She chose Marie Antoinette to go as because she found that period of French history fascinating. It also gave her the ideal opportunity to showcase her sewing skills. She spent hours stitching the bodice, the sleeves, the skirt – little tiny stitches so perfectly even they could be measured by a ruler. Little tiny stitches also positioned in place ten feet of lace, seven yards of ruffles and 134 handmade rosettes. She skipped the corset, hand-sewed the chemise and bought the panniers. Even though the hoops did cause her some discomfort as she sat in her office chair dressed in a Rococo style costume for most of the day, it would be worth it. So sure, as she looked around at her colleagues’ costumes, that she would win the contest. But Vera from accounting won it for her Woman from the Future outfit she designed and made herself – it looked like a bikini made of metal with a headdress resembling something a fashionable robot might wear. In the end, when someone asked Andrea if she made her costume, she said no, it was rented.
Halloween Costume – Fragment #38