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It was HARD to get those two pictures. Almost heroic I'd say, but I did it. Proof that the new skeleton suit fit.I've patterned and cut out the lapels, and just patterned the cuffs. Right now I'm trying to get some pants done. I patterned them at the playground this morning, yay for playground friends that keep the kids busy !
Oh yeah, I have pictures of my commission to post as well. The client was super happy, I'd have tweaked a few more things if I had had more time, but on the whole I'm pleased. And happy that I got this done with just one fitting for a body type I'm very, very unfamiliar with. The pictures are still in the digicam, though
Other than that, Nounou is on vacation for five weeks, so we're all pretty busy here. If it could just cool down a few degrees, or be horribly rainy for a few days, I'd be perfectly happy.


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It looks like I'm finally able again to do some late night sewing, yay ! It feels good.
I am slowly redoing my fantasy/winter-woodland-stroll garb. The cape has been redone since December (I still need to take pictures of it), now it's onto my franken-surcot. It was too tight across the butt, and the cotton bias binding was hideous. Oh, and it hanged asymmetrically, too. All seams have been cut of, and I'm zigzagging it back into shape. The stitches almost disappear in the thick wool felt, and a little bit of steaming makes the added bulk at the seam lines almost unnoticeable.
I'm just waiting for the (still unfinished) curtains to get out of the dryer so that I can iron them into submission. I'm pretty sure I won't get them all done tonight, but it's no big deal. The room is tidy and feels good for me to work in. And the extra rolling dessert tray has reached its final destination so I have cutting room on the floor again !
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You know those little electronic games shaped like little computers for kids ? Heimlich has been gifted one of those by Lord Darkstone. It has the shape of an R2D2 and has C3PO asking the kid to help him find letters. With bad midi music. *snorts* Totally adorable to see the kid play with his own "o'dinateu'", all serious,having seated himself next to his father (who's coding on his laptop).
It's one of those "I'm doing a little bit of everything" days. Finished uploading my prints to the site. Toyed with my FB page. Sewed some on my commission. Started another lino block (that's not real lino but this eraser-like thing, much gentler on my joints). Inked small parts on the new Pharos design. Now thinking about slipping into bed with a book. Focusing ? What's that ? It's hard to focus anyway while only working in small spurts. Which is probably the reason why I'm so stalled on my writing when it's the one thing I really need to push on right now. Oh yes, and there was some bathroom remodel planning as well.
I finished the day rewatching some BSG with the Home Geek and knitting some. I'm on the first sleeve on my cardi that was supposed to be a pregnancy cardi for Toad. Well, at least I spared some wool as I didn't need to make the body so wide !
I'm trying to post alittle more regularly, regardless of whether or not I have some good pictures. It's a good motivation to not just veg out on the Interweb...
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Yesterday I got a call from a very talented lady (you know who you are) asking for fabric advice for a stop-motion puppet. And this is half a million levels of cool, at least.
Today, another very talented lady tempted me with a perfect outfit for Vizille, but I will be strong and tell her to make it instead. I know, I'm evil... Mwahahah !

I'm still taking my time with sewing, working slowly, I have a lot of graphic projects simultaneously in the works.Here be pictures and babbling, but not of any textile nature, skip if you're not interested )
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I have issues seeing what I type, but the feeling of being outside, hearing the birds chirp, having the little one playing around, the cats exploring... is totally worth it.
I haven't forgotten about the cooking blog, I just wanted to have it not look like complete crap before poting the link ;) Here it is : La Cuisine de Green Martha. I'm posting mostly simple, everyday stuff, and trying to make it accessible to everyone.
Okay, I'm programming one more post and going back to sewing. Naughty girl following too many different projects at the same time...
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I though I could complete the commission skirt quickly, but what happened is that I decided to try and challenge myself some more with it. So I'm matching the pattern on the tweed, working by hand a lot, and I plan to add some fancy tricks ere and there. But in the end, my client will have a better garment and I'll have better pictures for my portfolio. I totally blame the book Couture Techniques for this sudden surge of perfectionism. Things are going pretty slowly but I managed to make steady progress while taking care of the kids and the house. Right now one kid is happily chirping in her stroller, while the big boy is running around and playing with rocks. Yes, I'm taking advantage of my netbook to type this in advance. Too bad the wifi from the nearby building is too weak for me to post right away. :D
I am also contemplating starting yet another blog like I didn't have enough projects on my plae already. I have been daydreaming about maintaining a cooking blog for a while. Not too fancy recipes, but simple, tasteful things, starting with fresh products. That would challenge the translating nut inside me (cooking is not an area where I find my words in English as easily as say... sewing) and I would keep track of the recipes I know. I have a tendency to make a recipe for a while and then completely forget about it, which is a shame. I haven't done a banana-chocolate tart in years.
So, would anyone be interested ?
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It seems I can't comment anymore. I'm not ignoring anyone, I'm just experiencing some technical hindrances. :)
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Yesterday Murphy tried jumping over the railing at the top of the stairs. That wasn't a good idea as he can't see where he's going. He knocked a lamp down (one that was hooked to the wall over a big mirror), the lightbulb exploded, but thankfully the cat is unharmed. *shakes head*
This morning I got a kind of weird email. I think someone confused me with someone else - but it still made me happy as it offered some information I'll be sure to keep in my head for someday, later. I have the feeling life is throwing lemons at me as a very unsubtle hint that I should make some lemonade. :) Lots of ideas about my business project(s), and I managed to get some structural work done on the website as well.
And now, I noticed I must have been on crack when I scanned the La Mode magazines, because I put them all together in the 1913 folder while more than half of them date from 1914. I need to correct that while I'm editing the nodes.
I started mocking up the sleeve for my 1895-6 blouse, happily using [personal profile] jenthompson's work as a starting point. It's not bad, but not perfect either. I need to research what the innards of those gigantic sleeves looked like. Right now my gigot is a bit floppy. The stiffer taffetas will help some, but I suspect they did have a few other tricks back then...
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It was obviously needed (especially after climbing up to the sixth floor with the two kids, two bags and the stroller because the elevator was out of order, eek). I just spent two glorious hours mindlessly reading and browsing stuff on my laptop with a candle burning nearby. Talking of candles, I used to get either nauseous or coughing fits from all types of scented candles, but the ones Ikea currently sells are fine by me ! And they come in apple-cinnamon and CHOCOLATE ! I can have a chocolate-scented living-room ! Yay ! I am not a huge fan of eating chocolate, but the scent, hmmmm...
Now it's time for a tea, then tacking the last pleats in place, buttons, a label on the justaucorps, and then making it and the living-room ready for a photoshoot. This includes ordering LED lightbulbs online, so it might take a little more than a few hours.
And people ? Pleeeeaaase stop tempting me with fabric printing. Please don't do it, I don't have time for this !
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Oh encore du tissu !
That's a picture of last week's plunder. The beige thing underneath isn't a table, it's my new (sadly unbound) 1886 Mode Illustrée. Sadly it has been hit right in the middle where the pages used to be folded and they now tear veeeery easily there - but overall it's in good shape. I lost the teens books I was bidding on. *pouts* Mode Illustrée books from after 1900 don't seem to pop up as often as the bustle era ones on eBay but, oh well, you can't win them all, right ?
Besides, I just ordered Queen Maud's Wardrobe for half the retail price, and the new What Clothes Reveal. And a whole stack of children books for Heimlich. Like a BIG pile. I blame the book we haven't been able to hide from him yet that his Grandma (guess which side...) gave him for Christmas : ugly images, text is dumb as a brick and full of typos. It's now hidden behind a lot of more interesting stuff, with the shiny (yeah, metallic shiny !) turned to the wall.
Justaucorps status : it needs the front buttons and half a buttonhole sewn over. The interfacing (white, as I didn't have anything in a dark color) showed through the machine-made buttonholes after I had opened them. I tried recovering them with the machine. Bad idea #1. Then I went for handsewing and buttonhole thread. Bad idea #2. I don't know whether it's the thread that's just bad or if it's a combination of thread and fabric thickness. So I had to make do with the same sewing thread I used with the machine and hand-sewing. It may sound like a cardinal sin but it works. Except for the part where I keep jamming the eye of the needle into the flesh of my thumb, because the wool + interfacing are pretty thick and tightly woven and the needle slips from the thimble. Right into my thumb. But I'm almost done, I even managed to make steady progress over the last couple of days despite Toad only sleeping for 20 minutes on one afternoon and her being übercranky for most of the day yesterday. (I guess she just used up both kids crankiness potential for a while because they've been adorable today)
I decided to take some rest this week, so the children will be with Nounou on all weekdays. January has just been exhausting, both physically and mentally, so I'm taking advantage of our wonderful and helpful sitter. And maybe I'll be able to work a little bit for myself, like on a set-up to take better pictures of my costumes, or even on some sewing if I get to finish my next commission quickly enough.
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Nothing very interesting sewing-wise. I figured out I had forgotten facings for the justaucorps, started adding them, am now tired.
Mostly, I've been baking. I have one full box of Zimt-no-quite-Sterne... Some Zimtsterne, and then Zimtschweine, Zimtglöckchen, Zimtmonde... The star cookie-cutters were just too small, so I used the bigger ones. The HG particularly loves the pig ones :) I have a big batch of Anisplätzle drying overnight, and two rolls of Vanillekipferln dough in the fridge which I want to make into actual cookies tomorrow. Yum yum yum !
I'm also on Pinterest now, and trying desperately to follow some of you guys but something's not quite cooperating until now.
*yawn* I finished the Zimtsterne way too late last night, now it's time for bed, night night world !
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When I type "Costume Close-up" into Google (I wasn't sure about the title, I often mix up different books' content), the first link that pops up is this. It made me smile :)

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Nov. 8th, 2011 04:32 pm
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I'm taking a few minutes on a child-less afternoon to post before I head to the swimming-pool. Life is busy and quiet at the same time. Everything is comign along in tiny baby steps.
I'm still working on the justaucorps' lining, adding pieces bit by bit, by hand, which is not very conclusive to fast proress. I just have one sleeve left to do and then it's the dreaded closures, some hem tweaking, and hem. Judging from my current pace, it should take me two or three more months... *sigh* I intend to start workins on something else in parallel, a little 1890s thing for *meeeee* :D
I'd sew much faster if I didn't spend all that time reading books to the kids (does a two-year old ever get bored of having the same book read to him over and over ?), scratching the cats' ears (or calming an epiletci Murphy at night... :/ ), preparing the garden for the winter (my arms are till sore from cutting down the hedges and shovelling the dead leaves) and doing prep-work for the etching studio. Among other things.
plaque pour eau-forte plaque pour eau-forte
I'm trying to blog regularly but the results mainly show up on my french sites, because the costuming content is just a little bare these days. But I have great plans for the coming year - even though I don't plan to go to a lot of big events. I'm a but in a hermit mode right now and tend to go friends-only in real-life :)

*yawn*

Oct. 25th, 2011 11:25 pm
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Well, I've been feeling a bit under the weather, and I just realized the dizziness from those past few days might be related to some medicine I'm taking. Grrrreat... My head finally cleared around 8PM and I took it this morning around 5 I'd say...
In short : I've been away at my parents' place for a week, we went to the seashore with the kids, I'm making slow but steady progress on the pirate justaucorps (one half of the body is fully lined, the second half isn't too far behind, and I have fabric for the sleeves lining), I embroidered a few handkerchiefs, I made green jam (rhubarb-apple, with green sugar left over from our wedding). We adopted Lord Darkstone's blind cat.
Lord Darkstone adopted Murphy, a stray kitten, years ago, while he was still living at his parents' place. At that time, Murphy already had some kind of disease or infection that made him lose his sight little by little, so that when Lord Darkstone moved out and in with Lady Darkstone, the cat was fully blind. But he knew his environment, so the Darkstones considered it wiser to let the him live with Lord Darkstone's parents. Enter a few family complications, basically, the cat's caretaker got kicked out of the house and the one family member who now occupies the house threatened to have the cat killed unless Lord Darkstone took it home. Except the Darkstones live in a three-rooms-apartment with two cats already, so we volunteered, hoping that moving the poor animal wouldn't be too traumatizing. Thankfully, Murphy is adapting extremely well. He's probably the nicest cat I've ever met, I just don't understand someone might want to get rid of him. Mind you, the ... person who kicked him out kept a dog AND another cat, it's not an allergy thing, he just stated he couldn't stand Murphy. Charming person. Can't stand cuddles, apparently.
2011-09-08 2011-09-30 2011-10-24
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I'm not very talkative lately. I don't have much free time, and the little time I have I spend getting things done. The bright side : I now have enough rhubarb-apple jam for half a lifetime, I picked up swimming and twirling again, and I'm making slow but steady progress on the justaucorps. The downside : you're not seeing much of it.
I got myself a cold as a birthday present, and I'm treating it with hot tea and a good dose of Tim Gunn. I'm quite a few episodes behind but I think I hate Anya. In a good way :)
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Yeah, I've been bad at updating lately. I know, I know... The kids are keeping me kinda busy, particularly last week when the home geek was abroad (because people at his job can't plan work properly and had to send him to England to fix things he said would need to be fixed weeks before, gaaaaah !).

I'm still behind on the rococo event pictures, but I can alredy show you the finished Directoire outfit.

Yup, it's comfy. So comfy in fact that I have plans to duplicate the bodiced skirt as a woollen jumper dress for the winter. I ended up wearing it over my chemise and regular rococo petticoat. More pictures by clicking the images, here and at Heileen's.

I'm not inspired by the justaucorps. It's not playing along nicely, there are some semi-wrinkly places that I don't know how to fix so I'm just ignoring it right now.

I have finished a plain boring t-shirt for my Mom, nothing really fancy, but that means one commission out of the way - I know she wants some more stuff, we'll see to that when I visit my parents in two weeks, I hope I'll be able to fund some fabric with that.

I don't have any specific historical projects in mind yet - I do have some longterm goals but I give myself some time to think about it, plan them and all that jazz. Right now I'm focusing on modern sewing as 1) I need to make some sample stuff to put in my portfolio on my site and 2) I started the Great Winter Wardrobe Overhaul. Starting with remaking the green cape I made like ten years ago. You don't even want to know how I made that, eeeek !
2011-09-27
Muuuuch better now. I hacked off the center font edges and the top part, put lots of darts at the top to make it fit over my shoulders, redid the hand slits (still need to resew those closed). I want to shorten and reham it, put in a new collar band and make the hood smaller. I'll probably quilt some of the front part as weel, just for fun.
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I'm pushing myself to sew just a little bit everyday. It gives me some sense of accomplishment, and it helps me make steady, if slow, progress on my stuff. So today's review : chaotic morning, as strange as it seems for a family with a toddler and a newborn, we all got up a little late and had to rush to get the four of us ready to go to the hospital (eye check-up for Heimlich). We then dropped Heimlich at the sitter, prepared some food for tonight, I went book shopping (I now have a big stack of new reading material, though I'm sad I didn't find any of your recommended reading... I'll keep looking or I'll just order online), got some new toys for Heimlich and a skirt for myself, and I managed to get some buttonholes done on the skeleton suit. The jacket part is hemmed at the bottom, I need to hem the sleeves, add a collar and closures (implies : make a bazillion buttons). I'm starting to think I might need to line the front, too, the fabric is a bit limp and I'm afraid the buttons might pull at it too much... As for the pants, the fly is almost done, I just need to attach the buttons I made.
but right now I'm going to take advantage of the fact tha tHeimlichis still at the sitter's and prep some more food for tomorrow. Nothing like having some headstart on that to avoid going to bet a tthe stupidest time possible...
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The week-end was seriously good, exhausting, but wonderful. Seeing so many friends again. Relaxing in the sun. Lounging by the pool (and splashing into it, actually).
I did not get as much sewing done as I could have (quite unsurprisingly), but both sleeves are in, with the insides neatly finished. I made three strips of fringed trim and added some to one half of the neckline already. I patterned and cut out the peplum, traced the quilting desing onto it, quilted the flowers and vines and started the diamond pattern. So basically, the jacket is comign along nicely. I have to finish the neckline, the front opening (eyelets...), the sleeves opening (including making buttons), the quilting on the peplum, add trim to said peplum and put it together with the rest of the jacket. That's still quite a lot of work, and a good bit ot handsewing. I'm taking pictures at every step, but posting them with the little one around isn't that easy. And I used his nap today to finish the design for Toadette's birth announcement rather than updating the website.
Lookign at the clock, I should get down and get make us something to eat tonight... The cupboards and fridge are a bit empty, it's going to take some imagination to come up with something else than pasta...

Beat it !

Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:06 am
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Lady Darkstone has named 2011 "the year of crap". Because small annoyances of no life-threatening nature tend to crop up with alarming regularity. Explaining how, for example, my website is now on its fourth version since January (and a lot emptier) - my Mom had a hard time grasping that no, there wasn't one particular reason like repeated failure of one single item behind this. Just lot of small crap.
So right now, tonight, I discovered that my website is once again broken (it happens regularly when you have a geek coding around on it. Except said geek hasn't been coding around on it lately. So : NOT normal). And then the scanner did "rbtbrtbrtbrbtbrtbrtbrt" and refused to scan more than one fifth of a page. Not normal either. I kinda suspect it didn't like me flopping it over onto old books rather than the opposite.
Well, the books aren't replacable, the scanner is. The website, though its precise current status remains unknown, is fixable - in the broader meaning of the word : I can make it again if necessary. So there's a pile of small crap again but dammit, I'm not going to let it get me down. Of course both things annoy me to no end and keep me awake. I used that awake time to get most of the work done on colouring the birth announcement card. Now I need to let the picture rest until I have some daylight to adjust some things but really, I'm quite happy with how it turned out, and getting it to a "mostly done" state has lifted a huge weight from my shoulders.

I have a lot of other things to post about, like some late teens/early 1920s costuming plans, or the 18th century extant gowns, but I'd want to post pictures and right now, I can't. besides, I'm starting to finally get tired enought o go to sleep, and my feet are complaining that I've sat on my chair for too long. Just a short note : if any of you happen to be near Lyon between now and September, there's a great costume exbhition there.
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I'm totally unsure whether I want the skeleton suit to be long or short-sleeved. The first examples I saw were long-sleeved, and so is my mock-up (did I mention : hey, it fits quite pefectly !). Buuuut the boy does NOT like being too hot, and it will be worn in the peak of summer. And now it seems the whole universe is sending me reference pictures for short-sleeved suits. I'm torn ! Both are so cute, and the long sleeves would act as a good sun protection... What a dilemna !

A 1864-65 Mod eIllustrée book arrived at our doorstep today (might be related to me bidding on it, right ?) and it's GORGEOUS. I might want a crinoline now... :)

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