Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Last Draft

It's kind of crazy when you think about it just how much has changed and at the same time how much has stayed the same since I started this blog. At first I had no pictures, it was text only posts, and then I never had pictures of me, and then I wouldn't even show my face. Now I'm outside, I'm in a pose, I'm in a dress I made (because I didn't used to use patterns ever, and now I do). It's crazy. So here it is, my last post on MRE. For this one, I chose memories that really stood out to me.

My Chemical Converse Thrifting Weekend of Doom - I chose this because I love Converse, I love MCR (and this would be the last time I ever saw them in concert) and I loved thrifting with my friend Kit. Some of those things I'll never have again and it's just a precious memory to me.

Yes, Bitch, I am Eating That - I should write posts where I talk about the bullshit that women put each other through more often, because I'm stick of being blamed or judged based on my appearance and weight, and having other people's weight issues thrust upon me. It is not my problem that you don't see yourself very clearly.

The Little Prince Movie Review - I think I cried for a week after this movie. Seriously. GENE FUCKING WILDER.

Well, that's it. That's me for right now. I'm finished here, for now. See you on the new blog Cirque du Frock!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Theme Wednesday: Themes I Love

1.) Don't Shoot The Walls Dress (2.) Great-Grandmothers (3.) Meet Trees
One thing I hope to carry over into the new blog is Theme Wednesdays. I've loved doing my themed posts and I really hope to keep on with that! (In fact, I know of one that I've got planned!!) These three were very important to me - I absolutely love my Sherlock-inspired dress, I really enjoyed being able to write about my great-grandmother for you and I REALLY LOVED doing a Trees themed week. I can't wait to meet her in 8 days - 8 DAYS!!!

One of the themes coming up on Cirque du Frock might just be inspired by my favorite shy biker babe. Just sayin'. Could be worth looking out for! ;-) 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Inspiration: It's Okay To Grow Up

This is more of a word inspiration today. Again, MCR related but I've gotten so much good advice from their music! This was made right after they broke up and started floating around Pinterest and Tumblr. I liked it immediately because to me, it was finally someone echoing my opinion on their break-up. It's okay. It's all going to be okay.

A week later, when I was thought of the new name for my blog (Cirque du Frock) I was worried about leaving Meg's Ragged Edge. But Cirque du Frock just clicked. It felt right. And Meg's Ragged Edge is actually a reminder of a less-than-stellar year I had when I started the blog. (2010, flunking out of art school, can't find a job, on the edge.) I was conflicted.

Then this graphic popped up again on Tumblr and I thought about it. It is. It's okay to grow up.

I guess that's why I wanted a new blog with a new name. I felt I'd outgrown the name on this one. And it's okay. :-)

See you tomorrow!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Get Off The Edge

I've been thinking a lot lately, guys, about this blog. About what it means and what it stands for, and what it means to me personally. I've been thinking about why I started it and how it's evolved over the years (or how it's not evolved). I've come to a decision.

I'm stepping off the Edge.

I've created a new blog - Cirque du Frock - and I'm going to start writing on that blog now. That's it. That's the big thing I've been working on lately. I've been trying to get everything ready just to tell you.

The tough part was trying to figure out if I wanted to just change the name - from Meg's Ragged Edge to Cirque du Frock on this blog - or start fresh. I really think it's time to start fresh. Every once in a while, you need to be able to hit a restart button. I need that here. I don't want to close down Ragged Edge, though, because it's still me. It's who I've been for the last few years. Maybe one day I'll post here again, but for right now, I'm moving to a new blog.

So here is what I'm going to do. We're going to do a weeks worth of posts that kind of revisit things I've loved doing for MRE, and starting next Monday I'll begin posting to Cirque du Frock.

1.) Watson Coat DIY (2.) The Broken Pearls (3.) So Long and Good Night
Today we're starting with three of my favorite posts from the last six months. I picked these posts to link to because they mean something to me. I love my Watson coat and it's become more than a fan project to me. It's my coat. I wore it all winter and I love it. It is also a project I'm proud of because it required patience and subtlety, two things I'm not really known for. I picked The Broken Pearls because it was the first time in months I'd posted something honest for you guys. And I picked So Long and Good Night because it explains a lot about why I love MCR the way that I do.

In fact, the title of this post is ripped a little from an MCR song - Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back. That song is the song I cling to when I feel a panic attack coming on (originally it was Famous Last Words but after Danger Days I really love Save Yourself). Here are the lyrics to it:

Get off the ledge and drop the knife
Not a victim of a victim's life
This ain't a room full of suicides
We're believers, I believe tonight

We can leave this world, leave it all behind
We can steal this car if your folks don't mind
We can live forever if you've got the time

Na na na na na, na na na na na
If you save yourself tonight

(Lyrics Source

So it's a little bittersweet, because I've worked very hard on this blog, but I really think it's best that I pick a new name, a new start and just go from there. I hope you guys come with me!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Personal Style: Holding Patterns

Jeggings: AE, Boots: Mossimo/Gift, Scarf: Handmade/Gift, Shirt: Handmade/Me

I'm just popping in to let you guys know that I'm still on a bit of a blogging hiatus. I'm actually working on something pretty cool that I can't wait to show you (if you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr or Pinterest you might have an inkling but DON'T PEEK IT RUINS THE SURPRISE). Don't worry- I'll be back and it will rock your socks. And I HAVE been reading your blogs, even if I haven't been commenting.

In the mean time, have a little story about my scarf. My friend Kristi made it. What happened was we met through Craftster. She knew I was going to the Danger Days tour for MCR and asked if I would pick up some tees for her (sorry that I couldn't at the time, Kristi!), and from that we became friends. She actually made the guys some scarves and got to give them to the guys in PERSON! So I said how much I loved the scarves and she made ME one! (I've posted about it before- check the MCR links on the side) Even though it was the perfect color (my favorite color, actually) and it was made just for me, I never managed to wear it last winter. Probably because it was so warm. This winter, however, I sewed the ends together to turn it into a circle scarf and I wore it often. It's become one of my favorite things, and I love that she made it for me.

Link to Craftster
Click on the picture of Gerard to go read Kristi's awesome story. I'm sad I'll never get to follow them on a tour or meet them in person, but it's alright. I still have my scarf!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Personal Style: Purple Docs

Dress: Handmade/Me, Jacket: DIY/Me/Market East Station (YES IT'S A TRAIN STATION)
Cameo Also by Me. :-)
This is an outfit I feel really good in. My Hell Dress (so named because of the lame hem tape I used that ate my sewing machine), my new purple boots and my jacket. I love it. I love how I look in this outfit.

And everyone, let's just take a moment to appreciate the BEAUTY and WONDER and JOY that ARE THESE AMAZING BOOTS!! They are fucking purple. Yes. I know. Amazing.

I'm going to tell you a little story about these amazing purple boots. They are my mourning gift to myself. I saw these on eBay last Friday morning before work, and I thought about them on and off, but I didn't really think much about buying them even though they were only available on the docs UK site and here they were on American eBay. So then My Chemical Romance broke up, and I am sobbing so hard I can't see straight until 3am. At around 3am, I decide I need to make myself feel better. I need something to make myself feel better. A present. To stop crying. I bribed myself to sleep with these boots and a Black Parade tee shirt. I purchased them at 3am on Saturday morning the day MCR ceased to exist, and I went to bed for four whole hours before I woke up, started crying and decided to go thrifting, too. Which ended up being in my favor because I looked so terrible I think the girl gave me 50% off everything I bought just to make me feel better (I looked at the receipt later and there it was, 50% off everything).

I didn't know you could cry so hard your lips turn purple for the day, but I did. It was kind of amazing. 

And don't take this story as a sad one (or think I have a shopping problem, because I don't). Killjoys keep running, and to keep running and keep fighting we need bad ass gear. If I were a Killjoy, if I lived in the Zones outside of Battery City, these would be my boots.

Gerard Way as Party Poison, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Monday, April 1, 2013

Personal Style: Battle

Dress: Handmade/Me, Jacket: DIY/Me, Leggings: Target, Boots: Dr Martens
Trying out a new hair style. Kind of like it, kind of don't.

I changed up my '59 Sound jacket with a different patch on the back and I added a skully patch and an eagle patch on the shoulders, and a few punk pins and studs on the pocket. Even though it's not a battle jacket, it does feel more like a protective armor (Mouse has been making a "battle jacket" on tumblr- if it is a jacket that makes you feel tough and cool and acts as a protective shell against the outside world, this might be my battle jacket. I don't have any band patches, though)... (quick Google search- this would NOT qualify as a battle jacket to other people, but it does to me since it's as close as I'd get and still operates as armor).

I love the fabric of this dress. It's a pretty blue and brown pattern, and it's super soft. I only had enough to make the back and front of the dress, so the sleeves are made from white fabric. It's a nice contrast. I didn't belt my dress today, either, which does make it kind of look like a night gown but that's okay. I needed a cozy comfy outfit day and this worked. I felt really good.

It was actually kind of nice because I was wearing jeans (very cold) for a while, and everyone kept saying how I looked like I'd lost weight. I asked someone about it and they said it was because my dresses weren't very figure flattering. And it made me really self-conscious about wearing my dresses. In fact, I might have stopped wearing them. I'm pretty sure I told you this story. But I was still making them and I made this one and wore it for the first time without even a belt to emphasize my waist, and one of my customers in the shop that I haven't seen in a while asked if I'd lost weight. So I guess they are kind of figure flattering, after all.

Not that it matters. I don't take losing weight as a compliment. I think it can actually be a rather hurtful thing to say if said to the wrong person. And I don't wear my dresses to show off my body- I wear them because they are that sixties shift dress style I always admired as a kid and can even look a little rockabilly if worn with the right shoes. And they are comfy and I can make them in LOTS of different colors. That is why I wear my dresses. Still, it was an interesting thing to take note of- it wasn't the dresses after all. Maybe I just thinned down a bit and didn't notice.