rags. The picture to the left shows the front, the picture to the
right shows the back.
This costume is made from
suedette material. I chose this because it is relatively cheap,
extremely tough and doesn't fray. The fact it doesn't fray means
that I could hack it up as much as I liked and the raggedy edges
would hold without bits dropping off.
The costume is in two pieces:
a full length tunic in dark brown and a poncho in tan suedette
over the top. A jute rope belt cinches the waist. The belt is
finished with two wooden beads.
The Tunic is made from a
single piece of fabric folded over with a hole cut in it for the
head. Gaps have been left for the arms and the seams at the sides
have been crudely stiched together with jute twine. The side edges
and hem have been shredded with a pair of scissors. The poncho was
made in much the same way, but without any stitching.
Detail of the costume.
The picture on the left shows the paint job, the image on the right
shows the patch.
In order to make the costume look filthy,
it was dabbed with an almost dry sponge with dark green acrylic
paint in fabric medium. The lighter patches were then spray painted
on using metallic gold paint. Metallic gold on brown fabric is very
good at making it look dirty if done sparingly enough! Because the
poncho was a lighter colour fabric, I used a dark brown acrylic
instead of gold to make it look filthy.
To finish it off, I added a patch of the
orange duchess satin used for the red dress, wonder-webbed it in
place and then crudely stitched it with jute for "decoration".