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This is a question about intellectual property and taking/giving credit specific to costuming. I'm sure it can apply to other arts, but my interal dialogue has been centered around costuming.

At what point do you say "I made it", "we made it", or "so and so helped me make it"? And what do those statements mean when you hear them?

For example, One person told me that when they hear the statement "I made it," they don't assume that means the speaker draped the pattern since most people don't drape themselves.

What do you say and when do you say it?

my thoughts )

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Jan. 11th, 2010 12:49 pm
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I ran 5 miles last night which was a bummer because in my fantasy plan I was supposed to run 8. Oh well. Missing runs Friday and Saturday and being on my feet all day Saturday might be the culprits. My plan for the half marathon has firmed up to a interval approach, so I think I only need to get my long run from 7.5 miles to 10 miles in the next few weeks. I'm home sick today, so I'll probably spend the day chilling out and then do the 8 miles in the gym tonight.

I spent last nights exertions doing a few things: cheering the calorie counter which shows me the theoretical results of all that effort, watching the gym tv (no sound) which was showing some badly costumed late night movie with something like "Seeker" in the title, and trying to figure out what my next big project is.

I have no idea what I want to make next. None. No big visions. I just did the big vision. I consoled myself that I still have my 2 project lists (costume and embroidery) and I will be getting back to Conal's Pelican and Isela's kirtle shortly. No doubt the kids will need something new this fall plus I've promised to make a Victorian jacket for a friend for next years Dickens. But there's no shiney picture in the back of my head flogging me onwards and it feels weird. I think my muse is probably putting her feet up and encouraging me to enjoy the sensation of completing something big.

But I have plenty to do.
*Focused playdates with the apprentices. I have buckets of love that I need to dump on them.
*I've made verbal commitments to visit 2 different people at their homes to join them in an day of patterning, design and sewing and I'm really excited.
*I'm going to put together a class proposal for IKINS for 2011 focused on something Italiano+costume+period letters - maybe the role of clothing in ceremony vs everyday life, how it differed. We'll see if I have enough material to pull that together to be worth someone's time to hear.
*I've offered to help get classes for our Collegium autocrats - many hands make work light.
*I'm also going to do a costume clinic sometime soon, which a few cohorts said they really need. The "Clinic" is where everyone brings some project they hate, finished or not, and as a group we help each other trouble shoot it. When we're done reviewing everyone's projects (and not everyone needs feedback, but it's there if you are stumped and want to bounce ideas off a healthy group of people who will give you the hard message in a sensitive way), we pull out seam rippers and begin our respective fixes. Everyone has said they like it and it helps them pull out the failed garments that have haunted their closets for years and either repair, recycle or discard them.
*Royal School of Needlework week long certification class in April (a week of gold work! bring it! yay!)

I bet my muse takes a little break and gets all inspirational later this spring after the RSN Class
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The event was fun. I got to see a lot of fabulous friends, long-absent friends, and made some brand new ones.

The "bird cage hat" was very eye catching. the power of the hat )

Real world vs Snow Globe World
I found myself reflecting on the melodrama of the SCA this morning. Living in Your own Little Snow Globe )
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I feel like I need to add some explanation. It occurs to me that people might wonder what journey of research and inspiration fueled this project and whether it's supposed to be entirely creative or represent something from the 15th century period. (See, I assume you have the same analytical process as I do and ask yourself the following questions even before embarking, which are: Is that a representation of how embroidery would have been utilized in the 15th century? Are those techniques appropriate for the application? What about motifs? overall design? supplies? etc)

Cut for long content background )


nevermind all that chat, show me the pictures )
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Nicholas turned 9 today. Yay! He got to choose dinner (McD), which we took home. I had cupcakes for us to eat afterwards. I put candles on his and light them, then turned off the lights, and Miss E and I sang to him. He was pretty excited. Then, since all his homework was done, we spent the evening playing board games and snuggling on the sofa. F got home and had presents. Apparently, unknown to me, Super N wanted something besides Legos; some sort of Star Wars game thing that plugs into the TV. Super N freaked out and leaped around the place once he unwrapped it. It was pretty awesome to see him be happy.

In fact, he's doing GREAT at school this week. I can't stop telling him how proud I am. He's even counseling Miss E to put on a happy face when she's being cranky at her teachers.

I just read ermine-rat's post about crazy seamstresses and 12th Night. I didn't intend to drive myself crazy with 12th Night projects. But ... I did.Why am I wearing a bird cage and feathers on my head? )
threadwalker: (Up all night)
health vs up all night for projects; ramble )
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Not sure, but there still might be a gremlin screwing with my calendar.

Miss E had a headache last night when I picked her up from school. At 2 am she woke me up to climb into bed with me because of scary dreams and being cold. And that's when I discovered she was burning up all over.

"Houston, we have a fever on our hands."

We shall see what happens. I'm not doping my 4 yr old on motrin/tylenol and then dragging her up to the mountains for the weekend. If she snaps out of it tonight we can go tonight/tomorrow morning. If she does not, F is taking N and they are going for a father/son bonding weekend. I will pre-make N and F's lunches tonight if they go without me just to make it easier for him to fight with reduced hassle. I'll have N help me pack a cooler so he knows where everything is.

project status: kids-good; mommy-not as good )

comments on altering garments  )
threadwalker: (Good Sweat)
Labor of sanity . fitness stuff; cuz fitness makes everything better )

Oh - and sewing happened this weekend. Now I have about 100 eyelets to hand sew. Color me thrilled.
threadwalker: (Judith)
Do you do your eyelets by hand or by machine?

Does it depend on the garment? (bodice, kirtle, cotte hardie, saxon, etc)
Does it depend on where? (front, back, side)
Is there a cut-off, such as, more than 20 = by machine?
Do you do both hand and machine on the same garment?
Does it depend on whether or not it will be seen or what kind of stress it will be under?

If you do eyelets by machine, what kind of eyelets does your machine make?

I have a gadget that attaches to my machine that will do zig-zag in a pattern that leaves a donut shaped stitched area. It won't cut the fabric, so I have to do that part, but the stitching is "done". Unfortunately, sometimes when I cut it out, I snip the stitches and I end up doing a little handwork anyway.

Feel free to expound on your opinions and point of view. I truly am curious.
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Topic: Alterating historical garments

Why bother? Each dress is an investment: money, time, heart. I don't part with any of these lightly. If they can be recycled, I will recycle them as my first option.

I hate to reinvent the wheel, so I'm jotting down my notes on sewing. This is going to be an entry that is updated and moved forward in my calendar as I make progress. This is not about the research that went into designing and constructing this outfit, it's strictly about altering it due to weight loss.

A triumverate of red gamurra )
Alteration Project 1: 1450's Gamurra, red linen )
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RAWR
(cut for profanity. )
Read more... )

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