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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "What Survives the Whole Process"
This poem is spillover from the July 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Siliconshaman. It also fills the "Fibercrafts" square in my 6-1-19 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo Fest.  This poem belongs to the Fortressa thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $0.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Bairnsidhe, DW user Lone_cat, mdlbear, general fund,

291 lines, Buy It Now = $146
Amount donated = $33
Verses posted = 17 of 80 

Amount remaining to fund fully = $113
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What Survives the Whole Process

[Wednesday, July 1, 2015]

After a month of twiddling and tweaking,
Penny finalized the design parameters for
her Heavy-Duty Self-Harness Cargo Pants.

They included a variety of adjustment points
with straps or strings to secure the pants
close to the body, preventing them from
flapping around when fully loaded.

The harness rig also removed
the need for a separate belt,
and thus exterior belt loops,
streamlining the shape
to minimize snagging.

Fortressa and the Pit Group,
who had helped with playtesting,
declared themselves satisfied.

"These pants are fucking awesome,"
Primer said, prancing around in hers.

"Sadly, stores don't like to carry clothes
with rude titles," Penny said, but she
was smirking. "I think people will just
wind up calling them Harness Pants."

"Works for me," Actuator said.
"I like the colors, too -- they
don't stick out too much."

For the first fall season,
Penny had settled on
a deep autumn palette
of black, brown, cream,
rust, olive, and navy.

"As an engineer, I'm
impressed by all of
the improvements you
made," Fortressa said.

"We put a lot of work into
the process of improvement,"
Joint said. "It's a team effort."

"The customer is the final filter,"
Penny said as she shook her head.
"What survives the whole process is
what people wear. I’m not interested
in making clothes to hang in a closet."

"Hear, hear," Toggle Key said,
raising a beer. "So, are we ready
to launch the video clips on V'you?"

Once Primer had issued the challenge
and Penny accepted it, they had also
posted on BlackSheep and passed
the word to other designers in case
anyone else wanted to play too.

"Pull the switch!" Penny said.

Yeah, she was hanging out
with supervillains now.

Toggle Key uploaded
the set of videos that they
had made of Penny and
the Pit Group playtesting
her new cargo pants.

To no one's surprise,
the first replies came
from designers who
worked for chain stores
and had lots of clothes.

* * *


A yoke is the piece of fabric between the waist and seat on the back part of the pants. In jeans, it defines the shape of the seat. When fitted pants use a waist and yoke of sturdy cloth that doesn't stretch, they will "lock" into position around the flare of feminine hips, removing the need for a belt. This feature can also support a considerable amount of weight in pants with cargo pockets. The pockets at the top will stay snug against the body even when full. However, pockets lower down the legs tend to flop around as more weight goes into them.

Well-designed cargo garments often have some sort of weight-management system. This can be as simple as balancing the position of pockets, or as complex as using seams and straps to create a self-harness system to support the weight from shoulders or hips and prevent sagging or twisting.

For the first fall season, Penny's Heavy-Duty Self-Harness Cargo Pants come in black, brown, cream, rust, olive, or navy.

[To be continued ...]

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3 comments or Leave a comment
From: Mark Mandel Date: July 27th, 2019 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
kengr From: kengr Date: August 19th, 2019 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd order a pair if delivery wasn't such a problem. :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 20th, 2019 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

I'd need to try them on, but I'm tempted too.
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