|This is NOT Michael's Halloween costume!|
Taking a break from poly chiffon and power net, it's time to address Michael's Halloween costume, which I envision as a cross between Jon Hall in Arabian Nights, Cornel Wilde in A Thousand and One Nights (but with more beads), and Alberto Sordi in Fellini's hilarious The White Sheik.
Of course, the late Jon Hall was the famous film partner of Maria Montez, opposite whom he co-starred in many lavish technicolor adventure films for Universal Studios in the mid-Forties.
I'm using Simplicity 4788 for the costume, and making the shirt, sarouel pants (the baggy "harem"-- or Hammer-style -- pants), vest, sash, and fez (or turban).
Here are the fabrics I'm working with. The shirt will be actual muslin, the vest the gold/green brocade; not sure about the rest.
I'm doing the shirt first, and it's pretty straightforward except for the direction to put binding on the "princess" seam on the shirt front before the two front pieces are sewn together -- can you figure out what exactly they want me to do? Is this like adding corded piping?
Here are the two front pieces:
And the cryptic (to me) instructions:
Anyway, that's this weekend's work; we'll see how far I get.
I'm excited to see some great projects in our MPB Halloween Sew-Along Flickr group. You can still join, of course (just shoot me an email -- peterlappinnyc at gmail dot com) -- and if you'd like to write a guest post about your project (like Allison's about her topiary outfit) just let me know.
Happy sewing, everybody!