Friends, I really shouldn't be left home alone with beads, chiffon, and an auto-timer.
So there has been a slight change of plan -- or rather, inspiration -- in my Halloween costume. After playing around with McCall's 9559, the I Dream of Jeannie pattern, I've decided on modeling my Scheherazade costume more along the lines of the High Priestess Astarte (goddess of the flesh) in The Prodigal. Move over Barbara Eden, hello, Lana Turner! I have more than fifteen yards of beaded gimp and I intend to use them.
I've also been thinking a lot about Marlene Dietrich in MGM's non-musical version of Kismet as well as Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Baghdad as costumed by Mitchell Liesen. I draw the line at gold leafing my legs, but I'm not opposed to a beaded bullet bra.
Then there's actress Susan Alexander as Charles Foster Kane's mistress in Citizen Kane -- remember her?Lots of beads there!
After cutting the McCall's Jeannie pattern, and even muslining the shorts and yoke (which the loose chiffon pants attach to), it just didn't seem sufficiently over-the-top, but rather depressingly under-the-bottom.
So today I poked around Chic Fabrics and picked up some more glitzy fabrics, including...gold mesh!
Shimmery stretch velvet in celadon green!
Lustrous, heavy, pale pink poly satin!
Nude power net!
And one yard of heavy buckram from Steinlauf & Stoller.
Meanwhile, Michael has been hinting about his costume. One thing at a time, Mister!
Halloween Sew-Alongers, I hope you're making progress. Of course, Halloween is still more than two weeks away, but you want to be ready, don't you? What if your local stores run out of beaded gimp? (If they do, call me.)
How are the projects/project planning coming along?
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