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Monday, January 31, 2011

11:48AM - Сигареты без пепла, огня и запаха!

Сигареты без пепла, огня и запаха!

Без смол, канцерогенов и других продуктов горения.


Current mood: loved

Friday, September 24, 2010

3:50PM - LJ spam plolicy

I would think that we all can agree that the shoe ad person is a spammer. Take a look at their profile. According to the LJ bylaws "If it is determined that a user is spamming, they will receive a warning. Repeat offenses will lead to further action being taken. Accounts which exist primarily for the purpose of spamming will be permanently suspended." Now, who do we talk to to get them permanently suspended?

9:20AM - Moderation/Spam

Our moderator has long been inactive (she's literally NOT online, and hasn't been for years).  I looked into trying to take over moderation, but LJ has some pretty stringent guidelines before they'll do anything, and instead recommends that you set up a new community...

Which is what I did:  gbacg 

Probably the best thing to do is for everyone who is a member/follower of this community to finally leave this community and instead join/follow the new gbacg  community.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

7:13PM - SPAMMER ALERT

Moderator, please remove eurosleegree. I do not watch this community to see advertising, and I paid for LJ in order to avoid advertising.

Monday, February 2, 2009

8:57PM - Help with men's dress coat c.1825?

I'm trying to put together a  tailcoat using the c.1825 dress-coat pattern in The Cut of Men's Clothes (Nora Waugh) and I'm having trouble figuring out if there is meant to be a single vent at the center or one at each of the buttoned pleats...? or none at all?

Does anyone have a good pic of the back of a similar coat or any advice on what was typical?

Thanks in advance!

Monday, January 12, 2009

10:13AM - Moving this community to gbacg

Hello community members/watchers! Because the maintainer of this community has been long absent (but LJ doesn't let you change moderators, or close communities, because of absent moderators), we are setting up a new community for GBACG.

Please join us at gbacg! We'll keep the new community much more active now that we have an active moderator (who is me)!

Monday, October 6, 2008

11:37AM - eventing with small children

I am looking at the calendar and planing what events to attend and I wanted to get opinions of which events are good or bad for attending with small children.
We already go to Dickens, so we know what that is like.
My children would be properly attired.
They are currently 2.5 years and 6 months.

Friday, September 19, 2008

2:47PM - 1920s mini-golf event - 10/18 in San Rafael

The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild presents:

MARX BROTHERS MINI-GOLF MADNESS
Saturday, October 18th 2008 -- Tee Time at 1pm

McInnis Park Golf Center, San Rafael, CA

http://www.gbacg.org/current/mini-golf-madness.html


We’re on a movie studio back lot on a sunny California autumn afternoon. It’s the 20s. Or the 30s. Or maybe the early 40s. It’s Paramount, MGM, or United Artists. Maybe, just maybe, it’s RKO. There’s a lull in production. What to do? There’s always miniature golf! On a studio back lot? Yes. As the Studio Heads are soon to learn, letting the Marx Brothers wander around at loose ends can be dangerous. Harpo has gathered as many silly props as he could find and, with the help of Chico and assisted by the sly comments of Groucho, he has built a miniature golf course for the cast and crew of their latest film.

We’re appropriating the miniature golf course at the McInnis Park Golf Center in San Rafael, CA. An added bonus is the presence of a genuine Club House near the miniature golf course – a true 19th Hole for those that want to linger and discuss the day’s events. Everyone pays for their own beverages and food in the Club House. There’s also a shaded picnic area and snack bar at the entrance to the course, for those who would prefer to sit and watch the silliness unfold.

COSTUME: Costumes are required for this event. The suggested costume era is 1925 - 1945 sportswear or informal afternoon dress. Marx Brothers characters and Hollywood denizens (of any class) are encouraged but, definitely not required.

LOCATION: McInnis Park Golf Center, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, CA 94903

TICKETS: $8.50 GBACG members, $13.50 non-members, $8.50 children. Advance tickets are required for this event.

Ticket purchase deadline is Saturday, October 11th, 2008.

Lots more info, including the link to purchase tickets:http://www.gbacg.org/current/mini-golf-madness.html

2:45PM - Victorian Picnic - 9/27 in Berkeley

The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild presents:

THE WIVES & DAUGHTERS PICNIC
Saturday, September 27th, 2008 -- 12pm to 5pm

Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA
http://www.gbacg.org/current/wives-daughters-picnic.html

This lovely autumn picnic is based around the world and costumes of Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters. Set in the 1830's, Wives & Daughters is the story of Molly Gibson and her stepsister, Cynthia Kirkpatrick—both friends and rivals in life and love. The novel, first serialized in 1864-66, was made into a delightful adaptation by BBC in 1999. The miniseries provides a wealth of costume inspiration, with beautiful day dresses appropriate for the ladies joining our little picnic, as well as suitable attire for the men who wish to join us.

While admiring each other's dresses and enjoying our picnics, we will also sample the local apple harvest. A wide selection of rare apple varieties will be available from antique apple orchards. This is a treat you do not want to miss, with varieties you have never heard of and cannot find at chain grocery stores.

COSTUME: Costumes are required for this event. The suggested costume era is 1820-1840, but as with all GBACG events, costumes do not have to be accurate reproductions.

LOCATION: Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley, CA. ***Directions to our picnic spot will be sent to you via email when you purchase your tickets.***

TICKETS: Advance tickets are required for this event. $7.50 GBACG members, $12.50 non-members, $5 children.

Ticket purchase deadline: Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Purchase tickets and get lots more info: http://www.gbacg.org/current/wives-daughters-picnic.html

2:43PM - GBACG Event Brainstorming Meeting 9/21

GBACG Event Brainstorming Meeting
Sunday, September 21st, 2008


Do you have an idea for an event or you know of a great venue for an event? Then join us at the Brainstorming Meeting on September 21st. We will be discussing event ideas and venues and helping to decide what fun events to plan for 2009. This is your guild…..let us know what kinds of events you would like to see.

This meeting will be held in Concord at 1:00pm. If you would like to attend, e-mail president@gbacg.org for the directions. See you there!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

9:43PM - 2009 PenWAG program schedule announced

PenWAG (that's the Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild) has announced their 2009 program schedule. It should be going up on the PenWAG website shortly.

January 10: Wearable Art pioneer and featured artist in the DeYoung Wearable Art exhibit Jean Caciedo will be presenting on "Exploration in Cloth" and "Sewing Tricks."

February 14, 15: Japanese design enthusiast and author of "Make Your Own Japanese Clothes" John Marshall will be presenting a design-focused workshop.

March 14: Shakerag Workshops instructor and featured artist in the DeYoung Wearable Art exhibit Ana Lisa Hedstrom, presents a retrospective and a shibori technique workshop.

May 7, 8, 9: Surface designer and author Jane Dunnewold presents on Art Cloth 2009, a workshop on "Complex Cloth" and on May 7 & 8 a pair of one-day workshops on Soy Hot Wax Batik.

June 13: PenWAG member and GalleryHouse founding member, Edith Sommer presents a program on "textile techniques in working metal" and a workshop on copper and brass jewelry.

August 8: Local artist Charlotte Kruk, infamous for her "candy wrapper" dresses, presents a program on her work.

October 3: Bernina/Farfield designer Cathie Hoover presents a workshop on "Accepting the Challenge."

November 14: Author and pattern designer Sandra Betzina does a trunk show and a workshop on fitting.

December 12: Hollywood costume designer (protegé of Edith Head), and author Gloria Heidi presents a program on "Hollywood Hats."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

1:07PM - Historically accurate 1850s/1860s crinoline/hoop skirt undergarment question.

Hi, I hope it's okay that I ask these questions because I want to be informed. I was wondering what is a historically accurate crinoline/hoop skirt undergarment in the 1850s/1860s? What does it look like and made out of? What are the different styles of historically accurate crinoline/hoop skirts? I'm sure they used cage crinolines, etc. but any more? Did they have clothed ones and were there adjustable ones? Also, what is the historically accurate circumference? Pictures and/or descriptions appreciated. Thanks.

- Melissa

X-posted.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

9:39PM - looking for black velvet opera gloves...

.. but not just ANY. I have a few pair and they are all a bit... shiny. I am looking for deep black silk/rayon opera gloves somewhere between 18 and 21 inches in length. Preferably 21 inches. Stretch is ok, buttoned ones are preferred. Does anyone have any sources for these? I *REALLY* do not want to have to make these.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

2:14PM - General ticket sales open for Unification Day Saloon Shindig!

Tickets are now on sale to GBACG members and non-members alike!

Unification Day Saloon Shindig, A Firefly/Serenity Event
Saturday, July 19th, 2008 -- 7pm to Midnight
Bull Valley Restaurant, Port Costa, CA

While Alliance-friendly bars may be a fun place to start a brawl on
U-Day, consider stoppin' for a spell with Madam Zira and her girls at
the edge of the `verse to lift a glass to our fallen heroes.

For more information and tickets visit:
http://www.gbacg.org/current/unification-day.html

GBACG Member* price: $35
Non-Member price:$45
Ticket includes two drinks of your choice and hors d'oeuvres.
You must be 21 years or older to attend this event.

Not a GBACG Member? Purchase a GBACG Membership and save on tickets:
http://www.gbacg.org/about-gbacg/join-gbacg.html

We hope you join us for a shiny time way out in the black!


*GBACG Sister Org Members included.

Monday, June 23, 2008

4:05PM - wool stuffing

I am looking for a local source for wool stuffing for cloth doll making. I know of several on-line but I prefer to shop local. I am in East Bay but take Bart everywhere.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

5:10PM - Costumes and dancing...

The Bay Area English Regency Dance Society Presents:

The Great Regency Shipwreck Ball

or
"Regency Survivor"

We can't get off this island, so we might as well entertain ourselves!

Caller Alan Winston with The Divertimento Dance Orchestra
Saturday June 21, 2008 8:00-11:30pm
Arlington Community Church (website)
52 Arlington Ave
Kensington, CA (map)

The Divertimento Orchestra will provide jolly music. The marooned elite, in any remaining finery, are invited to dance arm-in-arm with the ships' captain and crew. Meet up at 8PM sharp aboard the ruins for dance, drink and good company!

Come as you are, whether Passenger, Pirate, Native, Merfolk or member of Her Majesty's Royal Navy. If your wardrobe was relocated to Davy Jones' Locker during the fateful storm, fashion yourself new togs from local flora (grass skirts are all the rage among the natives!).

We've made peace with the island inhabitants and the merfolk in the bay, so we will feast with them on seafood, fresh fruits, springwater and provisions salvaged from the hold. The contribution of exotic new delicacies from forays inland are welcome - as long as you have already tried them first.

Subscriptions are $20 at the door, $15 in advance.
$2 discount for GBACG, BACDS, and COYOTE/SFCOP members.
Advance mail registrations must be received by us no later than June 18th.
Costumes admired but not required. All dances taught during the ball. No partner required.

Make out checks to "BAERS", and send them to
BAERS c/o Vanessa Schnatmeier 1122 Hudson Street Redwood City, CA 94061

Name(s): 
Street Address: 
City, State, ZIP: 
Phone: 
Email: 
Mark if new address for mailing list:   Number of admissions desired  

What is the English Regency? See http://www.baers.org

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

11:14AM - Who will make my clockwork Polonaise?

So I have gathered up the Robert Kaufman fabrics, and a bunch of antique glass clockface buttons, and I would like to have a dress made for the Edwardian Ball in Los Angeles in the Fall. The pattern I want is Truly Victorian 410, 1873 Polonaise.


here are my thoughts on this: I DO NOT CARE ABOUT HISTORICAL ACCURACY.
This will be a steampunk, punkass, patchwork polonaise with many fabrics, crazy trim, etc.
I actually want it to have leatherette straps across the bodice. I will NOT be wearing a corset under it, my natural shape is just fine thankyou!
I am looking for someone to make this who has made a Polonaise before, at least once, someone who has no problem completing projects in a timely fashion and isn't so busy that scheduling will be a huge challenge. And it needs to be someone local if at all possible, because I'd really like to do a trade- a portrait for the dress!- it's more fun that way. But I am also open to paying for it.
if you know anybody who might be interested, please forward them my info !
cross-posted to lots of places...

Monday, May 12, 2008

9:00PM - New to the area...

Heya everyone!

I've just immigrated to San Francisco from the UK and have a few questions that I hope you can help me with.

1. My Bernina sewing machine needs servicing before I use it over here. Any recommendations? I have transport, but somewhere within San Francisco would be helpful!

2. I am looking for millinery supplies. Any suggestions?

3. I am also looking for tailoring fabrics, particularly very fine silk/wool mix suiting fabric. Price is not that much of an issue, as it's for my fiancé's wedding frock coat.

Look forward to meeting peoples in due course!
Thanks!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

2:16PM - Costume-Con 26 and Flickr: Spread the word!

The photo workflow office is back in Orange County, and is still working like mad to process the over 20,000 pictures that volunteers shot and turned in. It's going to take a few days for these to get uploaded.

But don't wait! There's hope!

If you're a Flickr member, and you shot photos at Costume-Con 26, please consider adding your convention sets to the Costume-Con 26 group photo pool. We've already got two members who have added their sets, but we would love to see more.

Monday, March 17, 2008

6:18PM - CC26 Hotel Stuff...

After talking with Heather and Aaron at the lovely GBACG salon hosted by Lisa and Chris...

I realized should go into a bit more depth as to why people should get a hotel room for Costume-Con 26 even though it's right here, and (if you've got the available budget) why it's worth checking in on Thursday night and checking out Tuesday.

So the basics: We live about 7 miles from the Doubletree. We regularly attend conventions there, including BayCon, SiliCon and Further Confusion. In spite of being so close, we always get a hotel room.

* Why get a room, when we're barely a 15 minute drive from home?

Even if we're not wearing costumes a lot at a convention, we still regularly change clothes at least between day-wear and eveningwear. If it's a costume-heavy event, we may change clothes two or three times daily. Having a room means having a closet and changing space. Keeping a duffle in your car and changing in a friend's room (or a hotel bathroom) just isn't as convenient, for you or your friends.

Having access to your own shower is a real benefit. Having access to a vanity and plenty of mirror space is also really nice. If you're doing complicated make-up or hair, they're vital.

While there is planned workspace and social space, sometimes you just need to get away from the crowds, and if you don't have a room that's difficult.

If you're planning to party, being able to catch an elevator back to your room (rather than driving home) is worth the expense.

* Why check in Thursday, though? The con doesn't start until Friday, right?

Well, that's true. There's the ICG meeting on Friday morning, if you care (and you probably don't). Dealers room is scheduled to open at noon, and may open earlier if all the dealers are ready. Programming starts at 1:00. All that is before the regular 3:00pm check-in time at the hotel. While you may be able to check in earlier than that, it's more likely you're going to have to check your bags with the bell stand or leave them in your car until your room is available. If you get the room Thursday night, you're already in, and can spend time with your friends on Friday without the pressure of move-in.

If you're bringing a lot of stuff, it's really worth it. You can check in on Thursday evening with your first car-load, and do a quick run on Friday morning (while the ICG meeting is happening) to pick up your second. Again, it reduces the move-in pressure and gives you more time to just hang out with your friends.

Finally, most of the convention committee and a lot of the out-of-towners will already be there on Thursday. Early hospitality and pre-registration pick-up will be open on Thursday night. It's a great time to meet the convention staff before things get crazy. It's a great time to spend a little extra time with your friends before the program and events start pulling you in different directions.

If you've got the (roughly) $100 available in your budget, it's money well-spent.

* Why check out Tuesday, if the con is already over Monday evening?

The convention program is scheduled to 5:00pm (I think) Monday. The hotel's check-out time is noon. While it may be possible to get a late check-out, it's not going to be that late, and you're going to lose a bunch of the morning to packing up. You'll also have to stash your bags in your car or check them at the bell desk.

If you bring a lot of stuff, you can use a little time on Monday hauling carloads home, and load up your last things on Tuesday morning before going to work. There's a lot less time pressure this way.

There's also the traditional "dead dog" party in hospitality on Monday night. Many of the folks who have spent the weekend doing a lot of work (or entering a lot of competitions) finally have a chance to relax at this point. It's a last chance to hang out with the people from out-of-town before they go home and you don't see them again for months. Regular convention attendees and staffers will often tell you that, no matter how good the rest of the convention may be, this is the best part.

If you've got the (roughly) $100 available in your budget, it's money well-spent.

* Why should I deal with this soon?

Costume-Con 26's hotel contract only guarantees room availability at our rates until April 3. After that, the remaining rooms in the convention's hotel block are "released." While it may be possible to get the convention rate after April 3, it may not be as easy.

* What should I do if the hotel doesn't want to give me the convention rate?

If it's online (particularly if you're attempting to update your reservation), try calling the hotel directly at (408) 453-4000. The hotel's reservation agents often can do things that the online system can't handle.

If they can't get you our rate, take the reservation at the rate you're given by the hotel. Then email hotel@cc26.org with your name, dates and confirmation number. Our hotel liaison will work with the hotel to get your rate fixed. That's one of the things he's here for.

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