Friday, December 14, 2018

Summer Shoot at the Portrait Gallery, part 3 - Dan

So, as I posted recently, we did a summer shoot at the Portrait Gallery in August. These are the photos taken by Dan Arango Photography.

I’ll also repost some of what I had said about my costume! You can skip this section if you saw my other posts. :-)

The short version: I decided to wear my Titanic Jump dress. I recently had to do repairs on this gown. I’d had it on display for a while on a dress form, and the beading on the skirt stretched the netting. It ended up being a pretty easy fix, done at the waistline. I’ll also note that I probably should have scaled the bodice to be a bit smaller and more “empire” of a cut - but I’m bigger busted than Kate Winslet and I tried to proportion the beaded bodice for me. Now I think I’d still make it slightly smaller if I did it again, but what’s done is done! I also think that the netting on the bodice has stretched slightly too under the weight of the beads so it hangs lower than it used to.

Everything on this gown was hand done. The trim, the beaded circles, the beaded bodice. The gown weighs about 6 lbs, and other than beads, it’s just cotton netting, tulle, and silk charmeuse. I did sew some organza in the hem of the skirt to help with the weight of the beads.

I have upgraded jewelry and shoes since the DragonCon wearing too - I think the necklace I actually got from my friend Stephanie’s mom. It’s not screen accurate, but it’s a much better match than what I had. The earrings are replica, bought ages ago when Jill Bailey was producing jewelry. Ditto the comb, which I know wasn’t worn with this outfit, but I had it so I was gonna use it because it’s so pretty. (You can see a close-up pic of these on this blog.

I never landed a pair of the Peterman booties, so I tend to wear my American Duchess beaded shoes, which I think work well with the outfit.

And here are Dan’s photos! I say again, modeling is hard, yo.

I love the rich reds he brought out of my costume here. I really liked Justin’s moodier feel to the photos he took - which is why it was super fun to have three distinct photographers produce photos. I really liked how different all the pics were, and how each photographer had their own sort of vision and color palette.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Summer Shoot at the Portrait Gallery, part 2 - Justin

So, as I posted recently, we did a summer shoot at the Portrait Gallery in August. These are the photos taken by Justin Schneider of Rich and Strange Photography.

I’ll also repost some of what I had said about my costume!

The short version: I decided to wear my Titanic Jump dress. I recently had to do repairs on this gown. I’d had it on display for a while on a dress form, and the beading on the skirt stretched the netting. It ended up being a pretty easy fix, done at the waistline. I’ll also note that I probably should have scaled the bodice to be a bit smaller and more “empire” of a cut - but I’m bigger busted than Kate Winslet and I tried to proportion the beaded bodice for me. Now I think I’d still make it slightly smaller if I did it again, but what’s done is done! I also think that the netting on the bodice has stretched slightly too under the weight of the beads so it hangs lower than it used to.

Everything on this gown was hand done. The trim, the beaded circles, the beaded bodice. The gown weighs about 6 lbs, and other than beads, it’s just cotton netting, tulle, and silk charmeuse. I did sew some organza in the hem of the skirt to help with the weight of the beads.

I have upgraded jewelry and shoes since the DragonCon wearing too - I think the necklace I actually got from my friend Stephanie’s mom. It’s not screen accurate, but it’s a much better match than what I had. The earrings are replica, bought ages ago when Jill Bailey was producing jewelry. Ditto the comb, which I know wasn’t worn with this outfit, but I had it so I was gonna use it because it’s so pretty. (You can see a close-up pic of these on this blog.

I never landed a pair of the Peterman booties, so I tend to wear my American Duchess beaded shoes, which I think work well with the outfit.

And here are Justin’s photos! Modeling is hard, yo. Especially when you aren’t model size and are totally self-conscious. He did a great job anyway. And I’m learning.

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Summer Shoot at the Portrait Gallery, part 1

This past August, Gloria & Mike of In the Long Run Designs, organized a costumed photoshoot at the Portrait Gallery in DC. (https://inthelongrun.wordpress.com/)

I wasn’t entirely sure what to wear partially because I’m not actively sewing much now and we’d been super busy. I wanted to do something historical because of the venue - and then I started thinking about what costumes I might want photographed. I have so many and most of them were made in the old timey DragonCon era before cosplay photoshoots were a thing. And then I hit upon my Titanic Jump dress - I spent a ton of time on it, and it’s so heavy that it’s delicate, and I don’t have good photos of it really. And it would fit the venue - AND I could transport it relatively easily since I planned on changing on site since I can’t really sit in a care in this.

I recently had to do repairs on this gown. I’d had it on display for a while on a dress form, and the beading on the skirt stretched the netting. It ended up being a pretty easy fix, done at the waistline.

I’ll also note that I probably should have scaled the bodice to be a bit smaller and more “empire” of a cut - but I’m bigger busted than Kate Winslet and I tried to proportion the beaded bodice for me. Now I think I’d still make it slightly smaller if I did it again, but what’s done is done!

Everything on this gown was hand done. The trim, the beaded circles, the beaded bodice. The gown weighs about 6 lbs, and other than beads, it’s just cotton netting, tulle, and silk charmeuse. I did sew some organza in the hem of the skirt to help with the weight of the beads.

I have upgraded jewelry and shoes since the DragonCon wearing too - I think the necklace I actually got from my friend Stephanie’s mom. It’s not screen accurate, but it’s a much better match than what I had. The earrings are replica, bought ages ago when Jill Bailey was producing jewelry. Ditto the comb, which I know wasn’t worn with this outfit, but I had it so I was gonna use it because it’s so pretty. (You can see a close-up pic of these on this blog.

I never landed a pair of the Peterman booties, so I tend to wear my American Duchess beaded shoes, which I think work well with the outfit.

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There were three photographers participating - Mike (of In the Long Run), Dan Arengo, and Justin Schneider (Rich and Strange Photography).

Probably what I’m going to do is just post my snaps from the day here and then do a separate post for each photographer, because they all had different styles and produced gorgeous pics. I’ll just post the ones of me, but there were 8 ladies being photographed - in all different styles.

Ok, here are my snaps!

Carolyn in her gorgeous natural form gown.

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I found an Art-o-mat! But the bill slot wasn’t working. :-(

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Just some time-travelers sitting around!

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A close up of the beading as I was packing it away:

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Group selfie:

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And one outtake I really like from In the Long Run Designs - Gloria fixing my hair. I think this is actually a pretty important part of good photos - often one can’t tell if a hair is out of place, or if their train isn’t straight, but it’s important to try to be aware of your costume (and if any of it is really out of place), and then to ASK. Ask someone to look at you and make sure jewelry is straight, that your hair isn’t weird, then nothing is out of place or misaligned. It’ll be a better photo - and less post-processing work for the photographer.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Georgian Picnic

Gloria and I tried to host a Georgian picnic at the start of June - “tried to” because the weather did not cooperate with us. We had planned to have it on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion in Laurel - and ended up having to move it indoors because of the forecast. This led to a mini-panic since we’d anticipated a small number of people and had thought to have it at one of our houses, but we had a ton of RSVPs on Facebook. Our place wasn’t really suited to guests what with the baby situation and with the number of people, honestly a house wasn’t going to work. So we thought maybe we’d have to try the following weekend - but Janine stepped up to the rescue. She has a terrific party room in her apartment building in Alexandria. Having it a little further south caused some of our more northern guests not to be able to come - but rescheduling it would have also caused some attrition, so we just went with it.

Despite all that, it worked out really well, and we had a lovely array of snack foods and we were able to get a group pic outside before the weather moved in. Many of us wore chemise dresses and Gloria & Mike took some lovely photos of people at the party. Since we had a ton of room, we also had non-costumed spouses and babies and at least one costumed baby! A good time was had by all!

Group photo by In the Long Run Designs:

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Victoria Day Party

Caroline held a Victoria Day party in May at her lovely Capitol Hill house. I was a bit late to it and as always I haven’t had sewing time and my Victorian wardrobe is not as deep as my 18th century one is. But I threw on my plaid 1840s and a tiara. I didn’t have time for fancy hair and make-up so I don’t have a ton of pics of me, but everyone else looked awesome. :-) Also, we had sparklers! And two cute kids, a boy and a girl, were riding bikes in laps around the block over and over again. And IIRC, the girl had a supergirl shirt? Anyway, every time they went through our sparklers, we cheered for supergirl. It was a really fun night (Caroline throws a great party!) and I’m glad I was able to go, even if my Victorian costume game is somewhat weak. :-)

Here’s Chelsea in her “Hufflebustle.”

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With Jess:

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And possibly my fav pic from the night. Taylor’s expression in the back is the best.

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Fort Fred 2018

I'm super behind on posts, so here come a bunch of them.

We actually made it to Fort Fred this year and it was neither too hot (last year) nor too cold. Nor was I pregnant! So I wore a costume - an older one, that I hadn’t worn in ages - and I don’t think my stays were quite tight enough so I had gapping issues, but, well, I got dressed in a parking lot, so…. As always it was awesome seeing friends. And we got to bring Elena!

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Pics by In The Long Run Designs: inthelongrun.wordpress.com/

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My pics:

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I got this one of Ashley taking a “ride.”

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Shoe shot! Rough terrain, and also not super warm, so I wore sneakers - and jeans. I mean, I did change in a parking lot.

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Pic by In The Long Run Designs: inthelongrun.wordpress.com/

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Rebecca also brought her baby - who is 2 months younger than mine. We were two of the four pregnant ladies at last year’s pumpkin tea.

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Also for the first time we bought pastries from the bakery there - the things are cooked in a big open oven. We got ham and cheese croissants that were so good, I have no pictures, we gobbled them down.

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