I have so many talented friends who do costuming and sewing and crafting and amazingly creative things, most of which turn out fantastically. steampunkhat1

I am not necessarily one of those people. But I’ve been inspired by them to give it a try. This first effort is a steampunk chapeau for my upcoming writer’s conference. They have a “costume-optional” banquet evening. Last time, I “opted” to wear a t-shirt and jeans, my comfort zone. I haven’t dressed up since 2nd grade (when I went to a Halloween party as a Triceratops and everyone thought I was a rhinoceros). This year marks my foray into attempting a costume. Mind you, the main costume has been compiled from thrift stores. The only two pieces that aren’t second-hand are my headpieces. I use the plural there because I have a backup. (Because, let’s be honest, it’s good to have options when you don’t have a clue what you’re doing.)

If this hat (which was purchased for me by my amazing brother) doesn’t work out, aka, stay on my head, which I’m doubting it will, then I also have ordered a pair of goggles off of Etsy (a gift from my differently-but-equally amazing husband). The outfit will mirror different types of steampunk and Victorian styles. I hope.

I’m attempting to keep in mind this gem,

Never let a trend get in the way of creating a great outfit for yourself.

Credit: brainyquote.com

I’m a perfectionist at heart, and if you showed me a picture of me, I could easily point out all the flaws, only noticeable by me.  By undertaking this project, and then actually displaying it in front of real people, it feels like I’m just asking for criticism, because even after all the research I’ve done, it’s not going to be “right.”  But it won’t be “right” because I’m at the mercy of thrift stores. I don’t have a sewing machine, so it will be what it will be. And what it will be is fun. Just because it isn’t “right” doesn’t mean it won’t be great.

Is there something you’ve been putting off doing or sharing because of its imperfection? I hope you’ll join me in an attempt to have fun, and be brave enough to lack perfection.

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