Halloween is right around the corner and usually I ignore preparations for this holiday and pull out my good and trust Alice Lolita if the opportunity to dress up presents itself.
But this year, my husband and I will be attending a super Halloween party, complete with costume contests, and the pressure is on. This, partnered with my interest in making some RenFest costumes, seemed like some good motivation to build costumes for my husband and myself.
Lately, I’ve been busy sewing two commissions (four garments total), altering many, many bridesmaid dresses, and designing and building costumes for “Through the Looking Glass”. Aside from sewing things, I have also been editing my second novel, The Varken, and working out the kinks of the musical my husband and I wrote. There hasn’t been much time to sew on personal projects.
So when the Halloween party invite showed up on Facebook, I thought I should take advantage of the occasion and use up some of my fabric hording (since upholstery fabric usually isn’t best for Lolita.
We narrowed it down to an Assassin’s Creed “Ezio” inspired costume for Jeremy, and a Renaissance fae costume for me.
Due to fabric availability and my desire to buy as little as possible for these costumes, my “dress” will be a skirt and sleeves with a leather bodice worn over a chemise I already have. In fact, this costume is actually half-way done since I had a day off on Sunday.
It was helpful that I was able to draft a very simple reliable pattern for the bodice and sleeves quickly. Since the bodice is made of some fun faux leather, I wanted to keep the style lines simple and straight. The sleeve is a fake two-piece sleeve, because my fabric is limited, so that they can have a little more poof for the chemise sleeves to show through along the back of the arm.
And now it’s just a matter of finding some time!
I did, however, get paid in fabric again for a little project from my mom! I’ll post pictures of that along with the plans for it soon, although there are so many things on my plate right now, who knows when that will happen!
So, how about you? Finding time to work on personal projects? What about Halloween costume plans? Let me know in the comments!