Originally Posted by SwampWitch
Wow! You made that costume? Very nice! You don't look "a little overweight" at all, either. Very cool! Not to sidetrack, but have you made others? Making costumes is one of my favorite things!
Why, thank you! Yes, as a matter of fact, I have made a couple of others. One was just for Halloween, back when I was really tiny -- it was just a one-shoulder drape of palest green taffeta wrapped artistically around the midriff with silver braid, and a big pale-green-glittered crescent moon rising above my hair, which was all fluffed out and glittered. I was Astarte, the Phoenician goddess of fertility. I have no idea why.
Somewhere I have a picture of it... can't find it right now.
The other costume was for a science fiction convention (as was the Starfleet uniform). Unfortunately, I have no photos of it, and it vanished during a move years ago... but it was quite something:
I found a wonderful crepey-drapey light-grey fabric that had a soft silvery shimmer to it and made a gown that was shirred down the front to mid-thigh, then parted and draped around to a long, pointed train in the back. The hem of the train was lined with silver bugle beads. The gown's straps were covered by two flaring shoulderboards that were shiny silver underneath and white "ermine" on top -- they stuck out about three inches beyond my shoulders. The white fur also wrapped around the top of the gown, so I looked a little more built than I was.
Under the gown, I wore pantyhose with a silvery sheen and very high silver heels with shiny silver anklebands that matched my wristbands. My hair was all caught up inside a huge white fur turban (I had to affix that thing at home and drive all scrunched down in the car, because it made me over six feet tall!
). I did a sort of feathery-looking eye makeup in cool blues and greens and pearly white that looked almost like a mask around my eyes... glued a large clear teardrop-shaped crystal upside down to my forehead... put on long frosty white nails and iridescent white lipstick... and because glitter gel for your skin hadn't been invented yet, I rubbed handcream along strategically selected areas and applied plain old silver craft glitter to my skin! It stuck very nicely, and it looked remarkably like some sort of alien scales. (It also hurt like the dickens when I tried to scrub it off in the shower that night.
So I arrived at the convention hotel in this over-the-top getup, trailing glitter everywhere I walked, and when it was time for the contest, I did a queenly stroll down the runway... and won first place! It was such a thrill! And as part of the prize, I was invited to a party with all the scifi writers who had read from their work at the convention, and that was a real treat.
So... now that I've totally hijacked this thread, why don't you tell us about your