Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Goth Challenge, 11-15

You know how it is.

Source: Evil Style

11. Is Goth a lifestyle for you?

Yes, I would consider Goth a lifestyle for me. It has influenced my music tastes, my aesthetic sense, my writing (oh, very much so), my sense of humor, and so many other parts of my life. I don’t have many Goth friends, so it’s important to me to find other places to express my Gothy tendencies. Of course, I do things that aren’t Goth, but generally there is something Goth to my daily activities. If I’m reading, it’s probably Gothic literature, horror, supernatural, fantasy, etc. If I’m exercising, I’m listening to a playlist of Sisters of Mercy (Dominion is an awesome running song) and The Cramps. If I’m trying to find a costume for some event, it’ll probably be a vampire. Hey, I’ve already got the fangs. :P

12. What's your gothic inspiration?

My mother, Jillian Venters, Robert Smith, Tim Burton, Siouxsie Sioux, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Barber, Kambriel, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, and Anne Rice. Not all of these people are goths but they all relate to the Goth subculture and they’re people that I look to when I’m in need of dark whimsy when I can’t seem to show any myself.

Source: Mosh-Pitt

13. What was your first band t-shirt?

I have never owned a band t-shirt, unfortunately. I generally like to keep my t-shirts with lower necklines, but band t-shirts have them up high and the image is so high up on the chest that if I cut the t-shirt into a scoop neck I would be cutting into the image. However, I would like to get a simple one with the Bauhaus logo on it or The Cure's "Boy's Don't Cry" cover on it if I can find one.

14. What was your best and worst DIY disaster.

I don’t think I understand having a “best DIY disaster,” maybe you mean experience? Anyway, some alterations I did to my velvet jacket with mandarin collar and frog clasps on the front would definitely be my best DIY attempt. I shortened the jacket (from mid-calf length to just at my waist), took in the sides and adjusted the shoulder pads to make them less exaggerated.

My worst DIY experience was trying to make a skirt out of velvet. Have I mentioned that I have a really tough time cutting straight lines? I think I need to sharpen my scissors or something. Anyway, it was a pretty big disaster, so now I’m using the velvet to make little things like wrist cuffs and hair bands.

Source: Fanplusfriend

15. Your favourite or most expensive item in your wardrobe.

Both of these items, funnily enough, are from Fanplusfriend. My prom dress was about $120 plus shipping, and I still have that kicking about in the back of my closet. I really do love it, especially since the brocade bodice part is separate from the ruffled underskirt so I can wear those separately. I removed the lace on the sleeves and the hem though, to make it more wearable. I had plans to cut the dress into a knee length version so I could wear it more often, but I’m not sure if I will do that now. I’m saving it for extra special dress up days. And maybe my future wedding. :P

My favorite item though is this mini bustle skirt from Fanplusfriend, I wear it with everything. It can look fancy with a petticoat or casual without, and it’s extremely flattering. I want to buy it in more colors and maybe draft a pattern to make it myself in fabrics that F+F doesn’t offer (like a 1-2 inch black/white stripe!), but I don’t know if I have the sewing skills to do that. I never wear it with the bustle up, but it’s cool that that is an option.