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It seems like every county fair finds me sewing a new shirt for someone...

This year the project was a 1790s style woman's shift, petticoat, and short gown.

links consulted:07-17 rendezvous.jpg

measurements to remember:

shift:

  • sleeves are 16" wide x  however much was left after taking a body of 20" wide from the piece of fabric (could possibly go down to 15" ? )

  • gussets were cut 4.5" x4.5" from the circle taken out of the neck opening and hemed are approx. 3" x  3" (try flat-felling edges after insertion???)


petticoat:

  • waist was pleated down to approx. 19" on both sides (44" fabric, selvadge used for side seams)

  • 3.5" hem depth

  • super happy with how this turned out!


short gown:

  • went with 17" wide for the sleeve

  • 8" to side seam

  • 8" x 2" neck opening, cut on shoulder fold; added 2" depth to front after tring it on

  • winged the side seam curve; looks okay? we'll see how it wears

  • reminds me a lot of the patterns for viking coats, could be the length of the skirt on the gown

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2016 Year End Statistics

Goals:
Writing
* I'd like to have at least four completed drafts next year; focus on the in-progress!
* At least two more short stories
* Share something complete with a wider audience

Crafts
* 12 projects

Drawing
* at least one drawing a month
* finish 'G is for Gullible' since it's at least 1/2 done XD
* do three new paintings

Music
* find a way to quantify this goal because 'be better at playing' is not measurable
* improve improv skills?
* be able to play in sharps again *grumble grumble* (it's cool to flip flop to flats (and vice versa) but not cool to do so to the exclusion of the key in which the hymn is written)
* learn a new piano piece
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NaNo2016: Word of the Day 25-30

Nov. 25  wordcount: 40,121
Merriam Webster word of the day: genteel

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Nov. 26  wordcount: 41,504
Merriam Webster word of the day: wistful

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Nov. 27  wordcount: 43,826
Merriam Webster word of the day: dynasty

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Nov. 28  wordcount: 45,012
Merriam Webster word of the day: vicissitude

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Nov. 29  wordcount: 48,117
Merriam Webster word of the day: cabbage

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Nov. 30  wordcount: 50,026
Merriam Webster word of the day: soporific

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Aaaaaaaand done! *tosses manuscript in the drawer* It can come out when its closer to what I was imagining when I started.
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NaNo2016: Word of the Day 19-24

Nov. 19  wordcount: 27,606
Merriam Webster word of the day: meshuggener

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Nov. 20  wordcount: 29,742
Merriam Webster word of the day: nictitate

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Nov. 21  wordcount: 32,003
Merriam Webster word of the day: kafkaesque

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Nov. 22  wordcount: 35,027
Merriam Webster word of the day: protocol

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Nov. 23  wordcount: 37,216
Merriam Webster word of the day: impute

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Nov. 24  wordcount: 37,552
Merriam Webster word of the day: riddle

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NaNo2016: Word of the Day 13-18

Nov. 13  wordcount: 17,262
Merriam Webster word of the day: sabot

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Nov. 14  wordcount: 18,628
Merriam Webster word of the day: hoke

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Nov. 15  wordcount: 20,735
Merriam Webster word of the day: quid pro quo

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Nov. 16  wordcount: 22,997
Merriam Webster word of the day: jejune

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Nov. 17  wordcount: 23,900
Merriam Webster word of the day: obfuscate

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Nov. 18  wordcount: 26,464
Merriam Webster word of the day: lambent

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NaNo2016: Word of the Day 7-12

Nov. 7  wordcount: 10,749
Merriam Webster word of the day: auriferous

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Nov. 8  wordcount: 12,010
Merriam Webster word of the day: bully pulpit

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Nov. 9  wordcount: 13,434
Merriam Webster word of the day: triptych

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Nov. 10  wordcount: 14,625
Merriam Webster word of the day: elicit

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Nov. 11  wordcount: 15,007
Merriam Webster word of the day: ukase

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Nov. 12  wordcount: 15,395
Merriam Webster word of the day: facetious

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NaNo2016: Word of the Day 1-6

Nov. 1  wordcount: 1702
Merriam Webster word of the day: gravid

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Nov. 2  wordcount: 2832
Merriam Webster word of the day: temerarious

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Nov. 3  wordcount: 5152
Merriam Webster word of the day: echelon

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Nov. 4  wordcount: 6239
Merriam Webster word of the day: dicker

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Nov. 5  wordcount: 7716
Merriam Webster word of the day: cavalcade

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Nov. 6  wordcount: 9752
Merriam Webster word of the day: mollify

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NaNo2016: An anticipation

Flying Horse
by Meltintalle
NaNoWriMo 2016


As long as flying horses have called Kalivi Mountain home there has been an Auberg to watch over them. But Klara and Karl are the last of the Aubergs and too young to stay on Kalivi on their own. Uncle Alaric insists they come stay with him in Delchin, but there the king wants the flying horses for his war. Can Klara protect the herd that trusted her and save her family legacy?


first proposed here
(it hasn't changed much; I've just added a subplot stolen from Hans Christian Anderson's The Tinderbox, a family on a boat that I think I stole from The Deerslayer, decided that my undead (not-dead? time-travelling?) folk hero and heroine get to make cameo appearances, and I'm trying to figure out how to work a Toad-escaping-from-gaol Wind in the Willows reference into the boat sequence... basically, it's a mess but on the bright side I have a detailed outline for the first two-thirds of the story and an expectation of how the ending will go down. Whether the ending is SATISFYING, however... XD)
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Leatherworking #1



I saw the idea on Pinterest and went, "Oh, I know someone who might have the tools to accomplish this..."

Turns out my sisters are awesome and have the comparable stamp sets and one was willing to walk me through the process. I couldn't set the smaller type in straight lines, but it's more than adequate as a first attempt.

It took about two and a half hours to complete, though the sealer will have to dry for a whole day.