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!

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Photo by Kat and Judy:

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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. http://places.afrovirginia.org/items/show/187

So I’m going to leave that there.

Natasha and Jennifer in their 18th century Quidditch uniforms:

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

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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:

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

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Friday, January 10, 2020

2019 Costume Year in Review

(I'm behind on updating events for the second half of the year, but you'll get some of that within.)

I… pretty much did nothing this year. Ok, that’s not totally true, but going through year two of motherhood + working full time leaves not enough time for me for sewing. At least, not enough big, contiguous chunks of time. I used to take a whole free weekend (when I had them) and spend all day on a project. I don’t have that anymore. And my evenings are for relaxing and recovering, and they are just enough time to take stuff out before having to go to bed. It’s just not working for me now, but I know that will change. And someday she will want to do her own thing, and I’m going to wonder what to do with my time!

Knowing all this, last year I said, “ Since my sewing time/drive has been so low, I think my main goal for 2019 will be to have as many of my older costumes photographed as possible. At least I’ll have a good record of them that way! So it’s accomplishing something.” and “ So next year, I’d like to finish the mending pile, to include actually assembling that new regency dress. Trimming the francaise would be good. As would doing literally anything else. I clearly need a bustle gown. Other than that, I think I’ll just try to rewear stuff that never was well-photographed, and get as many pics as I can.”

Since I set the bar so very low, I can say that yes! I accomplished this! I rewore stuff, I had photographs taken of old stuff. I did not trim the francaise, though that’s not because I didn’t try. The trim I had envisioned just didn’t look right with the fabric I had, so after trying a couple different ways to pleat the fabric, I put it away for another time. So I did at least try. And I did finish my mending pile!! I did not assemble the regency dress. I took it out a few times and just wasn’t into it. And since the Pumpkin Tea this year was bustle era and not regency, I figured I can do it next time I need a new regency day dress. So I deprioritized it.

I did go to quite a few costume events, which was nice. And I bought two Victorian gowns on FB, so I finally have things to fill in the gaps where I have not had time to sew. One of them still needs hemming, though I hemmed the first one I bought.

So here was my year.

February: Victorian Tea at Dupont Hotel

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The lighting was terrible but Mike and Gloria did do some pics. I wore my old 1840s watered silk gown with an antique pelerine over it just to do something new. Here’s their pic of me:

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I participated in In the Long Run Designs New Kit-Cat Club photo project. Here was my photo from that project. I wore an older gown, but one of my favs. Red and white striped silk and a take on the famous gown from the KCI collection. I got some nice photos of it from that shoot!

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