My Belt is being Phagocytosed!

My Belt is being Phagocytosed! October 22, 2012

This is the last in-progress Monday update for my Ms. Frizzle costume you’ll get.  I’ve got to have the whole thing finished by this Saturday.  So, I spent most of Saturday drawing germs, tracing them onto interfacing, ironing the interfacing onto fabric, and then pinning and topstitching the appliques onto the dress.

In case that was a little in the weeds, I’m drawing designs onto this kind of fabric:

Streptococci cut out of interfacing. (Some of them are going through mitosis!)

The interfacing gets ironed onto the pretty fabric to make it stronger and to keep it from wrinkling.  I learned that lesson from Covus Tristis’s sewing blog (she’s where I got the pattern for that Hufflepuff surcoat).  Once I add the strep cells on, it looks a little something like this:

White blood cells engulfing strep

Tonight, during the presidential debate, is probably going to be mostly red blood cells.  And I have big plans for a T4 bacteriophage.  And I think I’m going to use smallpox to cover up the cheery embroidery on the collar.  Any other suggestions for your favorite plagues are welcome.  The best bugs for this purpose will have fairly distinctive shapes.

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  • So…is it true that River Song is Ms. Frizzle’s Evil Twin?

    • leahlibresco

      Chaotic Neutral to the Frizz’s Chaotic Good, more like

  • Libby

    Malaria merozoites. Invading the RBCs. 🙂

    • leahlibresco


  • Elizabeth Scalia

    That’s lovely stitching.

  • Karen

    As much as I disagree with you on some things, anyone who can sew her own Ms. Frizzle costume has my constant admiration. Bravissima!

  • Karen

    A plain old rhinovirus would be a nice touch. If you only want deadly, you should add a Y Pestis.

  • Jon

    Hey, I don’t know if you have ANY way to control this but my anti-virus (Avast) detects a threat whenever I visit your website…and only your website.

    I enjoy your blogs. I type in which redirects me to you Patheos portal and then I hear a loud “THREAT DETECTED” from avast. It doesn’t do this for other Patheos portals. Do you think something may be wrong with your page or is this more of a “personal [PC] problem?”

    I don’t know if anyone else is experiencing this.

    About your costume, if you wanted to be really scary add an Ebola virus. I dreamt more than one nightmare after we watched a documentary about the Ebola virus in 8th grade history class years back.

    • leahlibresco

      Hmm, I tried it on another browser and could not reproduce the error. Anyone else having this trouble?

    • Solarcat

      I have Norton on my PC and it doesn’t detect any problems with this site.

    • Ted Seeber

      It is an advert. You’re going to get it at random.

  • Ink

    I remember studying the AIDS virus in middle school… that’s relatively distinctive, but all the little sticky-outy-bits might be time-consuming.