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The location of my new apartment turned out better than I expected. I knew it was two blocks from Nick's office, but I did not know it was around the corner from a specialist cheese shop and a sewing supply store.

I'm not sure which is more dangerous, the cheese shop or the sewing store. At the first I could do a lot of damage every day. At the second, I walked through the front door and the owner was playing with a Pfaff embroidery machine that runs 8,000 euros. The first thing she said when she saw me looking was, "You can make your own designs on the computer, then embroider them!" which was a much better sales tactic than the lady in New York who said, "And you can buy all these embroidery designs! Like it has this pack of Disney characters, so you can embroider Bambi to put on a pocket."

I'm a little concerned about my sewing machines working over here. I'm unsure of the voltage.
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The location of my new apartment turned out better than I expected. I knew it was two blocks from Nick's office, but I did not know it was around the corner from a specialist cheese shop and a sewing supply store.

I'm not sure which is more dangerous, the cheese shop or the sewing store. At the first I could do a lot of damage every day. At the second, I walked through the front door and the owner was playing with a Pfaff embroidery machine that runs 8,000 euros. The first thing she said when she saw me looking was, "You can make your own designs on the computer, then embroider them!" which was a much better sales tactic than the lady in New York who said, "And you can buy all these embroidery designs! Like it has this pack of Disney characters, so you can embroider Bambi to put on a pocket."

I'm a little concerned about my sewing machines working over here. I'm unsure of the voltage. <lj-user="diadiadiadia"> and I have the same serger, and from what she said I'm a little concerned that it can't handle the higher voltage here. I'm completely in the dark about the machine.

(Messing with the voltage doesn't work. My Chi flatiron is OK with different voltages, so I was able to use it in China with no trouble. Then one day I went to use a curling iron I've been good friends with for 10 years, and suddenly the entire apartment reeked of burning hair, and I had a little burned-off tuft right in the middle of my forehead.)

On the other hand, the sewing store might qualify as the Special Hell, because their sale table had quilting cotton for an unconscionable $15/meter. Whatwhatwhat? I was horrified. I'm concerned that fabric might be something that can't be done here. I might have to either order from Fashion Fabrics Club and see if they ship internationally, or I might have to start mailing fabric to my mother and having her send it to me. (She didn't like it last time I did that, because a 10-yard roll showed up and she was like, "OK, how do I box this thing?")
OMG, these are gorgeous. I might be tweaking a little bit here. New patterns? Gasp!

Anyway, I can't find them listed on GBACG's great pattern review. Does anybody know anything about these patterns? Good? Bad? One with the gun? Do tell.

No more doll stuff!

No, bad Liz! Do not buy more doll stuff! You are *selling* the doll stuff because it's annoying and everywhere. You are not buying more doll stuff, because you're getting rid of all the doll stuff. x_x

Gah. The Gene dolls are a problem. I don't want to play with them or collect them or anything, but I want to own *all* the outfits, preferably in my size.

I keep forgetting that buying the tiny doll dress will not give me a dress just like it in my size.
I've updated the recruiting post with the current American Girls line-up: http://fatwetdog.livejournal.com/401569.html

It's looking good, but there are still tons of awesome dresses to do, so if you see someone cool who wants to join, point them this way.

If you'd like to look through the doll and dress options, I found a site that has a guide to all of them:

The Historicals:
Kaya, 1764
Felicity, 1774
Josefina, 1824
Kirsten, 1854
Cecile Rey and Marie-Grace, 1853
Addy, 1864
Samantha, 1904
Rebecca, 1914
Kit, 1934
Molly, 1944
Julie, 1974


Historical Best Friends:
Elizabeth, Felicity's friend
Nellie, Samantha's friend
Ruthie, Kit's friend
Emily, Molly's friend
Ivy, Julie's friend

The site also has the doll-sized dress patterns for download: http://agplaythings.com/AG%20Patterns/DollDressPatterns.html

Show me your fabric stash solutions!

Help! I require photos of fabric stashes for organizational inspiration. Is your stuff organized? Show meeee! Or let me know if you know of pictures of awesome fabric stash solutions. Thanks!

DragonCon Group 2012: American Girls!

OK, so this one is kinda random, but I want to do another DragonCon group and I'm thinking it would be great to do American Girl outfits. Did you have one? Did you want one? Did you hate them? It's all good. There are a ton of dolls and a ton of outfits, pick whichever you like best. Are you a boy? That's OK! How are you going to do it? I don't know! But if you want to join you're more than welcome.

How many are there? I don't know. I got lost when they added Kit, the great depression doll who has more clothes than I do.

So if you want to join, anyone is welcome. Tell your friends! If you're interested, post in the comments and let us know who you want to be.

Here is a guide to all the dolls

Here is our lineup so far:

fatwetdog - Felicity's holiday gown


umister - Meet Molly


diadiadia - Felicity's summer gown


singingraisin - Molly's Christmas Outfit


ryoko - Kirsten's Christmas Dress


final_memories - Molly's Star-Spangled Dancing Outfit


animechicky2040 - Samantha's lawn party outfit


If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to join, say so in the comments.

See you in Atlanta!

Dr. Who meme from Aimee

Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone
number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item
to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe.
The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word
is now your catchphrase.


So I'm the 5th generation Blogger.
I'm known for black Chucks.
My companion is a distiller of small-batch craft-distilled gin and high-end "white whiskey" (moonshine) from Evanston whom I've never actually met. (I was scheduling an interview via text).
My catchphrase is, "Seriously?"

...

WTF? I'm the hipster Time Lord? x_x
I'm catching up on Supernatural episodes, and I can't believe they're doing a Leviathan run. Every time they say "Leviathan," I think, "Nooooo! Run! This is the storyline that killed Dark Shadows!"

I used to love Dark Shadows reruns on the Sci-Fi Channel when I was in high school. And the show was going fine up until someone decided to do a Lovecraftian storyline about some eldritch monster called Leviathan.

It was all very complex and Lovecraftian with bits of The Omen and even new actors (Dark Shadows used the same actors constantly, to the point where it strained suspension of disbelief a little bit, when one man would be told by his wife that his kid was not really his kid, despite the fact that his kid looked exactly like every other Collins boy before and since.)

Anyway, the Leviathan story was supposed to be complicated and there was some unseen culty threat that no one could quite pin down. It went on for *ages*, until it became clear that even the writers didn't know what was going on or how to get out of it. Finally, the *entire cast* wound up mind-controlled members of the creepy death god cult. Every single person on the show. Then there was no conflict, because everyone just went around being cult members. Then the show ended, because it was like, "Seriously, nobody is doing anything. They're just all being in a cult and there's no way out of it."

They never did get out of that storyline. This was a show where people time traveled by reading the I Ching, and they couldn't deus ex machina their way out of that storyline.

It was almost epic how fail it was.

So now, whenever the Hardy Boys say "Leviathan," I go, "Noooooo! Run, before it's too late!"

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