I also go to Pirate Festivals, where I swash my buckle and oogle blades, try on hats and ‘arrrrr’ with the best of them. When I do spend money on accurate clothing, it will always be toward a pirate bent. The rest is found, or reincarnated costumes.
For example, this is me at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Orlando, 2009. I loved this costume and thought it wonderfully inventive. Alas, it was lost on most at the Fairy Ball because they didn’t announce character names. This is a recycled costume from years attending Dr. Who conventions. From Romanadvoratrelundar to The Fairy Dogmother. Because all dogs deserve a fairy dogmother. (Yes, she was a Time Lord character from the season of the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.)
This year, 2010, I attended the RWA convention, again in Orlando, and a friend accompanied me to the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Prism Award Banquet. Where the theme was steampunk. Now, I hadn’t really had a chance to put together a ‘period’ costume. But! I’d recently discovered a pair of overalls I used to wear regularly to the scifi/fantasy cons and I realized… “Eureka! I can be an air ship mechanic!” And viola, a visit to my local army/navy surplus store, a set of costume goggles and a good utility belt and I had my mech.
Most everything I costume is from found items. I find if one looks through the racks at most anywhere, one will find the occasional perfect bit that can be turned and twisted into…if not a perfect costume…into costume wear. And it’s fun to say, “Oh, this jacket? Lane Bryant! This skirt? Target! Hat? Cost Plus!”
So looking forward to RT’s Fairy Ball in 2011. Going to turn my wedding dress into something spectacular, not that it wasn’t to begin with. But in April? Look for me. I’ll be in the crocheted, full length dress…with corset, wings, hoop slip and if I can figure out how to tie it in, some tentacles!