We escorted our beloved friend Emma to the ball. She and I spent the past few Saturdays working on our respective costumes. Emma went as a springtime sprite and I decided to go with an "Oriental" costume that blended Turkish and Indian influences through a 19th century lens. Along with the sheer fun of it, I also wanted something comfortable to wear. And boy was it! I really like this outfit and all of the fabrics and accessories came together beautifully. I will probably bring this to Teslacon as a back-up outfit.
I didn't try to recreate a specific image but instead combined ideas from a few favorite sources. My main inspiration was this Indian fancy dress costume. But I knew I wanted bloomers to wear as well, so I started hunting around... Turns out that Indian clothing from the 17th and 18th centuries saw a lot of sheer skirts/dresses worn over pants. This image is technically later than the date I was shooting for, but served as my inspiration for my turban and veil: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/73465037648261202/. But as it wasn't a strict "historical" event, I was fine pulling inspiration from different eras. And I built it over my Regency stays because my 1860s corset isn't wearable... (that will change soon, though! I need it for Teslacon!)
All of the fabrics I used were silk. The turquoise and the sheer organza are from Renaissance Fabrics, and the gold was stash fabric (yay!). I got the vintage sari and khussa slippers on Ebay. Instead of a regular mask, I pinned a strip of fringed metallic silk fabric from my turban in front of my face. None of us lasted in our masks very long though because it was such a warm evening!
The bodice is just my usual 1860s bodice pattern. I only bought a yard of the turquoise silk so the sleeves ended up being tiny cap sleeves! I still like it, though!
This was the first time I got to see Michael in his hussar uniform from Waterloo in person. Swoon-worthy. :)