Thursday, July 16, 2020

Cosplay DC Woodlawn House (December)

Back in December, I participated in one of the Cosplay DC events, which was at the Woodlawn Mansion in Virginia. It was tough coming up with what to wear because I’d have an hour drive, maybe no place to change, and no will to do complicated hair and make-up.

This mansion has some interesting history - it was originally a part of Mount Vernon (Washington’s plantation) but was subdivided in the 19th century by abolitionists to demonstrate the viability of a free labor system.

The house itself dates to 1800-05.,_Virginia)

Anyway, the docents at the house were very nice and knowledgeable.

Costume-wise, I ended up going with my Arwen Mourning gown since I hadn’t worn it in years and I had never really gotten photos of the 2nd silk velvet version of the gown. Both versions of the gown were created in the very early digital days, so I thought it would be something that would work. I drove in something I could wear under the gown, and just had to have someone help me zip it up.

I was really happy with a lot of the pics that I got - I ended up spending most of my time hanging with Mike and Gloria (because I don’t get to see them nearly enough) so I only worked with a few photographers. Though I wish I had tried to work with more, I’m glad I got to see Mike and Gloria, and I also enjoyed talking with the people working at the house. We talked about maybe doing other events there, but then, well… 2020 happened.

Anyway, here are the photos.

This was one of my fav from the shoot - I thought the harp and the curvy furniture was vaguely Elven and I like how I look (amazing!) and it shows off my costume nicely. This is by Alicyn Drew:


She also took this one:


I also loved the pics Mike/Gloria/In The Long Run Designs got of me outside!


I also broke out the crown and veil!


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Bustle Tea (November)

In November was Stephanie’s annual Pumpkin tea. This year instead of Regency, she went with Bustle era. I do not have a bustle, but I lucked out on Facebook and scored a bustle gown and an 1880s tea gown (bustle era!) that fit me perfectly. I just had to hem them a bit. This gown is specifically from the Truly Victorian pattern for an 1882 tea gown with Watteau back. I wore my cameo tiara, a necklace by Dames a la Mode that I bought to match the antique amethyst earrings I’m wearing, a big set of fake bangs (curly bangs were big, but these are a little extra), and some American Duchess heels that I love, but are just not meant for my foot shape. I changed into my Po-Zu boots after the group pic so I could actually walk. Oh, and my antique cameo bracelet.

Also the whole group used the Tintype app A LOT and it was really fun. Here are pictures!



Photo by Kat and Judy:


Gloria/In the Long Run Designs took some photos for me too!


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Gunston Hall (November)

I’m back for another one in my series “remember when we could go places and be near other people?” This also is a part of my “I’m now 7 month behind in my blogging so it’s good we haven’t done anything or gone anywhere in 3 months” series.

So in November, Natasha organized a picnic at Gunston Hall in Virginia. The weather turned out not to be very temperate, so we instead met up for tea nearby (the service was EXTREMELY slow and food so-so). The company was lovely. Then we got a tour of the Gunston Hall mansion and wandered the grounds in costume and it was really fun!

Gunston Hall was George Mason’s house and estate on the Potomac. It’s very hard to tour a southern plantation without being very aware of this fact that it was run by enslaved people. It’s maybe even more paradoxical because Mason was the other of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was the basis for the US Bill of rights. Yet Mason owned 90 enslaved people.

“One of the richest planters in Virginia, Mason spoke out against slavery, calling it “that slow Poison . . . [that] is daily contaminating the Minds & Morals of our People.” He was particularly outraged by a change in the Constitution that allowed the continued importation of slaves for an additional 20 years.

But unlike his neighbor George Washington, Mason did not free his slaves at his death.

So I’m going to leave that there.

Natasha and Jennifer in their 18th century Quidditch uniforms:



In the museum building at Gunston Hall, an American Duchess shoe in the wild:


I’m wearing my Outlander wool gown because it’s one of the warmer gowns I own and we were going to be outside. My mitts and scarf (Outlander, not period accurate) were knit by Gloria!


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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016

Years ago while attending the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party, I saw a young girl wearing an A League of Their Own costume.  Since it can be really hot in Orlando in the fall, it seemed like the perfect costume for the party.  So I filed that away for future reference, and indeed, I did make the costume and I did wear it to a MNSSHP!  I never posted the pics here, but I thought I would. We made sure to get to Caseys, the baseball themed restaurant as well.

At Trader Sam's for drinks!

At Caseys

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Carolyn's Goodbye Party (June 2019)

In June, Carolyn had one last costume party at the beautiful Capitol Hill house they had been renting for the last few years. We were very sorry to see Carolyn go, it was so nice having her in DC!

I was going to be a little late to the party, so I wanted something quick and easy to change into and that I could drive in. The theme was “any costume.” I remembered I had a vintage 20s gown that I had bought and not had a chance to wear yet, and it turned out very very well. I was really happy with the fit of the dress (I had taken it in a bit) and it was so floaty and comfortable (nor did I feel like I was damaging it by wearing it). I accessorized it with Miss L Fire shoes, a hat from Etsy, and antique necklaces. Even better, the slip came with the gown, so I didn’t have to figure out making one.

The food was lovely too:




There was an ivy wall outside that was great for photos:




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