attack_laurel (attack_laurel) wrote,

Dressing up like a dressing up-type person

 Okay, I'm all written out for this week.  My brain has turned off, I haven't had enough sleep, I plan to dye my hair this afternoon (goodbye random brain cells killed by ammonia fumes, I loved you while you lasted), and maybe take a little time to just hang out and rest, since the first round of garter painting is finished, and I have to sew two more sets and a giant sash before I'm done painting.

Then comes the ironing/setting of the paint.  And more sewing.  At least I still have a couple of weeks (roughly) to finish them off.  We'll be arriving at Pennsic on Saturday (in a break from our traditional Sunday arrival) of War week, so that we can participate in opening ceremonies (don't ask.  It's a saga).  I still have a long(ish) Pennsic to-do list, but none of it is clothes for me.

Oh, look - a list!  How original of me!

Finish checky garters
Make long checky sash
Trim Bob's red doublet
Type out and polish Attack Laurel speech
Buy food (for the week, and for the party - have I mentioned there will be lots of cookies?  They're easy to transport)
Buy other things for the party (prize stuff, tickets for the door prizes, etc.)
Maybe find "costume" for party (you'll see, if I get it together)

And for relaxing when I need a break, I'm working on a drawnwork linen apron in fine linen.  It's not quite fine enough, but it's see-through, so it will do.  I need to see if I have any good lace left to edge it.

My shopping plan for Pennsic consists of things I would find in the Royal Exchange:

Embroidery silk and linen threads
Sheer silk organza
Beads (especially pearls)
Silk for veils
Wool for petticoats (fine weight)
Feathers (ostrich and others)
Serving forks
Needles for embroidery

Haberdashers and Milliners, ahoy.  Apparently, Milliners used to stock much more than just hats, unlike today - they used to carry all the little accessory/trim/fabric things women and men needed to trim out their outfits.  Haberdashers carried mostly fabrics, especially wools and linens, and the Mercers dealt exclusively in the silk trade (uh, that's a rough assessment.  It's more complicated and political than that, but that's roughly the London layout of guilds.  I have no idea what other countries did).  The New Exchange, despite the builder's plans, became almost exclusively a "costume" mall - fabrics, accessories, and such -  showing just how madly in love with adornment we have always been - walk through any mall, and see how many shops are devoted to clothing and accessories (including shoes, jewelry, and things like sunglasses and watches).  Even the non-clothing stores (like Spencer's) carry clothing and adornments - dressing up has been a social imperative since Og the caveman started carrying a rock, and his neighbour Ug immediately felt the need to find and carry a bigger rock, just to show off.

I also need to decide what to wear tomorrow night for dancing.  I could go vintage, with my hair up, my giant tulle petticoat (slip), a hat, and gloves, or I could go goth.  I used to have bangs that allowed for a good Goth look:


But I've been growing them out, as you can see.  I dig the corset in that picture, but it's a bit hot to dance in, plus the sleeves (which you can see in the second picture) took many, many hours to construct, and I am afraid of damaging them.  I think I'm going vintage - I can put my hair up in rats, put the hat on behind, and wear super high heels.

Ah, who am I kidding.  I'll decide at the last minute, like I always do, after trying on everything in my closet.

(Those are pretty awesome boots in the first picture, are they not?  I dig me some awesome boots.  I found them at the thrift store.)

Tags: dancing, goth, pennsic, sca, shopping
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