Costume suggestions: female character from a book.
September 6, 2013 10:24 AM Subscribe
It's the time of year for Halloween costume suggestions again! I work at a university library, and usually some of the staff dress up on Halloween. This year, we're considering suggesting the costumes be characters from books. Who do I pick?
posted by telophase to clothing, beauty, & fashion (39 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have not done any Serious Costuming in almost fifteen years, because I haven't had any real place to wear it, so my fingers are itching to create! Even if we end up not suggesting the costumes be book characters, I just may do it anyway.
--I would prefer historic or fantasy female characters. Typical 20th/21st century clothing bores me to sew.
--Characters that U.S. college students might stand a chance of recognizing would be better--from TV and movies is fine, if there's a book associated with it (like Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, etc.). Shakespearean-type would also be fine.
--I am short and fat, although with an hourglass figure. Silhouettes that work really well on me are Tudor through late 18th century, and 1860s through the end of the bustle period. Regency is a total fail! I look like I'm wearing a tent. Basically, full skirts and nipped-in waists (but not 1950s!).
--Bonus points if I can convert it to something I can wear to the science fiction and anime conventions I staff, even if it's just a matter of steampunking it up.
--Complex construction is fine--I used to be in the Society for Creative Anachronism and made medieval and Renaissance clothing, and RenFaire-type outfits. I won't pass muster in a costume competition because my lack of attention to detail is astounding, but I can tackle reasonably complex construction, like making slapdash corsets. I can easily find historic patterns to use or convert.