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.