Fantasy Project – Gypsy Spirit

   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, I wasn’t at all thinking that “Gypsy”, because of the persecution of and discrimination against the Romani people, could be 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. If you’d be more comfortable thinking of this outfit as something more like a hippie, free spirit, bohemian sort of thing, please do! I kind of like wearing it when I’m feeling that way, anyway.

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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Posted Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at 12:18 am in Fantasy, Just For Fun.

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