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Jun. 21st, 2017 05:57 pm
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I feel so stupid. I spent weeks making dress forms and even dressed one before realizing that the house/period rooms are no place to display antique textiles, since there are bright shining windows everywhere and the front door is opened at least twice a day! So I got to see my pride and joy on display for a day, and tomorrow I'm bringing my Cranford dress in to put on the form. The other one I will just put in collections storage for the next time I can include clothing in an upstairs, gallery-space exhibition. FFS.

(My pride and joy doesn't actually fit on the form. I made it so small so that it would fit as many dresses as possible, but this dress has dimensions of roughly 26" in the bust and 22" in the waist. So not only did I make a huge, obvious error in not thinking through where I was going to put these dress forms, I made a huge, obvious error in not measuring the gown that I was thinking of dressing in the first place. Blerg.)

Not sewing tonight - I've put the bones of the bodice together and need a breather. Tomorrow I'll cut out sleeves of the proper size and make them up; hopefully will also set them in. In theory I'm writing fiction tonight instead, but so far that's ... not happening.

Wonder Woman: Oh Mama No by chaila

Jun. 20th, 2017 01:08 am
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Vid Title: Oh Mama No
Vidder: [personal profile] chaila 
Fandom: Wonder Woman
Summary: An inheritance that you can't deny. Diana, daughter of Hippolyta, child of Themyscira.
Reccer's Comments: Another Wonder Woman vid I love!

Wonder Woman: Watershed by chaila

Jun. 20th, 2017 12:13 am
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Vid Title: Watershed
Vidder: [personal profile] chaila
Fandom: Wonder Woman
Summary: I will unsettle the ground beneath you. Diana.
Reccer's Comments: I really like how images from the comics and various animated sources were combined in this! And the song is so fitting for Diana!

Continues ridiculously hot

Jun. 18th, 2017 08:16 pm
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Started in on sewing the bodice - I had to recut all the front pieces of the lining from my muslin, and I'm not 100% sure whether it's going to work (my bust-to-waist curve-in is a lot sharper than on the original, a recurring problem). Tomorrow I'll be cutting out the pretty cotton, and trying to be very very good about matching it at the enter front. Fortunately, that's really the only place that requires matching. Also fortunately, I found my piping twine in a box.

Watched a lot of Catherine Cookson today; what was up with her and pseudo-incest? And also pedophilia?

This weekend I've been working on a frankly random sort of project for my blog - I was GBooksing for clothing references in the mid-18th century, and I came across the script of Polly Honeycombe, a 1760 play about novel-reading. In the preface, there's a list several pages long of books that were available for lending in a circulating library, and I decided for some reason that I should copy this list; try to find readable copies of as many as possible on GBooks, Project Gutenberg, and the Kindle store (for free or 99c); and put the authors and dates of publication on the list. Having done that (it's 5.5 pages!!), now I'm figuring out how to contextualize it. TBH it's interesting and I think I can say some cool things about the writing profession and especially female authors, but I do keep coming back to the word "random". Hopefully people will come away knowing more about Eliza Haywood and Sarah Fielding, and maybe try out a few 18th century novels.

(The fashion-related thing I got from the preface is that he writes about a woman who needs new clothes for the general mourning on the death of, presumably, George II, because the mourning clothes she'd had made up for Anne, Princess of Orange wore out, and she's apparently planning to get by on one new bombazine sack and petticoat for the whole six months' mourning. Is this because it was normal to wear one outfit every single day? Or was general mourning not really to be worn at all times, just when you're being social?)

(I would ABSOLUTELY be up for staging Polly Honeycombe someday, omg. It's just a one-act farce, and so silly. It would be so fun, even as a reading! Overly-romantic girl and boy, utterly unromantic boy, angry father, comical nurse, drunk mother.)

2 trek vids

Jun. 18th, 2017 12:17 am
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Vid Title: confident
Vidder: [tumblr.com profile] pixiedane
Fandom: star trek
Summary: a celebration of 50 years of amazing women in Trek
Reccer's Comments: not enough vids for the women of there. this helps make up for it

Vid Title: brighter than the sun
Vidder: [personal profile] shinyjenni 
Fandom: ster trek (mostly the new stuff with ther others coming in about half-way through)
Summary: "Lightning strikes the heart", or, me/Star Trek OTP
Reccer's Comments: i like the song. i like trek. end of story.

Doctor Who 10.10 - "Eaters of Light"

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:05 am
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I watched last week's episode at Continuum, while hiding from people in the committee room, and made a terrible discovery: iView streaming quality is much, much better over 4G on an iPad than over the NBN on a new desktop.


That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.

You never hear the spoilers. )

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Jun. 17th, 2017 08:42 am
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Almost finished with first history of white weddings blog post - the end is a bit choppy, but it's always hard to end posts in series, I find. I just want to go back in and add some info from Cinderella Dreams: The Allure of the Lavish Wedding, because I'm trying to get better about using academic sources.

I actually participated in a group critique of people's opening pages on r/fantasywriters, and it was really fun! Definitely preferable to the usual way critique goes on that sub, where people post a link to the first chapter or so of their work as its own thread, and there's just so much to critique that you have to be a bit shallow or leave a lot unsaid. I talked with some people about their openings and one of the mods eventually took pity on me and responded to mine - I'm always leery of sharing my writing, but I did want some advice on whether I was restarting the story in the wrong place. She(? I feel like the mods of that sub skew female) advised me to continue from where I'd left off in the original and then go back and rework, but the original was written in 2013 and ... that's not really such a long time, but when I reread it I'm like, what baby wrote this and why was their style so awkward, so.


Jun. 14th, 2017 04:59 pm
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I just recorded the first episode of the AMBA podcast and ... it wasn't awful? It didn't feel awful, I mean. I don't know how it sounded, I haven't listened to it yet. But it was easier than when I was interviewed for AH, much less pressure. It also turned out a lot shorter than expected. Now I know that I need a much fuller outline to keep me on track, maybe even close to a full script.

Last night I made biscotti with this recipe, which claims to be related to GBBO in some fashion, but it's garbage. Not hot enough, not long enough in the oven (even at a higher heat), and too much flour. I just tried putting a handful back in the oven to see if that would fix them, but all that happened was that the outsides burned. ಠ_ಠ Going to use this tomorrow.

Trying to learn how to edit in Audacity, it is ... very difficult.
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Vid Title: Titanium
Vidder: [personal profile] giandujakiss 
Fandom: Wonder Woman (1975)
Summary: Suffering Sappho.
Reccer's Comments: This is wonderful!
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Vid Title: I Am What I Am
Vidder: [personal profile] thingswithwings 
Fandom: Batman 1966
Summary: "Batman, darling, you're so divinely square!"
Reccer's Comments: This is delightful!

98 degrees in Albany today

Jun. 12th, 2017 08:31 pm
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I got a microphone! Owen realized that the one he was going to give me only worked with a specific program, so we went to Best Buy before I drove back here and he bought me a new one. I would have tested it out tonight and even recorded the first episode, but a) I need to finish watching Orange is the New Black!!! and b) it's godawful hot, my apartment is probably 80 degrees and has no air movement.

Although I realized this weekend that AD is actually already doing a podcast, and with that plus FrockFlicks the audience is probably saturated and everyone who sees my blog/FB/etc. posts on the subject of Patreon thinks I'm stupid, but I've been assuming everyone thinks I'm stupid for a long time, so. Still, someone responded to an AH answer - to a follow-up question on a main question that had nothing to do with my area - with

Before this subreddit, I never really appreciated the historical study of things like fashion and beauty standards. But now, as I've come to regard your comments as a treat in any thread, I've grown fond of the subject. Thank you.

Which was really really really really sweet and made me feel good.

(I thought S4 of OITNB was over-the-top and when I finished it, I thought I wouldn't care about watching S5 at all. So I gave the first episode a shot and was hooked all over again!)


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