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« on: October 24, 2009 07:46:27 PM »

Hey there craftsers, I need some help/advice. What would you think I am dressed as based on this?

Okay now that you've formed your own opinion, I am going for: Native American. Pocahontas, in fact. I based what I made off this outfit Pocahontas wears in the movie The New World:

Unfortunately, I'm afraid I just look like a cavewoman.
Any ideas on how to make it look more obvious?

Oh, and the feathers are on a solid backing, but I was going to add a tank top/ dress/something to make it less revealing, but I want to know if it's worth putting more effort into or not before I keep going.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009 07:53:58 PM »

The easiest thing to do would be to put some feathers in your hair. I know it's cliche, but it's also very recognizable.

Great work on the breastplate, btw! Amazing!
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009 08:25:12 PM »

What about some face or body Paint? Or some turquoise jewelry or at least some faux turquoise!
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009 11:36:45 PM »

That piece looks fantastic!!!
If you don't want it, post it to me. Cheesy

I think really clean, soft feminine makeup and lipgloss is the way to go. You can go the classic Indian warpaint too.
I see you've got long hair? If you make sure it's nice and conditioned and smooth, it'll look Pocahontas as opposed to frizzy wild cavewoman hair.

If the weather allows, don't add a tanktop or anything, I think it'll only detract from the overall. Unless you've got a tan/brown one that will meld well with the colour of the feathers.

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009 06:40:31 AM »

When I saw it I thought early native american. Cheesy if you pair that with a skirt that is fringed, but cut evenly and carefully rather than jagged or ripped, you will definitely not look like a cavewoman. i also agree with doing some sort of native body paint or jewelry. ps i love love love the shape and consistency in what you've got already!

« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2009 10:25:32 AM »

Just passing along a fun fact. We visited Jamestown recently and the guide told us that the Powhattan Indians (of which Pocahontas was a memeber) went naked all year round. The men wore deerskins when they hunted only. They also bathed in the river every day of the year. Now it it fairly moderate in Virginia, but still, we get winter temperatures in the 20s and teens sometimes, so that is pretty cold to go naked.

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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2009 12:53:15 PM »

Braid or wear your hair super smooth. Otherwise great work on the costume, looks amazing so far.

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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009 06:52:57 AM »

Thanks everyone!
I think I'm going to go the braided pigtails and/or feathers in the hair route, and maybe war paint, I have some native american-looking turquoise and silver jewelery but it just doesn't look right with the brown tones of the feathers and hemp, I think.
I bought some brown suede-y fabric and hopefully the rest of the outfit will come together easily!
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2009 11:53:25 AM »

Braided hair with a headband that goes around on your forehead would go well...have you considered a shell necklace, a simple shell pendant hanging from a leather string would go well, I would think, ...or maybe a braided leather choker that's not too heavy.
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2009 04:56:06 PM »

if you dont mind explaining, i'd love to know how you made that breastplate. i'm not asking for a tutorial, i'm just wondering did you glue the feathers to a band or something?
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