For New Years I went to a party themed "The Rootin' Tootin' West". I thought about being a cowboy, but a wise friend told me that there was a better way to dress.
I am on the right.
The parts I made/reconstructed were:
The headband was made from an old belt that I found buried in my room.
The overskirt used to be a pair of leather short shorts. I sewed shut the pockets, straightened out the inseam, trimmed back the lining and then cut the fringe. I think it looks much better as a shirt.
I also made my armband out of a large chunk of inseam leather from the short shorts.
The face painting was based on some other costume images I found on the web, especially this one:http://www.properperiodproductions.com/judi_flowers_1600s.php
PS. Sorry for poor picture quality. Most of my pictures from that night are silly and not useful for seeing my costume.
One of the funnest parts was when a friend and I ran into two "Native American" guys. She asked them for a picture and they were kind enough to oblige. They had made themselves a canoe, but unfortunately it broke.
In the end I was very glad to have gone as a Native American. There were way too many cowboys.
PS. If you are Native American, please forgive the inaccuracies in costuming and mannerisms. We really were trying, but could have probably benefited from a little more cultural knowledge.