A list of ongoing creative sewing projects, in no particular order;

  • Great sarong tie review; I have grown gradually fatter since I started wearing sarongs, so the older the sarong, the shorter the ties. The older ones are now too shrot to wear. So, I need to sew on longer ties to the older ones. also, the black sarong I got last year has no ties at all on it.

  • Make two new satin cravats. I have the material, just need to rearrange the living room so that I have the space to measure and cut.

  • Fix both pairs of thai fisherman's pants. The bigger pair have a gaping crotch hole that needs to get patched. Thankfully, the pants came in a bag of the same material, so I have somethign to patch with. The other pair just need to get some sitching replaced.

  • Sew buttons on to pinstripe pants. This is for attaching button braces to. I also need to get at least one more set of button braces.

  • Steampunk Kscope outfit. I'm thinking sarong-weight double-breasted waistcoat over wrap pants or a sarong, big boots, bandana, goggles and leather cuffs. Maybe a cravat, and maybe a standalone collar to go with it above the waistcoat. And the bat-utility belt, of course. Sketching will hopefully happen at lunch time today.

  • polar fleece arm-warmers. These have been sitting in the sewing bin for probably close to two years at this point.

  • Utility belt. Needs more grommets, another pair of pouches and two more belt loops. Also considering making a removable larger pouch to hang down one side to put a paperback in.

  • Raven hoodie. Black hoodie with a raven cut out from an old t-shirt, plus glow in the dark skull and crossbones patches on the arms. I want to lengthen the sleeves with some sort of black and white stripe pattern. Do I want to use alternating strips of black and white sweatshirt material to match the hoodie? Will that result in the white getting greyed out when the hoodie gets washed? What about using white spray paint or screen printing ink to add white stripes to black? I suspect that I will continue to add bits and pieces as I find more neat stuff to sew on to it over time.

  • I should also make a pair or two of gaiters to wear over combat boots etc. They'd also be useful when biking, as long as I made them snug enough.

  • black flannel hakama; because 7 layers of flannel should keep me warm pretty much anywhere... Again, I have the material and a pattern, but no space to lay out the pattern, etc. Also, i still suck at using patterns.

curgoth: (Default)
( Nov. 10th, 2009 08:57 am)
Steampunk photoroam. There may have been a little photoshop in a couple pics.
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( Nov. 9th, 2009 10:13 am)
Tired due to almost too much weekend.

Friday and Saturday during the day were low key. The excitement started with dinner with the LizRents at Terroni. Next was Dark Rave, getting to bed around 4:30am. I was up at around 8:30, and down in Chinatown for dim sum with [livejournal.com profile] olletho and crew for 10:30. By 2pm, I was at the Toronto Steampunk Society meetup for photoroaming the Distillery District. We are a bunch of hams. Also, steampunks + segways == hilarity. We are considering going back at some point and renting a pack of them. The five step rule was in effect for a good chunk of the roam - take five steps and another group of people with cameras materialize and take aim. My pics will be up... eventually. This set needs some photoshopping to insert the zeppelin and lasers.

Dinner at Fionn's rounded out the weekend. An early bed time produced extra sleep, though not quite enough - still wiped this morning.

On the plus side, I have learned a valuable skill - making weak tea. If I make tea with 1 tsp of leaves per cup, the tea is weak enough that I can still sleep at night. Before, my habit was to use 1 tbsp or more per cup, and I used to steep it longer.
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( Oct. 14th, 2009 09:04 am)

You're after my robot bee!

Harvard got a $10 million grant to build a colony of robot bees. Sure, they're resistant tot he beepocalypse. But consider what happens when someone gets thr bright idea to start putting cameras on them. Are you prepared?

Marvel fails, again.

"Sexy" Halloween costumes. That look nothing like the charcater's outfits at all. One of them is for a character that doesn't exist. Well, okay, the Emma Frost one is pretty accurate.

Five Comic Book Costumes for Women that Won't Turn You Into a Sex Object

Also includes five costumes for men that *will* get you objectified.

Wanna pet zebra?

Scientists work on the genetics of domestication. StB: don't read this story. They do things to rats you won't like.

The Power of Hypnosis

Scientists propose using hypnosis to study various hysterical disorders (hysterical blindness, etc.) Based on thier tests, I am probably hypnotisable. Someone call King Mob.

Out Of Body Experiences

Brains freak me out.

Google Street View roundup

The Torontoist finds amusing things on Google street view in Toronto.

It's Steampunk month on Tor.com

Maybe some day I'll even find time to read it!

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( May. 5th, 2009 01:41 pm)
The Toronto Steampunk Society is having a "Promenade and Picnic" Sunday May 17th from 10am to 5pm. From 10-1, it's wandering in a disorganised fashion through St. Lawrence Market (south side). At 1, wander up to Allen Gardens for a picnic.

For those to whom I mentioned a photoshoot at Casa Loma on the 31st, that event has been cancelled, apparently because Casa Loma cahrges extra for photoshoots.
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( Aug. 17th, 2008 01:57 pm)
Signs that I'm a yuppie - it's hot, and my nerves are jangly from too much caffeine, so I'm having a beer. A beer aged 30 days in oak barrels, then matured for another 47 days before bottling. And I opened it with the hook on my corkscrew.

Signs that I'm a geek - I am going to go down to the Church St. fet fair to get my riding boots polished later, so I am drinking my beer wearing a sort of gay steampunk biker outfit. Because it goes with the boots.
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( Jun. 5th, 2008 06:23 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] sqrt_joy gave me "Top Five Steampunk Accessories!"

  1. Goggles!

  2. Pocket Watch

  3. Walking Stick

  4. Time Machine

  5. Top hat (if presenting as male) or corset (if presenting as female)

curgoth: (Head Goggles)
( Mar. 9th, 2008 05:01 am)
The clock claims that it's almost 5am. I think that chocolate cake had caffeine in it.

Regardless, I've finished my first attempt at modifying a modern dress shirt to give it a more Victorian/steampunk edge (by no means historically accurate, but it works better with a cravat). I also finally cleaned up and edged my cravat, and tried it out after pressing it. The neckline looks much nicer when its been pressed first, and the neck is much more comfortable with the modified shirt.

I still can't sew straight, but that'll come with practice. I also picked up a couple more vests and a nice tie today, so I'm getting to the point where I actually have a few neovictorian/steampunk outfits, particularly once I pick up my Gentleman's Emporium order next week.

It may just be time for a photoshoot, if I can get someone to take pictures for me while I run around and change clothes frequently.

I went to visit my riding boots today, too. The stretching didn't add enough room, so they're going to add a slit and a couple of buckles so I can adjust the top five inches or so. This should give me enough room to tuck various pants into them.

Due to the Snowpocalypse, my date for tonight got cancelled, since neither of us had the energy to leave the house again. Hence the sewing.

Tomorrow will be date rain check, and laundry. Of course, if I don't go to sleep soon, it will *be* tomorrow.

There must have been something in that cake...
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( Feb. 13th, 2008 10:43 am)
Still sick. Cold meds are nice, but I have no brain today. I am working on keeping the cough drugged into submission until the doc on Thursday - last night while driving int he blizzard I had a coughing fit so intense my vision went to blue stars for about 5 seconds. I worked very hard on just not coughing after that.

I just realised something. I got a small bonus from work (about 25% of what it would be if the company wasn't doing abysmally), but that's money I wasn't expecting to get. I *could* spend that money on some ties and cravats and maybe a frock coat from the Gentleman's Emporium... This cannot end well. But... puff ties! Cravats! Gloves! Trousers! Frock coats! I should be glad, at least, that I don't partcularly like any of their waistcoats.

Saved! They won't ship to Canada.

I should be getting work done, but I has no brane.
curgoth: (brass goggles)
( Nov. 21st, 2007 06:21 pm)
I've been pondering a number of steampunk related events, and wonder who might be interested.

steampunkiness below )
I have a peculiar fixation on Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.

This goes back to steampunk RPG convention game I played in, where my character, a mad inventor, had a cigarette case full of dozens of tiny clockwork killer robot fairies that played Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, slightly out of sync, in a sort of cheap music box sort of tone.

I would love to hear Einsturzende Neubauten doing that song with crashing and banging, old school industrial style. I don't think they will, though.

If any of you ever come across a music box that plays that song, let me know. I wants it.
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( Nov. 2nd, 2007 02:21 am)
Home from the concert. I missed the opening band, Johnny Hollow because of working late and general slackitude at home.

I got to the show just as Abney Park came on, and, as expected, I enjoyed the hell out of them. I got to chat briefly with three of the people from the video shoot, as well as [livejournal.com profile] zagatto, who was there taking some good looking pictures.

After that, there was a brief fashion show, and then Android Lust. When I first heard of the show, I was planning to go just to see AL - Abney Park became a deciding factor once I knew more about them. AL did not disappoint, and I danced the Gothic Industrial Robot Dance throughout. Much fun was had. Now, I am waiting for caffeine and absinthe to wear off, and ripping all the CDs I bought.

Then, bed.

Mmm, bed.
curgoth: (Beard-glare)
( Nov. 1st, 2007 09:00 pm)
Late at work again, got home and tore my closet apart looking for stuff to wear to NeoVictorian Nightmares. Eventually remembered that my "Dicken's coat" is with StB. Couldn't find my favourite vest, either, but I'm certain it's here somewhere. That's what I get for cleaning things up. I want more neo-Victorian / steampunk clothes. Also, I need to get gear for making my own leather accessories. And I need to learn to weld.

Right now, though, I need to finish my soup, get my other boot on and toss back this Czech absinthe, and get my ass out to the show on the off chance that they intend to actually start before ten.

Also, I need to make a steampunk icon.
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( Nov. 1st, 2007 09:46 am)
Since I don't have time to write a freaking novel, November will be microfiction month. My aim is to write a microfic a day.

today is steampunk day )
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( Oct. 16th, 2007 10:11 am)
There's another music video shoot this Saturday starting at 2 at Hart House. They are looking for a lot of people so they can get a crowd scene. I'm probably going to go to this one. If you happen to be interested, but don't have anything you think is appropriate, I have stuff I can lend out (including stuff for people a bit bigger or smaller than me)
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( Oct. 13th, 2007 04:44 pm)
The music video I was in is up on youtube. The sound is kind of off in spots, and the focus got mangled by youtube, but it's still fun;

curgoth: (Skull Buckle Boots)
( Oct. 2nd, 2007 11:14 am)
Well, no, not really.

Saturday, I went to go be an extra in a music video. My primary motivation was an excuse to dress up in my neovictorian clothes, since they're too warm to wear to clubs (can't dance in that much velvet!).

When I got there, I was asked if I could run in the boots I was wearing (picutred in the icon above). I said yes. I was then told that I was to be the star of the video, most of which consists of me running while wearing pointy toed boots and a black velvet frock coat. I had a lot of fun, though I was limping pretty badly yesterday. Not good boots for running! I would still have done it, though, if I had the choice. Too much fun!

Serendipitously, there was some kind of anime doll society meeting where we were shooting, so we snagged a couple of the kids from that as extra extras, and got some nice shots of creepy dolls.

All told, it was about five hours of running, on and off. Not good for my feet and legs, but totally worth it.

I will post the video once it goes up wherever it's going up. If you think it sounds like fun, they're doing another on on the 13th. I don't think I'm going to be able to make it to that one, but if anyone on my flist wants to borrow some clothes, let me know.


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