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14 March 2009 @ 04:55 am
Bless me linen, for I have sinned...  
...I used a machine to topstitch a garment. *dies* I am justifying it to myself that it is on a heavy armor doublet where handstitching may not be sturdy enough and likely would not be nearly well enough appreciated. :P Still... it burns, my precious! The visible stitching, it hurts us...

This is stoopid hour to be awake sewing and packing for a War I'm not going to... although it is amusing to play midnight Dial-a-Laurel Sewing Crisis Helpline. ;)  At least I know I am not alone in this madness...

Anyway. Tired. Bed now. Pictures tomorrow. Those of you getting GW deliveries, feel loved and all that. Nuh-night.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Miss Kat: Eithni's Home :: Zarhooiezarhooie on March 14th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
Thank you, dial-a-laurel!
eithni: jumpingeithni on March 17th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
No problem. The Laurel Crisis Hotline is open 24/7!

Well... there are the occasional "breaks" but I return calls pretty promptly. ;)
Kareinakareina on March 14th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I feel your pain! I let my knight stitch my gambeson and brig shell on a sewing machine to save time, and was never really happy with it, even if it was "just armour". Might have been a factor in my eventually selling the armour. The publicly stated reason was "too busy with Phd Project to practice, and someone may as well get some use of it"... Some day, if I ever have a life again, I'll try doing armour right next time.

Though, I must confess, ever since I saw a friend who crocheted a gambeson out of strips of old flannel sheets because the air holes kept him cool on hot days, I've thought it might be fun to nalbind one out of fabric strips....
eithni: lightningeithni on March 17th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
> crocheted a gambeson out of strips of old flannel sheets

Um... wow... That's certainly different!
Kareinakareina on March 17th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
yes, indeed, but he was the only combatant I spoke with at that An Tir/West war who was moderately comfortable despite the unusual extreme heat of the weekend, and he credited the air holes plus the absorbency of the flannel meaning that it stayed nice and wet and cool.
Eliane/Jennifer: Sweetnessgflower on March 14th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
So I'm setting up house showings for Sunday...I couldn't find many open houses on Trulia/in the paper; is it true that they are mostly listed in the Sunday paper?

I'll let you know when the first showing is, how's that?

It's funny, a Google search on the realtor showing the first couple houses places him on all kinds of "gay realtors in the Madison area" websites. So it will look perfectly normal to him when two women show up for a showing. We'll have to let him know that no, actually we AREN'T together and I'm the one buying--so he doesn't try to sell to you too!
eithni: darkladyeithni on March 17th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
> no, actually we AREN'T together and I'm the one buying--
> so he doesn't try to sell to you too!


Kill joy.
whymcwhymc on March 14th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I totally think that you should affix several iron-on patches full of adorable, playful kittens... that way, the topstitching would at least not be your main concern whenever you looked at the doublet...
eithni: do I need to kill you?eithni on March 17th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks. You're helpy.
whymcwhymc on March 17th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
That's captain helpy, actually - note the shiny golden cape.
eithni: do I need to kill you?eithni on March 17th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
Ah, silly me. How COULD I have missed the shiny lame'. :P
whymcwhymc on March 17th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Actually... after a few visits to Pennsic... I can see how you might have learned to avoid seeing shiny gold lame'....
eithni: meaneithni on March 17th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Selective vision is a survival tactic. ;)
mightyjessemightyjesse on March 14th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe. Dial-a-laurel? Sewing crisis? Would that be like "My arm is threatening to FALL OFF and the stitching around the collar isn't done!"


We're all glad that even you have stoopid-last-minute projects before a war... Even further, we're glad that you've gone so far as to have stoopid-last-minut-projects before a war you're not attending... makes the rest of us feel *slightly* more normal... Or at least like we fit in...

eithni: embroideryeithni on March 17th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
It was actually was related to making parts of Japanese garb "stiff and manly."

> makes the rest of us feel *slightly* more normal...
> Or at least like we fit in...

Well, ain't any of us normal, so let's go with we're at least freaks together. :)
raventhourne on March 14th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...I'm not so good with the "dial-a-laurel" sewing questions...especially considering my issues with sleeves of late...sighs.

I always hand stitch trim etc onto gambeson's...good thread and tiny stitches make it less likely to come undone...and Ivan is quite hard on fighting clothes.
eithni: froggie crowneithni on March 17th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
I'm usually anal retentive about such details too, but it was just upholstery trim so the machine stitching was not terribly noticable. Also, I was just not too motivated since this is an experimental doublet - we'll see if his idea actually works and perhaps I'll make a nicer one once it has been proven.
lady_annora on March 15th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
I sometimes feel machine sewing is 'cheating'. I even felt guilty doing it on the kid's garb in the past.

My personal, bigger issue is my strong dislike of crushed velvet, In good conscience I can't even dress Morgan in pretty little girl (mundane) dresses from that fabric.
eithni: peekabooeithni on March 17th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
I was OK with crushed velvet as a child, but STRETCH crushed velvet has always creeped me out.