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Getting crazy with MSPaint

I'm doing my best to infect my office.  I think I have a fever - in that, I feel hot and lightheaded and woozy, but the painkillers I take all the time are quite good at keeping my temperature down.  I have a temp of 99, which considering my normal temp is 96.8, is probably a slight fever.

I do not want to get sick for 12th Night, so I'm probably going to stay home tomorrow and nurse my pathetic little temperature down to a more reasonable 98.  I swear I won't infect anyone at 12th Night - in the full Elizabethan rig I have, no-one can get near.

And, though I have not posted pics, here's the trick that some of you probably already know to making the fan-shaped fabric supporter stay up:

You need to add long tapes/laces to the ends of the fan, and then the process goes like this:
(excuse MSPaint pics, but they're better than nothing)
(and the lightheadedness isn't helping - I drew these as I wrote this post)



Basically, when you pull the strings tight in front, the whole thing stands up like a dream.  Use pins to secure the gown to the supporter in the back, and of course, the lace collar is pinned - it's one of the reasons that it's made of so many material layers.  The jacket and the gown help hide the ties, and since they're white, they blend with the material of the shift. 

Mine is a sandwich of stiff paper, cable-tie boning, pink wool, and pink silk.  The ties are a length of linen tape, the kind you can find at www.reconstructinghistory.com.  All materials came from my stash.

I will have actual photographs, I promise.  I just need to finish sewing the pleats on the lace collar.

I am also determined that I will have my awesome pink knitted socks finished.  And maybe lace/linen cuffs to match the collar (I may be fever dreaming here).  I also have to make food (I will wear a mask while I cook), and pack, since - ooh, I didn't tell you guys - something broke off in the truck engine and basically killed it, so we are sans cars with cargo space (we both have Miatas, since we kept the old one for commuting).  The mechanic Bob likes might be able to put a used engine in, which would be considerably cheaper than a new engine (6K) or a new truck (we don't want any more car payments that absolutely neccessary).  But until it's fixed, we're renting a car to take us to 12th Night, so that has to be picked up on Friday, too.

And I have to do my hair.  And nails.  *tired slump*

...And with those happy thoughts,  I'm going to hug my heater until the cold shivers stop, and I start feeling way too hot again. 

Man, my arms hurt.  But that's probably not the flu.


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Jan. 7th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
That's so nifty! Also, I hope you don't have flu. I have been basically useless since New Year's and that's how mine started. Feel better soon!
Jan. 7th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)

(And that's for the plug. We also have repro 16thc dress pins to secure that supporter to your gown and the collar to the supporter.)
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
ah, elegant physics. Congratulations! I think you've got it.
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Jan. 7th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, I emailed Jen a couple of days ago, but haven't heard back in time to have something shipped... I won't be at 12th Night, so for the heraldic garb competition, do you want to pick up a prize there for around $25 and I can pop a check in the mail to you today? Or else, get their name and address and I'll send them out a prize next week?

Let me know which way you want to do it.
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
I can pick up a prize, no problem. Send me the particulars of the competition too - to my home address (since I don't think I'll be coming in to work tomorrow).
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Jan. 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, and hope you feel better!
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Jan. 7th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon. I recommend spicy chicken soup. I lived off of curry egg drop soup while was sick.

I can't wait to see pictures of this and find out how you did. At this point, I've tried so many different ways of supporting fluffy collars and ruffs. I've always pinned and tied the heck out of things. And then there was the "turkey", a silk covered support that well, looked a bit like a... well, turkey.
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Very nice! Thank you for sharing, and here's hoping that you feel better soon!
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Wow. You are Teh Fabulous.
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Even _I_ now kinda want to make Elizabethan just to have a nifty collar...

Edited at 2009-01-07 03:56 pm (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
I second that. I usually try to stay in the 1560-1570 area, because later clothes just look weird to me. But the more cool clothes the Attack Laurel makes, the more I feel myself leaning to late, late 16th century clothes.
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Its ben very interresting following your work with supportasses, i always dreamed of recreating the one wich is in the new Arnold book, wich is used in her renaissance dress book, the open robe. Now that the pattern is available, it should be a big help.
Thanks for your postings.

Jan. 7th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
wooot! That is simple and elegant. Diabolical!
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Feel better! And thanks for sharing on the supportasses- it's always so much fun when things look just like the pictures, and when you're the one to figure them out!
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great when you can feel the penny drop like that?

And thanks for the kind words of encouragement :)
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