I've had plenty of hobbies that in one way or another involve costuming and designing and fitting out of a character. I love to make clothes, though (having never attended a course, read my sewing machine manual or had some textiles jedi master knocking around) I'm not very good I still enjoy the process and even the failed experiments are fun in the doing and educational. Bog-standard clothes are all well and good to produce (though I can't say even my normal garb projects end up 'normal') but it is costuming and designing clothes for weird and wonderful purposes that get me and my sewing machine back that loving feeling. It is the process of using texture, colour, lines and motion and all the little details that go into costuming to portray a character that I find so much fun. Having said that, the only image I have of my current project is one of the many relatively plain under layers of the intended final robe.
The style of the dress/robe is for high fantasy elven nobility... type thingie. She has a back story and all the gubbins but I shan't bore you with it here. The concept sketches for the full costume will follow with more parts as they get reeled off but what with the festive season, this character concept is taking a bit of a back seat to other craft projects.
Phew, its been ages since I updated. So many things to add, but bed first.