Saturday, October 13, 2012

If it's not one thing, it's another...

Well dear readers, after a week of pattern redrafting, general chaos, and a touch of stomach flu, insult was added liberally to injury when the rear camera on my tablet decided to gift me with a green screen of death. According to several tech forums I am not alone in this, and so I have two options: send it in for repair, or get a new tablet.

I am really rather leery of doing either. I started with an Asus Transformer and when the screen began to die if I turned it above a certain brightness, I was persuaded to return it for a refund and get the next model, the transformer prime, which I have now. Now with the issues with the rear camera cropping up I find myself contemplating an upgrade, but as I am probably past the return date I don't feel like shelling out the moolah for a new model especially if it turns out to have problems of it's own.

So tomorrow or monday I'll pick up the phone and try to navigate what is sure to be the mire of asus customer service and tech support. Tune in next time. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The awesomeness of ebay, and the fact that I am a great big klutz

As you've probably guessed by the title of today's post, I'm a big fan of Ebay. Whenever I need fabric or trim, an hour or two of dedicated searching has given me exactly what I was looking for nine times out of ten. So when I went looking for some fabulous trim for the black velvet pelerine, the great Bay of E did not let me down.

 Black satin tassel fringe! Isn't it lovely? It's about two inches wide altogether and stitches on like a dream.

Here's a view of the front. Since the pelerine resisted having either a hood or a collar, I used some of the extra tassel fringe to trim the neckline. The front doesn't have any closures yet, but I'm thinking maybe some black chinese toggle buttons, any ideas?

And here's a view of the back. 

Apart from that, the skirt for the dickens dress is cut out and pinned together, and the lining and interlining for the bodice are cut out. The outer fabric itself would have been cut out yesterday, but I managed to gouge a big chunk out of my hand with a pair of scissors, so that kind of got put on hold while I figured out whether I needed to go to the ER or not (I didn't, thank goodness). I don't have a picture of it, so here's a picture of Esca being adorable instead.

Well, back to work.