Theda Bara and Elizabeth Taylor- bohemian and refined at the same time.
My choice for a not-lame, not-slutty Halloween costume is the last of Ptolemaic rulers herself. She'd be scary enough, she had both her siblings murdered after all. I've decided to make the costume which is pretty bold of me since I haven't made anything adult sized yet. But what to make?
|I have yet to figure out how to fold these back up to look like this.|
A quick check on PatternReview.com confirms that these are WAY oversized and everyone who has made it has taken out several inches once they started to do fittings. So, I may have purchased the wrong set of patterns. Gumdrops!
I then started second guessing my decision to make the dress myself. I could just buy one, I mean, a vaguely Grecian looking dress is pretty standard fair for women's formal wear and then I'd be able, for sure, to wear it again (all I own are jeans and cocktail dresses anyway, I don't have any in-between wear). I poked around on the Internet and found a bunch of things that might work with the right wig and makeup:
|Might be my favorite. Vivienne Westwood, $370.|
|My least favorite of those that were more literal. Alexander McQueen, $1335. It just feels like something my Aunt Carol would have hot glued and puff painted. All due love and respect to Mr. McQueen's corpse. Plus, the length would be terrible on me.|
|A more 1920s Cleopatra look, much prettier in detail. Rue de Mail dress, $990. Sexy!|
|I could never wear this. It must be lovelier in person. I'd hope. Robert Rodriguez, $1160.|
|One I could buy and not feel bad not wearing again. With a big collar necklace and a wig? Instant Cleo. And it's linen. And it's cheap! On Etsy, $56.00. I do hate strapless bras though.|
I still think I'm going to try and make one and buy only if I totally fail. I bought the wig and these scarab earrings I already own.
Off topic rambling: The earrings are fascinating as the setting is from the late 1890s/early 1900s, before the discovery of King Tut's tomb, so they belonged to a fashion trend time traveller! It would be like finding someone wearing Levi's in a photos from the 1860s-- sure they were around, but not popular yet. The stone scarabs themselves are ancient so it's likely that they were custom made for a woman with a personal interest in Egyptology, just like the guy in the Levi's would probably have been a San Francisco gold miner. I once x-rayed a mummified cat that was actually a stork inside. There was a scarab in there too.
Back to sewing: Maybe I should try this pattern? The shorter length would be way better on me. Instead of the tied shoulder I could tack it with thread and pin it with something gaudy. Maybe embroider something on the other strap? I'm open to any and all suggestions!
|Cynthia Rowley designed. Might not be as cool when sewn by me.|