For Halloween, I decided to be a Victorian adventurer. As a warning, this is a pretty picture heavy post.
The bustle skirt and underskirt are made out of this insanely long, huge velvet caftan thing I found at a thrift store. Then they are sewn in different places to give it that hanging arch, Victorian dress sort of feel. The corset, gloves, hat, socks, and shoes were bought/stuff from my closet.
The bustle was the hardest part. Even though there is a tutorial on it at threadbangers, I just could not get mine to work. I ended up using the wire base and paper macheing all over it, before filling it with a ton of old newspapers in order to give it more shape. Also, driving with a bustle is ridiculous and impossible.
I couldn't decide between decorating a sword or a gun and so decided instead on a bullwhip (If it's good enough for Indiana Jones, it's good enough for me.) It's made out of rope, glue, and one of those cardboard empty toilet paper rolls.
I loved wearing the Sam Browne belt. It is so much easier to wear than a purse and I kind of wish that I could wear it all the time. It is made out of two belts parts of a cut up, leatherish sort of purse from a thrift store, and a smaller little purse that cut the straps off and attached to the side.
Most importantly, I made a map so that I could dramatically whip it out to make sure that I'm the right track. It's muslin that I doodled on with a sharpie, coffee dyed, and burnt at the edges. It's the lost Island of Anzuzien (complete with ancient temples, mysterious and deadly rivers, dinosaurs, man eating plants, volcanoes, sirens, islands full of snakes, Amazonian women warriors with a hobby of headhunting, sharks, whirlpools, deserts, etc.) discovered by Col. Augustus Meriwether in 1847.