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Breathing is a good thing

So my bronchitis returned this weekend with a vengeance. One does tend to take breathing for granted. That is, until you can't breathe and then all bets are off. I took my butt to the doctor yesterday, and he said that I was developing a sinus infection apart from the bronchitis. (Oh, joy.) He also prescribed me Prednisone, antibiotics, and a good cough syrup chockfull of nice codeine.

The cocktail of champions.

I had already called in sick yesterday, and I took today off as well. (Still had to work from home since I had a deadline, but that's okay. At least I was in my comfy clothes and able to take a nap at any moment I wanted.)

Today I feel better, and I even went out and voted at the local primaries here. A 5 minute dash, and then I plan to take yet another nap.

Yes, I vote, therefore I am. It appears that with all the national primaries saga we tend to forget that we have local ones to take care of. So if you live in Virginia and have not voted, you still have time. It doesn't take that long.

Costuming plans: I definitely need to make some alterations to my garb as Pennsic approaches. Hate doing alterations, but I hate losing those pieces of clothing that I put so much time and effort into.

Which brings me to other projects. Last night, I could not sleep, probably an effect of the cough syrup which makes you drowsy, combined with the Prednisone which keeps you awake. That results in a very relaxing insomnia. In other circumstances one would say that I was "unasleep," which is something like being undead but not so much.

At any rate, my mind kept buzzing around garb concepts. On one hand, I have a lovely stash of pink and green silk, which screams petticoat bodies and English jacket. On the other hand, I would really like to use the pink silk for a more French look. (Incredible that something like this would keep me awake, ain't it?) So I think that I have come up with a solution to use the pink silk for a basic garment that I can use as the primer for everything else. (Which by the way, is the purpose of petticoat bodies.) Thanks to the wonders of detachable sleeves and padded rolls, I think I can get the desired effect without much ado.

Right now, I am still trying to figure out how I am going to cut said bodies. I would like for them to have the curved look in the bossom so popular in French gowns. The thing is, I am going to have to experiment a bit, probably with a proof-of-concept bodice, so I can get that curve in the chest, as well as low shoulders that will stay in place. Alcega may have the solution. Or, I could also cut it like the Eleanora de Toledo bodice but that is not the look I seek for this particular piece. For one thing, the cut in the front in Eleonora's gown is too high for the French look, and I have noticed that in French portraits the curve seems to go almost to the armpits. It will be interesting.

Oh well, I have 3 yards of 8oz linen and I'm not afraid to use it. I will make a mockup, bone it, and see how that works. If it does, I'm in business. If not, well, it will be back to the drawing board.

Oh, and my site is still down. I've talked to Readyhosting twice about it and they say that they're looking into it. I hope they can bring it back up. This is getting annoying. Grrr.

Last but not least, here are my answers to Pirategirlee's questions. I think this is the last one. Let me know if I missed anyone.

1) (Just because I've always wondered) Did you find learning English to be difficult? Where you always bilingual?

It wasn't really difficult, and I wasn't always bilingual. Unless, of course, taking classes classes in school and being around English tv counts as bilingual. I could understand a bunch of stuff, but I did not become really fluent until much later. It helped that most bestsellers I was interested in at the time were in English. Today, I have a vast vocabulary of English words that I can't pronunce, but by God I can spell them.

2) If you had a 24 hour window in which you could do anything you wanted with no repercussions.....what would you do?

I would become a judge in American Idol.

3) If you weren't in the SCA, what other club or organization do you think you might be in?

Probably another reenactment or living history group. Or maybe I would have joined the Flat Earth Society just because I could.

4) What is your favorite food?

Anything that involves a good, fresh salsa. Oh, and platanos fritos too.

5) What is your favorite song and why?

Hmmmm . . . that's a tough one. I love music so it would be difficult to pick one. Probably Black Magic Woman, by Santana. It reminds me of some good times growing up.


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Jun. 10th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
It doesn't surprise me that you stay up think about costumes I do the same thing. It drives me crazy some times when I really want to sleep and I keep thinking about that great fabric that I have that is screaming to have something done with it.

I hope you feel better soon.
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And BTW, I love your quilts. Have you considered using quilting for period garb? There are some nifty Italian examples out there with beautiful trapunto. I'd love to make one of those.
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I have been doing a lot of quilt research and I have started a couple of examples that keep getting tossed aside because I find new information and what I had done was wrong. At the university that was held by Storvik last year I taught a class in trapunto and find it a lot of fun.

I am about to started a quilted arming jacket for Badouin so I hope to get that started soon. I am slowly getting back to the period quilting that I was working on for a while. Not to mention it is much more comfortable to quilt in the winter then in the summer lol.

If you are interested in my handout that I did for the trapunto class I can send it to you.
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Quilting in the summer is not that enticing. Lol.

I would love to get your handout! Trapunto is one of the things I would like to try in my copious spare time. Thanks!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
I went ahead and sent it to you. Enjoy!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jun. 10th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Italian? With trapunto? Where? Where? Tell, tell, please! I have had ideas for garb with trapunto decoration but so far only found examples on bedding in period. Plz?

Jocetta (expat Englishwoman in Italy who is longing for some fashionable new Italian clothing)
Jun. 11th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I have a picture of an Italian man who is in a trapunto doublet. I will see if I can find it. I am not sure if I have seen any women's clothes. I know they are out there but it is not really my focus so I haven't done a lot of digging.
Jun. 11th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Bummer! I had a link with a good number of images of Italian trapunto doublets (portraits), and I can't find it. Alejandro had posted it at one point somewhere, but I can't find it.

I will find it when I'm not looking for it.

However, Jen Thompson has a good example of a quilted doublet with trapunto in one of her diaries. Generally, when you see those striped doublets or sleeves, chances are they are quilted with trapunto.

The other pics that I can't find show some more trapunto in other patterns, in Italian doublets. I'll keep searching my archives.

Jun. 10th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
"Today, I have a vast vocabulary of English words that I can't pronunce, but by God I can spell them."

Hmmm, I have the opposite problem. I can say 'em, but can't spell 'em to save my life!
Jun. 10th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
You crack me up. :-)
Jun. 10th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
heh... I asked my mother if I had to vote in this one (being the daughter of the local chief election officer has its responsibilities...) and she said that while they were expecting such low turn-out that my vote would in fact noticeably count, she wasn't sure, candidate-wise, why it would be worth bothering.
Jun. 10th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
In Alcega's low-necked bodice & skirt pattern, there's these weird little things going up for the start of the shoulder straps. They're at a strange angle and just (as I said) look strange. They also make the bodice more comfortable, as long as the armscye doesn't ride up too high into your armpits.
Jun. 11th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: petticoat-bodies
That's my next try. I am redacting that pattern and giving it a try. Bel's Laboratory is open for business! Mwahahahahaha!!!!!!!
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