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Okay, guys. I'm so nervous about writing this that I'm all shaky, but here we go.

I said a little about Rich in my last entry, and about how sweet it was that he'd looked up how to take Jackson to the UK just-in-case things got serious. Well, they're getting serious. Of course, the thing is...we've never met. We've talked over IM and video chatted on Skype, but we've never been in the same room together.

But it's serious enough that the next thing that needs to be done is that I need to go to England. (We've discussed; the best option is for me to go, even though I know a lot of people are saying 'screw that! make him come here!') I'm already arranging my time off requests, but the next thing is to buy a ticket. Right now, I can't afford that.

I'm not going to ask for donations, because if things don't work out long-term essentially I'd be asking for people to pay me to go on a week-long vacation to England to do nothing but hang out with some friends. However, I have a few historical garments I'd be happy to sell at a fair price, and a LOT of fabric I can put up for grabs, too. I'm going to start here because you guys are my besties, but in the next week this'll all go up on Etsy:

This one didn't go in the last round, so I'm asking $120 OBO. Silk chiffon/charmeuse/dupioni, hand & machine sewing, non-ick synthetic lace, two pieces. Closes with zippers and skirt hooks/bars. Worn once.

TENTATIVELY CLAIMED Painted silk taffeta, lined with linen. Completely hand-sewn with silk thread. Open robe with en-fourreau back, matching petticoat. Petti ties with narrow cotton twill tape, robe has no attached fastenings and is meant to be closed with straight pins. Asking $250 OBO, worn twice, predominantly indoors.

Block printed cotton, partially lined with linen. Machine & hand sewn with no visible machine stitching, closes with buttons in back. Worn several times, machine washed. Selling as-is for $90 OBO.

CLAIMED Worsted wool suiting, plain weave, lined in striped linen. Internal flaps pin close over the bust, drawstring closures at bust & neck with center front opening. Machine & hand sewn, no visible machine stitching. Worn several times, as-is $90 OBO.

For all of these, bust should be bust 48-50, waist 38-40, hips 48-50 (approximately; I can easily take more precise measurements if you're interested!) Except the fuchsia, the fitting is somewhat forgiving.

Let me know in the comments if you're interested, and I'll pull these when/if they go on Etsy. All proceeds are guaranteed to go toward a plane ticket to England; if plans fall through for some reason, you can *have your money back* AND *keep the clothing* if you so choose, because I don't feel right profiting from y'all's generosity with no actual goal in mind.

Date: 2012-09-20 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] britgeekgrrl.livejournal.com
If I hadn't just found out TODAY that my job's ending next week! *shakes fist*
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Date: 2012-09-20 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] britgeekgrrl.livejournal.com
I'm amused to hear that I managed to maintain such a front!

(You *did* know the job offer came in about ten days before I planned to step off the Golden Gate, yes?)

Date: 2012-09-20 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tayloropolis.livejournal.com
I'm not in the market for new clothing, but I'm always interested in fabric...

(and I LOVE the idea that we are supporting a Big Life Event or maybe just a Big Fabulous Vacation. Either way I'm on board!)

Date: 2012-09-20 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'd be very interested in the painted silk taffeta gown. I'm not a regular on Livejournal, but Maggie from costumerguide pointed me to this post. Moreover, my boyfriend also lives in the UK and I can totally relate to the trouble of always having to save for plane tickets^^ You can contact me at arwen_undomiel (at) rivendell.zzn.com :) Thank you, and good luck for the ticket!

Date: 2012-09-20 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennifer daniels bristow (from livejournal.com)
I'd love the grey dress. Can you contact me off site? bristowjen at gmail.com

Date: 2012-09-20 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] librarychair.livejournal.com
My first reaction is "hasn't it only been a couple weeks?" I tried a long distance thing once, a four hour distance, and it didn't even vaguely work.

But, I know that every relationship is different, and if this is serious as a heart attack, then so be it.

I'm jealous of whoever can afford to buy your dresses/fabric.

And if you get to go to England, I'll be jealous of you!

Date: 2012-09-20 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrite.livejournal.com
I am really really interested in the block printed cotton regency dress. How long is the dress? I'm kind of freakishly tall.

Date: 2012-09-20 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
So, I accidentally deleted all my replies in this post..D'OH! The skirt is 40" center front, including the waistband.

Date: 2012-09-22 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrite.livejournal.com
I'm 5'10" so I think it might be a little short on me. I'll say knock me down the list, but if no one else wants it I'll take it. If that makes sense?

Date: 2012-09-22 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Sounds good to me! :)

Date: 2012-09-20 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Can you message me about the silk chiffon dress? carolinefromcanada at yahoo dot ca

Date: 2012-09-20 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] llyrafantasyfae.livejournal.com
I might be interested in your 1st one. How tall are you? I'm 5'9". I know I can adjust down the few inches on the measurements but can't add length...

Date: 2012-09-20 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
I have one inquiry already but you're next in line!

Bust 48"
Waist up to 40"
Hips (9" below waist) 54"+
Skirt length in front 41" (sash comes up slightly higher than this, but the base skirt length is 40-41)

Date: 2012-09-25 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Inquiry #1 has passed on the dress; were you still interested?

Date: 2012-09-26 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] llyrafantasyfae.livejournal.com
I am, I am just concerned still about length. Depending where the waist starts 41" could be just long enough to very much not long enough. Are you able to get shoulder to ground?

Date: 2012-09-28 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Shoulder to floor is 58" if you baste the bodice to the top of the skirt, with the sash to cover the join. That's at the shortest point of the skirt; the little train goes down from there, obvs.

Date: 2012-10-01 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Still interested, or do you think it's too short?

Date: 2012-09-21 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchekyrkby.livejournal.com
Put me in line for the block print cotton Regency and/or the OMGPINK silk chiffon. :-)

And yay! for tentative trips to England!

Date: 2012-09-21 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
You're next in line for both! <3

Date: 2012-09-22 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Still interested in the block print? I have someone on the line still for the fuchsia but the wait list just bumped you up to first place on the block print.

Date: 2012-09-28 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchekyrkby.livejournal.com
Yes plz! <3 <3 <3 (I suppose I should probs be tracking this, y/y? So I don't respond 5 days late on everything?)

Date: 2012-09-28 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchekyrkby.livejournal.com
Also anything else 18th century you might have floating around, I'll take off your hands too. (Dunno why, but 1700s anything scares me stupid.)

Date: 2012-09-28 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Block print it is! I also have this (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/katianye/seniorproject/finals/french1.jpg) jacket, though one of the tabs has become un-sewn along one edge. I also have an unfinished open robe in a slightly heavy cotton with a large-ish blue/green floral on it. If you're interested I can photograph that for you.

Date: 2012-09-28 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchekyrkby.livejournal.com
Done, done, and done! I'll take the jacket as well as the block print and I am DEFINITELY interested in the open robe.

Date: 2012-09-29 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
So here's a link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24031486@N08/8034318425/in/photostream/) to some pics of the half-finished open robe. I was asking $50 for the jacket at K-zoo Living History show, but make me an offer.

Date: 2012-09-29 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchekyrkby.livejournal.com
$50 will work for the jacket; do you think $80 is reasonable for the open robe?

Date: 2012-09-29 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me! Let's call the shipping included.

Date: 2012-10-01 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
You still interested in the fuchsia, too? Previous inquiries have passed on it.

Date: 2012-10-02 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchekyrkby.livejournal.com
I am interested in the fuschia...my bank balance disagrees. So I'll have to pass at the moment. If it doesn't go this time around, let me know so I can massage the finances for it on a later paycheck.

Date: 2012-10-02 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Fair enough! You were the last inquiry, so I'll throw it up on etsy and we'll see what happens. :)

Date: 2012-09-21 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mre-awiwench.livejournal.com
Interested in both regency...

Date: 2012-09-21 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
You're next in line, then!

Date: 2012-09-21 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuranar.livejournal.com
I don't think I can wear anything of yours, but this is so exciting! And like Taylor, I'm always open to more fabric. ;)

Date: 2012-09-21 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
I have some wool you might like...it's a yummy lightweight wool, light blue, with yellow and brown windowpane plaid. I bought enough for an 1860s dress but it's not colors I typically wear so I'm thinkin' it might be time to let it go. Pics forthcoming over the weekend, since I'm a captive at my desk right now. :P

Date: 2012-10-05 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuranar.livejournal.com
*cough* So I fail at answer comments. Pictures please? No promises, but I'd like to see. :D

Date: 2012-09-23 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebecca817.livejournal.com
If the block print regency is available....I'll take it.

Date: 2012-09-25 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Hi Rebecca! At the moment I have a couple other inquiries to follow up on, but I'll let you know if it's available as soon as I know!

Date: 2012-09-25 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiofiorina.livejournal.com
I am not piping in about the clothing, but just maybe I can give you a courage boost?

Stephen and I met on an online forum, where we started writing about legends, myths, about local stories that Europe isn't just Irish and Scottish heritage. We wrote long messages - fell in love without knowing what the other one looked like.
He flew over in June 2011. We married this May :-)

Date: 2012-09-26 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktlovely.livejournal.com
Thank you for this! :) Things are looking pretty good with this guy, and I'm very pleased...I know my mother in particular doesn't really understand how it can work over the internet, but it seems like things are settling in well with both him & myself, as well as my family. We'll see how things go when we're on the same continent!

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