Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Amazing Disappearing Woman

Believe it or not, I've come out on the other side of my twin pregnancy 55lbs. lighter than when I started. I've dropped 2 pant sizes (one for each twin, as I like to say), so I basically need a whole new wardrobe- which includes my garb, of course.

At the moment I've got a few items that fit well enough that they'll pass, but it's time for a closet clean-out. I'll need to first weed out the pieces I know either won't fit and can't be adjusted or that aren't worth adjusting. Then I'll try everything else on and get an idea of what's salvageable and what isn't. That'll leave me with a new project pile- all the stuff I want to keep that now needs to be taken in. I suppose I'll need to evaluate each of those pieces to decide if I'd rather just make a new one instead- I have a lot of pieces that have had their hey-day and probably need to be retired.

In the meantime, I've been plugging away at some smaller projects. I returned to work early, and didn't have as much of a maternity leave as I expected, so I've been working on accessories and the like more than larger projects. I've started my frilled veil (hand sewing all the frill edges is a pain in the you-know-what, but it's totally worth it!), and I finally broke down and started working on a German brick stitch pouch front. I'm using my heraldic colors and this pattern from A Stitch Out of Time. It will be a small pouch favor for Dearg, but I haven't decided what will go in it yet.

I'm still working on the under tunics for the twins, but I did whip out a hood for Owen last night. I've only been saying I was going to make him a hood for about a year now. I used black fleece and made it kind of tight so that it would stay on. It's a bit too tight at the neck for pulling over his head and it kind of scares him, but once it's on and he's used to it, he likes it. And it's just too darn cute.

I'll be going to Mischief & Mayhem this weekend with the kids, and since it's supposed to be on the chilly side, I've decided to wear my teal wool. It fits relatively well enough as long as I get the lacing as tight as I can, but since I've lost most of my gut and butt, the skirt is significantly longer. I don't plan on doing much walking, though. I'll need to experiment with headdress/goller combos to decide what looks good, will keep me warm, and what won't get in the way when I try to burp the twins. Ah, burping... always an important consideration.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Double Trouble

My new bundles of joy have finally arrived, and though it's been hectic and at times frustrating, I couldn't be happier. Lee (on the left above) and Kara are doing well and are healthy. Lee is about 2 pounds heavier than Kara. Owen is getting accustomed to them, though he's still not quite sure what to make of them. He's entered the "I'm not listening" phase, which has made things a little tough, but we're doing our best to remain patient.

We ventured out to Harvest Day this past weekend with all three kids. It wasn't the easiest thing, and I certainly exerted myself a bit more than I should have, but it's an experience we needed. Going to an event with a young child is hard enough, but adding two infants into the mix adds a whole new dimension of logistics that you don't really know exists until you test it out. We've got several adjustments to make to not only our set-up and take-down routine, but also with how we can schedule personal time into the day. Dearg desperately wanted to get to the archery range all day, but never made it. I got to the merchants once, right as it started to rain, but we had the twins with us, and it just made more sense for me to carry them back to our shade.

My mom made gowns for the twins, which are a bit large so they'll be able to wear them for a while. We used a christening gown pattern that worked out very well and looks very nice. We used a brown linen/rayon blend for Kara's and the same blue linen/rayon for Lee's that I made my v-neck gown out of. I have the pieces for their white linen tunics still sitting by the sewing machine- hopefully I can get those completed before the next event.

I was also able to mostly complete Dearg's new tunic. I haven't done all the contrast stitching nor the decorative stitching around the neckline, but it was finished enough for him to wear. It was nice to see him in a different tunic for a change!

As far as my other tasks, I've made the updates to my website (except for cleaning up the code on the main page), but that's about it. I decided not to create nursing garb, as we've found breastfeeding the twins too time consuming and difficult when not home. Instead, I pump right before or right after they eat, and we bottle feed the breastmilk. So I don't need nursing garb, but I do still need to be able to access my breasts to pump regularly at an event. For now, this just means that anything I wear needs to either lace or button up the front. I'm not sure that it requires any special type of garb beyond that.

I started working on my "Beyond the Burgundian" class notes by re-reading them and making some edits. I want the full notes to be highly extensive and informative, so for the moment I'm taking my time with them. I don't think I'll put them on my website when they are complete though, since I think I'd like to submit them to the Compleat Anachronist for publication.

Finally, you may notice that I swapped the nursing garb for a frilled veil in my project pile progress bars. I haven't decided which style of frilled veil I'd like to do, but I know that I'm going to raid Isis' extensive thesis for information on the topic and let her knowledge help me decide!