Victorian Hipster

Corsets, Petticoats, and Bustles, Oh my!

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I guess not much to report right now? It's been a weird month, and an especially weird week. No sewing, because I haven't been home too much, or been sick while I am home. I DID change my flight for CoCo to Wednesday, so now I will have an extra day in LA! I'm sure I can keep myself entertained :) Two of the other girls did too, one is currently travelling and can't check her booking just yet, and the fifth said she would check when I first posted about it. Hopefully this is the only hiccup.

Free lunch at work tomorrow. Soooo excited :D

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My flight for CoCo is apparently cancelled so my options to reboo are wednesday morning (direct) or a short layover in seattle on thursday and arriving around 6pm in LA. Decisions!

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I went to the fabric stores today just for funsies. My mum and sister were shopping for costumes they're working on, I was mostly just browsing. Partly I wanted to get fabric ideas for a project I opted into. Partly I just wanted to touch all the fabrics. I found some adorable Harry Potter fabrics but they were $30/m for quilting cotton so they were staying behind!! OUCH D:

At the second store I found a printed cotton that maybe could have been turned into a cute mid-Victorian dress, but I'm not REALLY in the market for that right now, so it stayed behind too. But then I found petersham ribbon! It's 1" wide and was $1/m. The colours were not ideal (cream and olive green) but the first thing I want to put it on, it will not be visible. Previously the only petersham I could find was under 3/4" wide. I wandered while they got fabric cut, and found buckram. They've had it for awhile now, but there was a time in the not too recent past that the only option for getting buckram was online. Now I just need to find millinery wire and maybe I'll get motivated to make some hats!



I also did a super hard thing on Thursday and I made an appointment with a therapist. It is very soon and I have started to plan the things I will have in place for me to take care of myself afterwards. Wish me luck!

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This is gonna be a weird post. I was so tired last night but couldnt sleep thanks to anxiety (i dont know why), so tje bones of this was thought up while rolling around in bed.

First the fun stuff: sewing! My friend doesnt have enough salvaged hoop wire for both of us to use, so im going ahead with plumbing tubing. I have 84" or so leftover from the farthingale but i still need at least 3 more 25' rolls. At $12 each plus the copper connectors, i cant get them right now (im in the black for the first time in years, trying hard to stay there!) but hopefully soon. I did get enough wire into my hoop to at least measure the lengths needed to start a petticoat. I've worn a hoop precisely twice, should be fun :)

Right now im debating starting a project for the HSM or forging ahead with more of the Big Project, except the BP really needs that hoop finished before i can really make headway. Sigh.

Yesterday i decided to knit instead of pretty much anything else. Im working on a pair of socks. I will probably need a longer circular needle than the one im using. I also finished a beaded pineapple purse, and then frogged it. It seemed too narrow and long, so the person im making it for and i agreed that it was just not right, and im starting over. I think id like to use a slightly larger needle, liiiiike the one im using for the socks...

On saturday i forgot to wash the shawl i use at work, and its sitting in my car awaiting my next visit to my friend's house. I pulled out the winter shawl from Godey's i madeba couple years ago, which just feels too small, so now i want a new one. Bad self! Finish other projects first!

Ok, now the less fun stuff. 

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Also contributing is my cat's health. His blood sugars have dropped at the level of insulin i had him on, and we're in an adjustment phase. Theres a lot of worry about that too.

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Today was rough. I woke up at 3 am from a horrific anxiety dream, sparked by the inspection I'm having today or tomorrow. It was so bad that I had to bury my head under the covers to open my eyes, I was really unsure of reality. Would it be the real world, or the dream? It was kind of like sleep paralysis, with 100% more hallucinations and 75% less paralysis. But when I did pull the covers down, the only thing I saw was my room, and my cat's butt right in front of my face. Phew. Unfortunately I couldn't get back to sleep until close to 6am, and then I had to feed and poke him, do some dishes, scoop his box... and to top it off, it was also time for a migraine! Hooray!

I decided not to go to dance class tonight since we were starting zills. My head was better, but not so much better that a room full of tiny cymbals would be an OK idea. So I took a nap with my cat instead.

I spent some time this afternoon looking at petticoats, since I really need to start from the ground up before I can work on the dress, and that means at least one petticoat. After I finished eating, I really couldn't put it off any longer, so I sat down and cut, marked, and then sewed the support straps for my hoop. Now I'm really at the point that I need to get hooping material before I can continue. The only other thing I can do is cut strips to make into casings. It's almost done!

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Just wanna toss out some hugs for my American friends. I'm avoiding oh, everything, and I don't even live there :( If you need cute animal pictures, I have many.


Been having a serious case of the don't-wannas regarding my hoop for the last couple weeks. I needed to press it, blah! But it's part of a Big Project, and I can't make any headway on said Big Project until I have the hoop done. So tonight I kicked my butt and got it done, and now it has channels sewn too. I could finish it this weekend if I tried (and decided on my hooping material, I really want to do plumbing tubing but am unconvinced of its suitability to take on a plane in the summer), but I have an inspection on Tuesday or Wednesday, so will need to spend probably Sunday cleaning and organizing my tailio off. My aunt's fabrics REALLY need a home.

Other things I need to do this weekend, call my vet (tomorrow!), visit a friend, get cat food, knit. I wound my sock yarn into two adorable little cakes and started socks.

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I had a delightfully half-lazy day. After Guido was fed and poked, we went back to bed until 10:30am. Then I made soup in the crock pot, swept the lino and vacuumed the carpet, and tidied up a corner of the living room that was becoming far too messy. I put dough in the breadmaker for buns to go with my soup. Guido and I had a long cuddle while I attempted to do some work with my hands (I gave up). Ate dinner, put a few rounds into my knitting project, and then made my very first buttonhole by hand. It looks like crap but I am very proud of it :D

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LOOOOK at this gorgeous cat-coloured yarn! I've been wanting it for over a year, and it's finally mine! I'm going to knit socks :) I should get started soon so I can actually wear them in winter lol

I also bought some Special Yarn for a Special Project that I can't wait to get started on. I think I will cast it on right now :)

Woohoo! I have pattern directions in hand and am ready to start on making my very first cage hoop. I've made a couple bustles and a farthingale, this is the first hoop!

It wouldn't be a project without me waffling on fabrics though. I don't need a lot for the bag, so I'm leaning towards something fun. But I can't afford/don't want to wait/insert other reasons bone casing tape, so I'm going to make them. I don't have any boning to use though. My BFF N. should have a bunch of old salvaged hoops (1/4"), and I kind of really want to use the same plumbing tubing that's in my farthingale. But I also need this hoop to come to LA with me, and while the plumbing tubing is light, it's bulkier than hoop wire, and less able to be twisted around into a suitcase. I could probably arrange it so that the hoops could be replaced with wire when it's time to travel with them, but that seems like a lot of extra work.

Of course I don't have the hoop wire or tubing on hand, but that doesn't mean I can't start the hoop itself. Fun fabric or boring fabric?

I also did some laundry. I got a bunch of linen in my aunt's estate. Hilariously, I didn't unfold it completely and it didn't come free in the wash, so there was some dry spots. Hee.

ETA: I picked out a few options. I have a pink speckled cotton (2 yd), a white or very pale soft green with a very light swirl pattern cotton (2 yd), and a blue-on-blue tiny floral cotton (3 yd). I'm leaning towards the blue, as it gives me the most flexibility with making boning channels.


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