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tashabear
tashabear
really and for true grown-ups
Wolfie and I did something yesterday that we've never ever done before, and it's high time we did.

No, not that.

We bought a mattress set.  Today, we go to Ikea and buy the bed (if it's decent quality).  We got the set at Mattress Discounters, in Salem, and it's a soft-top -- the grade between tight-top and pillow-top on the plushiness scale.  It wasn't cheap, but it's guaranteed for ten years, and will hopefully last us twice that.  This whole endeavor is our anniversary present to ourselves, said two-year anniversary being Monday.  The traditional second anniversary gift is cotton, and, well, there will be cotton sheets and such, and a cotton mattress cover.  Close enough.

I'm excited.  We've never bought furniture together before (storage shelves and Rubbermaid tubs really don't count).  And we've both hated the waterbed for years, plus Max peed on it and it still smells funny, especially when it's humid, so it's totally time for it to go.  Plus, the bedframe is a mess -- I broke one of the pencil posts on the footboard clean off the other day (it's been hanging on by a thread for years).  So new bed tomorrow, then we'll drain the waterbed on Friday and clean the bedroom and hopefully get the bed assembled and pick up the mattress that evening.  If we don't manage it, we'll grab an air mattress out of the camping gear and sleep on the floor for a night (Or put it on the bed.  That would work, too.)

I bought a lot of fabric yesterday, hoping to have enough to make pants for Wolfie with much of it... and I don't have enough.  I need another half yard or yard of everything -- in one case, I need a yard and a half, and I bought all they had.  It's annoying, and piecing the plaid and the stripe will be oh, so fun... maybe I can piece the top instead of the bottom.  Bleah.  I have enough to make the tunics, though.  I already cut one out, and it takes about 2.5 yards.

i feel: okay okay

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evilnicola From: evilnicola Date: June 22nd, 2006 11:49 am (UTC) (base camp)
I will be very amused if you run into Inae at Ikea, being as she is already there.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 11:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's going to take us an hour to get there, and we're not leaving for an hour, but it could happen. If it does, I'll tell her you tried to warn us.
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yup, so you told me. I'll make my own estimation, thanks, esecially given that my parents have pine furniture that they've had for years, and I don't necessarily see dents and wear marks as negative in the case of this bed. I appreciate your trying to help, though.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, and Ikea cotton sheets are THE BEST. Cool to the touch, soft right out of the package and they last for years. My childrens' sheet sets (two sets, rotated on and off the beds every other week) lasted for-- seriously-- eight years.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Good to know. I *adore* cotton sheets, and we also use them camping, because percale gets so hot in comparison. Thanks!
jdulac From: jdulac Date: June 22nd, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC) (base camp)
you might be able to make pants from the smaller amounts of cloth if you go with the Thorsbjorg style... Luke has made some very economically.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'll look into it. I like making the sweatpants style that I do because it takes longer to cut than to sew, and I don't have to think about it much. There's so much to do, I'm afraid that working out a new pattern will slow me down, but I suppose it can't hurt to try. Is there a cutting pattern online, Your Excellency?
jdulac From: jdulac Date: June 22nd, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
ah, there is no pattern. It is purely a draping exercise and represents a totally different way of thinking about pants... There's a useful paper here: http://www.frojel.com/Documents/Document04.html

You'll need some cloth, scissors, and lots of pins :). Take a rectangle of cloth and wrap it around the leg, from angle to waist, with the join on the inside of the leg. The cloth shouldn't be too wide -- about enough to wrap around and almost meet near the top of the thigh. Start pinning at the ankle, making it moderately fitted, and work your way up as far as you can reasonably go. You'll run out of cloth as you near the crotch area. Fill out with a triangular gusset towards the back so you've got cloth all the way around the leg up to the crotch. It should be easy to move in. Now fit a rectangular piece across the back, pinning the legs to it, until you have something that almost stays up, except that the crotch is open. Fit a little piece for the underside of the crotch. Then fit a somewhat triangular piece in the fly area. Then throw on a waistband that goes all the way around. The original has belt loops on the waistband, but you could probably get away with making a drawstring if you liked. These pants should be very comfortable to move in.

I realize that this method is probably not faster than what you are doing :(, but it is very economical of cloth :) What I also find interesting is what it tells us about the idea of "pants" for people in the past...

tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I think this is something that will have to wait until I'm not trying to make twenty-some garments in six weeks. I thank you, though, and will try that in the fall when life is a little less insane. :-)
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yes, there's a pattern online somewhere ... aha. My google-fu remains strong:

http://willadsenfamily.org/sca/isabel_as/norse-garb/women_men_norse_garb_overview.pdf

However, go with Master Justin's draping instructions; I think that the pattern shown in this PDF would be more of a guideline on the general shaping for an individual rather than what we'd think of as a pattern.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Cool, thanks!

I remain thrilled that you are on my friend's list (and that we remembered each other from all those years ago on the one true SCA_garb!).
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (base camp)
*grin* You flatter me-- I'm not that important in the Great SCA Scheme of Things. Amusing, I'll grant you that.

At any rate, you are a refreshing dash of vinegar in a world too damned full of sweetness and light. Savory, piquant and fun.

*mutters* Really gotta make it to Birka one of these years. Not this winter, but mebbe the next. I can dream, no?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yes, yes you do. And we can schmooze, and shop, and be quietly catty about the gold lame prom dresses.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: June 22nd, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, and you remember the six-year-old model in the reversible facings article you put up for me?

She just graduated from sixth grade yesterday and is now 5'5".
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC) (base camp)
good lord... it's just not possible...
xianghua From: xianghua Date: June 22nd, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Obviously Wolfie needs parti-colored pants. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Firstly, show me evidence -- good evidence -- for that in the Viking Age.

Secondly, not on your life.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
*rolls eyes*

At least you don't get "Harem pants with mismatched legs (one leg in Garfield the cat print, and the other bearing the visage of SpongeBob Squarepants)" at events.

They're called Viking War Pants in these parts, presumably because the obnoxiousness offends the viewers.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The East is actually getting really into the whole authenticity thing, if what I see at events is an indication. It makes Pennsic a bit of a shock to the system.

Besides, the brown and white stripes he picked out are enough to make me dizzy -- I'm seriously thinking of piecing the legs so the stripes are offset. Muahahaha.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I think the single most offensive thing I ever did with stripes was committed with $1/yd cotton-- white with a black pinstripe. It was printed on a diagonal and had to be on sale because it was so very useless. So, being in a cotehardie-era obsession at the time, what did I do with my treasure?

I made a sideless surcote out of it, and matched up the stripes around all four quadrants in a chevronnel sort of pattern.

Entirely too much good seamstress work for such a cheap fabric, but hey. This was about the same time that I made a swing-style camp shirt out of $1/yard white cotton with an allover fine black printed paisley pattern. I centered the print across the back of the shirt and sleeves and matched the print across the front closure.

Obsessive. I still have this idea that I'm going to color in that paisley shirt with a set of fabric markers one of these days...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Actually, other than being dizzifying, I bet the sideless looked nifty. Sounds like the sort of thing my household sister palegreyminion would do.

I have no comment on the paisley, having just cut out a pair of pajama pants with a polar bear print, said print having subtle silver sparkly highlights. I may get mugged for these pants by Duke Balfar, if he ever sees them.
xianghua From: xianghua Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Evidence? Absolutely none...

But EVERYONE should have a pair of spectacularly ugly pied plaid and neon pants. ^________________^
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Evidence? Absolutely none...

Everyone who sews for themselves, sure. As the seamstress in this house, I get final say, and I say "EWWWWWWWWWWWWW!" ;-P
xianghua From: xianghua Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Evidence? Absolutely none...

*plots to make and send you a batik apron dress with neon tablet woven trim*
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Evidence? Absolutely none...

Are you expecting me to wear it? I suppose I could use something for doing dishes in...
xianghua From: xianghua Date: June 22nd, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Evidence? Absolutely none...

Nah, I'll enlist the help of the garb-gremlins to hide everything else at war, or make holes in your storage totes so it all else gets rained on or something. :P
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 22nd, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Evidence? Absolutely none...

Now tat's just malicious. Also, I'd go offsite and do laundry; let's get real.
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