Forgive this collection of bad old photographs. I just found this image in an old file. I don’t have the heart to look for the originals. This was my attempt to make play clothes for my nieces. I bought up old slips and added stretchable straps on top so they could be worn as dresses. I sewed doilies onto the slip on the bottom right to cover up stains. I wish I had tried to hand dye that one. That might have looked fun. The pale pink one on the top right was a longish slip. I sewed folds into it to give it volume and to make it short enough for a little girl to wear as a playclothes skirt. I’m in the mood to alter clothing. Take a look at my upcycle inspo board on Pinterest for more upcycling inspiration.
I dressed up as Frida Kahlo for Halloween. I really enjoyed creating this costume. It was comfortable and relatively easy to put together. Not everybody knew who I was supposed to be. Some people thought I was the Chiquita banana lady. But others knew immediately and gave me a knowing smile. It was like being “in” on an “inside joke” all day.
I love Halloween because I love creating a costume. It’s like a design challenge. The picture below is from a belated work Christmas party — we celebrated in April. We all got together at the library after closing and watched The King’s Speech and dined on British-y food. The fine fellow with me is a former co-worker. Fun, right?
All this talk of costumes makes me jealous of Cindy Sherman. She is always playing dress-up.