green_martha: (ravenclaw)
About the icon, after being insulted four or five times over the past three days in lieu of a reasonable discussion, this is the only appropriate answer I have. *shrugs*

First, having BOTH candidates for the second row of presidential elections try to appeal to the xenophobic, reactionary far right by saying "oh yes, actually we think along the same lines" is more than a little disturbing. What the frack ? I know the Leader Minimo and his pals totally ARE on the same page as the far right on a lot of topics*, but I thought better of the socialists. Or at least, of some of them.

*Just for the record, he's been re-actualizing things we haven't heard for the last 70 years and making constant references to our dear old Pétain - since years, but in full force since Sunday. Classy.

Then, I've been barfed onto three times today, I had to keep the kids quiet for two hours because we had an appointment with an ophthalmologist and the only time we could get one was during nap time, so we survived without nap in a very not kid-friendly zone. Add one hour in the car (where only the younger one slept, for, like, fifteen minutes). I'm one tired maman. But I won't let that put me down, because I have awesome friends, because the kids didn't explode in flight despite the lack of nap, and because I was really good today and finally took pictures of the maternity corset ! Which implies I almost have a working photography setting !!!!
IMG_6286I have the pictures, they're on my site, but have yet to be made accessible, and that involves working with galleries and editing, and I've already made one dumb mistake tonight, so I figure it's a Bad Idea(tm) to try that now. You'll have to wait a little longer !
This is something else entirely - wedding dress sample ! I've found a way to make it work, it's going to be awesome ! I have other lengths of sparkly embroidered net in different colors and patterns, I'm not sure I'll have the willpower to avoid turning one into an early teens evening gown.
green_martha: (nerd baby)
... I think it's what being productive feels like. I did take a real week-end break from sewing - helped by the fact that I was in too much pain yesterday to do anything besides lying in bed and reading The Hobbit for most of the day yesterday. Sometimes I wish I could be rid of the damn monhtly dose of feminity for good. I have my kids, I don't intend to ever get pregnant again, I don't need my reproductive cycle anymore, thankyouverymuch... But at least I've read some.
But I did cook quite a bit on Saturday, and blogged</a< about it. I'm having waaay too much fun with this cooking blog. I came home from my vacation all motivated to cook some yummy stuff ad it keeps me going. So : yay ! Today I was a good girl and went back to work on the skirt. All seams are neatly finished, I'm working towards a waistband now. Well,after lunch, because for now I have one big cuddly boy sitting on my lap and trying to decipher the letters I'm typing. It feels amazing to be moving forward !
green_martha: (bustlecat)
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...
green_martha: (duckie)
I spent most of my precious free time today working on my website. Setting up a place to re-shoot some stuff, taking pictures, tearing everything down, editing, and finally putting it up. I'm not even finished with adding the pages to match the new pictures. But it's good to see the website make some progress, I had neglected it for far too long !
You get some new pictures of my last skirt and my quick-and-dirty florentine from last year.


And I get to finally go to sleep - after I've told you about my dream last night. Because it was that awesome. I dreamt costume books had developed a form of teleportation that allowed them to move from one costumer's bookshelf to another costumer's bookshelf while we slept. So if a costumer fell asleep near his bookshelf, with a finger on a costume book, they could teleport ! And clever me used that to get herself to Costume College. Except there was a glitch on the journey back, and teleportation stranded me somewhere in the 1890s. What's a girl to do ? Go shopping so that she has lots of authentic goodies to bring home when teleportation starts working again !
I think my subconscious is telling me to SEW MOAR ! :D

Beat it !

Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:06 am
green_martha: (awesome)
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.
green_martha: (plates)
I'm working hard on this, so don't expect me not to publicize it :p
I'm about a third through adding texts and keywords to the current 1896 image collection. There's some funkiness in the search system right now, and I haven't done the necessary "plumbing" to get the customized search form I want, so you can't really search for "dress" or "velvet walking dress", as should be the case. Gah ! Code is so full of errors and glitches and bugs and gremlins ! But searching works with french keywords (as soon as the new content has been indexed), and clicking on one keyword above the picture will show you all other images tagged with the same term.
BTW, if you stumble upon anything that makes you cringe, or have an idea for a nifty feature I might try to implement, just go ahead ! We're still working on the structure of the site and adding and changing things daily, and I don't have to pay a webdesigner to help me maintain it. Help me keep the Home Geek's grey cells busy, he enjoys it !
(adding a link to the next and previous pictures is already on the to-do list)

*yawn*

Feb. 15th, 2011 12:13 am
green_martha: (awesome)
I'ù tired, I have stuffed nose and a bad headache again, and I obviously shouldn't have stayed up that long... What can I say, I'm a bad girl, once I've brought up the motivation to get working on something, I don't want to stop until I've reached a milestone. So I ripped the lining panels for the quilted petticoat and transfered the design on one of them. I also noticed I'm not that good about keeping patterns and I'll need to take the pattern directly from the pierrot because the fabric bits I kept as "pattern" aren't any good - except for the sleeves, which need to be lenghtened anyway. And now I have a deadline for this outfit, which is NOT how it was planned - ach well, I'll work on it, but I know I have a back-up if needed, I don't want to rush and make some stupid mistake like on the bustle dress.
So today ? Totally productive ! I had yet another pregnancy follow-up appointement, finished plotting the quilting pattern (it's a bit hmmm... personal I guess. Me likes it. No, it's not really documentable), transfered one half of said pattern's repeats onto fabric, AND I scanned a hell of a lot of old pictures. There's now an 1912 album on my FlickR as well. I'm planning to finish the issue I'm currently scanning (January 21st), then moving on to the 1895 and 1896 books that came in today, for a change.


Oh, and I did some baby-steps progress on the website. I'm freaking amazing today. Too bad it's already tomorrow... :)
green_martha: (Default)
The Erris corset, as well as a few other costumes, is back online. Pretty presentation is currently optional. I'm working on re-taking lots and lots of pictures, NOT funny, aspecially when Karringa can't stay up on her stand. Texts are in French.
green_martha: (Default)
Oopsie, I guess I forgot to go to bed !
It's been an awesome day so far, really. Even the appointment at the hospital ran smoothly, and other than that I dug out my LARP projects, worked on them some and got all excited again, I had a blast at the printmaking workshop doing some very lovecraftian stuff, and I started rebuilding my website with a new, better architecture and updated content*. And was so excited over this I just didn't look at the clock. Oy ! Good thing the kid is at the sitter's tomorrow afternoon, I might have to take a nap...

There's so much work left to do on all fronts (including the right justeaucorps front), but I'm EXCITED !

Other good points ?
- I bought a load of fabric yesterday. It was a bit of a splurge but I wanted some prettiness for myself and my serger. And besides, I needed the batting for the quilted project.
- I won an 1875 Mode Illustrée book for under 40 €
- the scanner is working again
- some really adorable girls sent me all the pictures they had copied from my website before the crash, bless them ! (and lucky me for not forbidding to right-click-and-save)
- the HG has another scheduled meeting for the possible-job-of-his-dreams. I'm not expecting this to be a fast process but his chances are high, I'm really, really hoping he gets what he wants and deserves.
- we got free offset paper and offset steel today
- food was yummyyyyyyy !
- I'm hoooooome !

*I'm not sure the pictures database will indeed be searchable. Due to the computer crash we lost all the work done last week on Drupal and I switched over to the mor euser-friendly Joomla because it's what Lady Darkstone uses, what her husband knows how to maintain and the HG doesn't have much time to help me on this one. We'll see how the search feature works on this one !
green_martha: (Default)
... my dress dummy is really crooked on those last pictures. Dammit, Janet, I need something better than this as a dummy ! But where to find it ? Not to mention the $$$, which we're just planning to spend on a new door and a new garage door, and then on renovating the bathroom if the $$$ are enough. Oh woe ! Priorities, I haz dme but I don't likez dem !

Like, I could sleep, or scan pretties. Or sew. I think Now that I've scanned pretties, I'll just go sew. I have to get used to being sleep deprived again, right ?
Ahem, yeah, I think my brain is a little silly tonight.
I lost my TV french vest bodice pattern, and all its subsequent incarnations but for the camel 1880s mantle. It kinda sucked to have to re-pattern the sleeves but it went surprisingly fast. I only wish I had a better idea of what I want to do with said sleeves. The top will be slightly pouffy, and gathered under the elbow, then straight out of velvet. But I want to add some brocade as well, and can't find a way to do it nicely.
We had an appointment at the hospital for a check-up for Heimlich today, too, and he was just perfect, despite the car, the long walks (the hospital is just THAT big), and waiting endlessly. He was a charmer all along, playing peek-a-boo and "talking" to other women in the waiting rooms. for some reasons men don't have such an appeal... unless they're family, they barely get a look.
green_martha: (Default)
Yeah ! I've added pages to the website with the latest work...
Pillowflower - the dress is not really done, and I don't have more pictures than that, but at least there's a page. Until I get back to the dress to finish the beading.
Finished Goth Kitty - it's been sent and delivered. And I redid some pictures.
Avant-Garde Gown - new page with good pictures from [livejournal.com profile] lady_darkstone's hen party.
*thud* I hate html editing.

Edit : I also added a line to the events page linking to lady_darkstone's hen-tea-party in the park. any thanks to [livejournal.com profile] argyronete for the many wonderful pics !
green_martha: (nana)
I've finally updated my site with the Insahrita dress. A year and a hald after I made it, or something like that.

I still need to make a page for the Avant-Garde dress. And scan billions of fashion pictures.
I'd like to add some "What's New" feature to my site, too, because it's hard to know there's a new costume page up in all that mess. I just don't know yet how to do that (and am open to any suggestion... separate page, RSS feed something, smaal text box...)
green_martha: (plates)
I forgot to thank all of you for your answers to the poll. I don't promise I'll be able to add much knitting and crochet stuff soon, but I'll do my best. I must poke the HG for some OCR software that would make uploading the looooooong instructions quicker. There are tons of instructions for corchetted lace in the 1898 book... [livejournal.com profile] heileen we REALLY need to find one afternoon so that I show you some knitting tricks and you show me some crochetting ones, because I'm dying to try those out (and the crochetted Cthulhu from the last Anticraft issue as well).

I have uploaded the page for the Petit Echo de la Mode, April 15th, 1923, minus the crochetted baby shirt.

This week I also tried a recipe from one of my Mode Illustrée books, a baked fish, and even though I did not follow it exactly due to the lack of eggs, both the HG and I agreed it was a very yummy one, and one we should do more often. I'm not sure I'll ever try the weird noodle tart (or should I say noodle pizza ?) I've found. *shudders*
The fish, right out of the oven, under the bread crumbs and herbs crust :

Sadly, it didn't look that good anymore once served. I guess next time I won't take an entire fish and will use filets instead.

The recipe, for those interested )

And to make this post even more like a list of unrelated notes, I'll conclude saying I was a moron and did not buy enough lacing cord for the Kitty. And the one I have that's the right size is positively unpretty, which annoys me. Thus, it's likely that I won't finish the Kitty's underwear tonight but will instead move on to the 20's bra. Or to my brother's justeaucorps. He'll be there next week and eeep ! I still haven't worked ont he toile ! I'm a bad baaaaad sister !

Squee !

Mar. 17th, 2008 10:46 pm
green_martha: (plates)
I got the book ! It's pretty ! ... I have SO MUCH more stuff to scan and upload now... :)

Ouch ?

Mar. 16th, 2008 03:54 pm
green_martha: (plates)
Now my back is insulting me because I spent two hours trimming the plants, cleaning the balcony and taking out two trash bags. And that's only one half of it. Huh. Anyway...

I'm taking a break form gardening (or should I say balconying ?) and came back to uploading pictures and making new pages. And I'm wondering how I should put the needlework, crochet and knitting pieces on my site

[Poll #1155043]

I've been daydreaming about some way to search the fashion illustrations and needleworks patterns I have and will put online, but I don't think I'm up to the challenge of coding that just yet, and the HG already has a lot of more pressing stuff on his plate.
green_martha: (Default)
Disaster averted, methinks.

The original design for the bra requires you to let one end of the it go through a slit on the other side. The slit looks not tooo big in the design. Except on my bra it would need to be at least 10cm long, taking up nearly all of the fabric's width at that point (save 4cm). A slit, perpendicular to the traction that needs to be exerted in order to flattent he boobs. Methiks that would not work THAT great, right ? So I'm ditching the slit and will have simple buttonholes, and one side of the bra wrapping over the other one. Yay for thess handwork, by the way !

On the other sewing front, after much pinning (see below), the Kitty's corset now has a finished binding and half of the needed handsewn eyelets. Because metal eyelets in this size are just impossible to find...


In the breaks I had to make between the eyelets to straighten up my back, I copied a mile-long text on tailor suits and straight dresses in 1923 into my website. But now I really can't read any other line by the Baronness de Clessy, I ened some fresh air, so I'm going to go clean that darn balcony, at last !
green_martha: (plates)
I have new pretties to show you all !

Don't you love the little girl's outfit in the last one ?

Now it's back to handsewing binding (and seeing the end of it) and scanning.
green_martha: (plates)
Ugh, how did I not notice almost all the menu links on my site were broken ? It should be fixed now, but if any of you should click around and stumble upon some broken link or typing mistake, I'd much appreciate you telling me !

In other website news, I'm making good use of my new fashion plate icon and have put up two more 1914 issues from La Mode, 8th of February and 15th of March. And I W-A-N-T the pink dress on this picture :

I'm not usually a big fan of pink dresses, I don't even know why I fell in love with this particular one. Anyway, I don't have any pink wool in my stash, so I guess this one will have to wait another few years.
And I'm done with all the post-1900 magazines I currently have in the house. Now comes the big chunk : the books from La Mode Illustrée. I now have years 1877 and 1879 to 1883. Huh.
green_martha: (plates)
La Mode from the 18th of January 1914 is up on my website !

These magazines are seriously addictive, and so is putting them up.

On the actual sewing side, over the last two days I have :
- cut out and started sewing together the "bodice" (may it be called that way ?) from the Pillow Flower. I had to recut the V-shaped plastron (I had originally intended to have a bright flower in the middle but in the end it looked better with a black V in the front and only some leaves on the sides of it), otherwise no major mishap.
- traced out and guess-worked the alterations for the 1913 jacket, and spent 15 minutes wondering what one pattern piece was. The numbers on the pattern being somewhat odd I first mistook it for a weird belt thingie. Then for a pocket. It's a sleeve cuff actually. *feels dumb* Much easier to understand when you have access to the instructions and the picture of the finished garment.
- unpicked the sleeves from Provence's mock-up and took apart the underbodice, in preparation of mock-up #2. Because I find I can't move my arms around enough and there were some weird wrinkles at the sides that I want to make sure are eliminated.
- eBay-ed a 1923 issue from Le Petit Echo de la Mode, been outbid on a 1876 bound volume from La Mode Illustrée, and kept an eye on some other stuff in the like that I'll bid on tomorrow before leaving for work.

So I feel kind of okay with what I have accomplished so far. I'm in a mood to keep on sewing for some time and work on Provence mock-up #2, except I know it's a bad idea. Tomorrow is a workday, and it's already late. So to bed I must go.
green_martha: (Default)
In the brain : I wanted to unpick the lower part of the weird side-dart on Provence's underbodice, and unpicked a front dart instead.

In the scanner : sometimes when I click on "scan" nothing happens, sometimes it scans another area of the document. And it makes weird noises à la "I'm gonna autodestruct in three... two... one... DANG !"

In the fabric : what, you mean the two fabric parts were not overlapping here ? So I only cut out one sleeve ? Whoops !

In the sleeves : NONE ! I think the end of the world must be near, or I've stepped into another dimension, I dunno. I cut out the sleeves straight from the pattern, pinned them together, sewed them, inserted them, et voilà ! They work ! o_O All my costumer instincts tell me this CAN'T happen. Sleeves just don't WORK the first time around. Sleeves are a nightmare to fit, sew together, and insert. And that's not counting the two or three times you have to unpick them and put them back in because you've put them on backwards, or you've mixed up right and left sleeve, or you've got two left sleeves and no right one. This is just NOT NORMAL. There must be a disaster looming somewhere for me to explain the illogical good sleeve karma.

Today started in a lazy, demotivated sort of way, combined with a bad headache. But in the end it turned out to be pretty productive. I now have a passable first mock-up for Provence's underbodice :


And I've put up yet another magazine. La Mode Illustrée from the 4th of May 1919 is now online too, enjoy !

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