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Mar. 19th, 2012

10:30 am - Dropa Kulcha

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As it turns out, I did not in fact OVERLOCK ALL THE THINGS yesterday. In the end I only overlocked some of the things, after deciding that since it was such a beautiful day I would walk* to Spotlight to get my overlocking thread. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Spotlight, it's a large chain selling fabric, haberdashery, and craft stuff. If you're into making, it's a veritable black hole/treasure trove and I don't think I've ever come out of there with just the thing I went in for. Yesterday I came out with fabric for several skirts and dresses I have that I'd like to recreate before they fall apart, elastic, thread, sewing machine needles, and a roll of newsprint for pattern making. It'd been a while.


I finally got around to making a pattern for the unitard, which has in the past just been made off the previous one. Now, since I've oodles of paper, I haven't just made one pattern, oh no! There are VARIATIONS! One of which is my first experiment in using lycra to make a backless setup. I figure one of the cool things about unitards is their stretchiness which would stop the exceptionally low-cut back from riding up.

And it worked! There is still the problem with gaping at the sides and so far the only solution I've come up with for that is a small strap across the back of the neck to hold the armholes where they should be. However, I now have an item of clothing with the entire back exposed that will stay in place through a wide range of movements. Now to add a skirt (or a variety of skirts mwuahahahaha!). I also made a pair of bike pants because if you're the sort of girl who likes to wear skirts and climb trees, they are a real bonus.

Now to make some skirts to climb trees in!

Also, unitard question - should blokes' ones be made with a ballroom downstairs? I am still trying to get the hang of men's weirdly-shaped nethers. I mean um..





I'm told blogs are better when they have pictures. What do you reckon?


On Friday we went to see these guys doing this. Yes, a baroque orchestra performing music from the time of Galileo, interspersed with readings from journals and letters and stuff from his life, against a backdrop of scenes made possible by the discoveries of Galileo. Fuck yeah Galileo!

It was cool. I'm not normally into baroque music but the musicians were obviously enjoying themselves and the narration kept it interesting. Also, there were violas. I couldn't tell if they were being insouciant or not because (confession time) I can't tell a viola from a violin. However, I now consider myself cultured. Nyah.

* Spotlight is about 2.5 miles from my house. Normally I'd skate there but it was really windy and I couldn't be bothered with the battle it'd entail.

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From:t_c_da
Date:March 18th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I believe the difference between violins and violas is one of size, with the viola being the larger of the two - however the difference is not large, based on observation of the NZSO (which seems to have a reasonably large collection of both). I wouldn't claim to be able to pick them apart, even though $WIFE owned a viola for an extended period.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 18th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I looked it up and apparently they are marginally different in size, and also there's stuff about tuning and fingering and a different tone, but visually it's really hard to tell them apart.

I feel less plebeian now.
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From:bekitty
Date:March 19th, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
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They also use a different clef. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 18th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
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The shaping is what I have a problem with. My last lot of shaping was far too subtle and resulted in some umm.. visibility issues.

Also:

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From:pombagira
Date:March 18th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
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gosh those are some pictures.. O.O *giggles*.. hmm.. no exactly sure how you would make space in a unitard for boy bits.. *ponders this*.. i am pondering if they should be made with a seam down the middle, but that can be uncomfortable, or if they should have a gusset of some sort.. maybe darts?? boys have odd shapes in places just saying..


*twirls around*
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From:tatjna
Date:March 18th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
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The pattern I'm using has a gusset and I reckon it could be done by cutting the crotch a bit lower on the front but leaving the gusset more or less the same, to create a couple more inches on that front 'corner'.

But I've yet to find a boy that would wear one if I made it so it might be a moot point.
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From:pombagira
Date:March 18th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
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hmm.. yes finding a boy to wear unitard, *ponders this*.. maybe some brothers who do trapeeze??

*ponders this*

we know people who know people..could be in the realm of possibilities..


*grins*
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From:tatjna
Date:March 18th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
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No idea what happened to this guy's ballroom...

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From:pombagira
Date:March 18th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
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oh yeah.. its doing that weird boy ballet thing that they do with the looking like their unitard is cutting them in half.. O.o so maybe it is designed to push it all in front.. *ponders this*..

i like the colour and top bits but the bottom half.. eeeeeekkkkk... and *cringe* *coughs* yeah.. weird
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From:tatjna
Date:March 18th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
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He is probably wearing a Very Supportive dance belt.

Seriously, read that page. "Clanging, banging, and strains can be minimized by wearing the right support garment when participating in strenuous activities like sports and dance."

Clanging? CLANGING?
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From:pombagira
Date:March 18th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
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they have bells in them? *sniggers*.. really or maybe there is a high proportion of sports people and dances that have Prince Albert piercing, that combine with other piercing would make a clanging noise.. *ponders this*
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From:pombagira
Date:March 18th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
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ohh also buttons, i want to come and raid your button tin.. not sure why your button tin but there you go.. wot night you free lady??

*skips about*
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From:tatjna
Date:March 19th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
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I think I'm around most evenings this week, so whenever. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:March 19th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
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Creates emphasis and counterpoint to the music?

O.o
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From:vernacularity
Date:March 19th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
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hence "right in the clangers"
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From:vernacularity
Date:March 19th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
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also... "dong!"
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From:vernacularity
Date:March 19th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
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I find your images disturbing and wish to unsubscribe from your newsletter.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 19th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
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Sure. Simply click this link and make sure you leave feedback!
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From:vernacularity
Date:March 19th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
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I'm onto your little game. I hovered.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 19th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Violas are larger, deeper and have a richer tone. There are usually only a handful of violas players vs a small army of violinists. They sit in the middle and cry usually.

-w
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From:heartofawarrior
Date:March 20th, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
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Crafting AND baroque music?! SQUEEEEEEE, that sounds like my idea of a fantastic couple of days. :-D What a nifty idea for a concert, with all the shiny narration and stuff!
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