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And, y'know, those pesky things like mortgage and groceries. :-P

After some shopping around (assisted by the GBACG's pattern review site, a most helpful resource I hadn't encountered before), I have now ordered JP Ryan's robe à la française pattern.

I got a great deal on that Italian brocade for what it is, but it still wasn't cheap. And since I got it at a hole-in-the-wall shop in Toronto about six years ago, and have never seen anything like it since, I'm pretty much considering it irreplaceable. Hence, while I tend to be awful about not doing muslins for pretty much anything I'm not draping from scratch (or at least altering drastically), this one definitely calls for a trial run before scissors touch fabric. I'm thinking I'll find a nice calico/broadcloth combination or something, so it will be a usable trial run instead of just a throwaway muslin.

With luck, I'll have that ready for PotC (which, hmmm, opening the weekend of Shore Leave, which I've regretfully admitted to myself I really can't make on account of company), and then do the brocade version in time to add gloves, jabot and mask for a clockwork-bot at Chicago TARDIS.

Meanwhile, I've been asked to design Magical Starlight's (non-musical) fall production of Cinderella, and expressed tentative interest contingent on performance opportunities in the interim. (They have a LOT of stock to pull from, so it probably wouldn't involve much building.) Plus I finally got round to seeing Memoirs of a Geisha last weekend (one word: Drooooooooooool!), and am all jazzed about pitching in on O.P.E.R.A.'s Butterfly (which would go up sometime next spring).

Meanwhile meanwhile, Jenny Lind's concert dress wasn't done last night like I hoped, but it's not too too far off. I still have some hunting as well as sewing for this show, but it's still looking manageable. *touch wood* Plus at least one of my volunteers has serious skillz (very unusual), and is probably taking all three of Chairy's dresses off my hands. And possibly getting fabric donated besides. I'll be very happy when it's a month from now and everybody's dressed and done, but I'm having fun now too.

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garfeimao
May. 16th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Val, here is the LJ name of my friend in Chicago land who is also a big Who fan, and I'll leave your name with her.

lilithlotr
wiliqueen
May. 16th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thanks!
seldearslj
May. 16th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
I can hear you saying the title and opening line of this post.

Teehee. :)

Do you have pics of any of these costumes you design and make? I love costumes, but have zero time to actually design/create etc.
wiliqueen
May. 16th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to get better about taking pictures, and also in the early-middle stages of getting my theatrical portfolio together. (A process hampered somewhat by trying to get pictures from a couple of past directors...)

Right now all I can show you is here, and most of them are pretty old. Once I get back to work on the portfolio, there'll be some more up.
swirling_poetry
May. 16th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Just because of the costuming talk...

You really need to come see Power at Victory Gardens. Because the costumes are amazing. I haven't seen the show myself yet, but just watching the actors wander through the lobby to get to their entrances has left me drooling. It's set in Louis XIX's court, and they're all so fancy...it's great.
wiliqueen
May. 16th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, will definitely have to try. Thanks!
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