In regard to the anti-war/pro-soldier costume, I also liked the Donna
Reed idea, but what popped in to my mind first was a whole 1960's
hippie costume made of cammo. You could have wide bell bottoms with
the godets covered in peace symbols to further make the connection.
Top them with a tie-dyed tee shirt in shades of OD green and a short
vest with long fringe also made of cammo material. A cammo headband
with peace signs on it is a must as are lots of flowers to carry and a
peace sign or flower painted on each cheek. Good luck in portraying
the ideal of wanting peace while supporting your son and other soldiers
- that's a toughie.
The favorite of my costumes is probably one that I made for last year's
local wearable art show. The theme was 'Making Waves' Our newspaper
has a column entitled 'The Wavemaker' that folks write in to with
general complaints. Since it seems that the written word has been
hugely instrumental in fomenting change/dissent/ even revolution
(witness our latest posts) it seemed ideal to make a costume out of
I created an Elizabethan style gown out of newspaper bonded to muslin.
I used an elizabethan gown pattern for the bodice and made-up a slim A-
line underskirt, both of which had all the wavemaker columns I could
find bonded prominently in front.
The over skirt was made of hanging papers and was supposed to resemble
a rack I've seen in libraries that papers hang from. A sort of
revolving thing with the papers sticking out like spokes. It worked
really well as a big overskirt with a flat top like you see in
I think what makes it a favorite is that my engineering scheme for
keeping the papers up actually worked and it came out looking like I
had wanted it to. I'm usually happy enough with my costumes, but I
wish I could do justice to what I actually see in my head when I think
them up! This was the closest I've ever come.