I got to spend yesterday evening and some of today with my stepbrother. He's one of the cooler people on the planet. Yesterday he interviewed with the Evil Empire and he flew home this afternoon. Selfishly, I hope he gets and takes a job here in Madtown. Even if he chooses to go to Chicago, that's still MUCH closer than Germany, Massachusetts, or Florida.
I also finished the heraldry for the WoD campaign that I'm running. Or, to be more precise, I've finished the heraldry for all the families that I currently know about. I expect that some of my plot bunnies will give me more reasons to play with little shields and clipart.
My practice corset is now in the hands of Downwood, getting grommets put in along the back for lacing. I made the pattern according to the specifications of an online custom pattern generator
. The thing to remember about Elizabethan corsets is that the goal is to make the torso a cylinder and flatten the bust. It gives a VERY different silhouette than Victorian or Civil War corsetry (the icon is a Victorian corset).
I'm planning another corset, one that will probably be the basis for the formal gown I want to make, and have been taking notes on things that I've learned from this one. One of these things is that broom straw makes for fabulous boning. Seriously, it's working so much better than it has any right to. I bought a broom, took out the stitching, and used the strands to stuff the boning channels. Downwood likened it to wicker armor, which it pretty much is. According to my sources, broom straw breathes better and is much lighter than plastic or steel and is a heck of a lot cheaper than artificial whalebone. We'll see how it works for me.
These are my accomplishments for the day. I'd say this is a very good use of a rainy Saturday. Tomorrow I can do more sewing, some plotting, maybe paint, and then there's gaming to be had. I adore weekends.