Listening: Steve Earle mix, "Delta Momma Blues" (Townes Van Zandt). I decided the Ex-Boyfriend Mix was a bad idea, even though it has lots of good stuff on it.
Movies: The Rocketeer (1991): I saw this in the theater when it was new. It's just as gloriously Art Deco and just as completely implausible as I remember, but Billy Campbell is adorable and Jennifer Conolly and Timothy Dalton are ideal types for their roles.
Sleepy Hollow (1999): Mixed. Who doesn't kind of love Johnny Depp? I have issues with Tim Burton films, though--I love that they jump into the deep end of flamboyant gothic-ness, but I wish they left more to the viewer's imagination.
I didn't realize I'd only done one post on this project so far! I haven't been posting from home because my home computer, which I think may have been built by Duesenberg, is a complete disaster. I literally haven't used it in months. The hard drive crashed late last year. I had it replaced and was all fired up about having my computer back but, when I tried to use it, it was still so slow I couldn't get anything done. I took off all the major programs except for Office and Photoshop; and I know Photoshop is a bit of a load but some things are simply essentials. Nope; it still couldn't handle it. I bought a good new virus-scan program for it but that couldn't find anything (I'm still convinced that either there was something on there that the virus ware didn't catch, or that the new hard-drive was also bad, but it's a moot point now). It also never really liked the wireless Internet setup and it couldn't find the printer with both hands and a map. So it's been holding down the desk since December.
Well, my parents decided to help me get a newer computer for my birthday, which is next month. I am now the proud and Internet-capable owner of a gently used Mac.
Anyway, I got a lot done this weekend. Mispickel has a mild UTI and had to be taken to the vet's on Saturday morning. She's fine, but a little bit of stress = sleepy kitty, and I got a lot of work done that afternoon while she was passed out under a chair. She tried to interfere a little bit but didn't really have the energy to follow through:
I couldn't find an affordable green bangle on such short notice--I even considered getting a blank wooden one and painting it myself, but I was afraid it wouldn't ship fast enough--so I got some beads at Michael's and made a non-bangle bracelet.
I added a small pocket to the right-side seam (the zipper is in the left seam) so I wouldn't have a psychological breakdown when I tried to wear it. I'm very pocket-dependent.
The pleats in the front waist (the back is gathered):
The collar was supposed to be unlined, with a narrow hand-rolled hem, so it would collapse into graceful folds. It looked like a terrible, flimsy, idea, so I added a lightweight cotton lining (in tan because, realistically, ring-around-the-collar happens). It won't collapse like it should have, but I have a ridiculously long neck so I don't need it to.
After that, it went together without much effort. I have to do the shoulder pads, the hem, and a ridiculous amount of handwork, but it's under control.