Archive for January, 2013

SQUEEL & Dublin Pub Sing

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 by theredlass

Something I’ve been wanting for a while now is a new garb. Now that the holidays are done with I’ve finally gotten in contact with the ORF seamstress and we’ve set a date to brainstorm/fabric shop!! I’m am squealing with delight right now! I really liked my former bodice but it had two problems: 1) It started coming apart towards the end of season. 2) It started to bow out at the stomach, giving me a muffin top look. I did my best to repair it, and it looks well enough, but aside from the fact that I altered it to fit my girlfriend, it had a more personal flaw.

I need to have a garb that says “matchmaker” especially if I’m going to continue doing Sallie Upson. I’ve had a lot of ideas flowing around my head, most of which have been posted here. Now That I’ve done a little more research I think I have something a little more solid to present to the seamstress. The key is to have something that looks a little more classy without loosing the peasant appearance essential to the character. I realized I’ve bee thinking a little too flat with my concept. Kat (also known as Lettice) was kind enough to give me the advice that any fabric with a pattern has to loom embroidered, a print won’t look period. I was a little afraid that an embroidered fabric would go too far into gentry. But then I realized that would only happen if I took it there.

I’m thinking that only the bodice should be embroidered, giving me the look of someone with a little more status (not too much) and then accompany that with cream and brown skirts. I also need to play it up a little more in my character, I didn’t really do that much this last year.

The best part of all this? Once my bodice is done, I can start practicing making my own with a template for my body! Eventually, I’d like to try doing a year in court garb. In order to accomplish that, I’m going to need an appropriate garb. Most of the patterns I’ve found are lacking for plus size women. Not to mention I want to be able to really get into the creation of these things. The intricacies of the gown astonish and delight me and Laura and I really want to try and make our own. I’m hoping with a template we can save at least some trial and error.

Also, Dubling Pub Pub Sing is coming up!! Do I know what that means? BARELY!

Apparently we all go to the Dublin Pub in Dayton (some in garb some now) and get drunk and sing. Just in time too cause I’m starting to need a Ren Faire hint! *taps inner elbow*

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An Active New Year

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2013 by theredlass

I generally avoid making resolutions, simply because I am fully aware I have no intention whatsoever of keeping them. One year I tried to go vegetarian, and that lasted about a month till my mother-in-law took us out to a steak house and I remembered my love for ribeye smothered in melted blue cheese and onions.

But this time, my love and I seem to have made a vow to be more active, and rely on what we can produce a little bit more than what the stores provide to us. Thanks to said mother-in-law, we’ve been gifted with an amazing sewing machine which is already being put to good use! Since Christmas we’ve made two hoodie tops, a viking garb and a pair of pj pants! It might not seem like a lot, but on the whole it means we’re learning how to make/repair our clothing as oppose to going out and buying more right away.

We’re also starting to learn more about home repair. Not things like plumbing and all, but rather in how to fix what we have. If something breaks, how can we fix it or make it better as oppose to tossing it out and buying a new one. There is something very satisfying in knowing you can fix things yourself with a little effort.

And last but not least, this spring we will be doing a box garden! We’ve been wanting to do one for years now and we had resigned ourselves to using our little side garden along the house. But, not to be harsh, but the side garden is more like a side “giant group of burdock”. Anyone who has messed with burdock knows that you can not kill it. You can’t move it. You can’t destroy it. It just keeps coming back. The good news is I actually know what to do with it now! But we are basically we are going to plant bushes along the side and start the garden separately where we have more control over soil quality and weeds.

I also need to start learning how to can stuff. I’d like to get to the point where most of the kitchen is filled with mason jars as oppose to tin cans from the store.