One of those weeks. Last week’s blog was – well, a bit scattered. This is what happens when one blogs after a very long weekend of vending. Lesson being to pre-write the blog so that it at least makes sense once posted. And then the blogs I thought I was going to write this week were topics already written about by others. And so here I am, left with nothing to blog about.
Instead, I spent a productive week preparing the sewing area for my next big costuming push: Golden Beltane. Then I spent Sunday making a cloak for said Beltane. Then I started playing Star Wars online and got extremely distracted with planning my Twi’lek cosplay. All very worthy endeavors, but are they blog worthy?
The cosplay is, yes. After all, it is sewing related. I think everyone knows how to make a basic circle cloak, and there is nothing special about the one I made for my boyfriend. But an all silk Twi’lek Sith Lord cosplay? There’s something to ponder. Most people think Sith Lord or Jedi Knight, and they immediately go for wools and linens. Which of course makes sense. If you refer back to the original costuming from the movies, and these are the fibers used to create the costumes worn by Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul.
On the flip side, people will make their cosplays using vinyl or leather or even pleather, because this is what they see in their minds eye when creating their costumes. All of which makes perfect sense. You have a look you create and see yourself in, and when you feel good about what you’ve created, you look good wearing it.
But as someone who has lived and breathed silk for the last year and eight months, I see silk. I see flowing robes, and silky sirwal. I see sassy boots (not silk) and lekku adorned in silk. And as someone who is rather enjoying the expanded universe created by Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWOTR), I see no reason I can’t create what my minds eye sees in silk. And we know silk certainly was used in costume creations in the Star Wars films, at least as far as Princess Leia and Queen Amidala were concerned. So why not for a Sith Lord? Wouldn’t the bad guys adorn themselves in the uncommon? Set themselves apart from the so called good guys? That is my intention.
So this is my statement of intent for the future. For now, I must complete my costuming for Golden Beltane, where I will be vending. But as soon as that is over, I learn body painting. I learn to attach my lekku firmly to my head, and I create my flowing robes. That is a journey I will gladly share as I progress upon it.