Friday, March 26, 2010

Have duct tape will travel.

Extra duct tape is in the house. Tomorrow I will dig out a raggy old shirt to tape over. Then after the kids are off for their night with Grandma and Grandpa and I am done doing some shopping with a little early birthday money I have been told I will be getting (do I restock the stash of tea, pick up more yarn for a beaded shawl I started or pick up yet more fabric for this project? Choices, Choices!) and get home I will work on the duct tape double.

I am also kicking around the question as to if I pick up a free CAD program off the net so that I can download some free patterns (we are talking patterns from the books that seamstresses and house wives would have used back then to get their patterns) and bring them up to size for printing and use. I am not a techie type person, so this poses some issues. Namely I haven't a clue what it does or how to do it. I think I might be relegating this to the man of the house. Too bad I don't know anyone who works in printing anymore, I would be able to price check taking something in for 'blowing up' and printing.

In the mean time I read a good article on YWU on period stockings complete with a reprint of some instructions (that had been written in ladies handbooks) on how to knit your own. the pictures from the old catalogs were kind of shocking for me. Previously when I had thought stockings I thought black, gray, cream or white. I Stripes and patterns hadn't even entered my mind. So seeing the checkers, zigzags, vertical strips, horizontal stripes, and various sundry of other patterns was pretty mind blowing.

-The head Wench

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Two followers! Hi Megan and I'm pretty sure that's you Rob! *waves*

I fell off the band wagon hard core with all the things that hit at once when I fell off, not that I was doing all that well in the first place, and it is going to be hard for me to keep myself in check since it is officially spring and my flowers are waking up which means I need to prep the veggie garden.

In the mean time I picked up some very nice (old fashioned looking) lace for insert work at the fabric store over the weekend. I am going to use it on the chemise, which will be my first piece on the table. I have some white cotton muslin that I had originally picked up to make a version of this shirt as I thought it would work very well for every day steampunk wear. But, that can wait just a wee bit. I need to build things from the base up.

If all goes well I will be building a 'duct tape double' in order to piece things as I go with out having to pin them on myself. Luckily the kids will be at grandma's or it would get really interesting.

In the meantime I have a meatloaf calling me to feed the family.

The Head Wench.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Insanity central

Things have just been nuts here since returning from my grandmother's funeral. Returned with a sick husband to M sick, B just starting to get the bug and a couple days in having H get sick. The microwave tried to set itself on fire, while I was getting dinner together. B got her first psoriasis flare up. The dog came home and ate chicken bones and was put on poop watch. Then there was H's god awful allergic reaction, that as we got it under control he was re exposed to the allergen so we quickly figured out what the allergen was.

And all of that happened in a two week span.

I seriously thought that I might get shipped off to a padded room.

So, any serious pondering on the Louisa Jean dress has been put on hold. Other then the occasional question of "when is it going to warm up enough that I can actually start sewing?"

I have been putting up pictures on facebook and ravelry. Better late then never. Now that we have found the camera I have yet to let it out of my sight! I figure I am going to need it quite a bit once the sewing gets underway so I'm getting my picture practice in now.

-The head wench