A Costume is Never Finished

It’s funny how, as a costumer, I am often rushing to “finish” a costume for an event.  But, is an outfit ever “done”?  I don’t think of my modern clothes in those terms.  My modern wardrobe is constantly changing and adapting.  Pieces get added in, switched around, or passed on.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if my costume wardrobe was that flexible?

Well, that’s kind of what I’m working on right now.  I’m anticipating wearing my chemise a la reine several times this summer, but I don’t want to have a bunch of photos where I look exactly the same.  So, I’ve been working on a silk petticoat to wear underneath for the first event.  I wanted to use stash fabric, so I pulled out a red shot with yellow silk taffeta.  Not really my color, but neither is white, plus it won’t be right next to my face.  I got that finished today and now have the rest of the week to work on a few other things.

1. Re-hemming the dress itself.  (The front is too long and now has a slight tear because I stepped on it last time I wore it.)
2. Making a sash and bow out of the silk taffeta.
3. Making sleeve ties out of the same fabric.  (In order to do this, I also need to figure out a way to get the blue fibers out of the casing from my previous sleeve ties that frayed like you wouldn’t believe.)
4. Styling my new wig.

The next time I wear it may actually be the following weekend (still not entirely sure about that one, though).  I’ll wear it with my Ikea overgown.  I thought about wearing the petticoat with it, too, but I’m a little worried about the silk at an event where I’ll be traipsing over dirt and grass and may actually be sitting on the ground (on a blanket, of course, but still).  So, I might go ahead and make a second petticoat…maybe out of some light weight cotton if I can find some in my stash.

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