Our new performance group costumes arrived on Friday, and let me tell you, it was a flurry of sparkly green lycra and gold beading the likes of which you've never seen before. We all waited, salivating, while Claire got them out of the box and distributed. Immediately, skirts were slipped on over pants and beaded bra tops right over our tee shirts. They are *fabulous*. Really beautiful. They are all an emerald green, and we each could pick our own, so they were all a bit different. The model shot of mine is this (in a slightly darker forest green):
I have to say, it's even nicer in person. He added much more beading and shiny, dangling things to the real deal. I completely love it, and it fits like a glove. The hip wrappy part of this one is the main reason I chose it - very flattering for those of us with, well, childbearing hips :)
The only issue being the tops, and the consensus that we came to is that maybe women don't have varying breast sizes in Egypt :) Because with these costumes, as with previous ones, there doesn't seem to be an accounting for different cup and back sizes. My cups seem ok, if a bit large, but the back and shoulder bands are fit for a sumo wrestler. Definitely some new hooks need to be sewn in there, and the problem is, I can't sew. So, I will have to beg the mercy of one of my sewing classmates. I think I'd like the two shoulder straps sewn into a halter, anyway. To my mind, the chances of a costume malfunction go down exponentially with that design.
So, I'll have to get that taken care of. FUN. This is my first real Egyptian costume, and I can see how their acquiring becomes quite a hard habit to break. But at $200 a pop, I suppose it's not that hard. This will be my last costume for at least the next 2 years :)