A long day, readers.
With the Scheherazade midriff top pretty much done -- I added beaded gimp trim along the bottom and a snap at the back neck (which may be replaced by a frog) -- I had to figure out what I wanted the rest of the outfit to look like.
I toyed with all kinds of draped beads (I have SO much of that beaded gimp). I cut my chiffon into wide strips and experimented with the idea of a multi-colored skirt made of scarves, but nothing looked quite right -- too Carmen Miranda. Of course, Carmen's styles likely did influence the Hollywood costumers of the Forties, whose interpretation of Arabian garb was, after all, pure pastiche.
|Too "Chica Chica Boom Chic"|
Finally, I decided to return to my original Jeannie pattern, McCall's 9559, and make the yoke with the attached short (which I'd muslined last week), but use the remaining flesh-colored power net with the gold mesh overlay for that "nude" look. Fortunately I had just enough fabric left (I'd bought only one yard of each at Chic).
The yoke has power net shorts attached, and it zips up the back (Remember that $4.99 bag of 100 tan zippers I bought over the summer? -- I used one of those); I haven't finished the top waist yet. I may add beaded gimp or leave it plain so the waistline isn't as defined.
Here's how it looked.
Then I had to make a decision about the chiffon. I decided to use the pinky-peach color and make harem pants. I haven't gathered them at the ankles yet -- not sure if I will. Michael prefers this simpler palette to the one with all the bold pinks and greens. I'll decide tomorrow what it still needs. I may add beaded gimp to the seam where the chiffon pants begin at the bottom of the yoke; I don't mind it plain either. Thoughts?
|(Didn't bother closing the back of the midriff which is why it looks loose along the bottom.)|
I'm pleased so far, and glad the outfit doesn't scream I Dream of Jeannie, even though I made the pants from the pattern (the top, you'll recall, is adapted from a Forties Advance playsuit top, built upon a flesh-toned padded bra).
I invested in a few more trinkets today (and another bottle of Fray Check -- my second in three years), plus bigger flesh-toned shoulder pads, which really do give the silhouette a Forties feel.
Soon it will be time to start Michael's costume. But first -- turbans!
UPDATE: Here's what I'm thinking for shoes; just have to find them!
Have a great day, everybody! How are your costumes coming?