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Re: 2010: Sakina's Hair Odyssey
Reply #210 - Sep 8th, 2010 at 4:30pm
 
Maybe relaxing is just the ticket!
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Reply #211 - Sep 8th, 2010 at 6:00pm
 
FabricsStore will send you samples if you give them your address.  I got mine in less than a week.  The sheerest linen is good for shifts and partlets and pantaloons.  I ordered mid-weight in black for a skirt, which is what the site recommended, and got the package in 2 days!  Haven't had time to open it yet, probably will do that this pm.  I will let you know what it's like.  Several people at Bristol recommended them.

I have never worn a partlet, always just chemises.  I made one for my sister-in-law when I made the Shakespeare in Love gown for her and she finds it quite comfortable.  I used bleached sheer muslin.  I am right now upgrading my garb, from middle class to semi-court.  Rather than bothering with a partlet, I am going to either make a high-necked ruffled shirt in sheer muslin, for a first attempt, with a sheer linen to follow if I am successful, or order one from Pam Camera.  She makes lovely embroidered shirts, with custom designs, that are less than $100, last time I priced them.  I know I won't do the embroidery, at most all I would do is edgestitch the ruffles.  Many people at Bristol shop with her.  You can find her on Facebook.

If you are going to make a partlet, either would work, but the gauze would be easier to work with and probably hold a crease better.  It would also probably be cooler, if the weather is hot.

Depending on how high court you are going, you may also need a neckruff (worn over the shirt or partlet collar) and sleeve ruffles, or a large lace collar and a supportasse.  You can get those from Very Merry Seamstress (Heather Piper) in NY.  I have bought from her and can recommend her work.  She also does custom, but you would need to get in touch with her shortly for next spring.

Hope this info is useful.  I am really interested, so let me know what you decide on.

Hope you are feeling better, too.
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Reply #212 - Sep 8th, 2010 at 8:48pm
 
Thank you so much, Melusine!  I've sent a message to Pam and an email to Heather.
I'm looking at the silk gauze from Dharma Trading Company.

Would silk gauze make a good chemise or bloomers?  You did recommend sheer linen for the undergarments.
Our head of court costumes recommended handkerchief linen to me.  I found a source in NY @ 12.99/yd.  Is that the same thing?

Do you wear a petticoat under your silk underskirt?  Is it a front panel only, or full underskirt made of silk?  I'm trying to make my costume as light weight as possible.

Thanks, the info is most definitely useful and I am feeling better.  Didn't make it to the fabric store today, though.
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Reply #213 - Sep 8th, 2010 at 11:57pm
 
Handkerchief linen and sheer linen are the same thing.  Handkerchief is just the old name for it.  I think linen or cotton or a blend of the two would be better for undergarments for laundering ease.  You can just throw it in the washer and dryer, plus if it gets stained, you can bleach it.  I always spill my bodice chiller and sometimes the bodice lining stains the chemise.  During Elizabeth's reign most clothing was wool.

Fabrics Store.com is having a sale right now and you can do much better than $12.99/yd.  They also have "doggie bags" which are remnants at a very good price and can be up to 4 or 5 yds.  I paid $6.50/yd for the black I bought.  They are located in CA, so shipping would probably be quicker.

I wear hoops under my skirts.  You can make the underskirt just a front panel and pin it to the hoop skirt, which is historically accurate.  I usually make a full skirt with a front panel, and sides and back of lightweight taffeta.  The overskirt will slide easily over the taffeta and not catch or bunch up.  Plus, your hoops won't show through if the overskirt is a light weight material, or very soft.

I find that on the hottest days a hoop will keep you much cooler because the fabric won't stick to your legs, and I do wear pantaloons to keep my thighs from chafing and to avoid heat rash.  If you do get a hoop, make sure the skirt isn't nylon; you want cotton or linen for air circulation.  Steel hooping is very expensive right now.  A few weeks I repaired a skirt for friend and couldn't get the hooping I used to use (the factory quite making it), so I bought a cheap nylon hoopskirt on E-bay, scavenged the hoops, and threw the skirt away.  You can find some hoopskirts that are just strips of twill tape supporting the hoops--no skirt at all.  Heather Piper sells hoop skirts made of cotton muslin and her prices are reasonable.

BTW, if you do get heat rash, Gold Bond Powder is the best treatment.  We sometimes have temps in the 90s with humidity of 50 or 60%.  With a bodice chiller, a fan and plenty of hydration, I have never gotten sick or passed out.

Let's see, what else can I tell you?  Oh, yes, a tall hat is cooler than a flat cap.  And if you do start feeling lightheaded, sit down and eat a big dill pickle.  That will fix your blood chemistry and you won't faint.

From the skin out, I wear pantaloons, a hip-length or thigh length chemise or shirt, hoopskirt, underskirt, overskirt, bodice, and next season, I will add sleeves to the bodice, which I will probably wear unbuttoned.  I don't wear a bumroll, but if you do, it goes over the hoop, and be sure to have your skirts made 3-4" in. longer in back to accommodate it.

I ordered my boots from Windwalker Moccasins; they are short 3-button and well worth the money.  I paid close to $400, but they are custom made.
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Reply #214 - Sep 13th, 2010 at 10:57pm
 
Thanks, Melusine.  You're so helpful!!!

I'm finally mostly over the flu.  It took a while...this flu is nasty.

Hubby applied the cassia for me on Friday night.  My hair is a bit golden, dark gold.  I'm playing around with the idea of strawberry blond for faire since that's historically accurate.  I'm not crazy about the idea of maintaining the color, though.

I met with a dialect coach for my British accent and am so glad I did.  I watch British shows regularly, but there aren't many good examples of the way they used to speak on modern TV shows.  I know my character is going to ROCK with this accent. 

I'm still waiting for costuming approval on some pieces, and my blackwork books haven't arrived yet...waiting sucks.

Oh, and by Wednesday I will have my Samsung Vibrant!!!!  OMG I can hardly wait!  I'm super excited!
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Reply #215 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 5:30pm
 
My phone arrived today!  I have it charged and just need to get over to the shop so they can transfer my old data.

Cheesy

I bought some fabric today for my costume.  A lovely dark green, somewhere between emerald and hunter in a poly shantung so it looks like silk.  I was able to get more of the black and silver brocade I used last year and am in love with.  I plan on making a bodice w/sleeves with the green and possible the outerskirt.  I plan on using the brocade for a bodice and sleeves as well as a forepart.
I'm having a large French hood made from my left over brocade from last year.  I already have a caul and a bag we made last year.

I've ordered some linen (Thank you, Melusine for the tips!) for my partlets and either a chemise/bloomer set or two pair of bloomers.

Something strange is going on with the website that I ordered my blackwork books and sampler from.  I can't access it and I called the phone number twice and its been disconnected.
I'm not even sure at this time if my order had been processed or what's going on.  I'll have to investigate further to see if my credit card has been charged.
Damn!  I've really been looking forward to receiving my order!  Fie!!!

I'm thinking about trying the Tamanu oil I have on my scalp.  I've been using it on my fingernails as a moisturizer, but it is making them grow like crazy!  They seem to be quite strong, too.
Perhaps it will make my hair grow better?  A worthy experiment, I think.
You should not use Tamanu oil if you are allergic to nuts, btw.
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Reply #216 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 6:40pm
 
New phones are always great. Dunno much about the Vibrant but I have a Mythic and it's pretty awesome. Cool
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Reply #217 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 9:43pm
 
The garb sounds lovely!  Should be fab with strawberry blond hair.

I have never worn a French hood.  Historically they are more Henry's era than Elizabeth's, altho' fashions changed much more slowly then and they were still being worn, by upper class women, of course.

Glad you are feeling better.  I got my flu shot 10 days ago and am hoping that it works.
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Reply #218 - Sep 16th, 2010 at 2:28am
 
Oooh, the experiment does sound worhty of a try.  Let us know how that works for ya!
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Reply #219 - Sep 20th, 2010 at 2:13am
 
Had a bit of a relapse, and am getting better every day.

I used the tamanu oil, and it absorbed really well.  Perhaps a once a week thing?  We'll see if I remember!

Tomorrow I hope to meet and get my design and swatches approved. 

I've decided to order some blackwork books and a sampler from another site, since the one I originally ordered from seems to not be working and I have had no response to my email and the phone is disconnected.

Hubby's in China for 10 days, boo hoo.  I'm feeling lonely.
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Reply #220 - Sep 20th, 2010 at 6:48pm
 
Today I have a headache so I'm wearing pigtails.  Found a few big splits, more than 1 inch long.  Not much more than that though.  I think the pineapple-ing is a good thing for me.
Of course the cassia might also be helping.

I have a date w/the costuming person tonight.  I really hope she approves my choices!!!

Been watching LOTR trilogy.  Thinking about buying Elizabeth and The Golden Age...more costuming ideas and accent work.

I have two parties this weekend.  So, I hope I can pull off my French look w/my dress from my pirate party.  I'm going to try out the curlformers I bought a while back.  Doing a Marie Antoinette-ish look.  Gotta hit the costume store to pickup some white makeup.  I'm bringing French onion soup for this party.
First, I have a house warming to go to.  No costume for this one and I still haven't figured out what food I'm bringing.
I sure wish my hubby were here, I could really use his help!
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Reply #221 - Sep 22nd, 2010 at 2:16am
 
So the green poly shantung got approved.  Yay!
The black and silver brocade I'm still waiting to hear about.
The linen has also been approved.
So, tonight I got out the sewing machine to sew a zigzag on the cut edges of the linen before laundering it.  Just as I was finishing, I smell something strange and see a bit of white smoke coming off the back of the machine.  Like where the motor is.  Uh-oh.

I bought some aida cloth, black floss and some embroidery needles to begin my blackwork journey.  Then I realize that I should have bought tapestry needles.  At least that's what was recommended for beginners.  *sigh*  Its only $1.49, so I might get some tomorrow.  Or I might just try it with the ones I already bought.  Anywho, I'm excited about trying it out.

I'm trying out the curlformers tomorrow night, in preparation for Saturday.  Need to get a couple more packages, though.  That should be interesting!
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Reply #222 - Sep 23rd, 2010 at 8:56pm
 
Well, I didn't do my trial run with the curlformers.  I fell asleep and didn't wake up until after 8pm.

Instead , I embellished a pair of black flip flops to go w/my outfit for Saturday night's theme party.  At the moment I'm taking a break from embellishing a 5" felt top hat.  I got a really cute fleur-de-lis pendant to use as the center piece for the hat decoration from Michael's Craft Store.

I found a cool tutorial for a Marie Antoinette hair do and makeup, I plan on basing my do on that.
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Reply #223 - Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:37pm
 
Can't wait to see pics! Wink
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Reply #224 - Sep 27th, 2010 at 6:13pm
 
Glad you are over the flu.  At least, what is going around this year isn't as bad as last year's version, according to what I hear from my students.

Hope your sewing machine can be repaired, if it needs it.   I think you can buy a new motor, but don't know how much that would cost.

How was the party on Sat nite?
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