March 6, 2000
I was bored at Reserves this weekend. While sitting there waiting for
ammunition estimates to come in so I could do my transportation estimates
(argh, you don't care about that), I took a few moments and started writing
out some do's and don'ts, as we'd discussed last week and the week before.
The only serious ones I could come up with was "Wash your fabric, trim,
and embroidery floss." The rest... well, see for yourself.
- It's okay to wash wool. Sheep stand outside in the rain all the time.
- Don't bead your butt.
- Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!
- Fabric should always be included in your monthly budget.
- Pastels are period. Pink is period. Screaming neon lime green that
makes you see spots before your eyes is not period.
- Painted fabric is period. Block printed (stamped) fabric is period.
Checked and plaid fabric is period. Day-glo daisy print fabric is not
- Chain mail is not a fashion accessory.
- When designing Middle Eastern clothing, it is inadvisable to use "I
Dream Of Jeannie" as inspiration.
- Throughout most of our period, the clothing-to-skin ratio was much
higher than 50%. Plan your fabric purchases accordingly.
- Leather bras and mini-skirts were never period. Anywhere. I don't
care what you saw on "Xena."
- You may wear purple. It's not just for royalty anymore.
- T-tunics are not just beginner garb. Opulence is in the details.
- You are not the only one staying up all night finishing garb the night
before an event or sewing on the way there.
- There is no such thing as too much fabric. There is such a thing as
a too-small house.
Hope you guys find this funny. I did over the weekend, but then again,
I was overtired for much of the weekend, so maybe it was just funny to
me.... No snarking is intended -- it's just meant to be funny!!