Let's try this again...silly computer eating my post!
It is true that anime characters, being animated, can do all sorts of crazy stuff in their costumes and still look good. The wind might do crazy stuff to their hair, but not usually to their coats
. In real life...not so much.
I did buy a long black suede coat at a thrift store recently. It's quite lovely - I can't wait until it's cold enough to wear it
Well, on to ALEP
! I have discovered that wearing costumes to events assures that other people
will take my picture
. I wore 4 different costumes over the course of 2 1/2 days. It was a *blast* - for one thing, rural Kentucky is a lot like the Shire
. There were some amazing costumes there, but I'm just going to talk about mine because I can
I don't have any photos of my simplest outfit, because I only wore it late at night - it was a white lacy dress (from a thrift store) underneath my starry mantle (well, for me, that's a blue fleece hooded cloak with a silver star clasp thingy.) The only interesting part of the outfit is the clasp - I sewed two large buttons on the shoulders, and then ran a chain necklace between them. I suppose I was Finduilas, Faramir's mother.
I also made a simple hobbit-like outfit, because I wanted to dress as a hobbit for Bilbo's party. It consisted of a full circle skirt that I already had, and a peasant blouse from Ecuador. My first sewing project was a grey corduroy bodice, but I just made it straight from the pattern so it was ill-fitting. I adjusted it to fit better for this party by taking in the side seams and a little from the side back seams as well (it's back-lacing).
Resting on a bench
more dancing pictures, though I'm not sure why you'd want to see them. They only demonstrate that I couldn't pick up a reel after being taught quickly! I tried to put them in order, but I'm not sure if they are. The couple who went after us (last row of pics) looks so much more graceful, for some reason.....
On Friday, I wore my two elf costumes. During the day, I was a wood-elf, an outfit I recycled (and modified) from the Gathering. So, it may look a bit familiar:
Waving goodbye to the boat
Note 'Easy Rider' Aragorn behind me
This one is blurrier, but you can see the whole outfit better. The costume on the far right is Farmer Giles - cool, huh? The same person had a Tom Bombadil costume as well.
Group shot, from the hike
You cannot tell, but there is a sheer cliff drop off behind us.... You can see the boots best in this picture.
Elves are taller than hobbits, you know
. A back shot, showing the knife.
And another of me in the woods
(prob the best)
The costume consists of: boots I bought at a normal store, brown capri pants, a green fake suede (moleskin) sleeveless undertunic, a scrap piece of beautiful leather as a belt/smock thingy, a knife, a brown embossed (w/ a leaf pattern) fake suede full circle shoulder piece (I don't know what to call this, but it shows up on, say, what the pope wears), a smaller and heavier cotton moleskin piece on top of that, and fake leather armbands laced with twine. It was a fun outfit to wear, and not *too* hot, because the tops of the arms are bare underneath everything. But I did take off the armbands when the hike got too warm.
And in the evening, I dressed as a Fëanorean
It was a Hall of Fire event, so I figure elvish was good, though perhaps that particular brand of elves would not be welcome anywhere. If I had to say which one I was, maybe Curufin. But maybe just a random unnamed associated hanger-on instead
. The outfit is inspired by Jenny Dolfen's artwork.
is the only picture I have of this one so far, but I know quite a few others were taken. Yea, you can't see the boots here!
, and in this one, you can see the awful boots (as well as the cool sword).
not the best angle, but oh well....
The boots are terribly inappropriate, having women's heels on them. The pants are warm, but a perfect charcoal color (I bought them). The undertunic (barely visible) is a waffle cotton that I dyed grey. The overtunic is black suedecloth, which I added the silver star to (more on that later). The bracers I bought, and the chainmail sleeves I made (it's just sleeves, as you can see where they stop in this picture). If I pull the undertunic up, it doesn't show so badly, but this shot was from the end of the evening. The belt is plastic (oh well!), and it has a knife in a sheath on it (sorta like Angrist, maybe...) as well as my cheap knock-off of Glamdring. I wrapped a scrap of black leather around the hilt so the blue wouldn't show.
I will just say that safety pins are my friends. I used a lot of them to pull off these outfits. Everything is machine stitched, except that blasted silver star. It's satin, which is always fun to work with (not!) and the edges frayed like crazy and refused to stay where I'd pinned them. I practically destroyed the thing trying to get it on, only to find that it had become woefully crooked in the process. So, I hand-stitched it on with cording as an edger to take care of any stray raw edges that tried to peak through. But this meant I was still sewing the day I wore the outfit, oops