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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.
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).
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I don't seem to have the home email, but it's pretty simple. Heraldic representation on garb. You guys can determine the criteria that works for you; just let me know who wins. How's that for slack?
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Do I run this through the A&S person?

BTW, my home e-mail is on my site, but it's elsworthy AT comcast DOT net.
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Don't have to. My contests are usually planned to be self-sufficient and not add to the A&S person's burden. But if you want it announced or given in court, you could let her/him know, in case they'd just tack it on their announcements...

"BTW, my home e-mail is on my site..."

Oh, duh! I'm such a ditz sometimes... ;-)
Jan. 7th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I am slug, so sorry. We'll figure out a prize and let you know. Must remember to keep notes.

Genevieve d'Slacker
Jan. 7th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
No biggie! I just figured you took some extra days off! ;-) Just wanted to make sure you guys were covered.

Enjoy it! Heraldic competitions can actually be rather amusing, especially garb ones. It's like people watching...
Jan. 7th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Le check is in le mail... ;-)
Jan. 12th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
Got it - Gen actually bought the prize, but we'll work it out. :)
Jan. 7th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, and hope you feel better!
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 :)
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Looks Great. If you want s step up from MS Paint, you might want to try Paint.Net . It is an open source Paint/Photo Editing program supported by Donations only. Some call it a "Poor man's Photoshop." I haven't touched MS Paint since I started using it. It can be downloaded at http://www.getpaint.net/

Hope you feel better soon.
Jan. 7th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon!
Jan. 7th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Photographs! We want photographs!!

Um. I mean, uh, Take your time and rest lots and get healthy!
Jan. 7th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
If you guys need/want to save on car rental fees, you can borrow one of our vehicles, as we'll only need one for the weekend ourselves. Besides, the big truck needs to get out for exercise periodically anyway. Can deliver on Friday night. Call me.
Jan. 7th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Feel better soon! No being sick!

And I love the MS paint pics, especially the smiley face on the last one.
Jan. 7th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
I was going to mention yesterday that this support reminded me of the cape I made for Rocky Horror Picture Show in the early 80s, when my friend and I dressed up for the midnight shows. I was the one stuck with figureing out how Dr. Frankenfurter's cape neck thingy stood up when needed, yet laid flat when not needed. Sadly, I didn't know about millinery wire then, but coat wire, while heavy, worked decently. It seems to be a similar idea with the tension.

And I like your method, which I will happily share with my guild mates. The ladies need a simple support for a ruff for an upcoming event, and I was not looking forward to making a complicated support for each of them. So, thank you for sharing your idea with us.
Jan. 8th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
thanks for the pics!
It is good that what I had worked out is similar to your ideas... wahooo... (phew! I was not that far off!!)
he, he :)
With some of the collars and ruffs JA made (seen at the Colloquium), there were also eyelets and an attatched band that slips inside the collar to tie it on.
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