by Maureen O. Betita
I do enjoy costuming, and I am determined to learn how to sew for that purpose. But my past costumes, be they something a bit spacey for the scifi/fantasy conventions, or maybe some Victorian inventiveness for steampunk conventions, or a lovely bustier for the Renaissance Faire…or a tricorn for the pirate festival…well, to finish this great run-on sentence, I retail. Yup, I attend them all these types of events and I try to dress for each, but I generally make my costume elements from what I find when I shop.
Yes, I am a found costumer. And I’m good at it. I find all sorts of things when I wander stores and cast an eye on what I see with thought of “How might that be made more steampunkery?” (For example.)
I do buy actual costume pieces, but I generally finish with what I find.
Until now. I’m attending the Erotic Authors Association Convention next month in Las Vegas and…to be frank…I don’t know what I’m going to wear.
You see, I’m a bit round and I do best when I can dress those curves. And I agree that erotic dressing doesn’t have to consist of being undressed with style, but… I do have corsets and bustiers… I have full length dresses that are nice and elegant. I have low cut shirts, and uh…see through shirts. I don’t own high heels and I don’t have boots. Or stockings.
I do have whips and handcuffs (for the RenFaire, really!) I have masks… Sigh.
I really have no real ideas on what to wear for this convention! What’s a round, short woman to do?