The next, and final (I think), Renaissance Disney princess is in the works! Corset is done, two overskirts to be made (and one embellished). I have also refurbished the Elsa costume, which took quite a beating on its first outing, so the fur and unintentionally-stabby icicles are gone and the sparkle content has been upped significantly, plus I am adding an overskirt and cape, and sparkle to the blouse. We’re heading back to the PA Renaissance Faire this Saturday, the 4th, although sadly without Tiana and Jasmine.
Very in-progress photos below:
If I had the power, I would ask all the authors in the world to do Yuletide or something like it every year. Sign up for a fic exchange and write some porn for a stranger; tailor your stories to an audience of one, let go of the long-form plots and the careful wide-spectrum appeal, embrace the joy of spending a hundred words on Carlos’s perfect hair or Buffy’s perfect shoes or Jo’s perfect knives. Remember the joy of waiting for one person to open a story and see what it contains.
Because fanfic is joy. Fanfic is fixing the things you see as broken, and patching the seams between what’s written and what is not, and giving characters who got cheated out of their happy endings another chance. There was a time, not that long ago as we measure things, where all fiction was what we would now call “fan fiction.” Shakespeare didn’t come up with most of his own plots. He wrote plays about the stories people already loved. We didn’t get a thousand versions of “Snow White” accidentally: people changed that story to suit themselves, and no one said they weren’t storytellers, or looked down on them for loving that core of red and black and white, of apples and glass and snow.”
Oh, my. We had a brilliant, brilliant day! Everyone knew who each princess was supposed to be, all the girls looked beautiful, and there were lots of little girls who wanted a hug or a picture with their favorite. We had a BLAST!
(Tagging aicosu again, just in case Sheila is curious to see how they all came out. :) Plus I’m pretty sure she used the same bodice as Tiana for her Enchantress cosplay.)
And not a moment too soon, as she’s wearing it tomorrow.
Edited to add a tag for aicosu because I thought of Sheila’s amazing Elsa cosplay the entire time I was painting this corset!