Work is progressing slowly but surely on the 1536 gear I've got to make. The deadline was extended until the 10th but I'm going to have to pull my socks up if the jerkin and gown are going to be finished. Got the body of the former together tonight except for the sleeves and while, gosh, velvet makes a lovely finished product, it is a BITCH to work with. Between the little balls of... material everywhere and its loathsome tendency to drift apart as you sew it (despite the amount of pins you put in), it's taxing to say the least. But man, it looks good when it's all together.
Would have WIP shots but there's not much to see. If I get the chance, I'll start the skirts tomorrow (YAYPLEATMATH!!shootmenowplz) and put up some pictures then. Suffice it to say that the outside is a chocolate velvet, interlined with canvas, and lined with cream-coloured polyester. The purist in me cringes at the latter but it was a matter of $5/metre poly or $35/metre silk duppioni (which isn't period either). And I wasn't footing the bill or I would have gone with the silk.
And lo, Halloween came and went and verily, the Supah Sekrit costume was debuted. We went to see The Three Musketeers a couple of weeks ago and I knew after I saw the trailer that I was going to develop a "thing" for Cardinal Richelieu (but only in the Christoph Waltz form). There's one scene where he's fencing, wearing a linen shirt (thank you, Costume Designers, for using period materials), and a nifty brown leather doublet. I saw that and went "Holy shit, I have those things. Like, THOSE EXACT THINGS. AND THAT HAIR!" So it was just a matter of making up his red pileus (fancy Latin word for "skull cap") and a sash and rocking the eyebrow-pencil!facial hair.
Probably my new favourite picture ever. Foam pirate sword ftw. Better photos later. Maybe.
Also, you know what's hot? This:
Man, if I was six feet tall, and old, and a dude, I would SO be costuming that shit. Seriously. Just love it how he's got the skirts of his cassock tucked up into the belt around his cuirass.
On the topic of not being a dude, we had our annual Gala for the Museum last Saturday. There are a couple of my co-workers who read this rather routinely and they find #1 in the FAQ rather amusing. I'm not one for wearing overly... girly things so the prospect of wearing a dress seems to require a rather large mental leap for some people. But I give you proof that it DOES happen (and that I am, in fact, of the female variety):
Furthermore, on the topic of lulz, the University library thinks I owe them $723 but that's a story for a different day. And so to bed.