Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I finished my little Italian Bonnett in time, and even attached the feathers. I couldn't find my box of brooches though, so the aiglets I used to sew the feathers in place were in full view. Ah well, at least they were the fancy filigree ones. These caps were worn all over Europe, and were particularly popular in Spain, as seen here.
The bodice wore fairly well, though it felt loose and had wrinkles that made me sad. I'm not 100% certain how this is happening, becuase during the fitting phases, it was just fine. I speculate that the corset was tighter at the event than during fittings, and I probably lost weight in the last week. I know, a few pounds shouldn't make that big a deal, but my weight fluctuates on epic proportions, and when doign fittings, it's very likely that I was retaining water. I know, TMI.
I am in love with my new high necked smock, though the sleeve ties drove me batty. Anyway, further work will be done to tweek the bodice into behaving properly.
My camera died during opening court after one picture (d'oh!), leaving me sans photos. Fortunately Seraphina (Noelle) has awesome photographing skills, and snapped this shot of me during the lovely and talented Bethany's ceremony. Bethany was absolutely gorgeous, and I was incredibly honored to speak for her. I'm so proud of her.
I got to spend the day chatting with THL Eneas, Mistress Bengta, and trying not to drool on Aine's copy of Moda a Firenze. I must get a copy of this book. It shows up close, detailed images of Italian portraits, in color. There are several of the images I wasn't familiar with, and was extremely pleased to become so.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
... I think I'm going to become known for only wearing Green, Navy, and Gold. I simply must do something about that soon.
So, as my previous post indicated, I've been sewing like mad. The first thing on my list was to do a new bodice, because the last green one I made never did fit right. That was my first 'Bethan after all, so I've learned a LOT. Noelle helped me with fitting this one, so it should be even better than the Navy one, which makes me giddy.
The bodice pictured is when it was under construction. It is lined in white trigger and has trim couched on in a traditional pattern, as seen in the Photo of an Unknown woman here. A similar pattern is on Queen Elizabeth I's Pelican Gown.
The gold trim with navy velvet intertwined is German, and I've been saving it for years for just the right project. It asked kindly to be used, and I was happy to oblige.
The trim makes the fabric appear to be more wavy than it is in acuality. I hope.
The sleeves were made from the navy brocade, and beaded with amber colored glass 4mm beads. They are flatlined in trigger and fully lined in gold silk dupioni.
I'm extremely pleased with these beads, which are made by a company called Halcraft, in a line they call "Regal Beading Guild." I bought them at Hancock Fabrics and love they way these glow when light hits them.
The completed bodice is lined in black canvas linen which is flatlined with canvas trigger. The whole thing is hand-bound in commercial 7/8" quilting bias tape. The tabs around the waist and shoulders (not pictured) are lined in silk dupioni. There is also about 8 pieces of spring steel boning throughout, including the two in the back to balance the lacing eyelets. Speaking of which, the lacing eyelets were punched by hand using an awl, and bound with upholstery thread. All in all, this bodice turned out to be extremely heavy and stiff. I'm intrigued to see how it will wear.
The smock is an open loose weave light weight linen, with trim attached to the collar and cuffs which looks like couched cord. I did a TON of hand-sewing on this outfit, and am more than pleased with myself that I actually finished the inside seams of this smock, all by hand. I still need to finish the seams around the armscye, but it is wearable, so that will happen after this weekend's event.
There are neck and underarm gussets, and gores along both sides of the smock. It will be worn open (not fastened at the neck) as I can't stand tight things on my neck, save small necklaces. My neck is actually very short... almost nonexistant, to this tall collar with the ruffle would probably just look silly if worn closed.
The forepart is the same brocade as the sleeves, beaded in the amber glass, and currently flatlined with trigger. I sewed on a stripe of silk and couched the german trim fromt the bodice across the seams, a few inches from the bottom hem. This will soon be lined in navy broadcloth and attached to a petticoat to be worn under the green velvet skirt, which falls open in the front to view all the pretty sparklies.
The entire outfit will be worn with a corset and farthingale I previously made, and no bumroll. The skirt was sewn several years ago, before I'd made a proper bumroll, so the hem will be off if I wear it. I'm not too worried - my natural figure provides a bit of that look anyway.
I have navy blue silk Indian shoes that I bought at a bellydance festival with goldwork and spangles that would match smashingly, if I wear either nylons or no stockings. I'm loath to do either from the cold and dealing with nylons under a 'Bethan. I'd also hate to get that nasty no-sock foot smell on these pretty little shoes. For the day I'll probably wear my long socks and black ballet flats, and might consider changing for court. Maybe.
Monday, December 8, 2008
My time has been occupied... nay, stolen, by this Solstice Court project. I'm making a new Elizabethan Gown for an event which will be on December 13th. I'm re-using my green skirt from this gown,
and using remnants of that same fabric to make a bodice that fits better. I'm also using some navy blue brocade to make a new forepart and sleeves.
The sleeves are done, complete with amber glass beads and lined in antique-gold silk dupioni. The ribbons tying the sleeves to the bodice are a simple navy grosgrain ribbon, and it will eventually have gold filigree aiglets on the tips.
The bodice has gold german trim in a triangular pattern across the front, with navy velvet ribbon interlaced through it, and gold cord couched down as well. The tabs on the shoulder and waistline are also lined in the antique-gold dupioni, and the main body is lined in black canvas linen. It is stiffened with trigger cloth, trigger canvas, and spring steel boning. I hand-bound eylet holes for the back center lacing, which will be done with green grosgrain ribbon. I would like to learn how to make lucet cordes, so I can make nicer laces.
The forepart is stuck, as I'm nearly out of the amber glass beads, and had to order more from the internet. It will eventually match the sleeves in its entirety, though I may add gold silk guards, if my mood fancies it.
The green skirt above is decent as it stands, though it could use a washing, and needs the hooks in the front to be adjusted to account for the weight I lost, so it doesn't slide down.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
8 things I'm passionate about:
6. Human rights
7. Community Action
8 words/phrases I use often:
3. Pghthow (sort of an exploding noise) with Jazzhands by my head.
4. Hey baby!
5. Piss me right off
6. Sleep sweet
8 things I want to do before I die:
1. Have a decent BMI
2. Learn French
3. Publish a piece of writing
4. Make a masterworked piece of embroidery
5. Paint something amazing
6. Get a degree
7. Work a job where I don't have superiors that annoy the piss out of me.
8. Build/buy my dream house.
8 things I've learned in the past:
1. I'm afraid of being happy.
2. Men suck.
3. Embrace life and live to its fullest.
4. Sunscreen is my best friend.
5. Stay indoors
6. Red is not a color - it's an attitude.
7. I don't have to put up with other people's crap.
8. I can't change anyone.
8 things I currently want/need:
1. A diet
2. A drink
3. A nicer apartment
5. Peace of mind
6. A pay raise
7. A tattoo
8. Unconditional love
8 places I want to see/visit:
1. Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I am sooo excited. I loves sushi. *ponders places that have all you can eat sushi*
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
1968 finally one with a decent chin!)
And to make matters interestingly creepy, compare mine with my sis's and you'll see just how scary much we look the same. :D Couldn't ask for a lovlier pseudo-twin!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Monday, September 8, 2008
This week I start on 10 hour days, with Fridays off. It's dragging along already, that much is certain.
Next weekend is the Coronation of Timmur and Tianna, to be held here in Ogden at the 25th St. Park. I'm going to be there, and can walk across the street to meet my boo for lunch.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
- I have a passion for all things artistic
- I am pretty good at calligraphy
- I have like 40 some-odd trophies for clogging
- I did costume design for a college production of Trojan Women
- I did several posters for various plays in high school
- I went to college on an acting scholarship
- My favorite color is blue
- I'm legally blind
- I work for a nonprofit agency that helps low-income people become self sufficient.
- I am easily upset by stupid people
- I'm addicted to World of Warcraft
- I play role-playing games every weekend (Dungeons & Dragons tabletop style games)
- I have been playing in the Society of Creative Anachronism for about 12 years
- My SCA name is Jaquelinne de Radonvilliers
- I Love movies.
- I fell in a bonfire when I was a small child, which means I have lots of scar tissue over my chest and arms. Most people can't even tell though.
- I've only broken one bone in my life, and that was my collar bone when I was 18 months old.
- In high school I wore various colors of contacts from green, purple, aqua. I got tons of compliments on them.
- I like playing in photoshop
- I have Graves' Disease
- I met my ex-husband through my old website, Dark Sidhe Lair
- I met my current boyfriend through Ragnarok Online
- I've been dying my hair red for 14ish years. There's some redhead in the family, and I have a touch in me, but I like it to be bold.
- I love singing
- I love books. I have a significant library, many of which I've yet to read.
- I'm an anime freak. My favorites include The Slayers, Fushigi Yuugi, and Ranma 1/2
- I adore all things gothic. Music, clothes, everything.
- I'm a total girly-girl. Pink, sparklies, girly things make me happy.
- My favorite show is So You Think You Can Dance. Sadly though, I don't get TV reception at my apartment and am too cheap to pay for cable or satellite.
- I drive a PT Cruiser, a color that I lovingly call "Metallic Mud" which is a sort of bronze brown
- I turn 31 next month. This makes me sad.
- I have a thing for dragonflies. It's deeper than just collecting them, though I do that too. James used to say that the house was bugged. Jewellery, artwork, hair pins, misc. dragonflies cover my home.
- I recently discovered chai chillers, and it has become my new favorite drink.
- I have a small gargoyle collection, one which Clint won't let me enlarge because they freak him out.
- I love embroidery. I grew up doing counted cross stitch, but now my love belongs to blackwork or goldwork.
- I still haven't finished the angel cross stitch I started 12 years ago.
- My favorite thing about costuming is the design phase - drawing it out, picking fabrics, then doing embellishments. I dislike the cutting out and actual sewing it together parts.
- I am a firm believer in karma
- I would love to learn how to belly dance
- I also want to learn a foreign language
- One day I want a room dedicated to creation - art and sewing. A real studio with proper lighting and built in tables/desks and everything designed for my purposes.
- I have a huge crush on Doctor Who.
- I have a brilliant family. Seriously. They're all smarty pants in different ways. The genetics were good to us. ^_~
- My sister is the best sister ever. In the world. The age difference made it difficult for us when we were both young, but as I grew up she was always there for me to listen to my crap. Tiny 13 year old Shelye listening to my problems. Best listener ever.
- I love ethnic food. Greek, Indian, and Japanese are my favorites. Mmmm sushi...
- Every couple of years I get possessed to chop my hair off. It'll grow back from chin to waist within 2 years, so it's pretty much a cycle.
- Reeses Pieces are my favorite candy
- I'd love to be a voice actor for radio or something similar
- I used to want to be a stage actor
- I used to carry around a camera wherever I went, because I'd see art in everything I saw
- I want one of those new digital cams that are 8 megapixel, in fashion colors. I want PINK!
- I want a flatscreen monitor - my monitor weights about 5,000 pounds
- My Wacom stylus got lost in a move, which makes me sad.
- I'm a decent cook, when I put forth the effort, which is rare.
- I just got new glasses!
- I used to be upset that I didn't have children with James. Now I'm glad.
- Andrea Bocelli is my favorite opera singer
- I hate answering phones
- I only drink bottled water (unless in a pinch)
- I found that Avatar: The last of the airbenders is a surprisingly good show
- YouTube is an addiction of mine
- I'm a super snuggly huggy person
- High strung people irritate me. I try to be very laid back and easygoing
- I should be transcribing minutes instead of writing this.
- I'm an administrative assistant aka glorified secretary.
- I've been laid off several times in my life - once due to a corporate merger between American Stores and Albertsons, and once because of "company restructuring" from Fairbanks. At least I got severance packages.
- My friend Val's kids are like my own. If I ever have children, I hope they're like Ashlyn.
- I love perusing office supply places, both online and in person to find new ways to organize my desk. I'm addicted to this stuff like my sister.
- I guard the pens on my desk like a pitbull
- My taste in music is pretty wide-ranged. My playlist includes opera, classical, folk, alternative, rock, pop, and even French rap... I don't have any country here, and no modern American rap/R&B.
- I Love The Sims / The Sims 2. Totally addicted.
- My living room couches are maroon leather
- My dishes are blue willow and I love them.
- I collect geisha dolls
- I love dimples, and am sad I don't have them. But my Clint does!
- I love guys in kilts
- I love gamergeeks
- My favorite fruits are bananas and strawberries
- I'm extremely pale and like it that way.
- I have an aversion to the sun. I don't like it, it doesn't like me. I'll burn in 10 minutes flat, so I stay inside most of the time.
- Some friends call me a vampire due to the aforementioned paleness and aversion to the sun.
- I did professional translation work for a company called Kaneda that publishes games in France. Got paid in Francs. But I don't speak French. :P I helped a friend with questions to make sure meaning and syntax were correct when translating from French to English. He did the work, I just edited for grammar and such.
- I have recently become a fan of shoes. Wish I could wear better ones - my feet are small and wide. But I can now walk in heels without tipping over. (yay!) Just not spiked or super tall heels.
- I'm excited to be an Aunt again! Kenny and Morgan are expecting. :D
- I dislike most card games - not sure why.
- I love watching movies, especially musicals and movies with grit and depth.
- I'm a Libra, air elemental - it makes sense since my favorite thing about boating was feeling the wind go through my hair. I love flying and have reoccuring dreams that I can fly.
- I'm extremely introverted
- I'm a nerd
- I love making things beautiful... decorating, creating, whatever.
- At the highest, I had five piercings in my left ear, and 3 in the right for a total of 8. I'm down to 4 now.
- If I could go anyplace right now, it'd be Venice, Italy. Followed by Japan and Scotland.
- I'm often lost in thought and am a dreamer, but I'm not afraid of the darker side of life.
- I value honor and respect
- I often write bad poetry
- I often seem cold and distant to those who don't know me well, because I'm so often lost in my own thoughts, and so introverted.
- There was a time that I wanted to be a teacher
- I used to have two siamese kitties and I miss them very much. James got them in the divorce because they would not adapt to moving or being separated very well.
- I don't really follow current affairs / politics much, but I do love The Colbert Report
- I have been clinically depressed with an anxiety disorder for many years.
Monday, August 18, 2008
- Moved twice (from house to parents to apartment)
- Moved boyfriend from OK to UT
- New relationship
- Health issues - depression, anxiety, graves' disease
- Renewing old friendships
- Balancing old life with new, which means giving up things, much to my dismay.
- Loss of artisitic outlet
I'm sure there are more things to consider in my list of stressors and life changes. Most importantly though, is that I have a plethora of loved ones that help me through all my challenges. Some... well time heals many things.
I suppose the important thing to note is that I'm happy, more or less. There are challenges and changes that I've yet to face, and every day that passes I grow stronger and more able to deal with what life gives me.