|Not so much a costume as a dunce cap and a crepe-paper smock, one is |
rarely able to discern exactly what the wearer intended to be. But darn
him if he doesn't look festive!
I love that whatever the intention, the costume is usually fabricated in the classic Halloween color story of orange, black, and white. I also love that from fairy princess to wizard to Juliet, practically everyone gets the Jack-O-Lantern treatment.
|Finding inspiration in old patterns and illustrations from The Dennison's |
Bogie Book, and knowing that our Halloween plans include a perennially-
awesome, vintage Halloween party, I decided that this year I would be a gypsy.
Not having gone as a gypsy vagabond since the year my mom declared that the same costume I'd worn for the past two years (first as "pirate" and then as "artist") would work equally well as gypsy, I figured that this was my year to take back ownership of the costume. This year I will be the Halloween gypsy I've always wanted to be - not the humiliating "pirartsy" that was so cruelly forced on me for three years in a row.
|You see? I'm clearly NOT a pirate.|
(That's a gypsy earring)
|That's right...no pirates here!|
I'm almost positive that the pirate code strictly forbids trimmings
that are even slightly "pom pom" in nature and clearly the vest is
just dripping with those gypsy-esque danglers.
Sticking with Halloween's tried-and-true colors, I made balloon-legged pants in black and a tassel-trimmed sash and head scarf in an orange-and-black stripe. I had every intention of making my own gypsy tunic but realized how much easier it would be to customize an underutilized, white, dress shirt by hacking off the lower half of the sleeves and attaching gathered puff sleeves, but not without incident...
As I was removing the shirt from beneath the presser foot, my own foot slipped, hitting the pedal and sending the needle right through my finger. Reacting to my ouch response more quickly than I could understand what had happened, I immediately yanked my hand away. In doing so, I broke the needle off into my finger - all in a day's work for a gypsy.
|I convalesced by painting a non-pirate, gypsy-inspired pumpkin patch (get it?)|
for the back of the vest, paying tribute to the costumes of yore and matching
my Crazy Crafty, Jack-O-Lantern, lantern staff.
"The Gypsy in My Soul" - Perry Como
After much (gypsy) soul searching to the mellow crooning of Mr. Como, I suppose I am willing to concede that pirates are basically just scurvy-ridden water gypsies, so I guess my mom wasn't so far off-base...
I hope you're ready for Halloween, because it is right around the corner! What will you be on October 31?