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Zombie cheerleader says: "Rah rah rust!"

Zombie High motto is: "If we can't win using our brains then we'll use your brains!" ;-)

Context is a Lego cheerleader in a graveyard, among other topics

Extant Gowns I adore

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:56 pm
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Mantua, V&A Museum, London

  • Place of origin:  Spitalfields (textile, weaving) England (mantua, sewing)

  • Date: ca. 1720 (weaving)  1720-1730 (sewing)

  • Artist/Maker: Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques: Silk, silk thread, silver-gilt thread; hand-woven brocading, hand-sewn.

  • Museum number: T.88 to C-1978

  • Gallery location: In Storage

  • Interactive full views

I am not sure if the petticoat and front are original, if they are it’s a lovely example of a non matching set.  There are a handful of these early mantua that are extant. The very delicate colour choices of pale blue and silver would have made this stand out in candlelight.

Cleves updates

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:32 am
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Firstly some headgear progress 🙂 Becase my pearlwork is so dimensional I need a flat brocade front, and then am able to have a flat but slightly more texture brocade for the haub.

Then we have the brocade for the collar and neckline. Yep, pressed the brocade into a curve! Ditto for the piece above actually 🙂

I’m super happy about the collar 🙂 I keep readjusing the neckline though.


I have tried it all on and I think I’ll just do some judicious padding of my inner layers as I am rather not as wide across my chest.

The skirt has a flatlining, and I kind of wish I hadn’t but it would require some serious careful unpicking because I used a triple stitch. This makes the diagonal seams as strong as if I had used a backstitch- I’ve had side seams pop a few times and the weight of this hem would definitely do that!

And yes, I have been working on her distinctive partlet 🙂 Pearling is not going to be fun but what the hey?


Flu sucks

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:44 am
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Wound up coughing and nearly passing out a few times. One thing is good- I got antibiotics on day one. Secondary infection kind of hit about the same time! That was scary fast.


But take care.

liseuse will lasso the wild novella

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:30 pm
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I think my bookshelves mostly convey the message "you need more shelves" and "apparently will read anything that stays still long enough."

is "is this a case for - the ponceyness police?"

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[personal profile] owlbrigade1 cites this case in point:

Gotham police are at a loss to explain a sudden rise in animal themed costumed weirdos? Surely the explanation is the same as it is for the long standing animal themed weirdos? It is Gotham, it is what they do. People in animal costumes wreaking havoc is practically a city tradition.

Context, to no one's surprise, involves Harley Quinn.
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Hannover wurst appears to be what happens is when you have the question of whether to have sausage or bacon with your breakfast, and you make the obvious-in-retrospect choice of "Both! At the same time!" and make sausage in part out of bacon.

Context, needless to say, is delicious.

finally printing Mcdowell!

Jul. 14th, 2017 07:58 am
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I have foam core board to make a test run of the McDowll cutting system 🙂 So I may be able to get a third tool printed off tonight too 🙂

Oky, since posting that I actually have. My firt prints were twice the size, then 1/4.. now I think I have it. It looks right. I have them in light card and paper for cardstock so I’ll cut the card tonight and see if it looks right!

This system is mentioned in Cutting a Fashionable Fit and there have been a few examples up for sale:

OMG!!!!! $US80?!?!?! That’s less than my ink. So and an ebay search…..

Tool ready to print!

Jul. 14th, 2017 04:07 am
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Actual cost to print.. we won’t think about it! But I will have to make these from card first!

MacDowell system tool

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:44 am
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Well, 44 psd files later… I have the pieces ready to cut. I have not, i repeat not tidied these ready for use! But I am going to do so 🙂 SO that means hunting down a Illustrator clone.

Oh here I get to complain about my printer.

It will not print in monochome if any colour ink is out. Oh, some versions of this model can do monochrome (ie it won’t attempt to use colour ink) but not this one. And those inks are of course not actually empty either. I mean I have to assume this troubleshooting page actually isn’t specifically for my model but instead a generic in disguise.


Not only that, you cannot turn it off using.. you know.. the power button. But I have been able to get it to work when turning the wall switch on and off. You know. A hard boot.

So, no. I do not recommend it. Two major issues that affect nearly every print job?

And the price of those inks!!! oh no you can’t buy them individually either.. It’s a feature.


So my cunning plan to have the cutting machine ready for my workshop has failed. No way I can run out get the ink and then print and then cut out before midday tomorrow :/


Making drafting tools!

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:33 pm
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I decided that I have wanted an authentic pattern drafting machine but I’ll never be able to afford one, so I’ve got a nice clear copy of a few originals and now with the power of image editing software it’s time to make some.

Step one, figure out where to scale.

Done and done 🙂 By the end of the day there should be a copy ready for any other drafting nerds 🙂

Also these might just be inspiring enough to hunt down originals 🙂

Accuracy and accruacy

Jul. 11th, 2017 08:24 am
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While working on Padme and All Those Stamps and teaching Victorian patterning workshops and interpreting a portrait of Anne of Cleves I’ve been really able to think about the phenomenon of Accuracy again.

I am not sure how many people have pondered the inner workings of my mind but as a laurel, as a very long cosplay judge, and currently learning the Legion Costume Judging ropes for the Rebel Legion I’ve very definitely had lots of opportunity to take what feels intuitive and apply to the work of others- in a way that is not Judgey(tm).


I have seen a perfect description of reproduction vs replica but it’s been a while so to summaraise: you can try top reproduce an item as it was made, with exact dimensions and exact materials but is that actually accurate?

Extant objects (and character design) are specific objects for specific people.

So for anyone who is not an exact match there is always going to be interpretation.

What makes something more or less accurate is really down to understanding what the original creator thought was most important. Even if that goes against what current thinking is. It can be very hard to go against What Everyone Knows.

So I hoard patterns and tailors manuals not just because I like them but because they tell me what craftspeople in a region or time would know. So that I know what the ideal is. I look at how objects are manufactured (fabric widths, twists of yarn for sewing by hand versus machine, loom types.)

And then I go looking for extant items to see the reality.

And the reality shows where shortcuts are taken universally, Where the most mistakes are made, and where the most care is taken.

I want to think like a professional not as a modern person with the advantages and limitations I have in a workshop. Most of what I make has been the result of dozens of people. I am one person.

So to this end I have not just learned how individual objects that interest me have been made but I have an idea of what people wanted and expected and actually experienced.

One of the complaints of tailors in the 16thC was that fabric merchants sold fabric folded- because of the folds you expect there to be more fabric than there is so the client would buy the wrong length (due to the inner curve of the folds, I think.) This is super important when you are butting pattern pieces next to each other to use every scrap. A few inches shy and you can wind up way out.

Dressmakers of the 19thC flipped skirt pieces so often you see enough to think it was a fashion option not a common error- unless you read the manuals they were supposed to work from.


So accuracy or ideal, and what compromises need to be made now.

In deciding some scale or texture or fabric options I tend to prefer to use what I know a designer would do.

So for my Marie Antoinette gown I am basically only using historic patterns for my panniers. Everything else is from early costume history books and pattern books from the 1930s. My wig will be pale blonde vs powdered and I have to make concessions with the lace to be able to afford it. A few kilos of actual silver? Not really possible!)

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When you have a non-releasable raccoon baby that you're trying to socialize and get her used to humans and handling, and she *loves* to stick her nose up your sleeve and try to chew on your armpit hair.

Context is really good advice for people with pet raccoons.

[personal profile] beccaelizabeth on feminism and sci-fi

Jul. 10th, 2017 02:47 pm
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When was the last time you saw a bloke about to aim his spaceship towards noble sacrifice stop to cry about never having had children?

... arguably Picard, but, it is not generally a genre feature

unless women.

Context would like a warning label for fics with "women, written by men, who think they need a reason."

[personal profile] catwalksalone has a lava floor

Jul. 10th, 2017 02:44 pm
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I made it!


Sadly, my left foot was lost in a floor lava touching incident, but with immediate amputation we were able to save the rest of the leg. Don't know how I'm going to explain THAT at work tomorrow. "Sorry, I can't drive my car, I lost my foot in an imaginary incident involving non-existent lava." I don't think there's a Health and Safety Policy for that.

Context does understand about convection, thank you.


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