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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.)



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Jul. 17th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Those boots are TEH hawt.

I'm always vaguely tempted to go Gothic Gothic - I have a black velveteen Burgundian gown that's a little worse for wear - if it was all ripped up? And maybe I could put a black tulle veil over my hennin? Heh heh. Okay - it's a better idea in theory than practice. Darn hot dancefloors!

Yay dressing up!!
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Those boots are, in fact, awesome. They are made of a blend of 72%awesome/28%win. Not dryer safe.
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
...and I can dance in them. :)
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm +5 Stompy boots of Doooooom!
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I would love to see a picture of you in your vintage stuff, I've never been to a club, I had no idea that it was appropriate to dress up to go! Sounds like super fun.
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
It is fun - it's a goth club, so dressing to type is encouraged (when the Renfest is in town, everyone appears in ren corsets!). If you ever want to go, let me know, and I'll take you. :)
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
that would be super fun, let me know sometime when it's in the cards for you, and I will arrange time off from the kids, and a visit to a thrift store, because surprise surprise I don't really own anything goth.
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
I remember (not terribly long ago) when going to the club was a whim event. Decide, dress, go!

Now even considering it puts Peter Murphy's Rollcall in my head as I start dialing people up to arrange an outing whilst reminding my friends that they are still reasonably young. Then begins their acquisition of babysitters, dusting off of hawt foot-ware, and discussions of how best to carpool to save on gas and parking. At least it all still comes together on the dance floor (after a cocktail or two).

Should you ever find yourself in Tampa, let me know. I know a club or two you just might enjoy.
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Pictures of painted garters??? Pretty please?
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
When they're done, I'll post. They're just blue and white checks.
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Red Head + Goth Gear = "Mothers, lock up your sons!"

Jul. 17th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Painting garters? Do tell! :)
Jul. 18th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing pictures of drawn work apron - it is not something I've ever done so far to date - but I have it on my list to make such an item. Good luck with teh shopping list at Pennsic - hope you get all you desire.
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