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Yay! Have been looking forward to this for a while.

Saturday morning I picked up [livejournal.com profile] callierat and [livejournal.com profile] ezrem and headed down to [livejournal.com profile] sans_peur's place. The ride was long, but fun. We pretty much just talked all the way down.

Once there, good food, and some more talking before we unpacked and started getting down to the very serious business of sewing/cutting/undoing things that got messed up. As is normal for me, I screwed up several major seams right away and then got to spend a very long time picking out the seam that I'd serged. One of these days I will get through a major project without spending 1/4 of the time picking out seams, and the world will end. I did not, however, mess up the tough part of my project, which makes me happy. And I nearly finished this coat that I've been thinking/talking about for forever, so that's good. Just need to finish up the sleeves and possibly buy another buckle.

[livejournal.com profile] callierat has now discovered the awesome that is sergers, and made the coolest coat ever. Other people there had fun projects as well (except [livejournal.com profile] ezrem, who got to work on tabbards), and I have been convinced to never try this pattern that someone was working on. I think it may have been created for evil.

Eventually [livejournal.com profile] thedeviantangel arrived and added some rather exhausted commentary to the mix. Overall, just a lot of fun.

Also did a bit of gift exchanging for the meme, which is always fun. I love giving people presents and seeing their reactions.
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Yay! So much fun. Really, can't think of many things that are more fun than hanging out with a bunch of cool people, talking about random stuff, sewing/making masks, and then complaining about said sewing. I only had to rip out stitches a few times, which was nice. Unfortunately, one of the times I did it was a seam I used the serger on, which was not so fun. My roommate, Alle (for those who know her from NERO), made the neatest top with this really pretty red brocade, [livejournal.com profile] sans_peur was working on a dress with what might be the most ridiculously complicated sleeves ever. I am in awe of various people's skill and patience. My general sewing methodology is to do a good enough job that what I make won't fall apart and will stand up to general scrutiny in a larp-like setting, but there were several there who were making things that were just really well done in general and beautiful besides.
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Went to a Stitch 'N Bitch this weekend down in Connecticut. Lots of fun hanging out, little light on the bitching part of the equation. In fact, most of it was directed at various sewing machines and seams as various people discovered they'd stitched the back of their overcoat to the front. I made a sleeveless shirt to wear as Omi so I don't die of heat-stroke next time there's a June event, and a kimono. The kimono was unplanned, and I still don't know what I'm going to do with it, but everyone declared that I had neat material for it, and I've been hanging onto that material for almost a year now, not sure what to do with it. More details about sewing. )

In other news, went to the dentist yesterday and got a chipped filling repaired. It was fast and easy, and I'm no longer obsessing about the hole in the side of one of my teeth. I know it doesn't help the situation, but I couldn't stop myself from poking at the hole with my tongue while I knew what is was there. No longer a problem, and I'm happy.

Also, got to do a tiny bit of creative writing for the first time in months. :)

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