Today we deviate from the norm of writing-based posts to explore my other love: Costuming. I've spoken before of my penchant for the fine art of sewing, so I feel I don't need to expound upon that anymore. Let's just get to the good stuff!
Since my friends and I are friggin' awesome theater/creative types Halloween is serious business for us. Every year we pick a theme and we each build costumes that pertain to it. In 08' we did a Dark Knight (Batman) themed Halloween. Last year we did Marvel Comic characters, and in the past we've done other theme parties such as Greek Gods and Angels and Demons. So, this year we decided to go balls-to-the-wall with a Video Game Theme, something we'd only been talking about since pretty much the beginning of our costume parties.
But it's only July, you say. This is true, but my friends and I (very much I) take Halloween and especially costumes so seriously it is vital to start so early. I'm a perfectionist after all, and I want it done right. So, with Video Games as the theme that gave us a broad, broad realm of possibilities. I had several choices. Tali or FemShep from Mass Effect, Sheik from The Legend of Zelda, or Isabela from Dragon Age 2. Well, if you read the title of my post and saw the picture at the top, I didn't necessarily set up much suspense, but anyway here's a look at the options.
Yes, I went with Isabela, because of the four options, her costume is the easiest. Granted, I would love to make all of these costumes at some point in the near future, but what had a lot of influence over my decision was the fact that I want to be able to help my friends with their costumes, should they need me. Isabela, being the least challenging, would offer me more time to help out. I'm not disappointed with my choice, by any means, I can't wait to be Isabela. So, let's see what she's all about!
Isabela is a character from Bioware's (The same company that produces Mass Effect <3) Dragon Age series. She appears in the first game, but she becomes a much more prevalent figure in the sequel. She's a pirate and rogue, as you might have noticed, and she has a penchant for daggers, loot, and sleeping with anything that moves. She is a great character, and has some of the best dialogue in the game!
There's really only one garment piece that I need to sew, and that's her skimpy little shift dress. Relatively easy, and made all the easier by the fact that i don't have to buy a pattern! I already have something stashed away. Several years ago, for the Greek God party, I was Artemis. My costume was based off an original design, but I used a store-bought pattern as a base and then modified it to suit my purposes. I used New Look 6401 as my base:
The seams that were there were all in the right place, based on my design, I just need to add a few more to perfectly match up. Well, I still have that pattern, somehow it survived the Great Pattern Purge of 2011, and now I mean to use it again. Obviously with some magical modifications. As it stands, that's about as far as I've gotten with this project. Once I get my pattern all modified I can then better approximate how much fabric I need... Then let the sewing commence! So stay tuned