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Note to self: Do not, under any circumstances, wear the red spanish… - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
May 14th, 2006
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Note to self: Do not, under any circumstances, wear the red spanish gown again without either losing the weight you have regained (ha!) or add a freaking modesty panel and add some new loop/buttons to waist bands. Just 1.5 inches more, that's all it will take to actually, like, BREATHE worth a darn.



It was a fun weekend (at OKRF in Muskogee), though, regardless of the problem with the red gown, or the bunched up pantaloons on Saturday (bunched up linen at the sides of the waist under a very tight corset = BAD. No wonder I was so blessed uncomfortable all day!) I got to see, hear and interact with Heather Alexander, so I am a very happy little camper. I also got to hear several sets of Queen's Gambit, of course - wouldn't miss that - and now have an autographed copy of their newest CD. I heard one set of Bedlam Bards and was impressed enough to buy a CD. I had meant to listen to one last set by both Bedlam Bards and Heather Alexander, but was just too uncomfortable, so I just bought two more of Heather's CDs and left, but didn't have the presence of mind to ask her to autograph those. sigh. It's not like that makes then SOUND different, after all.

Four+ hour drive home meant I got to listen to all but one of my new CDs. Happy, happy! Now to listen to the fifth one!


Edit: Would you all believe that I had never before heard 'Bedlam Boys' before today? And now I have heard two versions. :p

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From:starseeking
Date:May 15th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry I missed you. Maybe KCRF yeah? Never heard it?? If you want 2 more versions, 3 pints gone and Arabesque both have a version. (Though of the ones I've heard so far The BBards version is the best.) Glad you got down this way and back home safely!
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From:solan_t
Date:May 16th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
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I have my season pass ordered for KCRF already, so, you betcha!
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From:apocalypticbob
Date:May 16th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
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Was lovely to finally meet you, and both dresses looked spectacular!
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From:solan_t
Date:May 16th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
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It was good to meet you, too. And thank you. I do so love them, even when they are uncomfortable.
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From:hdsqrl
Date:May 16th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)

Question unrelated to your post. :)

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Figured you'd know the answer to this...when making a normal sort of bodice for Fest, should regular steel boning be used, or the spiral stuff? Never have used either one, have always just "cheated" with the plastic stuff, 'cause it was on-hand. Would like to create a couple of *good* bodices this year, but am unsure about which sort of boning to order from online. :( Help? (Many thanks in advance, and my apologies for doing this via a comment, but I didn't have an email address for you.) :p
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From:solan_t
Date:May 16th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Question unrelated to your post. :)

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Here works just fine, as I have email notification going (well, it works MOST of the time. ;p )

Spiral boning is more flexible than flat, and can bend in two dimensions rather than just one (as the flat does). I tend to use mostly flat boning, especially with Elizabethan styles, as it has more support and you get more of a conical shape (Elizabethan ideal) rather than curvy hourglass (More the Victorian ideal), especially at the bust. I would suggest you use flat. If you find that it tries to twist in the channel, then the channel either needs to be straightened, or you need to put spiral in that channel. I don't think you will have that happen with bodices, however.

The next question would be 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch. In that, I tend to use the 1/2 inch in bodices and Elizabethan corsets, and 1/4 inch in non-Elizabethan corsets, which would seem to be counter-intuitive, but the Elizabethan was more about confining the natural shape and later corsets were more about accentuating it.
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From:hdsqrl
Date:May 16th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Question unrelated to your post. :)

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Thanks a million...that helps a ton! :D
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