Jun 2014

Fantasy Project – Faire Maiden

   Posted by Atra Materia in Fantasy, Just For Fun

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Entry for the Dixie Stables 2014 summer costume contest.

When I whipped this costume up, it completely slipped my mind that “Gypsy”, because of the persecution of and discrimination against the Romani people, is a problematic costume – Gypsy Vanners are a type of draft horse (sometimes draft pony) with long, flowing manes and tails, heavily feathered feet, and splashes of colour, and the theme was chosen purely to correspond with that side of Tolkien’s breeding. I’m not entirely sure how to rectify that now – costume classes were an important part of my riding life and one of the few times I can stand looking at myself, so I’d like to leave the post up, but I also don’t want to continue using a hurtful word to describe it and while it would have fit in perfectly at any Renaissance Faire I’ve ever been to, I don’t know if “rebranding” it, as I’ve done for the time being, is better or worse. Either way, I’m sorry both for not thinking better of what I was doing and for actually doing it, and I’ll work harder on that in the future.

As for the ensemble itself, this is another one that’s composed primarily of clothes already in my wardrobe and done up a bit for the show. The shirt is a white peasant-style blouse of gauzy cotton with a scooping, elasticized neckline and small, puffed sleeves. The underbust corset is one I made some years ago as a practice garment – it came directly from the original “duct tape” pattern, which I’ve since altered significantly, and has only three panels on each side. It’s of heavy black duck cloth, bound in black bias tape and boned with the plastic-coated wires. There are three layers of broomstick-esque skirt, all pinned up in various ways. The jewelry is all out of my personal collection, and the headscarf is a pair of “fat quarters” stitched together down the middle and false-overlocked around the edges with a zig-zag stitch.

Tolkien’s breastcollar and saddle blanket are blue broadcloth adorned with handmade yarn tassels. No pattern was used; I just measured, cut, and stitched up.

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