Tell Me Which Women Scientists/Authors/Geeks Inspire You

There is a big old fight happening in the comments thread of my Ada Lovelace Day post.  That's totally fine, but I do want people to share recommendations, without risking being drawn into an argument or having to scroll past discussions of differing rates of married male and female saints to find the suggestions.So, normal commenting rules are suspended for this post.Here's what you can post:Women in STEM fields (living or dead, fiction or nonfictional) that you'd like us to know mo … [Read more...]

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

I hope you all have parties planned.  In case you don't remember from last year's celebration, Ada Lovelace day is a time to celebrate and bring attention to women in science, tech, and math.  Here's how it got started and how it works today: Ada Lovelace Day was launched in 2009 with a simple pledge on British civil action site, Pledgebank. Nearly 2,000 people signed up to blog about a woman in technology whom they admired on 24 March. The day was an astounding success, with contributors wr … [Read more...]

Stop, Drop, and Catch Fire

Oh dear.The dryad costume is not going well.  My inability to hand draft a corset meant I had to turn to a commercial pattern.  While I waited for it to arrive, I started working on the big branchy mask, only to find that I'd ordered the wrong gauge of wire, and this stuff was too weak to help my hair stand on end (even though this is the style my hair is normally most cooperative with!).So now I've got all my materials finally lined up, but very little accomplished.  It happens to be hi … [Read more...]

Costuming Collapse

This week, I was working on making a new muslin draft of my corset pattern for my Dryad costume.  Unfortunately, once again the fit was quite off, so the test fit pictures are NSFW.  With Halloween drawing on apace, I'm caving and looking for a commercial pattern this week.  While I wait for it to arrive, I'll start working on  the mask (since I only need to run to a hardware store to pick up wire).  Next week you should expect a mask draft (hopefully a complete one!) and the arrival of the patt … [Read more...]

Though it be but Little, it is Fierce

I'm still giving you Monday morning costuming updates, so I feel accountable to keep making progress.  This week I sewed together the muslin mockup for the corset.  Because fit is really important for this kind of bodice, you make a scratch copy of your pattern in muslin, so you don't waste your good fabric on a first draft.Good seamstresses make later drafts in fabric that more closely resembles what you're actually using, and insert boning and grommets, so it wears like the final garment.   … [Read more...]

And Now For Something Completely Different

Some friends and I were making philosophy jokes, as one does, and somehow a t-shirt sprung into being.This seemed like a crowd that might appreciate a wearable trolleyology joke, so here's the website where you can get them.  And I've stuck a bigger image of the design below. And then we had one more idea: … [Read more...]

A Crafty Weekend

I'm keeping myself on track to finish my Halloween costume by posting updates every Monday. This week I've transferred my pattern draft to tracing paper and then used it to cut out the pattern pieces for my muslin mockup. By next week's update, I'll have  pieced the muslin together and used it to make any corrections to the pattern (and hopefully start cutting the real fabric).How long did all this take?  About 125 minutes (the runtime of Captain America).But that's not the only craft pr … [Read more...]


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