velesdonnersen: (Madboy-glee)
[personal profile] velesdonnersen
Ilsa told me about this "Halloween" thing, and I'm just... I mean... it's awesome! [He's all giddy, in need of some fun.]  I was thinking we could get together, plan out costumes, and I could design.  But I need some help -- there are supposed to be devices for sewing, and there must be sources for fabrics and makeup, and I'll need some shop assistants, if we're going to really put on a show.

So -- I've cleared out space in the garage, and we can work there and set up a shop.  Come on over!  Bring food: all I've got is Mayfield standard, here....

Date: 2011-10-08 08:53 pm (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (Phone)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
Sewing machines, yes, there's one here, but I haven't used it. I know how, since I used to help Nadine with her designs. I think I can get it into the car, and throw something together for dinner. At least they'll let me buy the fabric and makeup, but it there's any mechanicals involved, it's easier for the guys to pick those items up.

[ Ilsa has absolutely no idea what she's loosed by giving Tarvek an excuse to design. ]

Date: 2011-10-08 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[He cackles, gleefully.]

What do you want to be, liebchen? Beautiful? Glorious? Sexy? Monstrous?

Date: 2011-10-08 09:02 pm (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (Phone)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
[ Ohhhhh, eeep. ] Why don't I see what you've come up with when I get there. [ Does she sound nervous? ]

Date: 2011-10-08 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
You will do this, yes. I will...

[rustling paper...]

Angel, perhaps? With wings, like Otilia? Ooooh, mein Ilsa as the Queen of Night, from The Magic Flute? Aieeeee -- beautiful Goddess, so right...

[It should be obvious that while he's still got the phone tucked between his ear and shoulder, he's also begun to lose himself in design. A pencil can be heard making bold strokes on paper...}

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Date: 2011-10-08 09:36 pm (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (Phone)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
Be there in an hour or so, 'bibi.

2 of 2

Date: 2011-10-08 09:38 pm (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (worried)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
[ She's just s bit worried, bringing in the food first, because it sounded like he'll ignore it once he gets his hands on a sewing machine. ]

...Tarvek?

Re: 2 of 2

Date: 2011-10-08 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
Liebchen? Garage!

[When she gets to the garage she will see something few have been allowed to witness: Tarvek, in designer-mode, sitting tailor-fashion on a big workbench he's dragged out from a side wall. It was intended by someone for wood work, or mechanical efforts, but he's pinned sheets over it to provide a smooth surface for future work with fine fabrics. He's surrounded by piles of paper, already drawn on. His hair is disheveled, even with the help of the ponytail to keep it orderly -- he's clearly run his fingers into it as he designs. He's also managed to lodge an assortment of colored pencils and pens, as well as tucking a couple behind his ears. When he looks at her, his eyes sparkle, with excitement, and the first hits of returning talents...]

Liebchen, so many drawings for you to look at -- and we must get a dressmaker's dummy. So hard to drape without a dummy to work on. We'll pad it to match your measurements...

[His arms move, hands flare, as he gestures around the room, points to where he wants his dummy to go, illustrates her curves. It's possible no one has been allowed to see Tarvek this content and excited in his entire life... or at the very least since he was sent away from Castle Wulfenbach.]

Re: 2 of 2

Date: 2011-10-08 10:21 pm (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (What?)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
o-oh ye jigs and juleps...

[ Ilsa is starting to realize what he was talking about when Tarvek was describing a Spark in creative mode. He's removed the cars, his favorite things in Mayfield, from the garage for this project. ]

Have you slept at all since yesterday?
Edited Date: 2011-10-08 10:21 pm (UTC)

Re: 2 of 2

Date: 2011-10-08 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
Sleep? Sleep?! Love, I went to work, and then you told me about this "Halloween," and explained it, and then?

I can always sleep. Right now, I design!

Here, look:

[He hands her a sheet of paper, with a drawing that's clearly her, dressed in a sweeping dress that combines the lines of a fifties "housewife" dress -- wide, flared skirts, fitted bodice, mid-calf hem -- with the eye and detailing of an Elizabethan designer. A modified combination of sweetheart neckline and high-collared Queen Anne give a faintly Disney Princess look. It's hard to be sure of fabrics in a drawing, but his work hints of midnight brocade picked out with glittering rhinestones, all swathed in a shimmering sheer illusion wrap. There's a silver crown with gold tracing, edged with pearls and sapphire, and a scepter that is almost, but not quite a wand.]

The Queen of the Night, love. [Blushes.] Which you are.

Date: 2011-10-08 11:22 pm (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (Shy? Pfft)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
[ It takes her a few seconds to react... ] I... Oh...

I never saw this part of the design process.

[ Sure, that's why she's unsettled... and there's a bridge in New York that's very affordable right now, just in your budget range. ]

Date: 2011-10-08 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[Worried.]

You don't like that one? Hang on, hang on, I had this one...

[Hands her a mermaid drawing -- not in the blues and greens so often used for campy mermaid outfits, but in coppers and golds and strange, golden-green-sage tones, like a half-wild koi. Rather than a true tail, he's designed a froth of pleats that spread out from the close-cut "body." The main outfit appears to be bias cut, to cling.]

I was thinking a sheer two-toned chiffon, with a dappled bleach pattern, all over a watered copper satin, with starched georgette for the fins, solid enough to hold hard pleats.

Or... here's another, simpler: you can be a tigress. I worked out a way to make the stripes seem to ripple as you walk...

[He's handing her more drawings, and more, caught between concern she doesn't like this, and excitement at his own ideas...]

Date: 2011-10-08 11:59 pm (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (Thinking)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
[ Catching his worry, she giggles nervously. ] It's just a surprise to see all this... and the way you see me... still not quite used to how artists react....

[ His excitement is contagious. ]

I still don't know what we'll be doing, other than handing out candy to the neighborhood kids.

[ She looks concerned a moment. ]

... 'bibi, can I ask for one design feature? No major change, but... which of these has the greatest ease of movement?

Date: 2011-10-09 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[Relaxes, and thinks...]

It's not very inventive, but....

[Pulls out a sheet with a tiger costume: Laura Petri capris and sweater, but worked in oranges and creams and black stripes, and a bold, patterned helmet/mask that feels slightly kabuki.]

It's knit--rather revealing. But you can do anything you like in it, if you don't mind the cling.

Date: 2011-10-09 12:48 am (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (smile)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
It covers more than most club-wear from home, and looks better, besides.

[ She looks at it with the eye to combat. ]

This would work very well, I think... no obvious preparation... if it comes to a fight, I think this will work.

[ Her eye is drawn to the mermaid gown. ]

But... if we have an event for fancy dress...?

[ She raises her eyebrow with a smile, fingering the edge of the drawing. ]

Date: 2011-10-09 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[Relieved.]

Ok. I'll have to get to work designing the knitting machine I want for the costume: I have some ideas about double-level knits and transparencies that can be customized. The headpiece I can begin on right away. I'll be adding some armor under the surface, and I'll try to build at least some hidden protection into the rest of the costume. What you're looking for won't hide much, but it's smart to include something. Guard the bones and vital organs.

As for the dress...

[Seems almost to purr....]

I have all sorts of ideas. But if you like that one, we can start there....

Date: 2011-10-09 01:56 am (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (grin)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
All right then... what about you? Is this going to leave you enough time for your costume?

[ Not going to leave him out of the fun, after all. ]

Date: 2011-10-09 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[It dawns on him he hasn't planned even one for himself. He'd planned for Ilsa, and for some of his other Mayfield friends, if they were interested. But not for himself.]

[Covers the poleaxed feeling by flirting...]

Hmmmm. What would you like? Another tiger, to keep you company? A lion? A pirate?

[He actually does wonder what she would like. He's been so caught in Mayfield, between who he was, and who Mayfield forces him to be... what roles might he play, to amuse her? To amuse himself?]

[For a brief second images himself as a wild highwayman, in a caped coat, hair loose in the wind. Tries not to giggle at the Fabio image...]

Date: 2011-10-09 02:19 am (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (smile)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
[ She gets that jolt of surprise from him and figures he hadn't thought of something for himself. ]

Hmm... lions and tigers and bears? No, bears belong on the highway, by the reports I have. Tell me...

[ She leans in close, murmuring in his ear. ]

Is there something you want to be? Something... wild?

Date: 2011-10-09 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[Oh, that one caught. The phrasing reminds him of what EVERY up and coming Madboy at least dreams of a little: The One True Gentleman Adventurer. In Tarvek's mind it is a blend of movie images supplied by Mayfield: Three parts Indiana Jones, a healthy dose of Sean Connery in a greatcoat, and, from his own world, a bittersweet memory of Klaus Wulfenbach in his prime, striding down the corridors of Castle Wulfenbach....]

[The look needs a really GREAT greatcoat. And a death ray, yes. And a hat... and...]

[His eyes start to lose focus, as design cuts in. He forces himself back.]

Um. Maaaaaybe. You want to be careful though, liebchen. It's just the sort of man who might go on a tiger hunt.

Date: 2011-10-09 02:36 am (UTC)
ooeeooahah: (Thinking)
From: [personal profile] ooeeooahah
Rrrrrealllllly?

[ No, that wasn't a purr at all. ]

[ Yes, it was. ]

Date: 2011-10-09 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
Rrrreeeeeaally.

[He's normally a baritone, and one whose voice is still descending. Right now it descends, and he rumbles like a suggestive bass note on an organ. It's a purr in its own right.]

[He isn't as new at this as he used to be...]

Date: 2011-10-08 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drspengler.livejournal.com
[In a slightly amused tone.]

For now I need to keep working on my own projects but you'll have to show me what you come up with.

Date: 2011-10-08 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[Silence, followed by a voice that's geared toward cool.]

As you wish, friend.

But...

I was thinking, perhaps, "clockwork samurai" for you... Let me know if you're interested.

[He hangs up, before Egon suspects he's regretting showing even this much vulnerability.]

Phone

Date: 2011-10-09 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catslooklikeme.livejournal.com
Sounds great! I've been thinking about participating in that Halloween thing this year, but couldn't decide what to do!

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-13 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[Tarvek is delighted to see Nall -- it's been too long. And he's going to play this Halloween thing! Better still!]

[He is practically purring over the phone...]

That... That's fantastic! What sort of costume would you like, mein freund? [Chuckles] You are a shapechanger, already: we could make a costume for any version of you!

What would you like to be, Nall?

[He is honestly interested, and he loves doing this....]

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-16 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catslooklikeme.livejournal.com
Oh man, something for my human form... you ever see people's pets running around in sweaters and hats and booties? A part of me wants to laugh hysterically, another part of me feels... just plain bad for them. Glad Alex and his family never submitted me to that...

Aside from that, I'm not really sure what kinda costume to wear... got any ideas?
Edited Date: 2011-10-16 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-17 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
Hmmmm. Would you like to mirror either of your other forms? It would be fun to do a cat or a dragon costume. But I can see reasons to avoid that... which leaves a world of other choices. I'm not sure in Mayfield I would want to be a monster, if I were you: too many people might assume it was the real thing, and start firing. But -- there are fun things, like robots...I could make you the most awesome robot costume. Or classy things: you want to be a French Aristocrat? Or a Renaissance Lord? Or a knight? Or Fred Astaire in a tux?

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-17 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catslooklikeme.livejournal.com
A knight... A knight. I kinda like that idea... you think it'd be hard to make a costume for that?

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-17 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
Oooh, it may be hard...ish. But *fun*. I can do that.

Europan knight, or Asian or middle eastern? Metal or chain under a burnoose, or lacquer armor? Zweihander sword, or scimitar, or jian?

Tell me your dreams, friend, and I will see what I can devise...

[His voice is excited, and even a bit gleeful.]

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-18 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catslooklikeme.livejournal.com
[Nall chuckles, glad at Tarvek's enthusiasm.]

I'm not really sure what a Europan or Asian or middle eastern knight would look like... I'm comfortable using a double-handed and edged sword though. Light armor would be best, easiest to move and function in...

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-18 01:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[He's making happy, bubbly designer-noises, muttering a bit, with the sound of the pencil scrabbling in the background.]

Ok, Ok, I think I have some ideas. Tell you what, give me a few hours, then come on over and I'll show you some drawings. Maybe even a mock-up, if things go well.

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-19 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catslooklikeme.livejournal.com
A mock up? That fast?

Ha, what am I saying? It's you. Alright, I'll stop by in a few hours... with some food. Tuna noodle casserole sound good?

Re: Phone

Date: 2011-10-24 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velesdonnersen.livejournal.com
[He has encountered tuna noodle casserole in Mayfield, and considers it strange, and very much a regional delicacy, but edible. (His mun, though, likes it quite a bit.)]

[He's already fading into work mode, though, and mumbles, mildly,]

Yes, yes. That will be good. Now, where did I put the aluminum foil?

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