Thanks, Curtis. You can always be counted upon for good advice.
On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM, GCKidd <gckidd@...> wrote:
> Not so much a pattern, as a description of how we've done them...
> I work at an amusement park, and our performers are dancing (full-out) and
> singing, so keeping mics safe, intact, and safe from total saturation by
> sweat has always been an issue. But the best results have come from taking
> some wide elastic (4" is ideal, but 2", sewn down the middle, has also
> worked. 2" alone works okay, and would probably be fine for 'normal stage'
> use, but you'd have to mount the pocket differently...) Cut it to the
> performer's waist measurement, fold the ends over, and velcro the last 3-4"
> of either end to make the belt.
> Cut another piece of elastic, large enough to wrap around the mic pack when
> it is flat against the belt. Sew a strip of the loop side of the velcro,
> centered but at one edge of the outside of this (your mic pouch--works best
> if you use one of the finished edges of the elastic as the mouth of the
> pouch), then sew down the bottom and sides of the pouch (some folding and
> pinning may be necessary to get everything to lay flat). If you're using 4"
> elastic, you should be able to sew the sides of the pouch along the edge of
> the belt with no problem (other than it occasionally wanting to squirt out
> from under the presser foot.) Sew the matching strip of the hook tape for
> the velcro to the belt, just above the mouth of the pouch, so that when the
> mic pack is in the pouch, this velcro strip can be used to strap it in
> They can wear these under their costumes (over a t-shirt, if they're using
> one)...if you don't make the pouch too snug, you can still fit a condom over
> the pack and fit it in the pouch if you have someone who sweats a lot.
> Since you're starting with the performer's waist in length, by the time
> you've folded over the ends and added the overlap for the velcro (make sure
> the hook side points AWAY from the body...might make for a little light wear
> and tear on the inside of your costumes but it makes for far less chafing
> and complaining...and even occasionally bleeding...from your performers),
> the elastic of the belt is still enough to hold it fairly snug (some people
> may prefer it a little more loose...you can also make them larger and fold
> over excess in the belt to adjust the fit for comfort).
> Hope I've explained it clearly enough. It may be one of those things that
> seems really simple once you know what you're doing, but this design has
> worked so well for us that I've even had some of the places I've freelanced
> for ask me to make some for them...but if you have any questions, feel free
> to contact me and I'll do my best to clarify.
> --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "~lisa.s" <llsturts@...>
> > Does anyone have a pattern for body mic belt? When necessary I've always
> > relied on either a wide elastic bandage to hold the transmitter in place
> > tucking it into a convenient pocket. Those options are not going to work
> > an upcoming show, so I thought, since I have the time, to build actual
> > with a pocket.
> > Thanks,
> > ~lisa.s
> > --
> > ~lisa.s <at>Gmail<dot>com
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