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Okay, sorry about the lack of a second entry yesterday - I worked on my supportasse instead of taking a nap, and I crashed around 9:30.  I haven't dealt with e-mail, nor nuthin'.  I tend to get tunnel vision when I'm working on a project, and this one has a bit of a hard deadline, so I'm focused.  The supportasse is mostly done; looking at the originals, I'm interested at the fact that they don't have much to help them stand up except tension.  I need to reinforce the collar of the gown, so it can hold the supporter without folding, and then I'll be good to go.

The standing collar itself needs to be pleated into its band, then starched within an inch of its life - I think I need to eschew the spray starch, and just soak the collar in a home-made starch paste (otherwise the lace will never stand up).  This collar is the sample piece; if it works well, I'm going to try and make a needlworked drawn collar that will be more decorative.  Oh, and I need to make cuffs.  I have enough lace left over, and I don't think they'll take too long.  Those will also have to be starched.

I need to make a new shift, but I think that will have to wait.  Besides, I need to make a drop-dead gorgeous falling band for Bob out of the $40/yard lace I bought at Pennsic.  Mmmmm, yummy.

And finally, I need to re-do my nails.  The current set of nails is getting distinctly ratty looking, and I hate having yucky nails, but I need to stretch these ones out until Friday, so that my nails are fresh and pretty for 12th Night.

I know, ridiculous.  But I've always been madly picky about my grooming.  I've never thought of myself as particularly pretty - when I was a child, I considered myself very plain - but I felt that what I didn't have in looks, I could make up for with clothes.  It took me a while to learn; plain girls don't really get much instruction on how to look better, so I did most of my learning on my own (which led to my doing strange things like putting mascara on my eyelids and trying to line my eyes on the inside).  I read magazines.  I read books.  I bought clothes and makeup, and even got a perm.

I looked frightful.  I think I've burned all the pictures of me as a teenager. Let's just say it took me a while to learn, and I had some very odd tastes in clothes (such as the year I spent at Cambridge, affecting paint-spattered cargo pants and a tweed jacket - but that was a pretentious art-student thing).

Being fat didn't help; being depressed made it worse.  I tried during my first marriage; once I matched my toenail polish, my top, and my sunglasses -I think - and maybe my earrings, all in hot pink.  I must have been quite a sight.  I wore voluminous clothes to hide my figure, but I matched them - blue and white was my favourite combination, and I had an awesome pair of leggings that I made in a blue and white paisley pattern, a white sweater, blue turtleneck and slouch socks, and white Keds. 

Yes, I was a fat girl in stretch pants (and I have photos to prove it).  It's hard to be elegant when you're heavy.  As I got more depressed, I started to fail at even making the clothes nice - I spent all day sleeping, and didn't bathe enough (it happens when you're depressed; these days, I am happy to report that I am fresh and bathed and delightful to be near).

But it's always mattered to me - I can't go out without dressing up - even when I'm bumming around in my favourite capri sweats (I have a thing for capris, being short), I coordinate my top and my sweater.  I wear business casual in black to work, and I once had someone describe me as "the only person who wears grown-up shoes" in the office (it's true; half of them wear Crocs, the rest wear sneakers.  I always thought working was a great excuse to put on pretty clothes and awesome shoes, but then, I'm not on my feet all day).  Clothes, hair, grooming - it all matters, terribly.

If you can't be pretty, you can be elegant, I figured, and so I try.  Everyone around me can be in jeans, but I'll be in a skirt.  It was a real departure for me to wear a t-shirt and camo pants to the NYE party (even though it was in costume), and even so, it was important to me that the pants were hip-huggers, and the t-shirt was fitted, and my hair was done right, and I wore powder and mascara.  I want to be a pretty pretty princess, even when I'm wearing camo.  I don't think I am pretty, but maybe I can be an elegant, elegant princess instead.

(Actually, at this point I think I'm moving into Dowager Duchess territory.  I'm a bit old for princess.)

This is probably one of the reasons why it's so important to me that my clothes fit well, even in the SCA.  They need to do what they're supposed to, and there are some periods I just can't wear, because I don't feel elegant in them.  Most early period stuff is out, and sideless surcoats are out, because I have bad memories of how fat and old I looked in one (I have a photo somewhere of me in one, and I look 40.  I was 20).  I'm not a big fan of Tudor, though I'd consider some of the French mid-16th century stuff (it's not called Tudor outside of England, despite English claims on French territory).  I won't wear houpellandes anymore, though I love fitted dresses from the same era.  My wardrobe is basically tight waists, floofy skirts, and maybe a ruff or two (or three).

I may not be stunning, but dammit, I have nice clothes.  And I can bear the nails for a little bit longer.


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Jan. 6th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
I especially think the overalls are cute.
Jan. 6th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
"...some of the French mid-16th century stuff (it's not called Tudor outside of England,"

So glad this has been mentioned! Usually--almost exclusively---it'll be ladies making the statement that, "[she's] ...working on [her] Italian *Tudor*" or Spanish *Tudor* or French *Tudor,* when what is meant is the years of the Henries VII and VIII or just 1509-1547 (or 1558 during Mary's life) and I find myself making an effort to suppress a too-visible twitch. They seem also to forget that Elizabeth's style of clothing didn't change dramatically immediately.
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Jan. 6th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
I know EXACTLY how you feel. I could have written this myself. I dress up for work, I wear well-fitted clothing, and I never go out frumpy because, dammit, having been fat and frumpy and ugly most of my life, it MATTERS.
Rock on.
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I think you are stunning. You've got lively eyes, a quick wit, and a pretty face. :)

Jan. 6th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
*blush* Thank you.
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Jan. 6th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
I probably will write up an article on how I got it to work, yes - the wires things seem self-explanatory, but the pickadills don't appear to have anything that makes them stand up - I think it's tension from the way they're pinned to the clothes. I'll be trying it out, anyway. :)
Jan. 6th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
"I'm not a big fan of Tudor, though I'd consider some of the French mid-16th century stuff..."

If you do choose the French, I assume pictures will be posted. :)
Not nearly enough people work the 16th century french angle (coming from a girl with a 16th century French persona who wears Italian goodies instead).
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
My favourite is the little pink dress on one of the French women - it's a pretty well-known portrait, I think... it's really pink. Yummy. :)
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Jan. 6th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I feel the same way (Eeew, I can't wear that!) about the 17th century stuff; all the sloping shoulders and pronounced bellies... ugh. As much as I love how Vermeer painted, I hate the costuming. But there is something attractive and elegant in every time period, truth be told. I used to hate the Regency costumes and now I'm wanting one... (How the mighty have fallen....)

I disposed of a beloved Houpelande after an event once where a lady asked me if I was pregnant or was it just the dress? Gah! Horrors! Though I love my new houpe; the proper under-dress really makes a world of difference!
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, I think you're gorgeous, sweetie. :)
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
there are some periods I just can't wear, because I don't feel elegant in them.

That statement made a lightbulb go off for me- I started out as early period and have gone almost completely 16th century for anything outside of camping events, but I could never truly articulate why I don't really like early stuff as much anymore. Part of the change was because of all the neat projects I could do with later period research (beads and silks, whee!), but I just realized that it's because I feel so much more ELEGANT in my 16th century Shinrone than any of my peploses or tunics combined.
And yep, I understand completely about not wanting to leave the house without being properly put together, though my friends and I prefer the term "luxury model". ;) (there are soooo many good jokes that you can use with it, some of which aren't suitable for polite company, heh heh heh!)
Jan. 6th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I, too, feel that way about early-period clothing. 16th C just feels "right" somehow. I was discussing the possibility of making something appropriate to wear to Ymir, realizing it would be comfortable and much less involved construction-wise, but I haven't done anything about it yet. It's just not "me".
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Jan. 6th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Back when I was younger (and weighed less), I wore huge tops to hide in. Yeah, back when I had a semi-decent body. Now I feel all fat and frumpy. I'm working on changing that, but the health problems really make it difficult, don't they? :)
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
i'm a stay-at-home "kept woman". ;)

some days i dont get out of jammies, although i *do* always shower and wash my hair. but...i must keep my nails done. they break otherwise, and it makes me happy to have well-kept hands. so he makes sure i get them done every other week.
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I admit, I am a costuming novice on many levels, but I just had to share my ignorance on this one just because I'm feeling silly.

I keep reading 'supportasse' as "support ass" and can't decide if I should be looking for the latest Spanx product or donating to the Democrats (because who ever heard of a hot piece of elephant?).

Jan. 6th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Hee! It's the thing that goes under a flat standing lace collar to hold it up. It's made of card paper, and boning, and cvered (in my case) with silk. It's pinned into place, and then I should look like an Elizabethan Ming the Merciless. :)
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Jan. 7th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
I've had great luck pinning my supportasse to the collar in back (or tying) and to the appropriate place on the bodice in front. The curve of your body will keep the back up and the front down.
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
I think you're gorgeous, but I may be wildly biased by your personality. ;)
Jan. 7th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Masher. :)
Jan. 8th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
From late night googling: demitasse is literally a small cup, but usually means a small cup of very strong coffee.

Supportasse had a couple of mentions, but no pics for me replace the big question mark in my brain with, lol. However, there was a definition which showed french and italian verb forms, looked like "he supports" or "they support", depending.

Support coffee, the first coffee of the day, needed to support brain function, was exactly where I always ended up. The Turkish spoon-supporting aspect is definitely the perfect touch to round it out tho, lol.

(I just remembered that my childhood tea party set was made up of a cream pitcher "teapot" with two demitasse cups and saucers, bought at a fine dish factory outlet when I was six. A real factory outlet, as in the factory was next door and this was a huge room of seconds laid out on tables in what seemed to be a barn, in Southern California.)

Jan. 12th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Cool. :)
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