No pics today, as I haven't quite finished my current make (it needs an overnight hem hang, before I can finish it). So I thought I'd talk about the fact I'm going to Discworld Con in August.
I'm obviously very excited about this! I also plan to make and wear costumes. I originally had thoughts about 4 costumes (one for each day of the con, plus one for the gala dinner). I am trying to reign myself in though and I don't really think this is a sensible plan. Instead I am planning 2 daytime costumes and maybe something for the gala dinner.
I currently want to make a Magrat Garlick costume and a Sandra the Real Seamstress costume, to which end I have recently re-read Night Watch, to remind myself of Sandra's outfit.
The only description I can find is that she has a quilted workbasket and wields a darning mushroom. If anyone knows what a quilted workbasket looks like, please, will you tell me? In the meantime I plan to make a quilted top for my favourite wicker basket. I also plan to acquire a darning mushroom (bonus points if I can find someone to teach me how to darn with it).
I freely confess I'm not overly sure what clothes to wear though. I'm thinking skirt and blouse (as Magrat's costume will be a dress) and I want something that says Seamstress but could, under the right circumstances, be mistaken for Seamstress (Discworld joke). Fishnet tights perhaps? And maybe a skirt I can kilt up to show petticoats? Should I have a chatelaine?
Magrat is a little simpler. I plan to pick a pretty medieval dress I like the look of and make it in green cotton. Then all I need is a corset to flatten me out a bit and some daisies. For her occult jewellery I was planning on wearing all my larp characters jewellery at once. Job done!
Still not sure what I want for the gala dinner. Fanmaker experience tells me nothing too pouf-y (gets in the way), no droopy sleeves (also get in the way) and not white (too conspicuous by half). Can anyone suggest a cool idea or a character I could dress up as without needing a wig? I'm tempted by Susan Sto Helit as I could pin a fake black hair strand into my actual hair, thinking about it...
Any thoughts or ideas warmly welcomed!