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Hmmm. I haven’t done a lot of music recommendations? I sometimes burble about CDs I like, or post music. It looks like the tags “the music of my people”, “the children of the night”, and this post about the bitchcraft playlist have a lot of music posts.

Book recommedations are equally as scattered across my page There’s the “gothic literature” tag (which isn’t always books), and I’ve got this post on vampire novels

Also, people have been pretty good about chiming in with their suggestions on all of those posts, so you will probably find interesting bands and books in the notes!

Tailoring your own clothes

Jul. 26th, 2017 02:43 pm
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So a little while back, I reblogged a post about tailoring your own clothes. The gist of it was this (IIRC):

Someone was wondering why even people on TV with non-mainstream-TV-approved body shapes always look so good in their clothes. 

The long and short of it is: their bodies aren’t better than yours. They just have people tailoring every single piece of clothing they wear to flatter their figures. 

Off-the-rack clothes aren’t made to look good on most people’s bodies. The advice in the post was buy clothes that fit the largest part of you, even if they’re too big elsewhere, and have them altered to fit. 

That post hit me like a lightning bolt. I have a curvy figure. I’m not plus-sized, but I’ve got a small waist and large hips. Which is great in certain types of clothes (dresses, mainly), but means that if I don’t wear fitted t-shirts or blouses–if they fall straight–I just look sort of… boxy. I need clothes that go in at the waist. 

My grandma was an amazing seamstress, so when I needed clothes fixed, she was around to tailor them. When she got into her 90s and her eyesight was too diminished for her to sew, we started going to a woman in our neighborhood who’d lost her husband and had started doing alterations to bring in some extra income. OF COURSE I looked good back then. I had a tailor.

Then I moved away from my parents without really knowing How To Adult and would go to Target to get clothes and just get depressed by them and never realized how much of an advantage having people who could tailor my clothes (and, you know, parents to pay for having them tailored…) had been. 

So. I have a 1970s Singer Fashion Mate sewing machine that is designed to weather the apocalypse–I got it at Goodwill for $20. 

And I have begun researching how to tailor your own clothes. If anyone else was wondering about that after that last post, here are some helpful links I’ve discovered. 

When and Why to Get it Tailored - This article is (annoyingly) set up as a slideshow, and focuses on getting a professional to do your alterations rather than doing them yourself, but it’s got some good advice nonetheless, such as:

  • Basic alterations that can make a huge difference, such as adding lingerie loops to keep bra straps in place (SERIOUSLY MY FAVORITE DRESSES FROM HIGH SCHOOL ALL HAD THESE AND WHY DID THEY DISAPPEAR IN EVERYTHING I WEAR NOW?), adding snaps between the buttons on button-down shirts for larger-busted women (you know how sometimes they gap? there’s help for that), etc.
  • Average prices (at least on the East Coast) for basic alterations: replacing a zipper will run you about $20, while tailoring pants or a skirt to fit your hips and butt will be about $35.
  • If you want to get a garment made of special materials (leather, fur, beaded/embroidered silk) altered, go to someone who specializes in working with that material.
  • What NOT to try to alter.
  • How to find a tailor.
  • Having that perfect dress that you love so much duplicated and how much that will cost.

Learning Alterations - Great step-by-step tutorials on basic alterations like how to take in the waist of jeans (essential if you have a smaller waist and larger hips, because it’ll stop them from riding down every time you bend over or sit down).

Tailoring Ready-to-Wear - A full-on online course from Craftsy (costs $24.99) with videos and individual lessons on everything from hemming pants to lengthening them to altering shoulders and armholes to adding hidden zippers.

Plus-Sized Fitting and Design - Another online course (this one’s $34.99) that looks like it focuses both on alterations and on actually making clothes that are flattering to plus-sized forms.

Alterations and Tailoring 101 - Not a how-to post, but this one has a lot of useful information and ideas, such as identifying which garments to alter.

Alterations Needed blog - A whole blog on this stuff, with a lot of detailed how-tos. It focuses on fixing things to fit if you’re shorter than average/petite, but contains a lot of great advice for anyone (like an entry on why button-down shirts often bulge in back and how to fix it). 

Pinch and Pin your Shirt - Super-quick video tutorial (aimed at gentlemen), but useful for anyone who wears button-down shirts on how to fix a baggy shirt. 

If I find other helpful tutorials, I’ll add them. If you know of any, please let me know!

2014 Land Rover Spectre Defender

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:30 pm
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Posted by Lambert V.

2014 Land Rover Spectre Defender


One of 10 Defenders that were customized for the bad guys to drive in the James Bond film Spectre. It has 37″ tires bolted to the wheels, an engine tweaked to produce 187 hp and 369 lb-ft. of torque, Bilstein dampers and Recaro safety harnesses. It goes up for auction on 9/6/17.

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From The Magazine: Beau Stanton's Machine Dreams
Beau Stanton began painting as a 10-year-old growing up in Orange County, California. There are many reasons why this is fascinating, even charming, but one of the things that always intrigued me about this fact is the Orange County element of the revelation. Looking at his art, whether it be paintings, murals, mosaics, or animations, I see an artist who should have been raised in the post-industrial heartland. Gears, ships and relics of the great American past are used with a classical decorum not generally associated with the heyday of California’s architectural vision.

Autonomous Cargo Ship

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:45 pm
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Posted by Lambert V.

Autonomous Cargo Ship


The YARA Birkeland will be the world’s first autonomous and zero-emission container ship. It will be manned when it launches in 2018, but is expected to launch, sail and dock on its own by 2020. It will reduce YARA’s diesel truck haulage by up to 40,000 trips a year.

Phoozy Phone Thermal Capsule

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Posted by Lambert V.

Phoozy Phone Thermal Capsule

Price: $30  | Buy | Link

It needs some serious rebranding, but the Phoozy phone case could save your smartphone and other gadgets from an untimely death. It shields whatever’s inside from impact as well as extreme heat and cold, and it floats on water too.

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Recap: The Adidas Showcase Continues the World Tour With a Stop in Santiago, Chile
Our friends at adidas skateboarding presented The Showcase in Santiago de Chile this past week, continuing their tour of the world after a recent stop in Panama that we showed you. This collective show, always built around the idea and inspired by the culture of skateboarding, had its first stop in South America with an eclectic collectio of artists and genres: Photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, video and music were some of the techniques chosen by this group of local talents of all ages, genres and races to exhibit their art.
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Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
Click on the title below to read the comic
title: "Half Summer Personality Test" - originally published 7/26/2017

For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!

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The night is dark and full of figures. Choose from Bran, Cersei, Tormund, Wun Wun (6" figure), Tyrion, and Jon Snow - or collect them all to recreate key moments from Game of Thrones. Note: although Wun Wun the giant is 6 inches tall, Tyrion the dwarf is the same height as the other figures. $9.99 - $14.99

Toys & Games : Leaders of Euphoria

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:40 pm
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The old world has fallen! Leaders of Euphoria is a game of secret identities and hidden alliances for 4-8 players. Players interrogate one another and use artifacts to help reveal the identity of the opposing faction leader so they can equip a ray gun and zap the enemy. $21.99

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Kitties are not impressed by cupcakes. You, too, can sport the epic facial hair of the Beard Cat card from Exploding Kittens with two thumbs, a little ingenuity, and this shirt. Or you could get the same effect by holding a seriously pissed-off obligate carnivore up to your face. Your call. $19.99

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An inconceivably perfect deck. Wanna play Go Fish with a Giant, or Poker with a Sicilian? As you wish! This gift set includes a gorgeously illustrated Princess Bride-themed 54 card deck, with characters and quotes on every court card, as well as a collectible brass coin! $15.99


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