rowangolightly: (Default)
I'm working on sorting through, deciding what to keep, what to sell, what to donate.

Here's the thing; I have some costumes, some bridal and formalwear gowns, coats and jackets and some other original clothing that no longer fits me that I want to sell. I want to get my Etsy shop up quickly and put these items up to sell. Some of them are honest-to-gods vintage (I made them that long ago; 20 years) and some of them are not but all of them were made by me. I have; renaissance costumes, wool jackets and coats, business wear, lace blouses, evening gowns, wedding gowns. Please note that these are designer, one of a kind originals and not stuff I'll be donating to a bargain basement.

I need to take pictures of them ON someone, because stuff like this doesn't sell from pics of clothing on hangers.

I need models who are approximately my height, 5'4" and the sizes I have been; anywhere from a size 10 to a size 16; some of them are meant to be worn with a corset, some are 'everyday' work sort of garments, if still silk and designer.

Problem is, I cannot afford to pay anyone for this. But what I CAN offer is, trade; credit on future garments or costumes, i.e. hours on account with a master designer and seamstress to be redeemed at a later time when my shop is fully set up again.

I will be taking the pictures, unless some wonderful local photographer wants to shoot under the same deal; trade of photography for future sewing.

It needs to be fairly soon; I have to sort and pack and hopefully, sell some of this stuff so I have money for the move. Money is very scary for me right now.

So if this is something that would interest you, please contact me and we'll talk out arrangements.

Posting this as "open" so it'll also go to FaceBook.


Jan. 9th, 2009 11:41 am
rowangolightly: (Fabriholic)
Hancock's is having a fleece and pattern sale. All fleece is 50% off through Jan 10th.

Also, Butterick patterns are $1.99, limit of 10. (That's better than the $4.99 internet sale that Butterick's offering on their web-site for yesterday and today.) Vogue patterns are $3.99, limit of 10.

Head's up to those folk with weddings and stuff...
rowangolightly: (Costuming)
I've gotten into a bit of a bind. I loaned out my O grommet setter and we keep missing on getting it returned. I emailed her when I got back from CA but I guess she's already up in KC for the Irish Fest. I've gone to the local leather shop THREE times over the last two or three months, including yesterday and they keep saying, "oops, it hasn't come in!" I told them that they were KILLING me and he thought I was joking. I told him he was losing LOTS of business by not stocking what local costumers need on a regular basis. I guess I'm too nice.

Well, now I need to grommet Becky's new surcoat and I'm in deep doo because I don't have a single-O grommet setter; I have a OO setter but not the O size. I want/need to order the big-ol'-heavy duty kind that bolts to the table (once I figure out exactly which one I want) but obviously, that won't help me now.

I need this kind but in the O size:

rowangolightly: (Lady Jaq)
For some reasons I'm not getting comments emailed to me, so if I don't respond it's not because I'm ignoring anyone. That, and I'm now off to sew so I'm getting away from the computer like a good girl. pblpbl....

Irish Chocolate Cake
And yes, it's Irish not only because it has mashed potatoes in it but also Irish cream!

Sponge Cake

6 oz self-rising flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 oz dark chocolate (melted)
4 oz butter
6 oz caster sugar (I used regular granulated that I blended finely in my food processor)
3 oz cooked mashed potato (I literally used leftover mashed potatoes from dinner night before)
2 eggs, beaten
4 tbsp Irish cream liqueur (the recipe called for milk but I substituted and it was awesome)


4 oz dark chocolate
4 fl oz cream
3 tbsp Irish cream liqueur
4-6 oz powdered sugar (you'll know when it's enough)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees; grease and line two 8" cake pans. Sift flour and salt into one mixing bowl. Melt chocolate in a bowl placed over a saucepan of hot water (I do it in a glass measuring cup inside a bowl with water in it in the microwave.) In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then beat in the chocolate and the mashed potato. Beat in eggs one at a time, adding a little flour with each egg; fold in the rest of the flour and stir in the Irish cream.
Divide the mixture between the two cake pans, bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is firm but springy to the touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack.

While cake is cooling, make the frosting. Melt the chocolate as before, stir in the other ingredients, adding powdered sugar until the consistency is good for spreading. When cake is completely cooled, place the bottom layer of cake onto the serving dish, spread some frosting on the top and carefully add the top layer then ice the sides and the top of the cake.

Warning; let the cake cool completely before frosting it and then taking it somewhere or you'll have a delicious leaning tower of chocolate. This cake is very moist and delicious but not horribly stable for traveling with in a car. Of course, if everyone in the Pub you're taking it to has drunk enough, they won't care what it looks like anyway.


Nov. 27th, 2007 11:44 am
rowangolightly: (QEatClosing)
**clears throat*


I just looked on Amazon and it lists that the Janet Arnold book, "Patterns of Fashion" for 1560-1620 seems to be in print and on sale.


When did this happen? I thought that the book was out of print and back-ordered as recently as this summer?
rowangolightly: (Rowan caught in action)
It's nice and cool and sunshiney; one of those glorious early autumn mornings that make you delight just to be alive!

My older sewing machine works just fine which is an amazing relief. Looks like I'll be able to get Jenny's garb done and maybe even Nikki's whistle bag....woot!

Now I'm off to sew. Must also plant my iris bulbs today. Gods, but I hate the grass they use down here; it has NO manners whatsoever! I'm gonna have to dig up the whole of the front flower bed. I spend 2 hours trying to weed it and about killed myself. Got to get a decent trowel and narrow shovel!

Anyway....lovely day, nice to be productive without being rushed!
rowangolightly: (Costuming)
Not that I'm getting any now but boy, is it tempting. has their mid-weight linen on sale. When bought by the bolt; 20 yards, it comes out $6 per yard. And they've got some lovely colors.

Yeah, I'm a fabric whore, why do you ask?


Sep. 7th, 2007 03:35 pm
rowangolightly: (Costuming)
Well, my sewing machine is on strike. After fiddling with is most of the day, the tension is just completely fubar'd.

Any chance if I bring it up there, somebody could take it by the Bernina shop in OP, for me? See, it's still on warranty there and so the repairs are free. If I do it at the Bernina Shop here in Tulsa, it's $100 bucks. Yeah, plus I trust the guy who's worked on it all its life more than somebody I don't know.

Yes, I'll call and have them be expecting it.



Aug. 31st, 2007 07:24 am
rowangolightly: (Default)
Silly Wizard*...

Your instincts are smarter than you are, you should remember that. When you start this kilt thinking, "Gee, it's gonna take 32 pleats!" IT'S GONNA TAKE 32 PLEATS, YA BLINKIN' IJJIT!

So I'm doing two more pleats. Not enough tartan for a drape, unfortunately. But there is enough for a hat.

And yes, ladies, this has deep pleats so the swish is going to be considerable. *sigh* Tried it on this morning onto a man freshly outa the shower; that'll make your morning even if you don't have the time to appreciate it properly. Gotta say, my sweetie's got the finest arse in 10 counties!

And so we're off, dearlings....what's done is what's gonna be done. From here on out (after the two pleats) I'm enjoying the day, being a musician at faire and yeah, getting married on biggie! ;>

SO we'll see you all either at the Faire, at the wedding or when we return sometime on Tuesday!

Be nice to one another!


*Yer old if you catch that reference!


Aug. 28th, 2007 11:36 am
rowangolightly: (Stitching)
I absolutely ADORE the industrial serger. I just put a skirt together in 5 minutes. Mind, you have to be really careful to keep the rest of the fabric out from under the ZOOM...but I'm no longer intimidated by it.


Oops, belay that...a small piece of metal just came flying out at me and the seam thread unthreaded itself. Stopping before I screw something up too badly.

But when it works; it's awesome!
rowangolightly: (Dog Hug Howl)
...before I'm out to the garden briefly to stake up two tomato plants and shake my head at the weeds:

Glad I got a hold of Red's wife about Bruce's tartan (wonderful woman but ye gods can she talk!) cause looks like the other site I was looking at has discontinued it; or at least that's what it said the other day. Here's the real deal:
Except she can order it from House of Edgar which is who weaves it.

Other thing? Remember that sprouting grapefruit seed that I found in my breakfast a couple of weeks ago and's growing!

Yep, that makes me happy!

Ok, off to the garden and then upstairs for another marathon sewing day.


Mar. 28th, 2007 04:12 pm
rowangolightly: ("God Save the Queen")
I gotta say that putting piping around tabs and lining them and turning them is the most boring thing! But I gotta get done 'cause I still can't find the blue and red bodice; beginning to wonder if I've left it in a hotel room the last time I wore Yeah, 'cause it was missing before Scarlets. I donno.

Went with Jeannie Ruth (Pirates and Gypsies Welcome folk from TX) to FabriCrack and I was pretty good (really!) I didn't get the huge mystery bolt bag for $5 and I didn't get any of the Belfast linen. I got a couple pieces of silk for lining music bags and one piece of brocade. Amber/Bob, I did get a piece of garnet/gold brocade that just had your name written all over it. I'm thinking something you may hafta have for the wedding. Yep, will try to remember to bring it this weekend. We had lots of chatting and chuckling and fun, Jeannie is a real sweetheart. We originally met her at Excalibur with their nice kids who were getting married there; wow, two years ago now. We had lunch at the Amish Cheese Shop there along hwy 69...OMG good, amazing place. And really nice folk. Jams and spices and flour and soup mixes and cheese and oh wow.

So now I don't feel like sewing but I must.

And this was late coming in but highly amusing...

today's horoscope )

Bwaaa-hahaha! Hello, I'm a Leo...


Mar. 15th, 2007 08:15 pm
rowangolightly: (Lady Jaq)
A gal on a group hereabouts actually located my tartan for me; how cool is that? I have a piece of it somewhere around here and I've always said it would look better for being dipped into a vat of royal blue die! It is a County tartan, as was primarily done in Ireland. Yep, I really am Irish...with a whole lot of other stuff like English, German, Scot, Navajo, Mohawk and Cherokee in me as well; a true mongrel, I am.

But in light of upcoming St. Patty's Day, would somebody who's good at this stuff please make a clever St. Patty's Day icon for me outa this? Praps with, "KISS me, I'm Irish" or something...

I'd be most grateful...

Here's the image:

Pretty horrid, isn't it. I think the piece I have was badly dyed as it really looks lime green; fugly, really really fugly.

And now I'm working on a green blouse to wear for the gig. I realized that I don't own any (non-costume) clothing that is green; not one piece. And certainly not anything that I feel like wearing on stage. So I've got this lovely piece of green cotton gauze that I got for $.50; it was one of those bold-ends from FabriCuts. They don't measure the rolls and the fiber content isn't labelled. But I lucked out as there was about 5 yards on it; I thought it was cotton and I was right; it washed up beautifully.

There, I've now used enough semi-colons to cause some sort of blockage somewhere.

Ahhh, and they're playing my all-time favorite piece of music.

Poor Bruce is napping again, prepping for another all-nighter. He's been putting in horrible work hours over this @#(*#@ Daylight Savings fiasco. And you know, he's going to have more of it to do again when the 'real' time for DST comes around in a few weeks. Fuckers, didn't think of anything but "oh, well people can shop more" and "all they'll have to do is change their clocks at a different time!" Idiots.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a pleasant post. Ah well.


Mar. 13th, 2007 05:36 am
rowangolightly: ("God Save the Queen")
Ok, saw this and just had to go clickity....

cute, cute....thought of several folk on this one.


Feb. 15th, 2007 07:42 am
rowangolightly: (pissed off bluebird)
Different things get to different people, I know this. But one of the best ways to just set me right off is to mislead or deceive. Relationship problems, you think? No, it's FABRIC.

I just opened my Hancock email to see "Dynasty Linen Fabric" featured at $4.99, available in 18 colors and I'm thinking "WOW, how cool is that, my folk can get linen on sale without having to group order" so I rush over and click.

But look a little more closely and you see:

Dynasty Linen Fabric
Content: 65% Polyester/55% Rayon

It isn't linen AT ALL, and not even mostly a natural fiber!

The last I knew the industry had to label more clearly than that, you know, "Linen-like" or some other euphamism. But just plain LINEN and not a speck of linen in it anywhere.

I'd write a nasty letter or email if I thought it would do any good.

Fuckers. I'll continue to order my REAL linen on-line, thankyouverymuch.


Feb. 12th, 2007 12:38 pm
rowangolightly: (Fabriholic)


I'm sure they cost the earth. But, OMG pretty....


Feb. 4th, 2007 04:23 pm
rowangolightly: (pissed off bluebird)
Lesson relearned:

Take care of your equipment and it'll take care of you.

If you're having trouble with your sewing machine, especially thread or tension trouble this is what you do.
1) take out the bobbin assembly
2) take off the needle plate
3) spray canned air in both openings, cleaning out the fuzz and dust
(DO NOT blow into it as the moisture in your breath is worse than leaving it dirty)
4) put a drop of machine oil inside the bobbin casing...ONE drop.
replace the needle with one appropriate to the fabric on which you're working (replace your needle for approx. 8-10 hours of sewing time)
5) it never hurts to RTFM if it's been awhile since you've done so (there is a reason my FM is in a rack behind my machine, that way I can refer to it often as needed)
6) reassemble the machine, testing the stitch on a scrap piece of fabric incase you've used too much oil.

Dumbass. How many years have you been sewing? *facepalm*


Jan. 30th, 2007 01:23 pm
rowangolightly: (KittenFrog)
OH, I am PISSED! )
rowangolightly: (Fabriholic)
...want in on a CheepTrims order? There is a $75 minimum and I need to order a bolt of cordedge which is $37.44 which will be used for both weddings. The oldest Kidling will front the purchase of the piping but I can't ask her to pay for the minimum.

Of course, I need to order it immediately if not sooner....
rowangolightly: (Rowan with antennae)
...until you injure it.owowow )


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