If you don't, it was this post, back at the end of February.

Anyhoodle, I had decided to sell that ivory & black striped Ralph Lauren blazer, because I just couldn't get it to sit properly on me. Which made me a little sad, because it's a great blazer. Except it didn't sell at the Time Travelers' Rummage Sale, so it came home and sat there, waiting for me to get around to taking some photos and putting it online.

(You can see where this is going, can't you?)

A few nights ago, during the traditional round of stare at the ceiling, waiting to fall asleep, I realized that I hadn't tried one of my usual jacket alterations, and I certainly had nothing to lose if I did try it and it didn't work. So last night, while watching a movie, I split the side seams from the hem to just below the waist, sewed some (amazingly tacky, WTF J. Peterman?) metal/rhinestone buttons into the interior of the hem for weights, and then finished all four of the new seams. Today I wore the jacket out. Oh hey, guess what? It no longer pulls/creases/crumples weirdly at my hips! It fits the way I wanted it to! I wasn't continually tugging at the hem!

So yay, I have (temporarily, I'm sure) soothed my never-ending craving for MOAR STRIPEY BLAZERS, with something I already owned. I'm kind of ridiculously smug about this.
I have lately had an urge to dress even MORE like a circus ringmaster than usual, and wear my red J. Peterman riding jacket. (clicky-link to an eBay auction for its twin.)

I love the jacket, and have, over the years, carefully (oh so carefully!) tailored it down to fit me as I shrank. That jacket, a black high-collar blouse with a jabot, a knee-length black ruffled skirt with petticoats, b&w stripey tights, button boots, and a top hat would be a marvelous outfit. (And one that I've worn variations of before.)


We are now past Thanksgiving, which means not only do random strangers think my usual top hat means I'm a Christmas caroler, but if I wear anything red, they ABSOLUTELY believe I'm a Christmas caroler. However, I don't think I'm going to let that stop me from wearing the above-described outfit. I'll just make sure to wear black lipstick and skull jewelry, too. Oooh, and maybe swap the black skirt for a b&w striped one, instead.
I know that any money I make at Sunday's Mourning Market is going to be spent on a trip to the dayspa, because spending a day DOING NOTHING, wandering from hot pool to sauna, and getting a body scrub will be really good for me and the Antibiotic Cellular Death Explosion (TM the Infamous BlueJay). But what I want to spend the money on?

The Shrine "Toreador" jacket in black (clicky-link!)

That, or my next tattoo. I really, really am craving new ink. Plus, the next tattoo is in memorial of my Mom, so it's even more important to me.

I will be a smart cupcake, and spend money on something that will give me health benefits. That doesn't stop me from wistfully window-shopping, tho'.
Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] cupcakegothmom, for entrusting me with your Elna sewing machine.

Thank you, Infamous BlueJay, for getting me the automatic buttonhole attachment.

(I'm almost done with the alterations to a blazer that didn't quite fit. One pot of pink dye, a seam ripper, two lengths of D-ring tape, some ribbon, and nine buttons later, and it will look fantastic.)

(Oh argh, I have to iron the dratted thing. Hmmph.)

A bathroom mirror shot today, as [livejournal.com profile] mauraanderson is on vacation.

In other news, why is it so difficult to find a b&w striped blazer in a size 12/14? I want another one to dye pink. Is that so much to ask?

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Remember about, oh, three years ago (has it been that long?!), when I was full of geebling and coveting about the military-styled, very Adam Ant jacket that Roberto Cavalli had designed for H+M? Yeah, I still love it.

The top hat I'm wearing today is an antique mink top hat that the Stroppy One gave me as a present years and years ago. (I added all of the decoration to it.)

(And good lord, what sort of facial expression is *that* in the photo? Ah the perils of cameraphone photography.)
Would one of you lovely UK-based folks be willing to bid on an eBay auction for me, and then if you win, ship it to me in the USA? I will pay all costs, naturally.

Remember the Miss Selfridge pink candystripe velour/velveteen blazer I've long been searching for?
Picture of it behind the cut! )

Guess what is up on eBay UK, finally in my size?! The only problem is the seller is only willing to ship within the UK. Woe! Woe is the Cupcake Goth!

So, yes. If one of you wonderful peeps in the UK is willing to help me out with this, please leave me a comment. Thank you so much!
I found more shoes to sell off (including some new-in-box duplicates of certain pairs I love, but realized I don't need spares of), plus jackets and hats. I just need to find time to take pictures.

Also, why obsessive keyword searching eBay is useful:

What you can't make out in that photo is that the black stripes are edged with narrow pink stripes. Yes, the blazer came that way. It's by some British designer named Ben Sherman. I've never heard of him before, but look! He made me a blazer. How very helpful of him!

Tonight, doing some minor fit alterations to the new stripy blazer, and watching more of S2 Dexter. Have I mentioned I really really hate Lila? She's the perfect example of a certain sort of Psycho Chick I've run into in my past. Really, really hate. I have high hopes for her dying. (DO NOT TELL ME. I WILL FIND OUT, WE ARE ALMOST DONE WATCHING THIS SEASON ON DVD.)
Quick, someone talk some sense into me. Because I think this jacket (clicky-link!) is one of the cutest things I'VE EVER SEEN. Hee, skeleton arm down one sleeve! Buttons!

::waits for [livejournal.com profile] stroppy_baggage to finish finding his eyes after they rolled right out of his head::
Should I bid on a black-with-pink-pinstripes stretch velveteen jacket on Ebay UK, even tho' the seller has not replied to my question about if they would ship to the US? Because black-with-pink-pinstripes, ooh!


I am working at home for half the day today, and then am on vacation for a few days for socializing, wheee! The two best things about working from home: sleeping in, and the Stroppy One venturing forth to go get really good coffee.


No, I still haven't gotten replies to the emails I was wound up over. But! I called one of the people in question, got the feedback I needed, and made sure that my emails did get to them and didn't just vanish into the aether. So yay.


I will have bound proofs of the GCS book soon! ::flails excitedly::
I do know this. Really. So why oh why am I madly coveting a dark burgundy/wine velvet cropped jacket or blazer? Why? Other than the obvious answer that I'm slowly adding more burgundy/wine colors back into my wardrobe, I mean.

Well, since I'm amusing myself with idly window-shopping in between edit passes on content, if anyone has links to pretty (and reasonably-priced!) burgundy/wine/maroon velvet jackets, please share them with me.
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( Dec. 9th, 2008 09:14 pm)
So remember that post I made last week-ish about my Wall! Of! Skirts!? And how I mentioned that I had not yet gone through the wardrobe that contains all the jackets? I did that tonight. And I counted!

I ...

... um ....

I have 47 jackets. Yes, all of them are different. Subtly, in some cases, or they're variations on a theme (like the 3 different Lip Service "Bad Etiquette" jackets; 1 black & grey stripe, 1 black & white stripe, and 1 black & pink stripe), but still. Even I didn't think I had 47 jackets.

::feels a bit sheepish::

Dear Self: nope, you do not need any more jackets for a very long while. When moved to idly window-shop on eBay and Etsy, you may look for tiny hats, a full-size black wool top hat, perhaps a full-sized black tricorn, spats, and maybe a few capelets. But not jackets. No more buying jackets. Until the one you've pre-ordered from the Lip Service "Corporate Vampire" line comes in.
Thing the first: Wow, I am hungry. Which is ridiculous, because I had my usual breakfast this morning. But I feel hungry enough to make me also feel a touch queasy. Dear Stomach, this is Not On. Also, I am craving a bagel with cream cheese and lox, and there is *nowhere* near the office that I can get such a thing. Hmmph. I hope the fig cereal bar I'm about to nibble on makes me feel better.

Thing the second: Remember my saying that I probably wasn't going to be purchasing any clothing for a while? (You know, in the previous LJ post?) The wonderful Laura at Retroscope Fashions posted preview photos of two new jackets on Steamfashion (clicky-link!) Why yes, I want the black & grey & white pinstriped Victorian-esque jacket, how clever of you to have guessed.

Thing the third: Lightboxes! Blue LED ones! They really work! We recently got one, and I've been using it for about 20 minutes in the mornings while doing my makeup. I must admit, I feel more awake for using it. Yes, the irony of me, a nocturnal-type gothy person who reads a lot of vampire books, benefiting from a lightbox is not lost on me. Stop giggling.

Thing the fourth: Shallow Fashion Details! )

Thing the fifth: I don't wanna go to my meetings today. For no particular reason, I just don't wanna.
I stayed home sick yesterday, thanks to being unable to wake up with bonus migraine-esque symptoms. Since I had missed fun social things on Saturday thanks to muscle spasms in my shoulders and neck, it was obviously time to go see the chiropractor. Who poked at my neck and back and made a mildly astonished noise. 10 minutes and some horrible crunchy noises later, everything was better. Apparently not only was I suffering from my usual trick of the vertebrae right at my skull being out of whack, but I also had a rib out of place. How I managed all of this, I have no idea.


Hey, let's do that book meme thingamie that resurfaces every now and then. I think I have different books on my desk this time around.

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"The dentist and the robot don't care to foxtrot." - The Deluxe Transitive Vampire


"I fear it was no dream, and must act on this surmise." - Dracula


I have been told by several people that I need to visit a Forever 21 store. I wonder if their version of a size L blazer would fit me. If it does, I'm doomed, because there are supposed to be a lot of stripey blazers in stock at the moment. Oh dear oh dear.
One of the sure signs that it's autumn? I start browsing eBay more often for military-style jackets.

No, I don't have enough of them. I don't. Stop shaking your head at me.
My sleep continues to be defective, and I would really like to exchange it for sleep that works. (Mind you, my sleep isn't as defective as [livejournal.com profile] maiaarts sleep is, poor creature!) Because I have The Best Husband In The World, I was able to sleep in a little bit and not have to catch the bus this morning.

A photo of an outfit from a month ago )

Yes, that is the replica I made of an Angelic Pretty skirt. No, I did not use ball-fringe to trim the hem. I'm quite pleased with how the skirt turned out, especially since I created the pattern from scratch. You would think that successes like that would make me more confident about sewing things like waistcoats and jackets, but no. Princess seams (which are an absolute requirement with my figure) and sleeves still intimidate me.

Speaking tangentially of princess seams and sleeves, I am MUCH happier with the jacket I am wearing today. I finally gave into temptation and purchased the "Gothic Victorian Black Strict Governess Jacket" (clicky-link!), and I am delighted with it. In fact, it is my new favorite jacket, and I am considering purchasing another one so I could customize it with different buttons (and perhaps a heart & bat applique).

Tonight: Nick Cave! I am very sorry that [livejournal.com profile] theda isn't feeling well enough to use her tickets to the show, but I'm grateful she offered them to me.
Firstly, have you people read [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's brilliant recaps (clicky-link!) of Breaking Dawn? They're fantastic.

Secondly, the spoilers for that book were TRUE. And the fans of the series ARE NOT HAPPY. Really, really not happy. Which caused someone on the Amazon.com discussion boards to come up with this: Unhappy with Breaking Dawn? Don't burn it, RETURN it. (clicky-link!) Yes, people are returning their books because they are bitterly unhappy with them. I am amazed, and I can't help but wonder what this will mean for the sparkly vampire movie when it comes out in December.

(I am still going to pick up a used copy of Breaking Dawn when I find one, because after reading [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's recaps, I want to experience the sheer wrong-headedness myself for the comedy value.)


So! Shallow fashion coveting! Could someone explain to me why I kind of want this "Gothic Lolita Pirate Sailor Jacket"? (clicky-link!) I would have it made in black, of course. I think it's darling, but ... sailor collar? Have I lost my mind? It's just that I'm under the thrall of the "pirate emblem" patch, isn't it?

Also, I am considering trying my hand at making a version of this Angelic Pretty skirt. (Clicky-link!) I wish I knew which AP line it came from, so I could search for some more photos of it. But the version I would make wouldn't have the giant bow at the waist; I have learned that no matter how cute I find waist bows, they don't work on someone who is short-waisted and busty.


Other than that, not a lot is going on in my world at the moment. Well, I did finish the first draft of that Big Writing Project I've been working on. Now to read the feedback I have on it and work on the second draft ...
My birthday weekend was lovely, and thank you to everyone who wished me a happy one! 39 feels no different than 38. For that matter, 39 really feels no different than, say, 30 did. The weekend involved going out to dinner with my parents, and a fancy tea party. [livejournal.com profile] stroppy_baggage, because he is a wonderful and indulgent spouse, surprised me with the mini tricorn from Topsy Turvy Design that I have been coveting for many many months. Let me tell you, that hat is a showpiece of quality construction. Absolutely beautiful, and I can't wait to wear it!

Jacket geebling! My H&M Cavalli jacket arrived this weekend, and my goodness, is it pretty. And it fits me! (I suspect this means that the Powers That Be behind this line went for a touch of vanity sizing, because I *know* I am not actually a size 10, but I'm not complaining.) Since the jacket does fit me through the bust & waist, all I need to do are the minor tweaks I have to perform on every jacket I ever own (adding back vents so it doesn't bunch awkwardly over my petticoats). For those of you who also coveted this jacket, check your local consignment stores in about four to six months, because I can't imagine that most of the people who bought this jacket will actually wear it.

SFDs! Behind the cut-tag, as always.
Read more... )

My "new" team is very nice. People keep stopping by to see how I'm doing, to see what progress I've made in decorating my office (the answer being Quite A Bit), and to see if I have any questions about the topics I'm working on. In other words, they're interested in helping me succeed, instead of the sink or swim school of training I usually experience. It's a nice change.

Another view of the Cavalli jacket for H&M
Another view of the Cavalli jacket for H&M

Yes, it must be mine. It seems to be the perfect blending of Adam and the Ants and The Black Parade. Time to sell off more stuff!

P.S. Dear [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre I blame you for this NEVER ENDING earworm you have stuck me with. ALL YOUR FAULT.
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( Oct. 23rd, 2007 09:15 pm)
As seen in [livejournal.com profile] madamekat's LJ, a jacket from the Roberto Cavalli line for H&M

Please excuse me while I be very bitter about the lack of an H&M in Seattle.

Dear Powers That Be,

Hey! My birthday is next month! If you somehow caused this jacket to drop this jacket into my little paws, I would be a gleeful cupcake goth. Just in case you were wondering.


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