Thursday, October 28, 2010

Costume Ideas (and Some Old Fashioned Gossip)


As usual, I’ve left my Halloween costume till the last minute. Every year’s the same; I have all these great plans then the next thing I know it’s Halloween weekend and I’m still sitting with a brand new unopened sewing kit. I’ve a couple of days left yet, though I’ll probably just end up making a few alterations to last year’s outfit. Again. This’ll be my fourth time wearing basically the same thing, I hope no one notices!

I suppose I could wear the evil nurse getup I had for the cancelled haunted house show, but I’d rather something more classically spooky. I had been planning on a gothic/Victorian vampire sort of thing, and the outfit I already have does have a proper corset and a shirt with black flared sleeves,  but I doubt I’d have time to sort out the rest of it at this stage. That hasn’t stopped me searching about for inspiration though!  I have to laugh out loud when I think of myself making anything near as good as these, even if I’d months left to do it, but a girl can dream. Actually, if I’m dreaming then I’d just buy one of them.



On another note, all these gowns have got me thinking on a little piece of Victorian gossip I heard recently. Did you know that Oscar Wilde was having an affair with Bram Stoker’s wife? Yea, I thought that too! But apparently he liked his bread buttered on both sides. My fiancé’s dad is a bit of an antique collector and has a special fascination with any sort of documents relating to Irish history and the like. One of the pieces in his collection is an original letter written by Mrs Stoker to Wilde- and it’s a love letter! Supposedly the pair were a bit of an item. *tisk* And you think you know someone! Poor aul Bram…

8 comments:

Heathen said...

These are beautiful! You must post pictures of your finished costume, I'd love to see it.

Della said...

Lovely Gothic dresses Roisin, one should always have something like this hanging in the closet. Just in case. If you do some flea market shopping, you could probably find bits and pieces to get the effect, without having to sew anything. And thanks for the bit of Oscar Wilde gossip, it's very curious indeed :) Happy Halloween!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I am always a last minute costume girl, too! Not sure why. I am sure it is a "mood" thing, you know. What mood will I be in? Have a wondrous magical night! Blessings.

faerwillow said...

~ah you are to much! i have finally gotten round to my award...so sorry for the delay...life seems to be ticking faster than i can keep up...anyways you bring forth such a great joy to my day and i am so glad we are on this journey here together...as in return there is alas something waiting for you my dear friend...

http://tofallorstumbleupon.blogspot.com/2010/10/bad-blogger-i-have-been.html

i hope this finds you well...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

Jeanne said...

Beautiful gowns...I always wanted a gown like one of those....

And my, oh my! Who would've thought! Maybe Bram knew...that is why he penned Dracula.

Happy Halloween!

Róisín said...

Heathen- God knows what I'll actually end up going as, but I'll try and get some pics if I don't look TOO cringe worthy!

Della- Yes, it would be nice indeed :) As for the outfit, I'll probably not have time to get near any shops nevermind a market so I'm just going to have to make do. To the attic me thinks!

Amy- That's sort of the way I am too. I've already changed my mind on the vampire idea, but I may return to it yet! Wishing you a wonderful night :)

Faerwillow- Just read your post; thank you so much! You've brightened up my night :)

Jeanne- That's what I thought about Bram too. The poor man was in a dark place :( On the other hand, at least he put it to good use!

Well, thanks for visiting as always folks! I forgot to ask in my post, what are you all dressing up as? Hope you all take plenty of photos and have a great Halloween weekend!

Roisin x

Anthropomorphica said...

Love the midnight blue dress! Frocks and some saucy historical gossip and buttering of bread ;)
Perhaps Bram had a comely vampire maiden, I fancy!

KY Warrior Librarian said...

I absolutely love these...especially the first and the last. I go through the same Halloween drill every year, thinking I'm going to do something really clever and then coming up with something at the last minute that isn't anything what I had wanted to do. This year it was a boring zombie...but I would have loved to worn one of these. Maybe next year!

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