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Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: Body microphone belt

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  • ~lisa.s
    Thanks, Curtis. You can always be counted upon for good advice. Lisa ... -- ~lisa.s Gmail com [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 24, 2010
      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
      > place.
      > 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@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > 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
      > or
      > > tucking it into a convenient pocket. Those options are not going to work
      > for
      > > an upcoming show, so I thought, since I have the time, to build actual
      > belts
      > > with a pocket.
      > >
      > >
      > > Thanks,
      > >
      > >
      > > ~lisa.s
      > >
      > > --
      > > ~lisa.s <at>Gmail<dot>com
      > >
      > >
      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > >
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