Oh dear – leave me alone with my computer and a pay-cheque and I get up to all manner of mischief!
I could spin it and say that it’s good – what I have been able to find in the shops has helped me make a few sewing/costuming decisions:
Pretty leather shoes from India – they’re not quite curly-toed Turkish slippers, but they are close, cute and more practical as I’d actually wear these in real life (plus they were a bargain at less than £7 including postage!). I do wish I’d bought some curly-toed shoes when we were in Dubai, but I wasn’t feeling very well that day and we were on our way to dinner when we went through the souk. Oh well!
So, yes, it does look like I’ll be making a Princess of Persia type outfit!
Oh, but wait, there’s more …
Two 10″ ostrich feathers for £2 including P&P(!!!). They’re not the massive ones, but (a) I have a feeling that I’ll look rather silly with HUGE plumes as I’m so short, (b) I’m not going for super-tall 1770s hair, so I think shorter feathers will be more in proportion with a 1780s hedgehog and (c) if they don’t look right in hair, I’ll put them on a hat or mask or somesuch. Y’see, I also bought two cheap plastic masks in different shapes, which I plan to use as moulds for papier mache masks for my Birthday Masquerade Party.
I also purchased some spray-on fabric stiffener and fray-check (which I never seem to see in fabric shops – maybe I’m just being blind!) to play around with and perhaps make some kanzashi type prettiness. I think they could make pretty hair clips to go with the hedgehog and earrings for my Prince of Persia Princess.
I think I’m going to have to get a big bottle of PVA glue as well (I gave what I had to my Mum) for papier mache-ing and for experimenting with fabric stiffening.
So what 18th century outfit am I going for for my birthday masquerade? Well, I must have been thinking about it a lot before I went to sleep last night, because I had a dream about a particular extant outfit I saw fairly recently which is utterly gorgeous. I thought I’d saved a picture on my computer, but now I can’t find it. Poo.
As far as I remember it was a blue pierrot jacket with a white self-stripe(?) petticoat and a red and white striped sash with a buckle at the front. If you have a picture of it, or know where one is, please let me know – I’ve just spent the past hour and a half trying to find it!
Anyway, more thoughts next time …