… and I haven’t quite finished another project. It’s very close (hemming and facing need hand-stitching), but I wanted to wait until it was done to share, so patience, my dears!
In the meantime – I’ve found this rather exciting prospect:
The Historical Costume Inspiration Festival! Go and see the rules at The Story of a Seamstress, but essentially you make a costume or item that takes inspiration from a historical source, say a pre-1960 extant garment or a film set prior to the 60s, including historical reproductions and fantastical or modernised versions.
I am pretty excited as it’s a great excuse for me to make a costume/piece (since I don’t have any events to go to – boooo!) and it’s a good deadline. I go two ways with deadlines – either very well or horrifically badly … we’ll have to see how this one goes.
As for what to make, well, I feel quite spoilt for choice – I’ve narrowed it down however to two vague ideas: either something 18th century (no-brainer there!) since I can put that over my stays which are already half-made and I already have patterns, fabric etc lined up for at least part of the outfit, or something completely different:
I really liked the outfits in Prince of Persia and I love ‘Turkish slippers’ and harem pants, so something inspired by Princess Tamina’s outfits in the film could be fun. Plus, I can add in some 18th century Ottoman influence:
And I’m not a bad belly dancer (must be in the genes, being half Turkish Cypriot and all!) …
Also, that costume could be used for Halloween (Vampire Harem Woman, anyone? Undead Belly Dancer?) later in October and I’ve been asked (as a writer-type) to visit a primary school and tell some stories in a costume … as I don’t really write anything suitable for 4-5 year olds, I wonder if a simplified version of an Arabian Nights story might work?
And I’m not just thinking of making a Prince of Persia costume because the research would involve perving over pictures of Jake Gyllenhall
… really I’m not … Well, that’s not the only reason, anyway.
Of course, on the other hand, an 18th century outfit of some description has its own benefits: already have some bits and pieces (patterns, some fabric, etc), half way through a set of stays, I love the 18th century (who knew?) and that costume could be worn for my birthday part, which I have decided will be a masquerade party – whatever costume you want, but you must wear a mask.