I really love dressing up guys. Of course I love to sew things that I’ll wear on a day-to-day basis, because then I get to be happy every day, but I also love any excuse for a costume. So far this year, my flat has hosted three parties – and all three have had a theme, and I have dressed up for all three. I even made a dress from scratch for the first one, despite costumes being optional, and despite me being one of about three people who bothered to dress up for it.
So I’m making a Lord of the Rings-themed dress at the moment – this being approximately my favourite book series – and my flatmate has made me promise to wear it to the final Hobbit movie – preferably midnight screening. The problem is that the dress is designed to be a normal, day-to-day dress (yes, I have room in my life for basics that are Lord of the Rings themed), and the costuming part of my brain is screaming that THAT ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH. I need a truly spectacular costume for something as great as the Hobbit movie. Involving a woollen beard and green velvet skirts. And then it goes off on quiet tangents and designs my hypothetical lady-dwarf costume, my Arwen costume, and my Eowyn costume, without any direction from me to do so.
I think that a lot of why I like costumes is I love the challenge of getting an idea and working out how to present it in a way that is both achievable but also attractive/awesome. Whether that’s through making something new, or just through putting together what I already have in my closet in a new way, it’s still a super fun challenge. I think that also applies to other people – maybe I need to get my friends to finance my sewing addiction by making costumes for them! I’d get a lot of satisfaction out of making a costume for someone else – just as long as I’m standing next to them in something equally fantastic, right?
(for the dwarf costume, part of me wants to make a fabulous 18th century dress, though possibly one with smaller panniers – like this – but the other part recognises it would make somewhat more sense to make something a wee bit closer in time to the dresses we see with Arwen and Eowyn, which would also be a lot of fun and possibly somewhat easier – I wouldn’t have to somehow fabricate panniers, anyway).
I think I need more time for sewing fantastical impractical things in my life… and then more occasions to wear them!