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29th-Apr-2015 09:59 pm - The Mandalorian: Glamour Shots
Hehe. I know, I know. This costume is old news. Actually, it's kind of one of the things I love about it - I don't *have* to have a new outfit every time. Not that I ever do that (new things every time), but I wish I had the motivation to do All The New Things. LOL.

Anyway, if you have no interest, you can move along. I won't mind. :) I know I'm a giant nerd. It's ok.

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22nd-Mar-2015 12:31 pm - Add RSS Feed in LJ now?
At the top of my Friends feed is a button that says "ADD RSS FEED." This is only available to paid members, so I was wondering if any of my friends have used this, and if so, does it work well for you? I may consider upgrading to a paid account for this alone, since I'm sick of Bloglovin and my Daily Feed email with all the "suggested" or "most popular", instead of my ACTUAL feed. $20/year would be totally worth it to have the blogs I follow show up in my LJ feed. I would love that SO MUCH.
4th-Mar-2015 04:57 pm - The Laurel Green Spencer
I chose my fabric, and since I am in the time crunch now, I'm not doing a mock up. I'm just going to go for it and hope for the best. Well, kinda like I always do, honestly. The only time I really do mock ups is if it's the lining of something, heh. Ah, well. Some day I will be awesome and do the mock up. Today is not that day.

I traced the pattern out during the babies' nap time, and hopefully I can get everything cut out tonight after the kids are in bed. I decided to go with a pale gray-green velveteen that I've had forever. It's very soft and lovely.

It is a blend of these two colors, with the light sheen the lighter color and the shade being the darker. I really do like it.

If I have time, I'll piece what I have left of the black faux fur for an end result along these lines:

If I don't get the fur on it this go around, I'll add it later for sure, though, and wear it to the archery event without. Fun, fun. The only real downside is I knew I should have used gold ribbon on my hat flower thing instead of the red. Doh! Hah! I'll go back and change that another time.

Anyway, I better go make dinner. Trying something new tonight... Some kind of curry custard by my hubby's request. Spicy! Hopefully it turns out as yummy as it sounded, heh.
26th-Feb-2015 03:53 pm - Accessorized!
Woohoo! I am accessorized! And all from things I had on hand. So that's super cool.

Next up I need to figure out what to do about my spencer. I still haven't chosen the fabric. I'm waffling because the weather is completely crazy right now, hah! Yesterday morning it snowed. Then by the afternoon it was a beautiful sunny 60°F/15°C. Today it's freezing again, and yet next Tuesday it's going to be in the 70s! So, I think I'll pick a very simple design and work on the mock-up, and then we'll see where we are weather-wise. Velveteen or taffeta? We shall see!

So, here are my accessories....

The purse inspiration (thanks, nuranar!):

Complete, from a red silk dupioni, and random trim:

The hat inspiration:

The hat, from electrical fence wire, paperboard, duct tape, black velveteen, feathers and whatnot:

And the muff, from fake fur and white fleece, and pillow stuffing:

25th-Nov-2014 11:21 am - Advent calendar, ho!
I've been intending to make some kind of count down to Christmas since Vee was born, but it's just been a project I've never tackled. Well, I've finally tackled it! I found a really neat one that had a lot of biblical verses and symbols surrounding the birth of Christ that I liked more than the other, more secular ones, so I decided to use that as a base.

Not being motivated enough to create it all, I picked up this advent wreath from Target:

So far, I've done days one through five. They're not as cute as some others I've seen out there. I'm really not artistic at all - I'm just great at following directions, and, well, this is what happens when I wing it. Heh. Regardless, I like them. I cut each circle to fit inside the appropriate holder, so they'll all be slightly different sizes.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:
16th-Nov-2014 08:15 am - Picnic afterglow
I had SUCH a lovely time at the picnic. I'm always a little sad that I didn't sit and visit as much as I wanted, or go to the after-party, but I also have such a lovely time chasing my kiddos around that it's definitely a mixed-feeling kind of thing. If that makes sense at all. Ah, well. The time will come when my kiddos won't want to come, and so I am enjoying them while they DO want to play dress-up with their mom. ;) I know they had a FABULOUS time, so it was worth it.

The only thing I'm *definitely* sad about is that I didn't take my camera when I went off with my kiddos on their adventure so they could show me the Fairy Dust Tree. It was an absolutely lovely tree whose leaves had all turned golden, and the kids were completely captivated by it. I kind of want to go back and stage a picture with them under it, it was that sweet.

I also came away with the thought that I absolutely must make myself a coat. Maybe two. I think I'm going to make it a bit like Jen's velvet spencer, since that wrap front style could be loaned out (specifically to my mom or sister, someone who is of a similar-ish size to me). I just need to find out if they did overlapping fronts for a coat, rather than just a spencer. I think I have enough dresses for now that I need to work on accessories, too...
7th-Nov-2014 12:12 am - Vee's picnic dress...
I cut it out and assembled it today. Literally all that remains are the sleeve hems. Next up, her cousin's dress. I'm optimistic that I'll have it done by Saturday evening after my Saturday activities. Then the hems on my own dress, and maybe some quick, non-historical-but-warm fleece cloaks for the kiddos....
Friends! I just heard on Steam Ingenious that Butterick has just released two new Edwardian patterns. One of them reminds me of Jen's Hooverette dress (even though it's quite a bit earlier, hah!), the other is a suit.

What do y'all think about them?

Butterick 6093. The artist's rendering of the one I like:

Line drawing:

Butterick 6108

And line drawing:

Edit: Ok! At my PC. Heh.
16th-Jul-2014 05:34 pm - Sari Regency....
I've been obsessing over padawansguide's sari Regency gown. It's so, so pretty.

Today at the thrift store I found a pale pink silk chiffon sari (? I'm terrible at fabric. It's definitely silk, though), all decorated with silver embroidery, and I bought it. It was $5. There was no way I could have passed that up. I have no idea if the wide border embroidery would be suitable for Regency, but it seems like a pretty traditional Indian design. If I had to guess, I'd say it almost definitely existed in India of the period at the least. And I love it. It's not the paisley - it's the more geometric design. Anyway, even if I decide against using the geometric border, it has a simply lovely silver embroidery throughout the length.

I just need to decide on a dress style. And a when.

After the Mandalorian. Must finish that.
30th-Apr-2014 12:46 pm - Question....
So, I've cut out the bodice of my bridesmaid dress. I really do love this color. My question, though, is.... Should I make Vee a dress out of the same stuff, and Morgan a skeleton suit, all for the Georgian picnic this fall? Or is that just way too matchy-matchy? /sigh They would be SO CUTE. I don't have my heart set on it, but I think I have enough fabric.

Or I could make Vee a spencer or sash and Morgan's breeches out of it, so as to break all the blue up a little...

I'm even toying with the idea of making matchy doll clothes, LOL. I'm so terrible.

This fabric has a bonus, that while it is indeed bridal satin (boo), it IS machine washable....

It's this stuff from fabric.com and was *almost* a perfect match to the bride's colors, and had her full approval.

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