Last night I did perhaps one of the most loony things I’ve ever done, after starting to be a writer and maybe something else — suddenly I can’t think of weird things I’ve done, which probably means I’m too far gone and the nice men in white coats will show up.
I made a mock-up of a hood out of paper towels.
My mother bought a different brand from her usual one lately, and it’s not like the usual ones, which are textured and have hollow places between the layers and are very papery. This kind you can see fibres going in various directions, and they’re tougher and stretchier.
Anyway, I was trying to figure out the proportions of a hood I’m going to make (Olivia’s nesting dolls are still not done because I’m waiting on yarn to come in the mail), and as the fabric itself is currently an intact fitted sheet, it was extremely difficult. I didn’t want to cut and be wrong and cut and cut again, so I started wondering about ways to make mock-ups without wasting more fabric than I could help, and that’s when I remembered the paper towels. Earlier yesterday I’d used them at church, and remarked on their strange resemblance to fabric, so it was fresh in my mind.
So I came out of my room (I’d had the door closed because my shawl bin, laundry basket, and garb bin were discharging their contents all over the floor) and asked my mother for a roll of paper towels.
Wow. So lovely. The picture really represents the hour of fitting and tweaking to get a hood that came to the right place on my shoulders and made proportionate sense, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t drape quite like fabric (as you can plainly see), which is something of a drawback in pictures like these. For various reasons I don’t have a picture of it on.
It handles pins very nicely. They don’t try to pull out or anything even when you pick up a section and throw it over your head.
(That’s the back. . . I think?)
Here you can see how it stretches and handles a bit like fabric, starchy fabric perhaps, but still better than wasting fabric on a mock-up I would have had to cut out several times.
Another advantage of their being tougher than regular paper towels is that I could pull off five or six at once, leaving them all attached to each other, and fiddle with it without them coming apart at the perforations. This fabric comes as long as you could want it, though only in one width; I had to pin others to it to make it wider, but it worked. And it was very adjustable — you can test different sizes without having to worry about having accidentally made something too small and having to re-sew a part back onto your mock-up. (I don’t know if that’s a legitimate worry, but I had it all the same.) The picture below shows the perforations in two pieces still connected.
This is the first time I’ve made a mock-up of anything, and I’m very glad I did, because I’ve had to change the sizes of the pieces so many times I’m really glad I wasn’t doing it with the sheet.
I think tomorrow I’m going to cut the pieces to their proper size (at the moment it’s a lot of folding to allow for it being not yet in its final state) to make the pattern for what I’m actually going to cut out of fabric. I should have some free time during the day, though what with two classes and setting up for a concert and the dress rehearsal and the concert itself maybe that’s a fool’s hope.
Am I insane? Is there any doubt left?
Does this mean a hood that fits properly the first time through? I think so.
Oh, and this hood — I’ll write more on it once I get it done, but it’s a speculation of what some Anglo-Saxon veils looked like, purposely done in such a way as to waste the least fabric possible, so it would be good for a lower-class persona.
By the way, I’m posting early because of the concert tomorrow, for those of you who noticed.