Sometimes I find myself in a place where I need an escape or need to feel like I’ve completed something. This particular costume is a result from a post-surgery staph infection. Long story short, I had sinus surgery in March of 2011 (which went well) and developed a staph infection shortly after, resulting in two months of anti-biotics and codeine. It also resulted in a bit of depression and frustration because I was doing everything I was told to do but nothing was fixing the infection. Thankfully, I wasn’t at a full time job at that time but the whole infection thing was a total trip and that I’d rather not repeat.
This brings me to the waitress costume – from the Stargate SG-1 episode ‘Memento Mori.’ Vala has lost her memory and ended up at Sol’s diner, literally working for her dinner.
Mom had taken me on a ‘field trip’ to get my mind off things and I found a printed fabric that very much reminded me of this apron print, no, it’s not exact but a pretty good find for an off the rack print at Wal-Mart. So for the first time in a month, I was getting inspired and excited about something. We got home and I got to work and completed this in a few days. Great way to take my mind of things.
This, of course, is version 1.0. Ryan and I have costume cards with fabric swatches for this costume (cards are probably still in storage from our move) but I found some fabrics that were pretty close and went for it knowing I can and will update later. Aside from the fact my hair needs more ‘poof’ and I didn’t put the pocket on the apron in this picture – (I didn’t know it was there until after I’d sewn it! Simple addition.) it’s pretty decent.
To do this, I used a shirt pattern and added a skirt to it. Nothing fancy. However I did see that Simplicity (I think) has come out with an old school waitress costume pattern that would make an awesome base for this garment. When I re-do it, that’s probably what I will use with some adjustments to the skirt – a little less work!
It’s fun, and I haven’t worn it outside of the house yet. I’m planning on bringing it to Farpoint in a few weeks for its debut. Most people won’t have a clue what it is, but it’ll still be fun.