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I felt like roadkill yesterday, but why on earth couldn't I get to… - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
October 13th, 2008
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I felt like roadkill yesterday, but why on earth couldn't I get to sleep until around 2 am?

Why do I itch all over?

What the heck bit me last Wednesday? It still itched this weekend and it's leaving a noticable red mark. Whatever it was, it looked like an irregular black fleck, no legs to see and the mark and the itchy didn't actually start for about 12 hours. Very, very strange.

Okay, a question that might actually have some answers: So, I made the TV361
1880s Butterfly Detatchable Train (http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/361.html)* to go with the Gkika skirt. Same fabric and all that. But the lining I used stretches and the main fabric most distictly does not. Thus, I get lining folding out at the bottom edge of the train... ew.

What are some options to stop this? I can think of a few:

putting a tuck in the lining at about the middle or so, that will exactly compensate for the stretch. That seems to be.. asking a bit much, actually.

I can put some lace trim a couple inches above the hem, thus holding the lining back enough so the excess does not show at the bottom. But that's going to be glaring and I don't want glaring.

I can hand-embroider some subtle design along the bottom edge that extends for a few inches to do the same as the lace. Maybe even add little black facetted beads. I was thinking a 'fading' pattern like (nvm. After all that typing, LJ totally fooks with it and makes it impossible to show what I want) Essentially little stars (or flowers or whathaveyou) in rows, where each row as you go up the garment has progressivly fewer and fewer in it.








* OMG, I should NOT have gone looking that up on the main website. So. Many. Interesting. Patterns.

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From:clevermanka
Date:October 13th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Mmm.

You know, if you're still working on Gkika, and you can enter a modified costume in the ConQuesTMasquerade, I could be convinced to do a Girl Genius costume for myself...That sounds more fun than my idea, anyway.

Lemme know.

(edit: Not Agatha...I'm not interested in wearing a blonde wig AT ALL.)

Edited at 2008-10-13 02:42 pm (UTC)
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From:solan_t
Date:October 13th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
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I don't know the rules for that, but, by the same token, there's always 'eshibition only'. Not that I think they would actually let us get away that easy. :p


I am slowing adding to Gkika because she really wasn't done and I have all these bits and pieces laying around, waiting for me to actually finish her. Bits like a foam sheet waiting to be cut into the 'metal' 'support' around her bust (as the modeling clay just wasn't strong enough) and gold-painted glass counters that didn't get glued on because they would have looked utterly vulgar without the 'metal' frame. And her gloves need the gold stripes... oops, I don't know where those went. Shoot.
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From:clevermanka
Date:October 13th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
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You left them in my suitcase and I think they're still in my sewing room.

Want me to email I. and ask her about entering a revamped piece?
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From:solan_t
Date:October 13th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thank goodness! I thought I had misplaced yet another thing in one of the piles here!


Sure, go ahead and email. I still want to see the idea you told me about, though.
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From:solan_t
Date:October 14th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Itty-bitty. And the actual bite hurt, which is why I looked down, but there didnt' seem to be any reaction beyond that for at least 12 hours. Without having felt the bite, I would have had NO idea when I was bit.
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:October 15th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Ooh! I can't wait to see how it's coming along. Have you thought of just hand tacking the bottom edge up so the stretchy part doesn't show? Would it take too much length off the bottom edge?
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From:solan_t
Date:October 15th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
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What ever I do, I either a) don't want it to show or b) make it decorative, if it show.


As for tacking the extra up, I am not convinced I can do that just right so as not to pull the bottom edge of the train under.
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