Yep, I am already thinking about costumes again. Actually, burgeoning ideas began dancing around in my mind somewhere between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. Rather than give them any credence, I let them sit back there in the dredges of my mind, creativity adding little pieces over the last few weeks. None of them are terribly well-formed at the moment, and I certainly won’t be able to tackle all of them in 2014, but I do want to share them with you all.
1) Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I’m tempted by the idea of making a ballgown, which would be a sewing challenge I have not taken on yet. I’d probably do her pink dress if I went this route, and would definitely need a dinglehopper for a prop. Thankfully that would be an easy prop … But I admit to also considering a steampunk version of Ariel. Either in her mermaid colors or in the blue casual peasant dress she wears as a human.
2) A Once Upon A Time costume. Either Maleficent in this flowy piece (which would probably also satisfy my complicated dress challenge desire…) or Snow White in her white hunting gear. I love the costumes in this show, and am sure I am not even thinking of some really cool ones that I would love to do. Thought about doing one of the blue fairy’s costumes, but decided no since I just did a fairy costume.
3) A Fluttershy costume from My Little Pony. These are super popular costumes at the moment it seems, but I know I wouldn’t be happy with simply wearing yellow clothes and a pink wig. This is probably the costume I have thought the most about, and at the very least the costume will be fancy. It might have a Victorian couture flare, or even go all the way steampunk. This costume would be a lot better if I convinced friends to go as a different pony. Here are some My Little Pony costumes I like, as they are a bit fancier. I especially love the Rainbow Dash one on the left, but have no desire to wear Rainbow Dash myself.
4) A Steampunk Harry Potter outfit. I probably would not attempt to go as a character, although Steampunk Luna Lovegood is tempting. I might be more likely to make a fun Steampunk quidditch team outfit for Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Here are some inspirational shots I like for these concepts.
5) A Tardis Costume. I’ve recently been watching the reboot of Doctor who from the beginning (starting with Chris Eccleston), and so I have Gallifrey and The Doctor on the brain. A Dalek costume could be fun too. This costume would likely involve a corset, although I like the idea of remaking the Simplicity 2172 costume with a Tardis flare.
6) A Quelf Costume! I’d love to do some sort of table top game costume. If I did Quelf, it would probably be best with a group of people. I can’t think of many board games with fun characters. Might be fun to go (again with friends) as a Gloom family, or an Unexploded Cow I suppose. Anyway, if I did Quelf, Queen Spatula would be easiest, but I am quite partial to the bat as well.
Those are my current ideas. Which ones do you like best? Any additional suggestions on variations? I’m not sure where I will be wearing any of these … the only costuming event on my horizon in 2014 at the moment is Halloween. We are thinking about skipping DragonCon this year (blasphemy, I know … I have mixed feelings about it). Maybe I could find some more local conventions to attend and wear a costume. Or I could just save it for the following year. Regardless, I’m going to make the costumes because I enjoy doing so, and I will just have to find some place to wear them! 🙂