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Okay LJ...I'm turning to you for help.

My friend Julie is a photographer who up until now has been dedicated to film cameras. Over New Years, I visited her and we had pretty much the following conversation:

Julie: *looking at college classes for digital photography* I should really consider getting into digital photography, but I don't want to learn all this stuff--"digital file management," or "using histograms for color correction." I don't want to have to know all that! I just want to take pictures!
Katie: *petting cat* I'd learn it.
Katie: No, I mean...I really would. I love stuff like that--messing around with pictures and doing computer stuff...I'd do it.
Julie: And I could just stand by your elbow and say "make that more blue" and you could do it! And not know how you did it, it would just happen!
Katie: Yes, exactly! I have no interest in taking photos...just making them look neat. I like this plan.
Julie:Me too!
Julie: No, I mean...I REALLY like this plan!

So. Now we're emailing back and forth at length about what we'd need to actually make this work. This is where your advice is needed! )

Dear LJ:

Feb. 3rd, 2010 02:50 pm
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Okay, people, plea for research help time!

Dressing gowns/robes appropriate for regency/1812 wear. I know resources for 1860s wrappers, but have not been able to find anything for 1812 so far. Links, pictures, book references, anything--much appreciated!

*flees to orientation*
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Let's say, hypothetically, that I was losing my mind considering a new kind of project for the new year. And let's say, hypothetically, that this new project was out of Costume in Detail by Nancy Bradfield, would be appropriate for multiple Regency and some 1812 events, and involves enough handwork that I need to start now if I want to have a prayer of being done by March. And let's say that I need help sourcing materials, since like I said, this is a new type of project.

So, friends, I appeal to you for help.
  • For fabric, I'm looking for a really nice semi-sheer white material with a little more body than lawn (too spongy) or voile (too soft and sheer), but less than organdy (too stiff). From what I've seen "Swiss muslin" or "Swiss batiste" (are they the same thing?) might be the thing, but I figured it can't hurt to ask. ([livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat, I'm kind of glancing in your direction here.)

  • I'm also looking for recommendations on silk embroidery thread I'll need multiple colors, so some thing available in a range of shades would be nice. Does anyone have experience with different kinds of silk thread--or would you recommend something other than silk?

  • And lastly, has anyone (*cough*[livejournal.com profile] dandytailor*cough*) found a source for metal bullion fringe? You know, like a decorator bullion fringe, but made out of actual metal filament? Finer would be better, not like some of the massive twists you see on some of those giant epaulets...

So...any guesses?

Uh. I lied.

Jun. 3rd, 2009 11:26 pm
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So, I know I said I was trying to use up fabric I already had, but I got back from training in Spring Arbor this afternoon and didn't want to just go home, so I went swatch shopping instead. I'm thinking in terms of that I'm not going to be able to get away with not going to any more Civil War events and then [livejournal.com profile] nuranar was talking about her wrapper and [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre posted pictures of hers and...

Whatever. I'm looking at fabric, and I wanted opinions on prints:

[livejournal.com profile] superiorcap has already weighed in with a "good!" on the maroon and a "don't know" on the blue. And told me to post on LJ for those more knowledgeable than I to see, so that's what I'm doing.

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Dear [livejournal.com profile] sarahnucci,

Where did you get the wide-brimmed straw hat that I've seen you wearing in pictures of you and [livejournal.com profile] koshka_the_cat at Civil War reenactments? In pursuit of my goal to never get another tan/burn/sun damage at a historic event ever again, I'm shopping for face-shading headwear. I know where to get low-crowned hats for 18th century, but anything after that escapes me. Help! ;)



Oh, and...

Dear Everybody,

Has anyone ever heard of (or ordered from) Victorianbonnets.com, aka " Mrs. Parker's Millinery and Mercantile" at all? I'd never seen 'em before, but since this is a hundred years out of period for me, that's no surprise at all.

Thanks again!


not mopey!

Oct. 28th, 2008 12:42 am
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Has anyone used Galleria before? I'm trying to add event photos to the Tortue website (HERE) and I'm stuck.

Supposedly, the script/code/whatever is supposed to create clickable thumbnails out of an unordered list of images--mine's creating the thumbnails but they're not clickable. If you go to the page above, you'll be able to see the thumbnails (looking rather nondescript), and if you right click and "view image", it'll show you the whole picture. But you can't click the thumbnail and it doesn't appear on the right side of the page like it's supposedly supposed to do.

P.S. I have internet at my house now. :) So I can ask the great LJ braintrust odd questions at odd hours of the night again.

Edited: Okay, new problem. I tried it in IE and it works...sort of. The thumbnails look better and are clickable, but the image pops up in an awkward place. So if you could reply to this post and let me know what browser you're working and what the page looks like for you, I'd really appreciate it.
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Hey everybody. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Now heeeellllllllp!

I want to know about web hosts. A bunch of you have your own honest-to-goodness websites with their own domains and everything. I've had a website of some form or another since about 2002 or so, always hosted on some free service. I think it's time my website grew up a bit, so I've been pondering services and companies to go through.

Also, my friend Tyler wants me to build him a website for his Civil War hats. I'm overly amused at this, given my nitty-gritty knock-down-drag-out warfare approach to website building. But he's paying for it, so whatever. I don't want to find him a crappy host, though.

So, recommendations? Who do you use, who would you avoid, etc?
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Okay, everyone, I figure most if not all of you are artsier than I am, so it's a good place to start.

As I've mentioned, I'm thinking of applying to grad school for either costume design or costume technology. Both of those require a portfolio--okay, fine. I've got all my senior project stuff, but that's not a very diverse sampling of stuff, you know? So I'd like to include other stuff, but I don't know where to start. I guess I really have two questions, then.

What other kinds of stuff should I include?


What's standard policy/procedure on using photographs that I did not take in a portfolio? I'm thinking specifically of the makeup work I did for Sound of Music last spring--there was some guy, a hobbyist photographer, who took some amazing shots that I'd like to include in my portfolio. My mom bought prints from him, but I don't have any information about how to contact him or anything, so...um? What if I can't get a hold of him, for starters, and even if I do end up finding his information, how does one go about asking about something like this?

...and what are these people even looking for? I don't have any formal theatrical costume design experience where someone handed me a show and said, "go to town!" My experience has been strictly as an assistant (whose advice was seldom followed and often ignored, although solicited heavily). Except for with makeup--I was completely in charge of that for both Anne of Green Gables and Sound of Music.

Okay, so that was three questions. Sorry.
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Sara Vazquez, this is for you--because I swore up and down and sideways that I would never be onstage, and here I am, cast as the "bowing woman," in Sound of Music this spring. I don't have to do anything but bow a lot and let some kid in a suit usher me offstage, but still.

The dilemma is this--they want me to have an over-the-top costume, appropriate for the first-place first soprano at the Festival. My mom volunteered me for this on the premise that I could wear my Venetian costume. One problem--it's too big.

The way I see it, I have a couple options:
  1. Try to re-fit the Venetian dress between now and April. I would also have to make some sleeves to go with it.
  2. Wear one of my other costumes (Fort clothes, Regency dress)
  3. Make something totally new out of one of these. )
  4. Get someone else to do it and just stop fretting.

Someone please tell me what I'm supposed to do!

I don't really want to back out, but the fact remains that I'm doing the makeup for this play, I'm helping with set & costume design and construction, and will probably end up learning lighting on the fly in order to oversee the hanging and positioning of the lights later on. That is WAY MORE than I bargained for when I said I'd help with this, but I did say I'd help. Therefore, I feel kind of badly about saying no--to anything. Including, but not limited to, bowing a million times in a ridiculous frock.


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