26 November 2007 @ 07:11 am
I have declared today to be a day of getting things done. Here are the things I will do:

  1. Clean room.
  2. Get canvas, muslin and silk cut out for Victorian corset.
  3. Write 4,000 words before lunch, and 4,000 words after lunch.
  4. Finish hemming kirtle that I started to hem last fall.
  5. Finish hemming Tudor kirtle I started this summer, and reattach skirt. Bad cartridge pleating.
  6. Finish binding Elizabethan bodies started in July and sitting forlornly in period undergarment drawer since then.

If I get half these things done, it will be a successful day. Especially item 3.

Random thought: Norah is a great, great name. Must work it into NaNo somehow, as female main character is named Eleanor/Helena.
Current Music: Don't Know Why -- Norah Jones
19 July 2007 @ 12:27 am
Welcome, new faces. I promise there will be updating and it will be riotous. Or cause riots, which would be cool, but also . . . not.

Lately, I've been making a new corset because I discovered that moving back home has cause me to gain about ten pounds -- mostly in the bust. I tried on the dress I want to wear to Bristol Ren Faire, and it was . . . indecent. I looked like I was smuggling unbaked bread. Unfortunately, if I lace it loosely enough to not be indecent, I end up slipping below the underbust line and that is just not good-looking or comfortable.

So I'm making a new corset and a new gown to wear. Details to follow once I get the corset finished -- I have all the boning in, so I only need to set the grommets and bind the edges. I should be done by tomorrow evening, I think. I'm aiming for a close-fronted Venetian for the gown, with a split overskirt and petticoat under that. I'd love to have some sort of elaborate appliqued sleeves, but I also have to make my sister's gown*, so that might be out of the question.

So why am I making a new corset and an entirely new dress? Instead, of say, trying to lose the ten pounds in the month I have until my sister and I go to Bristol?

Because I am like the win**, baby.

*If she'll ever send me her measurements -- at this rate, she may be going naked, which is great if you're Lady Godiva, but I think she may have an issue with it.
**Totally intentional.
Current Music: Nexus -- Sarah Fimm