I’ve been spending a lot of time this week working on my sketches for my next project. Because I’m almost done with Red Riding Hood, I’m itching to start something new.
I really love the Disney princess dresses. A few weeks ago, I posted my reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty’s blue dress. This costume is another reinterpretation, but it stays much closer to the original.
For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always associated Jasmine with the warrior aspects of Mulan. In a way, this is a mash-up of Jasmine’s costume and Mulan’s story.
I wanted some pretense of historical accuracy, so I researched ancient Chinese armor. I focused on Ancient China because it’s more widely researched than Ancient Arabia and their armor is more distinctive. I came up with this series of images.
I instantly fell in love with the mountain armor but it wasn’t until I saw the leather recreation that I visualized it in fabric.
I already knew I wanted to stay mostly true to Jasmine’s Disney outfit, only lengthening the bodice a bit. I also knew that I wanted the bodice to be architectural and structured, to juxtapose with the flowy pants.
By the time I saw the mountain armor, I had already purchased all my fabric for the costume, including a pin-tucked blue fabric for the bodice.
I swear it’s actually blue. Well, it’s more of a teal color–at least until the light hits it. As you can see, it’s very reflective.
Anyway, I bought the fabric specifically for it’s architectural look. After a quick consultation with my sister, I decided to leave the front of the bodice simple (just the fabric) and cover the back with the mountain armor, made of the same fabric.
The “sleeves” at the side will be made out of a super light silk.
The pants be made of this fabric.
And the whole costume will have gold accents to tie it together.
I’m really excited for this project. Unfortunately, I’m out of town next week, so I won’t be able to start it for a while. I’m also waiting for boning I ordered to arrive.
What do you think?