Aug. 7th, 2016

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I actually wound up finishing the kirtle this morning, since I was super tired by 9pm last night, and just decided to go bed and wake up early to finish. All I had left were 12 hooks and eyes, and a little bit of tacking down of seams. So I finished this morning, and wore it today to go to the faire! It was so nice to attend a faire in a dress that I don't have to worry about, and that allows me to fit in all the shops! Though I have to admit, I do miss the complements. ;) It even survived the rain. It started raining during the joust, and though I had an umbrella, it was coming down pretty hard, so we waited till our knight had jousted and then headed out. By the time I made it to the car, my apron was pretty much soaked (it was actually just a pinner apron I bought in Williamsburg in middle school and flipped the pinner part to the inside), but my nice wool kirtle hardly felt wet at all! I wore it over my 18th c quilted petticoat, and it gave it a nice amount of body, too.

Anyway, it turned out to be a nice, quick, and relatively simple project. I may add the second skirt guard at some point, and I'm debating about taking out the second row of cartridge pleating stitches (I took out the third, since it was pulling the skirt way too tightly). I also had spaced all my hooks and eyes 1.5" apart, and I definitely need to add two between the top hooks, because I had to pin those gaps closed. But overall, I'm quite happy with it, and I have to admit - although I didn't plan it that way (this project is entirely stash-based, after all), it really made me feel like Belle!

Here's some pics:

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My CoCo started with two very hot days in Disneyland with [ profile] nuranar! We spent most of the first day at CA Adventure, which was pretty wonderful. I think the highlight for me was probably experiencing the brand new Frozen show, and I liked it way more than I thought I would. Our Elsa was freaking amazing! We also got to experience the new Soarin Around the World, and we saw the 60th Anniversary version of World of Color, which was pretty impressive.

The next day, we went to Disneyland, which was not nearly as good! Disneyland seemed to be plagued with technical problems that day - first, we were evacuated from Haunted Mansion when we were about 20 people from the front of the line, then, Mickey's float stalled in front of us during the day parade (though to be honest, this was one of the highlights - I had no idea what would happen when a float fully stalled, and apparently, the answer is that all the dancers keep dancing for ten minutes, while they go find a heavy duty golf cart to hook up to the float to tow it the rest of the route. I loved Mickey's reaction to the whole ordeal, and we got to see inside the control panel of the float!), and then what really bummed me out was that the fireworks show froze halfway through, and we didn't get to see the end. :( Also, we checked at one point during the day, and Haunted Mansion, Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain were all closed at the same time. Clearly, Disney was just having an off day.

I realized later that Ginger and I didn't get any pictures together, except for this hilarious snap from Hyperspace Mountain!

Thursday, [ profile] reine_de_coudre met us for Denny's and kindly drove us up to CoCo. On the way, we stopped for a little bit in the fabric district, and to see the Reigning Men exhibit at LACMA. Seeing all that 18th c embroidery up close was really stunning! We got to CoCo just in time to get ready for check-in and the pool party. I wore my Titanic dinner dress, which I'm still not in love with, and I actually felt a bit out of place at the pool party, too, since everyone looked so fun and awesome in their 60s wear! I have to say, between the pool party and the Friday night social, I don't think I've ever seen so many people dress to the theme! It was also so nice to finally meet [ profile] sadievale and [ profile] quincy134!

I didn't take any pictures at all at the pool party, but luckily, [ profile] rebecca817 snapped a couple!

The rest of the weekend is coming soon!

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