by Tess Adair
I like pulling costumes together. It’s the only kind of crafting I actively seek out. So it follows that Halloween has always been one of my favorite days—it’s the only one with a ready-made reason to make a costume.
I tend to put a lot of thought into my costumes. I have never worn a costume that was completely store-bought, and I have never gone as a Sexy anything. (Though this year I considered going as BDSM Captain Picard. Wasn’t sure I could pull off the bald cap.) When I was a kid, I had a penchant for choosing men to dress up as. I was Ricky Ricardo, Davey Jones, the Brave Sir Robin from Holy Grail, Alan Rickman’s character the Metatron (from Dogma,) and my favorite—Harry Potter. Oh, and of course—the year three of my female friends went as Playboy bunnies, I went as Hugh Heffner. Because of course I did.
There were women, too: Calamity Jane, the Pony Express rider and one of my earliest heroes, and Cleopatra, monarch extraordinaire. And the generic hippie, witch, fairy (who was of course from a specific Shakespeare play but was still really just a fairy.) And one Dead Cheerleader.
Two years ago, I went as Rogue from X-Men. It was the first time in years, possibly since high school, that I’d put in the effort to really do something, and it felt great. Last year, I femmed it up more than I ever have, yet still managed to keep my history of cross-dressing intact: I went as Adore Delano, my favorite drag queen.
I’ve been debating all summer what I should do this year. Then one day last week I remembered that I have this amazing wig from Etsy that I never get to wear, and it is close to perfect for an excellent character: Rose Quartz from Steven Universe.
If you’ve never watched Steven Universe—first of all, you should. But more importantly, here’s a picture of Rose Quartz:
Honestly, I’m usually not a fan of cartoons. But this one’s pretty great.
So, I have a wig that’s the perfect color. And I have a top that will make an excellent upper half to a Rose Quartz dress. To finish it up, I’ll just need to make or get a skirt, make a little star piece, and fix up the wig. (If I have time, I also wanna make a pink sword.)
I started by working on the wig.
Here’s how the wig looked before: