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I'm almost done my steampunk costume:



More on my DA.

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And it looks awesome! I can barely breath or bend over or do much of anything (hello, 23.5 inch waist!) but it looks awesome, and that's all that matters. Now I just need to find something to lace it up with that's a better colour than the bright white skate lace I'm using now.

Up next: bustle! But first, I need to find my mom and get her to unlace me so I can get something to eat.

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Ok, so, I'm working on a jacket to match the skirt I made.

picture )

The jacket will be made out of the same fabric and it'll be pretty simple- just a front and back, no collar, shaped with darts. I'll make black frog closures that will go down to about hip length. The jacket will be a little shorter than the skirt, so a couple inches shy of knee length on me so if I wear both together the skirt will peek out.

Anyway, the conundrum here is whether or not I want to interline the jacket with flannel/fleece/something warm. It won't be very warm if it's just brocade and lining, so it would be a summer jacket. If I do the interlining it would be more of a spring/fall thing, but I already have a hot pink velvet spring/fall jacket, so do I really need two eye-smarting pink jackets for the same season? Not to mention I don't have *any* nice summer jackets at all.

I have some time before I need to make up my mind because I ran out of tracing paper, which I absolutely need to draft patterns and I still need to draft the back. I also have to buy fabric to make a mock-up, to make sure the pattern works. I'm not drafting it totally from scratch; I'm using the tailcoat pattern and I'm using the pattern for the skirt as a guide to lengthen it. But I'm not really confident enough in my pattern-drafting abilities to experiment on the nice fabric.

The other issue with interlining it is I should probably make the whole thing a size bigger, since it'll be thicker. And while that's not a huge pain in the ass it's still sort of annoying.

So, any thoughts?

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You guys?


Now onto the gown itself!
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You guys? The fabric land closest to my house is closing ;_; That one was so convenient! I dunno where I'm going to go for fabric now. On the plus side they were having a massive sale, 50% or better so I got an assload of fabric and notions, enough to make my hoop petticoat and a normal petticoat (or possibly two). They also had patterns on for a couple dollars each, so I got a few of those, although they didn't have the Tudor dress that I wanted in my size *tear* oh well. Time to go hunting for a new fabric store.
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Finally done my chemise! And I'm wearing the corset I made a while ago too.


There are a bunch more pictures at on my deviant art gallery
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It's almost one in the morning and I'm still wide awake. Blarg.

I looked up all the text books I need, and tomorrow I'm going to the university to get my new bus pass sticker thingie and buy books (hopefully the stores will be open *crosses fingers*)



Um. What else? I've decided that as long as I'm not going to be sleeping I might as well try and do something useful, hence research ect.

I'm also taking commissions for knitting projects. There are a bunch of pictures of some recent things I've made behind the cut, along with descriptions and explanations. I designed almost everything (exceptions will be noted) and created the patterns from scratch, some of them from photographs.

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Does anyone know an easy way of setting eyelets/grommets? Preferably a way that doesn't involve hammering your fingers flat in the process. Thanks
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Did lots of sewing today. May do some more while I watch the second half of Serenity. Just thought y'all should know that.
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So. Some random woman on the bus told me she had a neighbour who looks like me, has the same name as me, lives in the same general area as me and is an engineer. Weird.

I'm this close to being done my tailcoat. I still need to finish my other stocking (hopefully by the long weekend), a corset which I haven't even gotten fabric for yet (hopefully by con) and the mini top hat. Which I also don't have fabric or really a clue about how to make it. Yeah, the next couple weeks will be fun -_-*

Um. I had stuff to say, I think. Maybe.

I'm going to go sew now.
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Was going to spend the night at my dad's with Jasper, but alas, he is still sick. So I came home and made Jo drive me to the computer store.  My new baby's named is Mary, and she's a Gateway something or other. After a bit of initial trouble she's now up and running smoothly. I have yet to move all of my files onto her. I'm tired though, so that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Also, in anticipation for the night that didn't happen I got a couple cheese buns and cinnamon buns from the bakery at work. Now, I love pastry just as much as the next person, but there's no way I can eat all four by myself, so if anyone wants one they can come and get one. I'll probably be at home all day tomorrow fooling around with Mary and sewing the frogs for my tailcoat, because it's about time I got that bloody thing finished.

So, yes. New computer = yay. It's shiny and new, and I like it, even if Vista is kinda weird. But I'll get used to it.
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Done my tailcoat, basically. I just have to make the frogs and sew those on, which'll likely be an enormous pain in the ass and take forever. But I do have a coat that fits. Joy.

I also wrote about a third of a page of Yde & Olive, but I think I should've started it earlier, so I'll be doing that over, probably. Oh, sigh.
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1. Work

Still liking my job. I did inventory today, as well as put the textiles that were in storage into exhibits. Tomorrow I get to debug the windows. Joy. And one of the girls I work with, P, is starting to irritate me. When we're in the exhibts she'll like, play with stuff. The old stuff. She was actually fanning herself with this really old fan, which was broken and I told her to knock it off and she didn't seem to think that playing with broken old stuff was really a problem. Grah. M really isn't that impressed either (M has a minor in museum and heritage studies, while P has her first year in polisci). So... yes. It'll be interesting to see how that goes. I'm getting my costume fitted a week from tomorrow, so that should be interesting.

2. Mother's day

My aunt had this big barbeque and I ended up dragging [profile] happy_fish_87 with me. It wasn't bad. We hid in empty rooms and chatted, and had a game of tag in the back yard. This little two-year-old girl joined in, except she really didn't seem to understand the rules. So while the Fish and I were charging around, chasing each other in circles (it wasn't a particularly large back yard) we looked up and saw my mom, aunt and a few other women staring out the window at us, watching us run around like fools. In the rain. Oh yes.

Then I gave my mom her boob:

When I gave the boob to my mom it reminded my aunt of the gift she'd gotten me a while ago and it turned out to be Yak wool! What can be cooler than Yak wool? It's for spinning, and I've heard stuff made from yak wool is super, super warm. The thing is, since the stuff she got me is 100% yak it doesn't actually work for spinning, so I need to figure out how to process it in order to actually use it. But I want to finish spinning the wool I already have anyway, just to finish one project at a time, and also to get more practice before using the really delux stuff.

So that is basically my weekend. Um. I should work on making something. Like the tailcoat I've been sewing since February, or the mate to the rainbow sock I finished a while ago. Or my spinning. Or my rope. But my hands are kinda cold. Plus I'm almost done reading my book (Tipping the Velvet) and I'm really afraid it'll have a fairy-tale ending. It's definitely heading in that direction, and for once I don't want the protagonist to live happily ever after. I don't think she deserves it, and I don't think she would appreciate it much either. But that's my opinion. I'll have to see where it actually goes. Good book. You should read it.

To do

May. 6th, 2007 11:38 am
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This is mostly so I don't end up just sitting in front of the computer all day.

- ride Poly (for at least half an hour, if possible)
- sew
- go job hunting some more
- finish my sock, maybe start the second one.
- wash my hair (preferrably before the job hunt ;))

That should keep me busy.
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Ok, today I went fabric shopping with my dad and I decided I'm going to make this pattern. The black one, with the tails (naturally). But I'm bound by indecision: I like the blue one better, and I checked and I would be able to make it with tails, even though the pattern doesn't suggest it. The thing is, would it look good with tails, or is it better off on its own? Oh, and I'm not doing all the fancy trim. I might decide to later, once I have it made, then I'll add some (it's the second-to-last thing that has to be done, so I can put off that choice for a while) and I'm using black velvet with purple lineing.

Also, how does fuseable interfacing work? The pattern says to follow the manufacturer's instructions, but the interfacing doesn't come with instructions.

I'm thinking I should just follow the instructions and not mess around with mixing and matching. The lines probably look better the way it's suppose to be. If adding tails to the blue jacket were a good idea wouldn't they provide instructions for it?

I was also going to post a picture of my new pants, but then my camera battery died, so I'll do it later.
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Yay! I finally got around to making a pattern for wrap pants. I'll probably sew them tonight while watching ANTM.

In other news, last night I had a couple dreams. In one I was really flexible, and I was just laying on my stomach and pulled my leg up behind me and rested my head on my foot. It was cool. The second dream was somewhat less so >.> yeah, I kinda made out with Sade. *runs* *hides* IN MY DEFENSE DREAM!ME WAS THINKING ABOUT JANINE THE WHOLE TIME! I SWEAR! AND I TOTALLY DON'T THINK ABOUT SADE THAT WAY. *buries head in sand*
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I've figured out how to do wireless printing at school. Go me. 
Edgar is still slow. Incredibly, incredibly slow. He's probably full of malware. However, I really can't do without him until the end of the semester, then maybe I'll just get him completely wiped and start over. Which will mean I'll be burning a lot of CDs. Ah, well, it has to be done. It takes at least five or ten minutes for him to get warmed up. I should really just get a new computer, and I've been thinking about it, but I have this silly nostalgia and I really don't want to put him away. He does work; he's just slow. And I don't know anyone who would want him if I got a new computer, and just putting him away or throwing him out makes me sad. I want someone to get some use out of him.
Anyway, GRST midterm tomorrow, then working on HTST paper for a week and a half. Sue Johanson tomorrow, concert on Friday, Coronet on Saturday. This is actually a good weekend to be busy because the paper is all I have to do. Maybe there'll be some religion experts at Coronet who can help me figure out what to write my paper on. That'd be nice.
I may even have some time for sewing this week. And I plan to reverse engeneer a pair of pants I have to create a pattern. They're wrap pants and probably pretty simple. It's not like they have to fit or something. Anyway, that's what I'm gonna make with some of my sari fabric. I need to hurry up and figure out what I'm going to use that stuff for so I can start on my Elizabethan gown. I wants it, precious!
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So, it's official. Janine and I are going on a double bowling date with my dad and his girlfriend. The date has yet to be determined. The conversation went like this

Me: remember how you suggested we go on a double date?

dad: I thought you knew I was joking

Me: how does bowling sound?

Ah, good old dad. It turns out my mom was right about some things- I have been neglecting him lately, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense as he's much less likely to yell at me than she is. I'm pretty sure he's not secretly (or not so secretly) grossed out by me.

Anyway, that is entirely too much angsty-teenager-I-hate-my-mom ramblings. Because I don't. I'm not exactly thrilled about her views or the way she presented them, but it's her opinion and she's entitled to it. I'll probably be done school in about two years and then I can move out. Maybe if I start working more and save up I can leave earlier than that, we'll see.

I've got a midterm in Anthro, but at the moment I'm having a lot of trouble making myself care. I just had a really nice afternoon with Janine and all I really want to do is sit around and think about that, meanwhile the real world is like 'hey! Get off your ass before you fail!' My story is also due in less than a week, but I just figured out I can probably cut the first 10-12 pages and the story is essentially the same, so that gets rid of the OMG it's 10 pages too long! thing. I just need to rewrite and add a bit more worldbuilding and voila! A story. It's pretty crappy, though. But if I'm gonna be writing crap and making other people read it, it might as well be short. No point in prolonging the suffering and all that. Plus it hopefully won't take as long to rewrite.

I'm finished sewing the lining and outside of my new top, but it doesn't really fit properly so I'll have to fight with it later. Also need to decide how I'm going to fasten it. I don't think it's loose enough to just pull over my head, though it would be nice if it were. Also gotta do the sleeves. The skirt that goes with it will be a piece of cake, though. Just need to finish the ends and it'll be a draw-string waiste. If I don't screw up I can probably finish it in an hour or two. Then I have to decide what to do with the rest of my fabric.

Anyway, life is feeling generally ok.

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