“Pulling teeth,” because that’s what writing this blog post has become. Gah! It was another busy fall semester with little sewing, and I’ve gotten out of the habit of blogging. I have been noodling on my embroidered fichu, but I’m not going to bore you with “embroidered another flower” posts.
So the plan is to follow the fashion plate and trim the bodice and skirt with some kind of gold ball trim to evoke the idea of champagne bubbles. Last year I searched and wibbled and prevaricated and never ended up finding a trim I liked. This time, I managed to find some cheap xmas garlands at my local hardware store (after scouring the craft store — weird!) and am Just Going With It.
I’m going to string them (on wire, I guess?) and sew them on to many of the edges. I’m also planning to put some gold netting in the center front of the bodice and around the neckline, again hoping to evoke foil and champagne bubbles. We’ll see! It works in my head.
I want my head to be cork/foil part, so I bought a mini-top hat frame off of Jenn to recover. Because I realized after the last try that I need to be Really Obvious for this costume to work, after I covered the hat in pretty gold silk taffeta, I fabric-glued champagne corks all around the brim:
All of this brings me to… most of the time I’ve been a costumer, I’ve been a relative purist about historical accuracy. Oh sure, on some costumes I may cut some corners, and I’m pretty religious about wearing some kind of makeup with costumes for the last few years, but I’ve never wanted to make totally non-historical stuff. Something about making the Marie Antoinette dress this summer has changed that, and that and the Pierrot/maja costume have been the most fun things I’ve worn in a long time! Suddenly doing (most) straight historical costumes is seeming boring, and I’m finding myself wondering what I can add to costumes to put them over the top. This is new and weird!
To that end, I bought a bunch of gold makeup that I plan on using this weekend, plus I’m contemplating crazy hair (it seems like champagne hair should be curly and frizzy and UP, am I right? I’m thinking about getting my Helena Bonham Carter on — what do you think?).