June 26th, 2008

Bel-Pink Hat-1

I can haz a farthingale!

Well, as some of you may remember, a while ago I was working on a farthingale that, according to me, was a total failure.

Okay, maybe not total, but I had found my farthingale rather dissapointing, particularly when I tried it on and tried sitting down while wearing it. The blasted thing went *sproing* on me, lifting up and showing my legs in all their indecent 16th Century glory.

Last night, I decided to try it on with a gown on top, just for grins. The pink gown of linen pinkness, no less. My idea was to see if I had put enough fabric in that skirt and use that info for a future project, which will indeed feature a farthingale (thanks duchessimone for a wonderful afternoon of French garb geeking!).

So I go and dig out my pink gown, try it on with the farthingale, and guess what? It worked like gangbusters. Moreover, I thought that the thing would not be strong enough to support the skirts, but it so happens that it does. Furthermore, I sat down and realized that although the farthingale does lift up (it goes with the fact that I used Alcega's measurements, and it is a farking wide farthingale), the skirts cover it up rather nicely. And because I used caning, it's sort of flexible so it kind of squishes a bit down, and then it regains its shape as I stand up.

Yay me!

At least I have a working farthingale. Not pretty, but it does the job.

Of course, once you make a farthingale, you need to make more. It's a universal law of physics. So here it is what I have learned for next time:

1. Do not make it out of silk broadcloth. It is okay, but something with more body, like a heavy linen or a bridal weight satin will probably work better.

2. Do try to make it narrower. I already have the large farking farthingale. Something more modest would be nice.

3. Do not use velvet to make the channels. It is pretty, but it is a pain in the ass to work with.

4. Do remember to let your canes dry before attempting to insert them in said channels. Otherwise, it's a pain in the ass.

5. Do remember that a farthingale is meant to be shown here and there. Therefore, make it pretty and colorful instead of just utilitarian.

And that's it for now. Back to my document.

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