11th October 2012: Weather worries Just typing out my thoughts really. With just over 2 weeks ago, there are now weather forcasts availiable for the dates of expo, which alerted me to my own stupidity. Usually I'd never do a cosplay in October unless it is warm enough to withstand the worst, ever since the horrifying experience of October 2008, but for some reason this slipped my mind when planning Giselle.
There are pretty much no Giselle costumes suitable for the current weather, as she's all about sunshine so I'm left with an option to change to a different cosplay, or to try and incorporate a warm jacket/cloak to Giselle. I'd been thinking about making a simple cloak, but nothing I came up with seemed to fit my idea and none of it worked with Giselle's regency aesthetic.
Then I got to thinking what Giselle would make for herself if she wanted to keep warm. She wouldn't keep it simple, whatever she wore would be fit for a princess with flowers and ribbons galore, like all the curtain dresses she makes once in new york. She uses what is around her, so I think she'd likely take influence from all her throws and cushions in her home in Andalasia, along with all the flowers of the forest.
So I got sketching and came up with the idea in the attached picture. It's a jacket, similar in style to regency period jacket fashions, but with a longer drape. It's reminiscent of her Turquiose dress, but in a pale stone colour to compliment the bold pinks of her dress underneath, and will be made out of much warmer fabric.
Any thoughts would be appreciated, but with any luck this will keep me warm and match the rest of the costume well.