So in the middle of packing and prepping for a kayaking event that my family caters and helps organize, I’ve had some time to step back and consider life in the next few years, specifically relating to hobbies.
The costumer world seems to be inhabited largely by three general groups of people.
Firstly, we have those who are single ladies or married/cohabitating ladies with no kids. These tend to be those who purely costume or reenact with their parents/siblings/friends. Costuming is a solo hobby – there is no spouse present or the spouse does not participate. While there can be a strong emphasis on history, some of this seems to tend towards and adult version of dress-up. I’ll call this the Pretty Pretty Princess Phenomenon.
The second group are those who are married, with children, and reenact as a family. I’ll call these the Fantastically Able Reenacting Families (or FARF). They tend to come from a very different slice of society than the PPPPs – tending to be more conservative, evangelical Christians or Mormons – and inhabit certain geographic areas, centering around places where you can reenact.
Thirdly, we have the vintage ladies – henceforth known as Fabulous Vintage Lifestyle Ladies (or FVLL). Perfectly set hair, red lipstick, fully fashioned stockings and a longing for the mid decades of the 20th century dominate here. These ladies project a life dominated by appearance. Some sew a lot, some don’t. Some are into the whole lifestyle, some aren’t.
Frankly, I don’t fit into any if these categories. I’m not judging those who might fit under the Pretty Pretty Princess Phenomenon label. It’s really fun! Nor am I against the FARFs. Doing things together like that is great! I’m just not there right now.