1. What is your dirty little secret when it comes to costume construction?
I'm inconsistent; I get really uptight about certain aspects of historical accuracy, like natural fibers and proper cut, but then I have no problem using poly-blend thread and zig-zagging seam allowances.
2. What are you the most proud of when it comes to your costume construction?
My machined flat-felled seams. I do the folds by hand (I don't have a flat-felling foot) which David Page Coffin says to not even think about doing, but I think they come out really smooth.
3. Which of your costumes do you think you look the best in?
My blue silk 1870s wedding dress. Although this may just be because in all the photos, I've got that "Hooray! It's my wedding day!" look on my face.
4. What style of costume would you never be caught dead in?
Late 1890s evening wear with the S-curve corset, poofy pigeon front, and giant puff sleeves.
5. What was your all-time favorite Halloween costume?
Pippi Longstocking. I was 6 or 7, and I begged my mother to dress me up as Pippi. She wondered why I couldn't just be something easy like a witch (or actually, anything that could be comepletely bought in a store). It didn't end up being very much like I wanted it, but I was really happy to get to be Pippi anyway.
6. If time/money/skill was no object, what would you be for Halloween this year?
People giving me funny looks is more of an obstacle. If that were irrelevant, I'd probably want to do another Pippi Longstocking. But you know, it's kind of hard to dress up as an 8 year old girl without provoking comment.
7. Which is more important to you in a costume - style, or comfort?
To make a costume really work, both aspects must be present. I know that's avoiding the question, but if a costume is stylish and uncomfortable or comfy and dumpy, I wouldn't want to wear it.
8. What comfort do you refuse to give up when wearing a costume?
Wearing my glasses. They can sometimes look really wrong, but I am quite blind without them and I don't like contact lenses. I do plan to get my 1860s repro frames fitted with lenses at some point, so that takes care of one era. It's my ren fest stuff that just has to suffer.
9. Where is the strangest place you've ever worn a costume?
A movie screening of a friend of a friend's. I think he was a film student; he and some friends made this cheesy, low-budget spy/ninja film and screened it at the college. The flyer said formal dress encouraged, so I wore an 1880s ball dress.
10. If you see a non-costuming friend or coworker while you are in costume, would you go say "Hi!" or run and hide?
If I saw someone I would say hi to while in plain clothes, I would certainly say hi while in costume, and the same goes for people I would rather not talk to.