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Collection update, GoFundMe, and more

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
― Terry Pratchett


I some super awesome exciting news!  Monday night I applied to the Study Abroad Italy (SAI) Florance University of the Arts (FUA) Summer II program and guess what?  Yesterday, around 1PM they sent me back an email saying that I’ve been accepted!  I think that has to be the fasted time in between an application, and acceptance, that I’ve ever had.  It’s also probably so fast because the application deadline for summer isn’t until March so I submitted mine pretty early.  The only problem with this, now, is the part on where I have to try and pay for this trip.  Unfortunately for me, this school year FAFSA wasn’t kind to me so I had to pay a lot (again) out of pocket.  What sucks is that it takes me pretty much all semester to pay off what I owe school, so that leaves me no time to save up for Florence.  (Last payment is due April for School, but 50% of FUA program, which is going to be $2300, is due March 10th and final payment is due April 9th T_T).

For those of you who can, please take a look at my GoFundMe at and possibly pass it to everyone you know!  I would really appreciate it!

That aside, I have some wonderful progress pictures for you guys on Sarah’s outfit.


Pattern for the viking-esque blouse.


Mock up of the blouse ready for trying on

The mannequin I used for the above picture has a different shaped bust than Sarah, so that’s why it looks like it’s pulling funny


Vest in mock-up, minus collar (that was added this morning and this picture was taken last night)

Ignore the fact that I’m in part of that picture haha.  I’m pretty sure that this stretched on me while attempting to do the princess seams (i totally forgot to stay stitch until afterward) so that is why I don’t think it lays right in parts, even when on the body.  I realize something like this doesn’t ever truly lay right when flattened on a surface…but still.  >>;  As of this morning, when I added the collar on, Sarah’s outfit is completely set to go for me to make a bonsai run home tomorrow!  Yay!  I also got Cassie’s pant’s block drafted (Although, again, I’ll have to add to the back.  For some reason, I always screw up that part D:<  It sits fine in the front, but for some reason it always ends up too low in the back.


Last night, I also pulled out my super amazing display board that Sarah made for me to use when I make things for Artist Alley.


I think 4 more hair prongs/forks (whatever you call them D: ) will fill out that row nicely, and then I’ll need to make more stock….because other than like 4 pairs of earrings, that’s all I’ve got made right there.


That’s it for now~  I’ll update more soon!

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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


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If you can dream it, you can do it.
-Walt Disney
No pictures for said progress, but I will get some soon, I promise (tomorrow perhaps?)  I’ve got to say, I think there is some sort of difference between my two corsets, even though I’ve given them the same amount of time during the break-in period.  It seems corset number 1 fits fine and can be tightened more without too much hassle compared to corset 2.  Corset number 2 seems to pinch my sciatic nerve, or whatever nerve runs dead center of my left thigh, because if I tighten it just about the same amount as corset 1, that area goes cold and it becomes uncomfortable.  I don’t know.  Perhaps it just needs a bit more lovin’? Haha.  Either way, I’m pleased to say that corset 1 can be closed comfortably with about a 2~3 inch gap evenly.  I had to loosen it after an hour of work, though, because apparently my hips and lower back are not appreciative of the corset when I have to stand for long periods of time and do some sort of work on my feet like I do at JoAnns.
I have, however, been able to wear the corset for nearly half the day.  Yesterday I managed 9 hours, and today I managed 11 hours.  I’m getting there~!  Just trying to figure out how I will switch between the corsets when I get to more of a 23/7 routine.  Right now I switch them out each day.
Outside the corsetry, I’ve at least gotten the torso blocks that I needed done.  Cassie’s is pinned together, minus the sleeve, and Sarah’s is as least stay-stitched in the necessary areas.  I’ll pin hers tomorrow at some point.  Eventually I will draft the pants block I will use to modify, but I may do those next week while I’m at school so I have access to better paper.  Unfortunately the kind of paper I have at home rips easily so it’s hard to use a mechanical pencil….I’ve noticed that some of my notches aren’t lining up like they should and I feel that may be part of it (or the fabric stretched weirdly….either way).
On another note, I can’t believe I’m starting my Spring semester, already, in about 4 days.  I leave for school Monday and then I start classes Tuesday.  It’s going to be a bit surreal, I think.  This is (hopefully), the last full semester I will have to take before I graduate.  Just need to get another credit check, get some info on summer graduation/December walk ceremony thing, and make sure that I don’t have to take another full semester.  It also looks like I will be able to go forward with applying to the Study Abroad Italy (SAI) program to Florence.  I’m excited!
OH! TOTALLY UNRELATED TO CORSET AND SCHOOL! I have to tell the most amusing thing today.  So at work, there was this kid that was buying a rolo, and because I love rolos, I tell him that’s an awesome choice (because come on…chocolate and caramel? DELICIOUS).  Not sure why, but this kid goes and mutters “Yeah, rolo’s are like DS’s…they’re both getting thinner”.  To kind of engage in conversation (because I was ringing out his mom’s purchases and I like to make small talk), I asked if he meant a Nintendo DS.  He looked at me with the most surprised and excited expression and asked “You know what a DS is??”  Me: “Yeah!  I own a 2nd gen one…or whatever a DS lite is.  Wish I could get a 3ds one day so I can play Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds”  This kid got even happier when I mentioned “Zelda” and pretty much exclaimed “OH MY GOD YOU LIKE LEGEND OF ZELDA?”  His sister also chimed in that it was because of the newest game her brother let her play that she started getting into the series too.  She mentioned she started playing some of the older games.  Me: “Yeah, I was practically raised on Legend of Zelda, for the NES.  WITH the gold cartridge (because….it was gold and shiny and I liked it).”  Seriously.  This boy was incredibly excited that I knew about this and I was incredibly excited that he was incredibly excited BECAUSE LEGEND OF ZELDA.
So, this kid had to be at least 10 years old, maybe younger.  In the most serious voice a 10 year old can make, he asks me before they leave “I have to ask.  Mario or Luigi.”  Me, not honestly having an opinion to other one said “Well…Mario, unless I play with my brothers, then I have to be Luigi.”  He seemed satisfied enough with the answer and left with his mom and sister super excited.  His mom was laughing and said “I don’t even know what just happened here”  I basically said “We just had a nerd moment over video games.  That’s all that matters”
I had a nerd moment with a 10 year old.  And he made me feel old, but in a good way.  It was so awesome.
In any case, I think that’s enough for one night.  As soon as school starts, the posts may dwindle, but I’ll start to be able to include more pictures with progress of my collection 🙂
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


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