Being the Listophile that I am, I’ve been thinking about the items I need for my masquerade party costume – that is, essentials for a late 18th century pierrot outfit:
- Shift – I have one that just needs hemming.
- Stays – I have a half-finished pair, which I’m going to get back to work on tonight.
- Bum roll – I had a torn open pillow with some padding left in it from stuffing Rosie (duct tape body form of not -very-goodness), so I’ve bleached the outer fabric (it was somehow tea-stained) and will use that and the remaining filling to make my bum roll.
- Under petticoats – will be made from sheets from charity shops.
- Outer petticoat – need some pretty self-stripe white voile.
- Pierrot jacket – I’ve got the fabric and some special plans for this – more on that soon!
- Sash – need a red stripe fabric and some sort of buckle/brooch.
- Mask – papier mache over a plastic mask to make a blank to then decorate – but what with?
- A hat – this is lower priority – if I get all the other stuff done, then I’ll try making an over the top tricorne.
- Stockings – even though they won’t be seen under my costume, I’m going to have some stockings. They won’t be at all accurate, but I think long white socks with the elasticated top cut off will work with some ribbon garters. If I have time, I might even make fancy garters with embroidery and/or lace or somesuch… Ooh, in fact, they might require cockades – everything requires cockades.
- Shoes – unfortunately I think I’m going to have to go with some very un-historical shoes I already own, but I can live with that. I’ll make some sort of ribbon or cockade decoration to tie or clip on them to rococo them up a bit.
I’m quite pleased with my recycling work on the bum roll fabric/padding – I do like to spend and treat myself sometimes, but I love a bargain even more and I hate waste. Huzzah for bargain bum-rolls!
Having a reason to get my stays finished has got me all excited about them again – I can’t wait to get working on them again tonight!