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Halloween Costume thoughts [Aug. 23rd, 2005|11:50 pm]

So, I realize that Halloween is two months and a bit away, but if I'm going to make my costume, I need to be deciding what I'm going to be soon. I don't want to do last year's sewing marathon again -- it really burnt me out.

But I've got about 5 different options, and I'm having trouble deciding.

1) White ANH Princess Leia gown. Same thing as I wore last year. Pros: Wore it last year, so no real work to do on it. Cons: Wore it last year.

2) Princess Leia's scoop-neck celebration gown from the medal scene at the end of ANH. Pros: I started this last year, but didn't get it finished in time. Fabric is already bought. Cons: I might be Princess Leia-d out.

3) Eowyn's white gown. Pros: I have all the fabric from an incomplete model garment I was supposed to make for Hancock's. Also, I'll match Andrea, who's going as the Witch King. Cons: The fabric and pattern were a bitch to work with, which is why this was never completed, and sits forelornly in a bin somewhere.

4) Nerys Ada'in, Jedi padawan. The Jedi character I designed. I've worked out her tunic designs already, and have aquaired one of four necessary fabrics. John just finished building me a lightsaber. Pros: Will match John (he's doing Vader again), and I'll have a Jedi costume lying around to wear to cons and such. Cons: Alot of fabric still needs to be purchased, so more expensive. Also, 3 layers of undertunics, plus big Jedi robe = lots of sewing.

5) One of two of Padme's gowns from AOTC. Either the light blue Tatooine midriff gown, or the blue family gown that was cut from the movie. Pros: They're both cool costumes, and could be done with relatively cheap costs. Cons: They'd require patterns drafted almost completely from scratch, especially complicated in the case of the family gown. Check out the back of the gown. Padme's on the far right.

6) The one that hit on me at work, and won't leave me alone: Phedre no Delaunay de Montreve, from Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy trilogy of novels. She's half courtesan, half spy, and a really awesome heroine. Not because she's a fighter, or stupendous at anything, but because she's smart, knows how to combine her brains and beauty, and because she never takes the easy way out, when it comes to doing the right thing.

Here's the gown I would make, from a masquerade scene in the second book: Phedre's Longest Night dress. It's made of red silk jersey in the book, is a backless halter, accessorized only with a black half-veil over her eyes, and ribbons on her wrists. We have the perfect color of fabric for it at work, a changeable red/black fancy fabric. Such color, described as 'blood spilled by starlight', could only be worn by anguissettes like Phedre herself.

Pros: Simple to accessorize, I'd only have to make the dress, which wouldn't be too costly, and have my roommates paint her tattoo onto my back with paint or marker. Also, Phedre looks very like me: brown, naturally curly hair in an updo, fair skin, petite and curvy. The dress could actually be reused for a slightly daring formal gown.

Cons: I'd have to draft the pattern from a commercial halter, none of which go low enough in back. I'd have to buy all the fabric. And I don't relish spending the whole night explaining who I am to people who have no clue.

Please, please, leave a comment and help me choose.

[User Picture]From: lindseyerin37
2005-08-23 09:17 pm (UTC)
I vote number six. Just read the first book and I love love love that character. It would be very unique too!
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[User Picture]From: abbysdressdiary
2005-08-23 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oooh, a fellow Phedre fan. You'll like book two. :-)
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