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I am registered as Independent.  Independent is NOT a party, people!  The whole point in registering as an Independent is to be able to vote for whichever candidate I feel is best for the job, *regardless* of party affiliation.  After all, isn't that what voting is supposed to be about?  Picking the BEST person for the job?

The hubby and I just walked down to our local polling place to vote.  Checked in, got the ballot, all was well...  until I got to my voting booth and discovered I had two people on my ballot, both for small, local positions.


So they took away my right to vote for the person I thought was best for the other races, just because I refuse to declare for Republican or Democrat?  Because I don't want to play the stupid game of picking sides, because I believe that I should be able to vote for whomever I choose regardless of their chosen affiliation, my opinions somehow don't count at all?  I've been told, "this is different, it's only the primaries" - like my vote doesn't matter just because it's "only primaries"?  So because it's "only primaries", those who choose to pick sides get to tell me who I will get to vote for in the fall, but I don't get a say myself?  The votes of those who choose to register as Independent could make a huge difference in who wins a primary if we were allowed to vote for the person we think best for a given office.  Are the Republicans and Democrats so afraid of that, that they handcuff us and forbid us to vote for our chosen candidate at primaries?

So I'm guessing that those who register Republican got ballots with only Republican candidates listed, and that those registered Democrat got ballots with only Democratic candidates listed.  So what if you're registered Republican, but you feel that someone who is running as a Democrat might be better for a given office?  What then?  You have no right to say vote for that person instead of someone who is running under the party they force you to pick when you register to vote?  IMHO, parties need to be done away with.  There should be NO parties.  Parties do little more than stir up divisiveness among people.  Everyone should be able to vote for the person they feel is best for the job, period.

Quest for Camelot is just one month away!

Come one, come all, and join us for our annual camping season opener!  May 13 - 16 at Nemo Guest Ranch, Nemo, SD.

The theme this year is Legends of the Period. Details regarding site fees and rules are posted at www.questforcamelot.org.

Plans are in the works for heavy fighting, light fighting, equestrian activities, and archery - details and schedules to be ...posted on the website shortly, and will be posted at Troll as well.

We are still in need of classes and teachers! Please consider sharing your knowledge with us this year. If you're interested, please send me a private email with your SCA name, mundane name, class name, description, size limits, materials needed and/or fee, etc. Or, if you prefer, you can go to www.questforcamelot.org, click on the "volunteer" link, and fill in your information there - it will get to me either way. Times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis but some classes can overlap. Just contact me if you have any questions. If you have previously sent me an email regarding classes but don't see them posted on the website, please accept my apologies. We were out of state for a week due to an extreme family emergency, and I am afraid that I may have unintentionally deleted some emails regarding classes when I cleaned out my inbox up on our return to Schattentor. Please re-send your email and I will get those classes posted for you right away.

Speaking of Arts & Sciences, please bring your A&S projects to share! We will have a combined display/competition this year. You can choose your level of participation - display only, populace choice, or formal judging. If you are entering display only or populace choice, please provide at least a 3x5 card with your modern name, SCA name, and name/description of the item you're entering, including country of origin and time period. If you would like your project to be formally judged, please provide documentation (minimum acceptable will be a 5x7 index card containing your modern name, SCA name, name/description (including country and period) of the item you are entering, characteristics that a similar period item would have had, and references). I want to encourage performance entries as well - if you would like to sing or tell a story for your entry, let me know, and we'll get you set up! Anyone who would like to help judge any formal entries can contact me via email, or sign up at Troll.

Merchants! There is no merchant fee for Quest! And we'd love to have you! Please contact me or Elkanah with the name of your business and a description of what you'll be selling. We're also happy to post a link to your website, if you have one!

Hope to see you there!

Oct. 18th, 2009

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Hapsburg Gown Redo, Part II

The saga continues…


Finally sat down to do more sewing shortly after 7 p.m. last night.  I joined the new bodice lining at the shoulders and sides, folded it and set it aside, stitched the bodice at the shoulders, and was getting ready to sew the bodice sides together when thought to myself, “self, those armholes look *awfully* small.”  Because, being the silly self I am sometimes, I forgot to draft out the new improved larger armholes when I was working with the bodice on Sunday. 


And thus I found myself facing a new challenge:  how to fix this without taking the sides back off the bodice lining.  After thinking about it for a while, I had an idea.  First I deconstructed both the bodice and the lining at the shoulders.  Then I re-pinned a sleeve onto one side of the bodice the way I had done on Sunday, used chalk to mark where the outer edges of the sleeve fell (like I should have done in the first place, duh! *grin*), then removed the sleeve and trimmed the bodice armholes to match the lines I had just made.  Next I unpinned the bodice at the shoulder, used that side of the bodice to trace the new openings onto the other side of the bodice and both sides of the lining, and cut them each accordingly.  Ta-da!  New improved larger armholes in the bodice and the lining.  (I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that it works the way I’m hoping it will.)


By this time it was close to 10:00, and I didn’t want to be up until midnight again, so I sewed the lining and the bodices pieces back together, packed everything into a bag to take to the A&S meeting with me this evening (hoping to at least get the sleeves and sleeve linings sewn together tonight; maybe the cuffs as well if I can work fast enough), and called it a night.  I *did* get pictures this time; I’ll edit this post to add them when I get a chance, probably Wednesday evening.


‘Til then…

Hapsburg Gown Redo, Part I

ETA: I have now posted a few pictures on FlickR:


Yesterday, I made a new neckline for the chemise to go under the gown, and took the linen off the old, way-too-small neckline. I am using a type of ribbon for the neckline and some of the better linen I had on hand for the chemise. From what I can see in the pictures I've found online, the fabric of the original chemise appears to be much finer than anything I have on hand or could afford to purchase for the time being, so I must make do... Other than that, I didn't get much done yesterday. I started to work on gathering the front of the chemise, which led to brainstorming on a way to temporarily (until I have time to actually do all the embroidery like that of Mary's chemise) get the smocked look of the original without having to make umpteen runs of gathers all by hand, which would take too much time for now, since I'm hoping to be able to wear the gown and chemise at Herzkreig next weekend. I have an idea, but won't go into detail here until I can get my fingers on the materials I need and do a mockup to see if it will work. So I set the chemise aside for the time being and did some things that needed doing around here instead. Then I was up until a little after 4 a.m. running updates on my computer and ended up sleeping in until almost 11:00 this morning, so I got a really late start on my Sunday.

First things first: fitting the bodice.

The first issue I had with the initial fitting was that the bodice seemed to be too big at the top. A nice lady who was in the bathroom when I first put it on showed me that it would fit better if I were to take the back seam in by about an inch. But when I was looking at the bodice today, I realized that doing so would pull the side seams back by half an inch each. It seemed to me that shifting those seams backward would cause even more of the weight of the gown to be toward the back, which might contribute to the bodice not wanting to stay on my shoulders. So instead of bringing the back seam in by an inch, I opted to take the side seams in by half an inch each.

Rather than basting the fabric and having to rip stitches if it didn't work, I used safety pins to move the seams in and put the bodice on. And that's when I realized that there was another problem: the shoulders of the bodice were gapping. Mine are not so slopey, so I adjusted the slope to flatten them out a bit, and voila - the bodice fit the way I thought it should have in the first place.

Another issue I had with the initial fit was that the shoulders of the sleeves "puffed" a little as I had to gather them at the top to make them fit into the armholes. And when I put the gown on for the first time, the armholes were very snug, pressing into my armpits and making movement difficult. Once I had the main part of the bodice fitted, I removed the top couple of safety pins from the side seams, and then I "set in" the sleeves, again using safety pins instead of basting, but keeping the fabric flat rather than gathering it. This caused the bottom of the sleeve to meet the bodice at a much lower point, but when I pinned the other sleeve in, turned the bodice and put it on, the fit is much better - the sleeves no longer have the "puff", the armholes now have plenty of room for the chemise sleeves to fit in without cutting into my armpits, and the bodice as a whole looks much closer to the period example than what I had before.

So now I have the whole thing apart again so I can recut the lining. I didn't line the sleeves the first time and that really needs to be done as the upholstery fabric that I used for the gown catches on the linen when I try to put the gown on over the chemise. Since I'm out of the blue sheeting that I used the first go-around, I pulled out some grey linen to use instead. So far I have the sleeve linings cut, and the sleeves and their linings fray-checked. Next step is to re-cut the bell cuffs for the bottoms of the sleeves, cut linings for those as well as for the bodice, and fray-check the whole lot. If I have time, I'll modify the black band that goes around the bodice. And that's where I think I will stop for tonight.

I apologize for the lack of pictures; I get into what I'm doing and forget to stop. I do have a few of the bodice showing how I safety-pinned the sleeves in but I haven't taken any since. I'll try to do better from here on out.

More to come....

Hapsburg Gown - The Deconstruction

One really nice thing about sewing a garment by hand, is the ease with which it can be taken apart for alterations.  *Grin*
Taking apart the gown....Collapse )

Next:  Reconstruction!  (May be a few days before I post that one.)

Hapsburg Gown - The Initial Construction

Inspiration:  HERE and HERE

The long, drawn-out story and pictures under here...Collapse )</div>

Next:  The Deconstruction!

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