Handmade stretch suede dress with hand tied fringe cording. The dress is based on a sweetheart neckline strapless dress that I modified to have a single shoulder and triangle hem. I kept the proportions as true to the film as possible - thigh-high slit and all! Construction details here.
The belt was simply a piece of brown faux-suede cut to the proper shape, with a lace up back so I could get it on and off. I thought about attaching it to the dress so it wouldn't slide around, but figured I would just let it be.
Handmade necklace, made of sculpy. I shaped the necklace first, baked it, then cut it into beads. I painted the lighter beads with acrylic paint and strung the whole thing on hemp cord. Construction details here.
I experimented with a few different approaches to the tattoo. I read about mixing pigments with moisturizer to make a body paint, but I found this wasn't as bold of color, was too thick to apply with great precision and it didn't dry. I also tried using cheap facepaint sticks, which also weren't satisfactory. In the end I simply used red and yellow food coloring and painted the tattoo on with a paint brush. I think I used two drops of red and three drops of yellow. I let it air dry for ten minutes then blotted it with tissue until the tissue came off (mostly) clean. It barely rubbed off all night - there was a little pinkish tinge on the dress by the tattoo and on the lining of my cloak, but not noticeable amounts. It washed right off with soap and water when I showered in the morning. I am very pleased with how using food coloring worked. Here it is near the end of the night:
Now, since I live in a colder environment I can't just prance around barefoot and bare-shouldered all night. (Maybe if I went to a club or something, but that's not my scene). I also wanted my shoes and sweater to fit with the costume. I found some cute moccasin booties at WalMart for $12:
And I made a cloak of "animal skins" (scraps of faux suede and faux fur I had in my scrap bin) to wear over my shoulders. The cloak kept me nice and warm - I wasn't cold at all during the night - and fit the costume pretty well. I left the bottom hem open out of laziness and because I kind of liked the tattered bits hanging down.
I'm really glad I finally did Pocahontas. I put a lot of effort into the costume and really like how it turned out - even If I didn't go anywhere special, hehe. It'll be nice to have around if I ever need a costume for a con or something. I'd be proud to wear it again!