bloomers*

We got there just in time to huff it up the walls of the fort to watch the "battle." I know I know the military half of this isn't MY personal jam but I'd rather you just did a weapons demo, because a battle of five vs 10 is still pretty silly looking unrealistic. After a 5 min battle in which the Boer's won we promptly left the hot pavement in search of shade and the picnic lunch we had packed.

Luckily for us our friend Mick was there (of Belvidere fame) and we pretty much parked our butts under his tent fly for the rest of the event, sans one quick run to the loo where a probably 8 year old girl was DETERMINED to get some quality first person reenactment experience.

"Are you waiting for the men to come home?"
"What men?"
"But are you waiting for the men to come home?"
"No I'm going to the loo..."

This dress was always intended to have more trim, so as a way of making myself work on things for September BEFORE said month I tried to get more of the trim put on this time. I also got the overskirt made, but only partially trimmed. And I have to say I'm HUGELY pleased with how it turned out.

Left on the list is the brown band and top row of ruffle on the overskirt, if there's yardage left I want to add more fullness to the back of the overskirt, I cut it way to skimpy to try and leave enough for trim. I also either need to lose weight or add a placket in the front and move the hooks and eyes over in the bust as it's pulling and gapping and that's bad. oh and bone the bodice. okay I guess it's a long list still...never ending.

I did manage to sweat through everything. It was only in the 80s but with humidity to rival Louisiana, easily one of the hottest times I've gone out in costume. but I always think of myself as someone who does horribly badly in heat and I've done several hot weather things recently and been really proud of how well I did. I loaded up with water the day before, drank tons the day of, and ta-da I survived!
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No sewing lately, I'm frantically knitting away on Jenny-Rose's pineapple reticule to finish and get it in the mail in time to get to her for CosCol. I've reached the point of forcing myself where I think it looks abjectly dreadful and I hate it...I'm not making another pineapple for at least a few year. I need a break from them. Also I'm springing for silk.

So here's my question for people who are smart. why does instagram have an embed code function if when I do it there's never an image there? It would make it so much easier to put pictures here.

Anyway I think I did too many points, i dislike long skinnypineapples. I want them fat and round :-p 

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 We're having a formal dinner this year after the public leaves (get out peasants!) and that requires a real dinner dress...Well [personal profile] mandie_rw  said it does and I just copy her in everything except eating habits. 

SO I've been doing a lot of poking. and of course all the ones I like are velvet and patterned and fabric I'll never afford....but I thiiiink I found something I like. 

My plan is buy mulberry poplin (it's probably going to be 120 degrees so I'm not wearing all silk. AND I'm poor). The sleeves will be some form of lace or net. The lace trim in black lace. Possibly this one? The bow will be velvet. I like the contrast in textures. I also won't make it QUITE such an over stated vagina point. I just don't like bodices with that much...poke.

Will I have time/skill for the embroidered motifs? Probably not. Will I try? sure why not. 

Also thoughts on the bottom pleats. Black something? silk, poplin, etc or self of the poplin. 
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 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 


Jun. 21st, 2017 10:20 pm
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 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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 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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 Just tried to do a practice run of my hair for Reading on 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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 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 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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[personal profile] mandie_rw , [personal profile] miss_philomena , [ profile] hiriami 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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Last weekend [ profile] hiriami , [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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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. 

Bill Nye

Apr. 27th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Has anyone been watching the new Bill Nye show on Netflix? Rob and I started last night, the first episode was almost bad enough that we stopped, but all the subsequent ones have been quite enjoyable. The GMO one was especially interesting. I see both sides, but I think really GMOs are not the scary thing people make them out to be. I think we are going to need A LOT of food to feed 7billion people properly..
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 I've been thinking a lot about changes to the costuming community as things shift from LJ. and I wrote a probably inarticulate and wordy blog post about it.  But mostly in summary I love this community on here and I know it seems to be having a slow death but I really hope that's not the case because I love you all. *BIG SQUISHY HUGS*

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