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Apr. 16th, 2014

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Bought a wrist brace and I love it! Maybe this will solve all my problems.

Met says no. :( Met also says they're sending out rejection letters, which I have a hard time believing, but whatevs.

Patterned today the 1872 wedding dress, a late '20s day dress I almost want to make (it's a sack, though), and an early 1860s dress with a double-pointed bodice. And now I think I'm done, because I need to redraw all of them to be more organized and in pen and to write directions. I want to keep going, there are dresses I'd like a pattern of, but I'd like to finish this while I'm still being paid for it and can make sure the embed code gets into the files.

Mom accidentally killed a bird in the wood stove today. :( I'm glad I wasn't there, it sounds like it was pretty awful.

Last night I preordered my Renoirs. In a way, it was empowering? I feel like I could buy a pair of the Regency boots sometime.

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quick update

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- Did plaid wedding suit (1906) and brown wedding dress (1886) today. It's good to get practice at patterning all these eras.

- Wrist hurts more or less continuously. Having cramps so my back hurts as well.

- Too chicken to call Met; it's obvious anyway that they've gone with someone else by this point.

- Need to email Anova since I haven't heard from them but scared it will be negative.

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I got into a Kickstarter for an HP fan film set in the Marauder Era, and I'm still wondering how it's legal. Because it's not, right? But nobody's even mentioned the fact. Is it because the ME fans on Tumblr are all teenagers and have always had fandom as an out-in-the-open pastime? I guess I shouldn't go there.

Today's patterning: finished the last wedding dress, then decided to step away from "significant because of provenance" and switch to something different - a one-piece dress that looks like it was maybe meant to seem like a princess dress ca. 1867, but isn't actually. Then jumped forward and did the Delphos dress and then Grace Fenton Ross's wedding lingerie dress.

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I hate how the weather goes directly from "too cold" to "too hot". (Too hot is anything over 72.) And there are no screens in, so I can't crack a window at night or at any time ... can't open my window at all, anyway, because they're crappy windows and possibly painted shut.

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I WAS EXCELLENT

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Sooooo my jerkbrain has progressed to the "they only said your talk was good because they want to keep your confidence up" stage. No, jerkbrain! I know that's not true! Shut up!

Pretty sure I didn't get the Met job. I'm going to call the HR office tomorrow to make sure, but I think I know. Now the only ray of hope left is that Kristy from Anova emails me this week with good news. At least "very soon unemployed with book deal" is better than "very soon unemployed with no book deal". (I was going to apply for this job in Virginia for dealing with George Washington's papers, because I have racked up some time dealing with archival material, but then I really looked at it and they're preferring PhDs, so there will be dozens of PhDs with much more serious archival experience, so never mind.) (That was the only job in the whole newsletter that was even vaguely suitable for me.)

Work on the bonnet is going well. There have been no episodes of weeping or cursing; with the weight of the flannel on, it now feels like it will stay on my head. Can't wait to have an excuse to make another! I'd just get out another of my patterns and start in, except I really should start working on the gown itself.

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Apr. 11th, 2014

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Gave my presentation on Victorian dress at lunch today! As usual I was very anxious beforehand, but a group of older ladies who are all very comfortable with each other makes for a great audience. Loads of questions and laughter, and I think I managed to get a different view of corsets and hoops over, leaning heavily on reenactors and their lived experiences. And they were very impressed with my own corset.

Today's patterns: 1934 wedding dress with too many bias seams, 1860s child's dress, the top part of a 1916 wedding dress with too many layers.

Got home and there was my package from Joanns! It turns out that the buckram there is not the right stuff for bonnets and hats but I'm doubling it and that seems to do the trick, I hope. By tomorrow lunch I hope to have the frame all put together.

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Today was VERY challenging

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I've got to do the really important pieces to justify why I'm doing this (but tbh they weren't giving me anything else to do, and were paying me to sit around and work on the presentation I DO NOT want to give tomorrow), so the first thing I brought down today was a family-that-owned-the-house 1896 wedding dress, which went pretty well. I thought it would be tricky, but it's very simply cut - photo and photo of the woman in it. (I'll have to be sure to mention the trim that's in the photo and not on the dress anymore.) The skirt's so simple, all straight lines. So I decided I would go further afield for the next dress, and also find something more colorful and a little harder.

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Tomorrow I might do this dress, but I'm not sure because would anyone want that pattern? It would be simple, too. But we also have the dress in this picture, and in this one (and check out her dishy husband). I'm also considering patterning these slippers because, well, they're sewable.

I finally got around to asking for the activation email for the Sewing Academy forum (it never sent - I signed up in January) and the mod sent it immediately. Today I went to change my password from the temporary one, and I don't know if I accidentally typed in the wrong fields (it was on my phone) and changed my email address to a password and will never come to me, or if verification emails always go out for password changes, but I think I'm going to have to ask again.

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A few good things

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All things told, today was pretty great.

- My bonnet patterns came! Bonnet-making is fun and sculptural, and when my buckram comes I'm going to make one and it's going to be awesome. I learned the very basics with my crap bonnet and am now ready. I am set for the whole 19th century, patternwise, minus a couple of bits.

- I got tired of doing nothing at all and suggested to Tim that, because the mannequin-dressing is never going to get off the ground due to a lack of space and the necessity of padding, skirt supports, etc., I photograph bodices lying flat and then pattern the whole thing, so that the sorts of things that would be apparent dressed are still shown. He went for it! I started out with a pair of WWII tap pants to warm up, then did a supposed 1865 wedding dress (I was thinking it's probably closer to 1870, but then I saw this plate ... which may be misdated, though) and then an early teens magenta evening dress. Going to do some family wedding dresses (1890s) tomorrow or so, but I also want to use this as an opportunity to get links to the site shared around, so I'm trying to aim at eras where there are fairly dedicated groups of reenactors and/or a lot of interest.

- After that, I photographed all the dress from Peterson's 1870, and that led me to be able to date a supposed wedding dress that had been put at late 1850s because of its pagoda sleeves. But pagoda sleeves were in in 1870! And that makes all of the non-1850s aspects make sense now. I feel very happy about that. I am always the dating queen!

- Just found out that the Met is now allowing some images, including ones of dressed mannequins, to be published license-free for academic use!

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More Things I've Read

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AustenlandCollapse )

Just a Geek, Wil Wheaton

It's an interesting read for someone who's not familiar at all with ST:TNG, but he's a good writer. I felt a lot of empathy for him - I obviously know what it's like to work at your vocation but never be able to get a foothold. (I am sometimes convinced that I'm not going to ever be employed by another museum after this one.)

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I have officially run out of stuff to do at work. This afternoon I phone-photographed all the fashion from two bound years of magazines (1851 and 1857). Which did give me an idea for a blog post! The 1850s - largely ignored in favor of the 1860s, let's discuss the progression of styles, etc.

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Apr. 8th, 2014

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This week on Tumblr: unfollowed someone who continually annoys me but also really Feels It when she loses a follower ... it's taken months, and it feels excellent not to have to deal with her policing fandom. Oh no, Les Mis fandom loves Musichetta out of proportion to her presence in the book! Oh no, people like Elsa best right now because there's finally an anxiety princess and everyone is always the most interested in the most recent Disney movie anyway! Oh no, someone disagrees with her presentation of witch persecution! Oh no, someone reblogged lines from Richard III!

I try to be understanding because when I was in my late teens I also interacted with fandom in a largely negative way, but at a certain point it becomes too much.

Last night I watched and finished reading Austenland, and I want to write about it but I have to go to stupid work. >:(

Finished translating Cabinet last night as well, and started in on a short project I'll probably end up posting once a week to draw out. After that ... I've been thinking about Magasin des Modes. On the con side, I'd like to branch out and do a different era, and it's very long so I'll be doing it for over a year. On the pro, Galerie was very long as well and I could try to break it up with that French magazine someone posted to the FIT alumnae (Ithink?) FB group.

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Apr. 5th, 2014

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It's so cold here. I don't understand. It's no longer in the 20s or even the 30s, why is it so cold? And at the same time, I woke up at 4:30 this morning, totally sweltering!

I started to save the Magasin des Modes plates, but then realized there are 680 images. Um. I probably addressed that at one point in time and then forgot about it. I could see translating them year by year for, like, a book version, but I just can't do all that for my blog. (Oh, right, I was going to do the Journal de la Mode.)

Speaking of a book version, I haven't heard from April at FIT in ages. She was going to do a book on the Galerie des Modes and wanted to include my translations, remember? I emailed her months and months ago when I finished translating them, and she told me she wouldn't be getting to that until she finished her book with the other Cassidy. I could swear she posted about it being done a while ago, so maybe she'll be getting in touch later this spring!

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Taped my wrist before breakfast

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Last night I made a judicious purchase from Joann's, for a cheap red cotton check, cheap white stuff for petticoats, buckram, and brown silk to cover a bonnet. Because I haven't made An Outfit in ages (though I have several "finished" ones that need fixing), and I've been thinking a lot lately about the 1860s. And I feel like with the mess I made of the 1840 dress, I've learned some things and (especially with a pre-made Kay crinoline) I'll be able to make something that fits well and that will boost my self-confidence and self-esteem. That's logical, right? And I'm considering doing the 3-for-$30 pattern deal from Lynn McMasters, because I really know goddamn nothing about millinery and making a shitty bonnet will negate all the good feeling from the dress fitting, right?

Basically, I decided a few weeks ago that it was okay for me to spend money without feeling bad about it and I've been spending money since then.

When did The Mindy Project turn into a Lumia commercial? I'm not usually very quick to pick these things up, so you know it's not subtle.

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Stop using it, you fool!

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I should probably not be typing, since I came home from work half an hour early as my wrist pained me. When I was drying my hands in the bathroom this morning, I twisted the bad one the wrong way and it ached sharply the rest of the day. The last thing I was doing was cataloguing antique patterns, which went quickly and meant a lot of picking up and putting down, and it just got to the point where I really wanted to rest it. This weekend, I'm going to try taping it again, because that helped a lot before.

I'm going to talk to Tim next week about those patterns. There are probably about fifty, nearly all seem to be complete, and they could be traced onto paper (they'er all pre-cut beige pattern paper pieces), digitized, and sold as downloads. Some of them are REALLY cute and I want them.

Just ate a macaron. GOD. They are so good. Only one left, but I have some cookie dough in the fridge and I'll make some of that this weekend. And macarons again next weekend maybe? Now I've been reminded of the frosting pumper and have been shown where the almond meal is in the store the whole process should be simpler. And you know me - first try is functional, second try is excellent. With food as with sewing.

Weekend before last I let Riley sleep on my bed, which made him very happy - but I have a twin here, and he made it impossible to sleep comfortably. Mom's in Delhi, so I might sleep in her bed and let him snuggle up with me. The only trouble is that she has only sheer curtains, and unlike her I prefer to sleep beyond sunrise. So we'll see how it goes.

Rereading a pretty decent old post of mine makes me want to write something really substantial.

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I crave caramel

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Frustration. io9 did a great article on the impact of corsets on the human body with, like, serious scholarly citations and all, and of course there are still people in the comments who know everything about how corsets work because they watched Gone With the Wind. (One told me, when I pointed out the value in debunking the OTT Victorian-era health claims while acknowledging the real issues, that nobody nowadays ever believes the OTT ones. L. O. L.) And recently I've had several discussions with people about historical dress where when I say a thing people who know about my degree are like, no, you're wrong, because I just know it. It just builds up and makes me want to smack someone.

What's doubly frustrating for me is the implication some people make that pointing out that corsets don't cause consumption, etc. is advocating for everyone to wear them. Beyond implication, some people were outright stating that interpretation, and it's idiotic if you read the article itself. But the thing is - feminism is stronger than that. It doesn't fall apart because you point out that corsets didn't kill. Making that concession doesn't force you to back up and drop everything achieved over the past century.

These macarons are SO GOOD. But the hard part is that, since I know how sugary they are, I limit myself to one at dinner and one at lunch - but my habit with cookies is always two at a time, so when I eat one I still have this gnawing yearning for a second and NO. NO. That is not allowed.

The London Book Fair is this weekend. My fingers are crossed.

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Very little done

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Took hours today and managed to set in one (1) shift sleeve. It's the gathers - catching each one separately and slip-stitching. And I'm sure that SAB took the pattern correctly but these sleeves are seriously long, they look like they're going to go down to my wrists. I'm going to cut the neckline after I do the other sleeve, and then possibly cut a good three inches off the ends at least, open up the seam and sew new hems for a new opening. 17" seems a little excessive.

Watching Mr. Selfridge. Rose got new clothes! Very happy.

I made macarons yesterday - plain shells with salted caramel filling. They took the whole afternoon, but I learned a lot about making them and they taste delicious, so it was worth it.

Bought memberships to Foundations Revealed and Your Wardrobe Unlock'd at the special returning price. We'll see how long I keep it up. I'm going to try to write up an article about that shift I bought (I know they want proposals, but I'm cautious and would like to have a chunk of it written first), and maybe come up with some ideas for others I could write. But unfortunately I don't think I have anything practical enough to say.

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My feet are frozen

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I realized after I bought the most recent Humble Indie eBook Bundle that I never downloaded the last one, so I took them all and put them on my Kindle. So that's nice. It's amazing how much more big-time the books get with each successive charity drive, and it's great to see how the average price has been rising. I remember it being something like $2 with the original game bundle.

Washed some linen. I'd like to make a linen gown for Fort Ti, but I've been meaning to make a shift for months and months and even though the one I made for my thesis is functional, I do have a gown that works and it's more important to get this fixed. Actually, I might try altering my blue linen gown so it fits in the shoulders and has applied robings before I go ahead and make a whole new thing.

Gosh it is cold.

Did a few different things today, but mainly I finished uploading Wing letters to Scribd. Against all odds, they have 300 views despite my not putting them in any category or letting Scribd put them on the front page. But I am most proud of going through and annotating Stephen Hopkins's handful of loose diary pages (he has years of tiny diary books, hopefully one day the carefully handwritten transcriptions of those will be digitized, but not by me) and reuploading that, because it is vitally important that people know Sate Johnson is Sarah Johnson, b. 1836, and that the hotel where Stephen goes with Fred is either the Union or Glens Falls Hotel, etc.

WHY DID THEY NAME THE SITE THAT. I'm sure it's pronounced like "scribed" but I always read it as "scrib id".

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Linkdrop

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The Intellectual Snobbery of Conspicuous Atheism
The problem is, the “culture war” is a false construct created by politicians and public intellectuals, left and right. The state of faith in the world is much grayer, much humbler, and much less divided than atheist academics and preaching politicians claim.


L'Art et La Mode archives online, hopefully I will remember this next time I need 1920s pictures (they are borderline impossible to find for some years)

Jen T's early 1920s dress

Cookie dough truffles

Mrs. Edward's cookbook, 18th and 19th centuries, with a recipe given

Salted caramel macarons, going to make these sometime

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Mar. 22nd, 2014

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I did some mildly useful things today - went to the store (walked, so that's really two things), wrote and mailed a letter to someone I want to get back in touch with, made cookies - which justifies my marathoning Brooklyn Nine-Nine and translating Garsault. And I've finally gotten up to the last chapter, the one on seamstresses! The staymaker's was interesting and a bit confusing in a couple of places, I'll have to go through it again. But apparently we're doing it all wrong because we don't use buckram.

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Mar. 21st, 2014

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Taken it into my head that I need to learn copperplate. I've been practicing! My handwriting is terrible, so even Victorian writing is an improvement.

Deleted that spurious royal connection from my Ancestry.com family tree (renewed my membership at a great discount, admittedly mainly so I can look people up from the letters and diaries I'm transcribing). There's no basis and I'd rather leave it empty than give the impression that it's credible. But I have all of these other hints stored up and it's nice and relaxing to get anal about my own genealogical research instead of someone else's.

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More cap wheel

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I'm feeling pretty good about it! Mysteriously, Garsault does know what he's talking about. My main error previously was that I thought the drawstring had to be tightened as much as possible to shrink down the bottom of the cap, but that's not true at all. Unfortunately, figuring out the size the base should be is difficult because my hair's so short. I used barrettes to get it all out of the way and realized the first cap I made - which seemed too small with the drawstring fully tightened - actually fits pretty well over that, and the newer one is really puffy. But there is no bun or anything in my hair. The bands on both are too wide, but I'll just fold them in half for now and make them thinner next time.

Next is to get a decent ruffle. I'm pretty sure of how to do it, though. The smaller cap is going to get a gathered pair of half-ruffles ... the one that's bigger I feel like is more fashionable, so I was to try to do a pleated ruffle, which will be kind of a pain in the ass, but probably worth it in the end. But it would be a lot easier with a pleating board.

I'm trying to figure out of my next voyage of discovery should be for 18th century lappet caps or Regency day caps or Civil War caps.

Lappet caps: pro, accurate for actually much of the century including the F&I War and probably a decent number would have still been wearing them during the RW; con, nobody seems to want to wear them

Regency caps: pro, so far my Regency items have done the best although this is not good statistics and is pretty skewed based on need and pricing, they don't need drawstrings at all so cut out that step, interesting as new subject; con, REALLY nobody wears them ever

Civil War head stuff: pro, they are smaller so people seem to wear them more frequently, interesting as even newer subject; con, know nothing of market, or construction and extant ones look v. v. complicated

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You know, the cap wheel

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Miriam suggested I apply for this costume & textile curator position in Virginia: she thinks the salary is so low that none of the people who are really qualified for it will apply and I'll have a shot. I don't know (I was once put in the B group of applicants for a curatorial assistant job in Rotterdam Junction because the A group was all PhDs), but I've started the sample exhibition proposal for it. Although it's very hard, because it's supposed to be about the history of Richmond through clothing and I know nothing about Richmond. There is a part of me that thinks this is way too much effort to go to for a position I don't really have a hope of even getting an interview for. I don't know, we shall see.

(I use the joblessness tag for job-getting stuff, but when I do have a job it seems a bit weird.)

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