A West Kingdom event just before the start of Court, Summer 2001.
I'm standing, wearing a sort of Persian outfit, and talking with my friend Mistress Catherine Lorraine who is seated. The site (Fort Ord, near Monterey CA) is very windy, so i've tied my head veil on tightly. Normally, i wear it loose, about halfway back on my head, held by the fillet you see. But in this case, if i'd done that, it would have blown off.
The blue and yellow coat is shorter than I'd like it The damask fabric had borders on both selveges and it was narrow to begin with, so there wasn't quite enough of it to make a proper coat. It's a silky synthetic. I prefer natural fabrics, but an affordable one that looks Persian is hard to find. The coat sleeves, longer than the hem of the coat, have slits in the upper arms through which i've put my arms. The cuffs are just wide enough for me to put my hands through, so i can wear them like "normal" sleeves if i'm cold.
College of St. Katherine feast, Spring 2003.
My mouth looks funny, 'cuz i'm in the midst of saying something.
I'm wearing my prototype Ottoman outfit. I'm happy with the fabric of my kaftan - although i think it looks more Persian than Ottoman. After i washed it, it was still too stiff to make into an entari, so it's a kaftan, lined with poison green, which you can see under the short sleeves. Under it is a golden damask chirka, a short tight jacket, lined with red and with red "frog" fasteners. You can see a bit of the sleeve of my first gomlek dangling out of the long tight chirka sleeve - my new gomlek has longer fuller sleeves.
I have butt length hair, but i'm not good at doing anything with it. Also, as you can see, i was hat challanged...