Well first of all my apologies, cosplay, of course I get that. Makes perfect sense. Speed readers unite.
I know all about anime, and can spot a steampunk outfit from across the street, but this one has passed me by, or at least my neighbourhood in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I read more, once I read the helpful comments, and realized that I understand cosplay, and like all women have been doing this, dressing in character or like a character, so much of my life.
Hands up if you ever suited up for work, or heaven forbid are old enough to remember when dressing for success meant a version of what men wore right down to the little scarf numbers (Palmer and Pletsch did early do-it-yourself instructions) that were lady ties.
Haven't we all done this? Haven't most women dressed the part at some stages of their lives, or tried to redefine themselves with wardrobe changes?
It is a really interesting question.
The bride who feels like a princess.
The woman who is caught by a co-worker out getting milk and is horrified someone she works with has seen her without make-up.
The way you feel in your first heels, like a real grown up woman.
The way you want to get out of those heels the day you decide you are wearing them for someone else.
Why you put on your lipstick when you have had bad news.
Why wearing flannelette pyjamas makes you sleep safe like your dad was still in the living room.
Everyone is so sure the way women should look and we try so hard to pick up on that.
What are you wearing is the first most important question.
I wonder if we are really asking, who should I be?
Or how much unlike you can I risk.
At some level I think sewers, an undoubtedly cosplayers, are exploring this - one trying to find self definition through self expression, possibly the other trying on different ways of being.
As for me right now as my own life is opening up again, post child raising, work more strategic than routine, I am wondering if it is time to dress the outside like the inside - which is something I am going to have to do myself.
Wonder what that is going to look like?
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon