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compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:23 am
by Cat
Hello. Um. I commentate at some events, and because I quite passionately hate female kit in WOTR as it looks on me, cos I is up and down skinny, I cross-dress to do so. I have good bloke's soft kit because I fight. However, I do worry about the public looking at me and going, 'that boy has a woman's voice, my lord'.
Here is my question: I saw, in some of the photos on here camp followers on campaign wearing a skirt and man's doublet combination. I could happily commentate wearing this, as it has a whiff of tomboy about it which I quite like, and it cuts up the silhouette. The problem is, I can't find any evidence for it. I think that the photos are from a Czech group, but I can't remember.
Can anybody help me?

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:56 am
by Alice the Huswyf
Cat, why not gown? Choose the right style and you can dress it as male or female, so you would get double the use. Dead easy to put on over male it as a quick changeover, and if accessorised properly not bustable. Particularly flattering to the slight figure becuase of the draped folds - which can be fixed. PM me for secret knowings.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:51 pm
by Zachos
This would never have happened in period. A doublet holds up the hose, so there would be no point to wearing it with a kirtle. Also, you couldn't even say your man gave it to you because he was cold, as that would mean his hose would fall down. Wear a cote a kirtle if you need to commentate.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:22 am
by Marcus Woodhouse
Just carrying on dressing as you do Cat.
You look better in men's kit then many of the fat gits who are men.
Not every man sounds like Barry White

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:49 pm
by Colin Middleton
I'm with Marcus, you make a more convincing 15th C man than several re-enactors that I know. It's not like you squeek and start skipping when some-one wins!

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 8:52 pm
by Zachos
Except some notable event producers don't allow visable cross dressing.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:02 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
Cat is not a visable cross dresser, especially when shes got you by the balls and is twisting them.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:26 pm
by Zachos
I'm not saying she doesn't do a convincing job, I've not met her, so don't know. What I do know is that there are very strict cross dressing rules for EH events, among others. That's not to say she shouldn't cross dress, just that it might be good to have a kirtle so that if the event organizer insists she can then say "oh, I can do that too." Just keeping options open.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:38 am
by Alice the Huswyf
She does. Hence post.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:19 pm
by Zachos
Hence why I'm disagreeing with Marcus and Colin.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:05 pm
by gregory23b
Cat is a real woman, who does cross dress really well, because she puts the effort in, huzzah, huzzah!

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:14 pm
by Nigel
Cat looks superb no matter waht she wears (althought the pink fuzzy boots were a bit edgey :D )

Debs will now removed the p38 from my left ear

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:24 pm
by Alice the Huswyf
Clarification - she does - meaning she does own and wear women's clothing when required by bookers. Hence the post - asking for suitable suggestions to work it under circumstances that don't allow a quick change.

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:22 pm
by Cat
I actually think that I love all of you, even Mr Doesn't Know Me!
(I do have a frock which I bought off've Auntie Alice last year and which is just big enough to go on on top of my male kit if any organiseur were to get snarky. I trialled it at Richmond because it was bloody cold and the extra layer was welcome and it works lovely.)
Thanks for the lovely and undeserved words. :*

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:37 pm
by Alice the Huswyf
Re PM on gowns - I may have a source for nice second hand for you; even quicker than present arrangements

Re: compromise for a cross dresser...

Posted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:46 pm
by Jenn
as alice says a gown is the answer as it can be male or female depending on what you wear with itand how you wear it
It's also warm - which if we have more events like Richmond with that very cold wind is what you want