Well, That was Enlightening

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:25 pm
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Tried the new inhaler for the first time. Wow! Did not realize how constricted my bronchial tubes were or how much it was hurting me to breathe!

The longest day

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:23 am
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I couldn't manage to find a ride home yesterday, so I had to wait for my mom to get off of work at 10 so I could ride home with her. Since I had five hours to kill, I decided to slowly make my way over to the cultural district on foot. In my head, it wasn't that far, but it ended up being a million degrees outside with no cloud cover, and it turns out that in those conditions it's actually 700 miles away. I stopped halfway at the Starbucks on 7th Street because I could feel myself getting dehydrated and overheated. I cooled down there with some iced fruit teas and cold water before heading up to Chipotle to grab a bite for dinner.

Mom called me then and said that I should come over to the imax to see Dunkirk, and that she would get me a discounted ticket, so I scarfed down the rest of my burrito and hoofed it over to the museum. Since I had only made it about halfway, it took another 30 minutes to make it over there, but I was only 10 minutes late, which wasn't too bad.

Dunkirk was amazing, which is to be expected from my favorite director, and after reading about all the cool background to the film being made, it made it even better. It turns out that a lot of the ships in the film were actually ships that had participated in the Dunkirk evacuation, which was super cool, and that the whole film used practical effects and not digital, which instantly boosts it's awesomeness by a zillion points.

I checked google maps and put in the route I took to the museum, and it said I walked 2.6 miles, which sounds waaaay short of the 700 miles it actually was.

This morning had more walking, but not nearly as much. Dad had to go to the VA for a hearing test, so he dropped me off super early at Starbucks, which meant I got to sip tea, sit outside while it was still cool, and watch the sunrise over the city. It was sooo nice and relaxing. And work was only a half mile walk, so it was quick to get back.

Tonight I'm going to get some more work done on M's shirt while he's still around for fittings. He's heading to El Paso next week to spend a couple of weeks with his dad and brother before school starts, so he won't be around for me to poke with pins and drape stuff on. I need to really get into gear with our 18thC stuff, since we are getting down to the wire before the Casanova event, and we both need new clothes. o.o So, hopefully finish the shirt tonight or tomorrow, and finish my stays and petticoats by the end of the week. Next week I'll get M's coat cut out and the embroidery pattern transferred over, then I can start working on it during down time at work and after work when I get home. I don't know if I can get the entire thing embroidered the way I want before the event, but I can at least get the front edges and pockets done if I'm diligent.

I need a to-do list...

Late Night HP Musings

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:53 am
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Looking at fanart of the Marauders, set back in the late 70's/early 80's--it's amusing to me how no one ever seems to get the pants right. Everyone wore very high-waisted pants back in those days. Boys wore TIGHT high-waisted pants. It was a unique silhouette which doesn't show up in the fanart very often.

I was in junior-high/early high school at that time, so I remember (with some embarrassment) those clothes very well!
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Up early--heartburn. Probably stress. I think I can nap a bit later, but I want to get some sewing done today as well.

A slight break from the ungodly heat, but it's coming back for a few days. Wonder of wonders, it looks like a cool front will come in by this weekend, so the fighters at our event on Saturday may have a pleasant day of it after all! Good!

Looks like we have a buyer for the tent. That was fast. I'm holding it for them until mid-August (after Pennsic) when they can pay. Normally I would not do that but it's a local buyer, and if the sale falls through, I can just list it again. Nightmare scenario: they find some more period tent on sale cheap at Pennsic...however, from the conversation, they really wanted a Soulpad of that size, so I think it'll be fine.

My lovely tent... ;_; It was a sweet dream while it lasted.

Bob ended up pulling up 1/4 of the carpet down in the basement. We lost an old bookcase as well (wood bottom got wet). He's having to go through the books on the bottom shelf to see if there was damage, but it looks like it didn't seep up that high. He's suspicious about his surge protectors, which were in the wet area, so he's going to replace them for safety. Fortunately, he has a big desk with metal legs--no harm there, and the electronics were already high off the floor. He'll set it up now so that all the surge-protectors, plugs, etc, are up high. He's mainly lost paper/cardboard things.

Turns out we did leave our dehumidifiers back at the old house. Got a new one about the same size as before and put it to work. In five hours, it already needed to be emptied. Looks like this will be a daily task.

The carpet and pad were just loosely glued on concrete (WHAT? WHO DOES THAT?). Bob is eventually going to have to pull up the rest of it, which will take a long time because he has so much stuff stashed in that room. Thank God he had emptied the moving boxes and put things on wall shelves and tables, plus the new Ikea shelves he installed last year were on the other side of the room and took no damage.

He overdid, of course. I ordered him to take it easy tomorrow and rest. He's got to work the rest of the week, with overtime. This is the busy season at his job. (Note: I offered to help move things around, but he doesn't want me messing with his stuff. It's chaos down there to my eyes, but he claims he knows where everything is. I just let him believe that, LOL.)

Exploring ideas about what to do for the flooring in the future. There are some cracks--I'm not keen on paying to lay down more flooring if we will have to pull it up again for more repairs. OTOH, I can argue for a reduction in property taxes now since the basement is back in "unfinished" state.

(I should note that the tent I'm selling was not in the basement--I have it stashed by the coffee table in the living room. I didn't want it in the garage, and the basement is for Bob's stuff.)

Will start calling contractors today (Tuesday). Primary focus is getting bids for the garage door, but I also want to get a foundation expert in for an opinion. There are classic signs--we know there is an issue, has been since the weird earthquake last year. But I need some hard data and ideas/prices for what that project is going to entail.

Monday was spent at the doctor's office. Just the annual check-up, but I had to take some tests so I was there a few hours. I'm having breathing issues. There were chest xrays done back in March and my lungs are fine. The doctor is pretty sure it is tied to my weight--my impressive boobage is rather heavy, so it's hard to get a full breath. Just in case, I'm to try an inhaler and see if it helps any.

Blood pressure was back in normal range, so no more meds for that, yay. Won't get results from the blood tests until later this week.

My doctor thought that bariatric surgery was a viable option, and said she would help in whatever way the insurance company needs. I am going to an informational session with a surgeon next week, plus my doctor told me of some other local options as well in nearby Overland Park and Lenexa. The journey begins.

beige bodice, one more time

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I thought I was almost done...but then as I was ironing the pleats of voile for the white collar, it occurred to me that I ought to have cuffs as well! Damn. Wish it hadn't occurred to me, haha. I could make plain ones, but I know that pleated ones to match the collar (and the upper side of the dress fabric cuffs, for that matter) will look better. Okay, okay...

It's supposed to be in the low 80s tomorrow and Wednesday, so I'll gussy up and get photos one of those days (it might rain tomorrow so I can't promise tomorrow). And then I can wad the whole thing up into my 19thc costume bin and be done with it, whew! It's been hanging around for far too long. And then back to the dinner dress! I think.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Ack. After all yhe time i spent hand sewing the habit shirt, i sewed the neck gussests and collar on inside out. Plus one cuff is much too loose, its actually too short (probably) and the collar is chokingly tight. Sigh. Guess im leaving that one at home.

I packed my suitcase with all of my 18th c stuff and the 1840s gown and tea gown, corset amd stays, 1 pair of shoes and a couple little extras. Its only 27 lbs but it also doesn't fit anything else. Not my sewing kit, my regular clothes, shower kit, nothing.

Lord... Just too much to do. Slow down brain!

What a weekend

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:46 pm
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Used my extra day off well! Finished gathering up the skirt and whipped it on - deliciously rewarding, I want to gauge everything in the future - sewed all the basic seams in the petticoat, and cut out the paper pattern pieces for the bathing suit and bathing coat. (Then I got to fold them all up again and put them in their envelope! I love folding pattern pieces.) I tried out a few hem feet: the tiniest one just doesn't work, like it's too heavy for the feed dogs to move the fabric, and the regular hemming attachments are missing the screw that holds them to the foot. Eventually I realized I could take a screw out of my electric machine (they cost, like, $5 on Amazon with Prime - less without, but more with the shipping, so) but by that point I was settled into cutting paper instead.

Did a little FFC shopping, for 100% cotton shirting so that I know what I'm getting. Wanted to get silk crepe de chine to make a slip that fits me better, but frankly I know I am not at the level where it makes sense to spend ~$40+ on lingerie fabric ... cotton voile will do for now. I was planning to use VeraVenus's free (1930s?) slip pattern, but that seems like a nightmare to fit to my body, so now I'm sucked into an Etsy whirlwind of vintage patterns, weighing better prices against closer sizing.

It was wonderfully cold and rainy, just like October. Something* smells musty in my apartment, and that's bad, but at the same time the smell means it isn't hot and I love that.

* I'm 95% sure it's the bolt of muslin I got from Sue, because it came out of her mother's storage/attic
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On Friday [personal profile] malterre posted a link on Facebook to 5 ScI-Fi Fantasy novels with badass middle-aged heroines. Which made me think of Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon. The main character is Captain Heris Serrano, who has recently resigned her commission in the Regular Space Service. Her new job is piloting the space yacht of the wealthy and eccentric Lady Cecelia de Marcos. Heris is a middle-aged woman, somewhere in her early forties, and Lady Cecelia is in her early eighties. Both are really great characters. Heris is the sort of brave, smart career soldier you would expect from a legendary military family. Lady Cecelia is the sort of gives no fucks rich eccentric lady that I'd love to be when I grow up.

So of course, when I got home I pulled my copy of Hunting Party down off the bookshelf. And despite the fact that I knew it would lead to a book binge, I started it on Saturday morning. I read it all the way through, then started reading the next book, Sporting Chance. I read that all the way through, then started on the third book in the series, Winning Colors, which I’m still reading.

The first two books are sort of standard space opera (smugglers! Evil superior officers! Political intrigue! Space pirates!) But the third book in the series tackles a more serious issue that has stuck in my head since I first read it back in 1995. In her “Familias Regnant” universe medical technology has figured out how to rejuvenate people, in the literal meaning of the word. Lady Cecelia undergoes rejuvenation and her 83 year old mind now resides in the body she had when she was 40. It’s expensive, but if you have the money, the newest rejuvenation process can be repeated more than once. In the novel Moon explores what problems are caused when the younger generation of the corporate upper class can’t take their positions in the family business because their parents can’t die and refuse to retire. What does it do to a society when we extend our lifespans enough to interrupt our economy? We’ve already seen a bit of this, with the Millennial generation waiting for the Baby Boomers to retire and free up jobs. And there’s more coming, when the Baby Boomers all retire and collect social security and need medical care for decades longer than people used to (when Social Security first started, most people retired at 65 and were dead by 66).

And I always think about this book when I look at the British Royal Family. Prince Charles is more than old enough to retire (he’s 68) but he has not yet even started the job he’s been training his whole life for, being King of England. If Elizabeth lives as long as her mother did, Charles has another decade to wait before he ascends the throne (the Queen Mum was 101 when she died, and QEII is 90). And where does that leave Prince William and his son, Prince George?

So yeah, I spent my weekend in the Book Fort, completely offline. And it was good.

Hat...

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:47 pm
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The suffragette hat frame is done. I had to do the curved part of the crown twice since I set it too low the first time. I think it's going to work. It's at that awkward stage where your hair isn't done and the opening isn't lined and the buckram base has awful stitches, but it's promising!

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Jul. 24th, 2017 02:53 pm
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Everything for CoCo is finished(ish). I tried on the finished Belle dress for the first time last night, and there's a weird baggy section in the center of the back. So I'm trying to decide if I want to redo the zipper in that one section to take it in. I think it will depend on how much free time I wind up having this evening. I opted to work late to get more hours, which means I'll likely only have less than an hour at home before my audition. And then I'll probably be home at about 8pm, and since I have to wake up between 2am-2:30 to get to the airport, I should go to bed right away. So basically, right now I'm leaning towards not fixing it. 

I also made the stupid mistake of leaving an uncapped highlighter on my sewing table last night, and it spent the night touching one of the ties on the vintage apron I'm wearing for Belle. I tried bleaching it this morning, which lightened it, but did not make it go away. I'm going to try oxyclean when I get home. 

And I still need to pack some of my regular outfit stuff, for Disney, Thurs, and next Monday. Then the very last stuff I won't be able to pack till tomorrow morning. But I did most of it over the weekend, including driving over an hour to Everett, so that my roommate could bring down the bigger and less packable things for me. So glad she drives down!

boning is a thing that I should do

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:58 pm
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 I clearly really need to bone my green stripy natural form. OMG, what wrinkles! It's not surprising, since it's a lightweight cotton and I only interlined it with muslin, which basically added no support. But wow such wrinkles. One of these days I need to just buy a big hank of synthetic whalebone (still using up cable ties, since they're cheap and locally acquirable) so I can bone bodices without adding lots of bulk. I always *mean* to bone my bodices and then never have time before i need to wear them, and of course once I've worn a thing it's hard to go back and fix things. But I have quite a few dresses that would be improved by the addition of boning, so.....

Daydreaming of 2018

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:25 pm
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Provided that M and I survive 2017 and everything it's throwing at us, then 2018 is going to be the Year of Doing Stuff. All that sitting at home and doing nothing while we save money is going to calm down a bit since we won't have to put away every spare cent, so we can afford to do some traveling and some local cons and such.

This list is mainly for my own reference and for daydreaming of stuff (and because planning is fun), and I certainly won't be able to do all of it, but in as much a chronological order as I can manage:

Read my ramblings )

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Jul. 24th, 2017 09:29 am
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I finally managed to get back into some sewing projects, and it felt good to have stuff to work on again. The boning for my new stays came in last week, so I've started putting it into the channels and whip stitching down the seam allowances, which is going more slowly than I expected. I'm sort of stalled right now because I need to decide what color I want to bind the stays with. I'm still leaning toward pink, so now I just need to pick up some binding and embroidery floss so I can make the eyelets. It's hard to carve out time to go to the fabric store, though, since I hate inconveniencing people by asking them to drive me around. :-/

I also managed to finally get a new shirt cut out for M. He's being silly and saying he doesn't want a new shirt because the old one "doesn't fit in just the right ways so I look like Antonio Banderas".

I cut out all the pieces and started stitching it together, but I think I already messed it up. The instructions I'm using call for the shirt body panels to be 25" x 30", but it doesn't say which is the width measurement. I tried to figure it out based on the cutting diagrams, so I used 30" as the length and 25" as the width, but doing that left me with a really tight neck opening after following the instructions, so I think I did it wrong. I had spent half the day hand-sewing the neck gussets and shoulder reinforcements, so I wasn't about to take it all apart and start over. I ended up just trimming the neck opening until it fit right, I'm just worried that the shoulders won't fit the right way now. ~sigh~ All I can do at this point is keep going and hope it all works out. It's a good practice shirt, anyway, and I can make another one later that doesn't have all these issues. I am, however, really happy with how the sleeves are looking. They're quite full and very romance novel cover-esque, which I think M will get a kick out of. Very Antonio Banderas.

Grace & Frankie marathon here

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:06 am
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Skirt is mostly gauged! I need a smaller hoop to wear with it, though (unsurprising, since the pattern is technically from the early 1850s if not late 1840s) (but still, damn that 55"-wide fabric) ... I'll be starching my petticoats for next weekend and it will probably look "not terrible". At some point, I'm going to put three flounces on the skirt, which will help. Don't know if I'd say that I'm looking forward to Civil War Weekend, but at least I'm not dreading it due to costume unfinishedness.

I also cut out the yoke and flounces for a very ruffly '50s "Mexican-style" petticoat, and pinned the basic seams. The flounces are all circular, and like an idiot I cut the wider flounce circles all the way through instead of just halfway. ಠ_ಠ Right now my docket is looking like:

- finish 1850s dress
- make ruffly petticoat
- 1950s bathing suit
- second petticoat, less ruffly? (maybe a narrower one to replace slip layer)
- then finally new 1950s dress

I'd kind of like to make two bathing suits before we go to Cape Cod in September (Dad was like "hey when would be good for you to go?" and I was like "we have to do it for my birthday because if I stay at home by myself for my 30th birthday it's just going to be REALLY PATHETIC"), but I'd rather try out the whole "woven bathing suit with a zipper" concept before I completely commit to it.

When I do get to the new dress, bearing in mind that I have to do a FBA, should I make a shirtdress, a pretty pattern I haven't tried before with gathery darts below the bust, or revisit a pattern that has worked for me in the past (the version I have now is a bit big)? I can't decide.

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I'm getting burnt out on the Emerging Museum Professionals and Non-Profit Happy Hour Facebook groups. I mean, all Facebook stuff in general, but those two groups are draining - so much venting, and they also have a tendency to become a parody of social justice, being incredibly snarky and dismissive of institutions that need interns (and I could understand if there was more substantial discussion of what constitutes an unethical internship and what's volunteering, but instead it's just ranting about how "you shouldn't have workers you can't pay") and coming up with ideas about hiring solely based on resumés (but not their formatting or spelling or way of describing things). At least Costume People, while being ranty, manages to also actually discuss issues.

Fort Mott Boer War Event

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:10 pm
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Second Boer War, to be specific.

(The Facebook event just said "Boer War", mind you, with no dates. Apparently this is colloquial for the second war...but as 1/ we didn't know this til yesterday as that's when the park put up the event description, and 2/ none of us have c.1900 summer dresses anyway...we cheerfully assumed it was the first war in the early 1880s, as that's what we have clothes for. As assumed...nobody cared. *grin*)
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Can we panic NOW?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:35 pm
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I'm sitting here mostly paralysed with indecision. Now that I don't know what to do with my Saturday plans, I can't make a plan at the moment. The reason I wouldn't bring Jareth is because I need an hour or so to do the makeup, plus a bunch of jewels are still falling off and I haven't had/made opportunity to fix that. So now what?? I still want to keep my packing light. So that means bringing more 18th c. stuff, since all of my other Victorian needs a bustle and I don't want to bring it. But all of the 18th c. stuff was fitted over my other stays. I don't have extra shifts (unless I bring the Regency one). I planned the white dress as day wear so it has no trimming. I really DO NOT have time to make something else. Maybe the best option would be to bring the Regency gown and vest as I think it would be relatively easy to manipulate my hair into a 'do for that, but the dress has light uneven staining that won't come out. Plus extra undergarments. So... what do?

I got the skant mostly together, and all it needs right now is hems. Of course while I was sewing it, my machine started acting up and now it's making a terrible clunking noise. it does not fit especially well, even after letting out as many seams as I could. I'm not sure how to adjust the fit for my belly, and I definitely don't have time to do so right now.

I need to move forward, NOW, and I wish I knew what steps to take!

ETA: One of my companions is only bringing two costumes and spending the rest of the time in civvies, and I'm starting to think that's a good idea. Of course I still have so much hand work to do (the rest of the habit shirt and the bits for the white gown) that makes it especially appealing.

Pragmatic

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:06 pm
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I put my new tent up for sale. I'm first listing on my FB page and on the Calontir page (give locals first chance), but will post on SCA Yard Sale FB tomorrow. The tent is brand new and never used, so I think it will sell.

It was a heartbreaking decision. I feel like I've shut the door on a dream. But with my health issues, Bob's schedule (and lack of enthusiasm for camping), and now these house repairs, it makes more sense to sell the tent rather than devote more money towards camping (I would still need to get a few more items, the most expensive being a portable battery for the CPAP machine.)

Not camping will most probably kill my chance of ever getting a peerage, but I need to make peace with that, and enjoy the hobby just as it is. There is plenty going on locally, various indoor events, and two big Arts & Sciences events a year to look forward to. Lilies is still close enough to daytrip, and someday I will make it down to Gulf Wars, and stay at my cousin's house.

But yeah, my tent. I loved that tent. I loved the possibilities that I felt because I had such a wonderful tent. I had plans for banners that we would post outside, and ideas about painting it.

But life is full of choices, and I choose to be pragmatic.

Dammit.

Mini "emergency"?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:42 pm
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My partner in crime has decided to muggle it up at coco so now im wondering if i want to bring Jareth at all D: but then ig i do my white gown as the evening option, what do i wear during the day?

Definitely the Brunswick!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:28 pm
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So, I pulled out the Brunswick, tried it on (sort of, no corset or anything) and remembered the super tight sleeves. Hmph. So, instead of doing the sensible thing and getting something else out, I spent I think about three hours redoing the sleeves. It was fairly easy, just fiddly. Strangely, the upper sleeve was much easier than the lower sleeves, which are just basted in. Those had practically no seam allowance which made it weird. The sleeves all have lapped seams now instead of the original types they had. It's much easier to sew a lapped seam on a set sleeve and a sleeve with almost no seam allowance.

Then I packed and noticed it was three and I hadn't really eaten anything and *thud*

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