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I'm tired, but then, what's new?

I managed to get my entire Victorian (steampunk) outfit done, and then I tried it on.  I am really quite pleased.  I even managed to dig a couple of vintage petticoats out of my vintage stash so I don't have to make a petticoat for the purple Victorian.  Which was good, because all of this is stash work, and I didn't have enough of the right kind of lace to make the petticoat.

It'a almost all done - the last major thing I'm working on is the sleeves to go with the black and pink loose gown that pinkleader , lisettelaroux , theodorad  and friends made for my Pelican ceremony - the sleeves are done, and I'm working on the buttons (about 75 or so, I think - I'll know when I'm done), then I'm adding false vents around the base of the gown body.  For reference, this is the gown in question:

 

It needs sleeves.  pinkleader  gave me the leftover pink silk used for edging and lining the gown, and last week I made sleeves.  Sleeves.  Yup.

OH GOD, KILL ME IF I EVER TRY TO DO THIS KIND OF THING ON A DEADLINE EVER AGAIN I CAN'T TAKE THE PRESSURE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *slap*

*ahem*  I mean, yeah, sleeves.  I think they look pretty good.  *cough*

We had dinner with theodorad and Roland on Friday, which was lovely, and theo, just so you know, when I unpacked my work bag, I found a lovely parting gift from Hobbes, that he apparently tucked in my bag without me seeing it.  I'll bring the orange mouse back next time I see you.

Nice cat.  Very generous with his toys.

Otherwise, I'm working too hard, and not sleeping well.  Typical LJ stuff, not worth whining about.

Maybe I'll post pics of the sleeves tonight.

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fitchwitch
Apr. 20th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Cat presents
Look on the bright side--it could have been a real mouse that he caught and gave to you as a present. I get those all the time! :-D And I wouldn't want to unpack my clothes and find one!

Obviously, he likes you!
thatpotteryguy
Apr. 20th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
At least the gift hadn't been pre-digested...one of our old cats once left me a hairball in my breifcase (back when I had a job that neccessitated a breifcase).
theodorad
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, Hobbes mewed his silly head of Saturday morning until he found the precious green mouse that now smelled like his new friend then proceeded to carry it around like a teddy bear all morning.

Later in the afternoon, we moved the desk and freed all his lost toys so the fickle creature has now abandoned his green mouse in favor of the crinkly grey one which had wedged itself in between the desk and drawers trying to avoid the cat. Can't blame the toy - Hobbes has ripped off its feet, tail and ears.


femkederoas
Apr. 20th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
*sporfle*

One of the current feline residents has developed a fixation on the rice-filled sock I use as a heating pad on my neck. Every. Time. I. Put. It. Down. It doesn't even have to be hot. Heck I could wish he'd take more of an interest in the various toys around.

Of course, his predecessor had a thing for pop bottle caps. We moved out of that apartment, and every time we shifted a piece of furniture out poured more. Something like 200 in the grand total.

Psychoses with fur, they are.
acanthusleaf
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Is the steampunk costume for CC? Can we has photos?
attack_laurel
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Photos will be forthcoming after the event. :)
not_justagirl
Apr. 21st, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
was going to ask the same thing so hooray!!!!
hsifeng
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Deadlines are the suck...as in they suck the life right out of you! I just finished a weeks of 'practically-no-sleep-thankyouverymuch' in order to get all our kit set up for the School of the Renaissance Soldier event this past weekend.

Exhausted, but worth it, totally worth it!

I will post more in my LJ soon...with any luck there will be pictures!
sstormwatch
Apr. 21st, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
I raise you on that deadlines thing! (cough) and yes, pics, please.
hsifeng
Apr. 21st, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Entry with peeeectures here!
_medb_
Apr. 20th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
OH GOD, KILL ME IF I EVER TRY TO DO THIS KIND OF THING ON A DEADLINE EVER AGAIN I CAN'T TAKE THE PRESSURE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *slap*

Yep, that's exactly why I gave up on trying to get a Shinrone done in three weeks along with everything else going on with life right now. If it weren't for all that welting, I'd have attempted it- now it's just going on the 'current projects' list of things to do. Sigh.
mbutchg
Apr. 21st, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Hello! I sent you an e-mail with a few photos of a doublet I'm working on. Thanks for the inspiration! If you get a chance, lemme know your opinion on what I should use to close the front. I'm kinda considering hooks. Love your site!
attack_laurel
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
I got the email, thank you. :)

I think the most common closure for men's doublets is buttons - lots of them, spaced close together, like on the doublet pictures of my husband. (Especially the red one).

There is a fencing doublet in the Met that laces up the back, but it's specific to fencing, and there's one German woman's doublet that has lacing up the front that is concealed by a cover of false buttons.

I'm afraid I haven't seen a doublet closed entirely by hooks and eyes for a man (and am only guessing on women based on the look in some of the paintings), so I can't verify whether that styles is correct. Personally, I like buttons (even if the buttonholes can be a bit tedious, they actually go a lot faster than one expects), and the buttons can be an added source of decoration on the doublet.

Hope this helps.
attack_laurel
Apr. 21st, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
Oh, and there are a number of leather jerkins that lace up the front, but they're a sleeveless overgarment - the doublets underneath in paintings all seem to have buttons. There are, however, a couple of doublets that have too few buttons to hold the doublet closed - usually grouped in threes at the top and bottom of the doublet, and while I cannot say for sure how they were fastened, the possibility exists that they used a concealed closure system of either lacing (more probable) or hooks and eyes (less probable, I think, because it's less secure).
mbutchg
Apr. 22nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
OK, cool, got it. So, another opinion, if you please. Should I build a placket btwn the cords, and buttonhole there, or bring the cords together, with buttons inside the cords, and also between the groups of cords? So, 7 buttons IN the cords, and 6 buttons BTWN the groups of cords? I appreciate your advice!
attack_laurel
Apr. 22nd, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
Uh, if I've got this right, you have buttons on loops? If so, your best best is two small packets for lacing holes under the buttons, not two sets of buttons.

Or, when you say "cords", are you referring to the trim? I am now confused. Sorry.
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