Sunday, June 8, 2014

Good News and Bad News

The bad news is that I finally went to the doctor for my annual insurance physical and the annoying and worsening pain in my wrist/thumb that I thought was just the beginning of arthritis is acute tendinitis. The doctor put me on anti-inflammatories and, and since I can't quit my day job where I use a computer for over 8 hours a day,  has suggested eliminating sewing as much as possible until it calms down significantly.  (This has been going on since the beginning of the year and has gotten bad enough that I have zero movement in my thumb and constant pain in my wrist)

This puts a severe damper on my projects in progress.  My corset class is over and it's totally my fault that not only do I not have a finished corset, I don't even have a correctly fitted mockup.  I am back burnering the project for a bit while I determine the best course of action...  but as I will explain below, I am going to find myself in need of a corset in the coming months.

My HSF Art challenge is also still not complete.  I am working on it slowly, but there is much handwork in the project and that is especially hard on my wrist. It will definitely need to be done in small chunks. That being said, I am going to skip the Politics in Fashion challenge.  I had lots of ideas, but none of them manageable with time, budget and current skills.  And since my corset was going to be my Shape and Support entry, I will have to rethink that challenge.

As to the good news, we have three excellent opportunities to play dress up in the next 3 months! In addition to DragonCon, which deserves its own planning post, a facebook re-enactor acquaintance told me about a civil war weekend in September near Atlanta.

If Jay and I go, it will be as spectators (and Jay as a civilian) but we will still dress up.  I know we can't meet re-enactor standards of historical accuracy, and honestly I'm not sure I want to try with everything else going on in life right now.  But I can do "relatively accurate"   Except that I don't have a darned thing Civil War currently in my closet..  not even a corset.  Still, I love a challenge, right?  *wry chuckle*

And we are planning on dressing up for the Mary Poppins sing-a-long at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in August.  The Fox is a 1920s movie palace in downtown ATL with the most fantastical Egyptian/middle eastern decor that was saved from demolition and now is a venue for theatre, concerts and, in the summer, classic movies.  We went to see Breakfast at Tiffany's there last summer and I thought  "ok  classic movie...  no big deal" and wore mundane clothes.  And was stunned at the amount of women doing various levels of Holly Golightly cosplay.

So this year when the summer series was announced and we saw Mary Poppins was being shown, it was a no brainer that we would go..  and go in costume!  I have a guilty secret..  I can sing pretty much the entire soundtrack to Mary Poppins.

A Mary Poppins cosplay has been on the backburner for a while.  Jay actually bought me the parrot headed umbrella (from the Disney Store) for Christmas.  And now I actually have a reason to get my act together and actually do it!

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins


  1. So sorry about this but the good news is good, fun news. Good luck. You know all the things to do to let yourself get better....hugs.

  2. I had to have surgery for my right wrist and thumb pain. It was a piece of tissue in my wrist squeezing the tendon that goes up into my thumb. I wasn't allowed to sew for about three months. I might have gotten back to it sooner than that though... Best of luck for a quick recovery! :)