Sunday, September 25, 2016

Victorian Seaside Party

Because of our family vacation getting switched to August due to one niece becoming a teacher and getting out of school late, I had the silver lining of getting to go to Kat’s Victorian picnic, which this year had a Seaside theme. It was nautical and really fun.

At first I wasn’t sure what I had that would work, costume-wise, especially for a hot summer day. Though a bustle gown is on my someday list, my sewing time/mojo these days is at an ebb. Edwardian was on the table and I thought maybe my Jump dress, but the beading on that is so heavy that it had stretched out the fabric and I couldn’t walk in it. (I did ended up fixing it later on by moving up some of the beading but I didn’t have time for that.) Then I remembered! I had bought a Fan Plus Friend Boarding Suit, because the price (I think I even got it on sale) was so good I couldn’t pass it up.

http://fan-store.net/edwardian-era-titanic-roses-blue-white-jacket-long-skirt-travel-outfit/

All it needed was a shirt and tie, and I figured I could do without the giant hat.

Since it was going to be a million degrees, I wore a t-shirt under it, no corset, and I made a dickey out of an old thrift store men’s shirt I had originally used for my Harry Potter costume. It was really big on me anyway, so I didn’t mind sacrificing it. I didn’t have an accurate tie, so my husband gave me his darkest one, which turned out to have dinosaurs on it, but those were a nice hidden Easter egg that didn’t show. I had screen accurate earrings and a tie pin and I wore American Duchess shoes and wore my Titanic comb, and used my replica bag and I was good to go!

Since then I did find a dickey that is perfect and close to screen accurate so I will look even better next time!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019MR61OU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also bought this tie:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R3YV0VO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Kat kindly gave me use of her giant hat! And I used my little ebay Victorian-ish umbrella for the first time.

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I also did use my “Miss Fisher-esque” sunglasses that Judy found at (I think) Forever 21.

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Gloria!

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The decorations were so fab!

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Kat had beautifully puffy sleeves:

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I think this is Kat’s photo? Mike’s? I lost the photo credit on it somewhere. Let me know if it’s yours.

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Same with these:

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I love these American Duchess shoes!

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Better shot of tie pin and earrings.

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With the hat:

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Group pic with the Fabulosity Club flag!

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Full group pic:

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And croquet!

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Then this happened:

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This little girl came running over to fan Kat!

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AwesomeCon

AwesomeCon was a Con I have meant to attend multiple times. Last year health issues kept me away. This year I had organized a science panel for work, so dammit, I was going! The plan was Saturday afternoon panel, and then dinner with Mike and Gloria - and then Sunday we were going to meet up with them again, but this time Gloria and I were going to wear our matching A League of Their Own uniforms we made last year, but then I didn’t get to wear. This year went according to plan.

Here’s a few shots of me and Gloria. I have cleats, but I wasn’t going to walk around in those at a Con, so Chucks it was.

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Mystery boxes! I liked the Portal cubes.

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This was someone I had shared Holly’s Bespin pattern with! She painted hers!

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A Chris Pratt and dino. After posing, “Chris Pratt” picked up dino’s tail, and handed it to her, and she minced away after him. It was so comical. That suit must have been so hard to walk in!

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I don’t know what video game (?) these were from, but they were SO impressive.   Thanks to Ranzetta for letting me know they are from Warhammer 40 000. They were amazing costumes, and even more impressive in motion.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Outlander "The Gathering" gown

Claire's gown from the Outlander episode "The Gathering" was one of my favorite looks from Season 1.   I really wanted to make it,  but where to find the fabrics? Because the fabrics are what make the gown so unusual.

I had thought maybe Spoonflower?  But then my friend Natasha spotted a very very close, if not exact tartan. And she did find the exact flowered brocade.

Prepare for some sticker shock.

The final result:



Much much more below the cut: