Completing the Moon Goddess costume was on my list, I had everything planned, but somehow the time space continuum warped and I ended up finishing the costume the night before the scheduled performance. Pressed for time, I took a couple of short cuts. I didn’t make the intended arm decoration, wearing crystal bracelets instead. I knew that the backdrop was black and with my dark hair and no crown I clipped a white flower in my hair. The matching white half circle veil was also made the day before the performance.
In total, I used the following materials for this costume:
- 10 meters of white chiffon – 20 euro
- one Dina bra form – 15 euro
- 2 yards of crystal rhinestone trim – 32 euro
- 1 yard of 20 cm/8″ long beaded fringe – 25 euro
- 5 teardrop crystal flatback rhinestones – 5 euro
- 0.5 yard of white felt – 3 euro
- white thread – 2 euro
- hook and eye closure – from stash (I bought a gross a couple of years ago)
All this for the grand total of 102 euro/ 110 usd.
I worked app. 35 hours on the costume, if I paid myself 10 bucks per hour the total cost for this costume is 400 euro/460 USD.
My friend Roos rented a small stage in a cultural center for her recital, with extra lights and sound equipment hired for the day. It was a warm day, but so much fun to meet up with her students and all my dance friends. The moon goddess performance is part of a story about mermaids living under the sea. Though they enjoy their tales, the moonlight draws them out of the water where they discover what it’s like to have legs. The moon in the background was placed there to support the story.
I’ll have to do some more work on this costume to finish it. For starters the arm decoration, lining the bra and belt with satin in a different color (white smudges too easily). The drape that is intended to fall over the shoulder is flapping forward. Not the effect I intended, but it works. During this performance I am four months pregnant (18 weeks).
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