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Port Townsend was lovely! I didn't wind up finishing 100%, but I got about 98.5% done, so I was still happy. I didn't make the belt, for example, but I made the bow that goes on the belt, so I just pinned that onto my skirt waistband. And I pinned my petticoat closed instead of having hooks and eyes, and wound up sewing on the buttons to the plaid dress in my hotel room on Saturday night. But everything else was done, and I even had bonnets/hats for both new looks! I'm also super pleased with how the Fairy Godmother dress came out, and I can't wait to wear it again. 

Here's a few bonus pictures. I'm still working on editing all the pictures, but they'll be up on Facebook eventually. 

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Gah! I only have one day left! Hats may not happen. I'm getting really nervous...

I got home at about 5pm yesterday, and other than a break for dinner, I pretty much sewed until 10:30, when I forced myself to stop so that I could at least get about 6.5 hrs of sleep. I still have so much to do, though! 

You can check out a new pic on my instagram:

Still to do:
  • Stitch down 6" or so of net trim to FG evening bodice
  • Put 10 bars on the FG evening bodice closure
  • Make and attach the 3 bows that go on the back of the skirt. Actually, I have to cut out half the pieces for these, too.
  • Stitch together/attach the 2 bows that go on the front of the skirt, the 2 bows on the day bodice, and the 1 bow on the evening bodice
  • Bustle tapes for FG overskirt
  • Make a belt for FG including making 1 bow
  • Add decorative buttons to the front of the plaid skirt
  • Decorate a hat to wear with the plaid bustle outfit
  • Re-decorate my old candy bustle hat to wear with FG day bodice
  • If time, make two pink bows to put on shoe clips for Amelie pumps
  • If time, add a dust ruffle (purchased from aliexpress) to back of hem of FG skirt. 
  • Try everything on, do laundry, and pack!
I honestly don't think I'm going to be able to finish that all tonight, and I'm hoping to leave at about 10am tomorrow... At the very least, I need to do the closures, stitch together all the bows (I can always pin them in place if need be), add the bustle tapes for the FG skirt, and add the buttons to the plaid skirt. If I run out of time to do hats, I can always just go hatless, and I suppose I can go without the belt, too. And I guess if there's small hand-sewing things to do, I could do them Friday night once I get there. I just hate sewing at events.
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On Saturday, a group of my friends and I attended the Geeks Who Drink "When You Wish Upon a Bar" Disney quiz in Tacoma. Three of us dressed up, and I pulled out Jane to wear. I haven't worn this costume in years (I think the last time was for Emerald City ComiCon in March 2014), and the funny thing about returning to old costumes is that all of a sudden all the problems seem to be much more obvious. Like how stupidly large and ill-fitting that collar is, and the fact that once that hugely wide but very short bustle collapses, it doesn't want to un-collapse. Nevertheless, I still won the costume contest! And better yet, we won 1st place in the quiz, too!

That said, this was the first time that we had attended the quiz in Tacoma instead of Seattle, and we're going to stick with Seattle in the future. There were hardly any teams in Tacoma, so the prize money was really low, and it turns out that our score was high enough that we would have won in Seattle as well. I wish these themed quizzes came up more than once every 1-1.5 or so years, because they're so much fun! And now we can say we are both the Harry Potter and Disney champions. :)

Anyway, here's a few pictures!

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Saturday was the Snoqualmie Railroad Days event that I was making the new teens-era dress for. I did finish my dress, though I wound up staying up to 2am the night before in order to finish it! Luckily, I was aiming to be at the event at 11, and it was only 35 mins away, so I still got some sleep. When I arrived there, I wound up being pulled into the fashion show that some of my friends were participating in, because one of their teens-era models had cancelled. So I'm glad I wore the new dress!

Because we participated in the show, the event organizers gave us free tickets for the train ride, and that was neat. We got to ride in a restored car from 1912, which was very fitting, and it was lovely inside. The train ride also included a stop at their train shed, where you can look at other engines and cars that are being restored - I found the most interesting one to be a baptist church on rails, since I had never seen anything like that before. 

After the train ride, we had ice cream at an old ice cream parlour, and checked out a couple history booths. Then we attempted to head to the car, and got stopped by two different photographers asking if we could take a couple pictures with them - of course, the first one didn't tell us he was going to take 20 minutes! Hopefully they'll at least email me the pictures they took.  

Anyway, it was mostly a town festival, and the only people dressed up were those of us in the fashion show, plus 2-3 people working the history booths, but at least riding the train in costume was fun. I've been wanting to do that for a while. My dress turned out to be very comfortable, era-appropriate, and easy to wear, though I do wish I had had time to procure non-poly lace, since I don't love the look. But after all the alterations I mentioned in my previous post, it was quite an easy dress to make, even though I added extra embellishments.

Here's some pictures! The rest of them are on Facebook. 

(We were recreating the picture above us.)

That was my last historical event this month, though next Saturday, I'll be participating in the Geeks Who Drink Disney quiz, and I plan to wear my Jane bustle outfit. I hope to start sewing tomorrow, but next up will be a present for someone, and doing lots of mending of costumes that I've been putting off for quite a while. Then probably a dapper dress out of the awesome villains fabric I found at Joanns, and then I should probably figure out what I'm making for Halloween. And or start new 18th c stays or put together the s-bend corset whose mockup I had forgotten that I already cut out!
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This month is apparently my costume event month, since every weekend has/will involve costumes. (CoCo, then the Ren Faire, then the NW Colonial Festival, plus next week is Snoqualmie Railroad Days, followed by a costume contest at Disney Trivia). 

So anyway, on Saturday I went to the NW Colonial Festival. Despite the pouring rain that started right after we arrived, it was wonderful! (and the rain did mostly clear up). It's such a gorgeous location, on the grounds of an inn designed to look like Mount Vernon, with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on one side, and the Olympic mountains on the other. I haven't done 18th c in ages, so I was actually glad for the colder, wetter weather, because it meant I could wear my riding habit again. I wore it over my quilted petticoat, and I did not regret that decision. I did get warm when the sun peaked out, but it kept me so nice and dry when it was raining - none of the rain got through to me at all! Because of the rain, I decided not to wear the velvet 1780s-style hat I made to go with it originally, and instead, decided to wire the brim of a black wool hat I had in the stash, and make a tricorn. It would have looked much better with feathers, but not in the rain, so I decorated it with a simple ribbon cockade. It's the least favorite part of my outfit, but I think it looked okay. 

At the event, there was a decent sized encampment (way bigger than when I was there in 2015!), presentations and some items for sale from the DAR (I bought a nice cap for $15), some other presentations from reenactors, a tea on the sun porch of the inn, and a battle on the reproduction Lexington and Concord bridge. 

Anyway, here's what you want - pictures! I'll have the rest of the pictures up on Facebook within the next few days. Naturally, I took a ton. 

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I managed to finish everything, and wore it all this last weekend at the Victorian Festival. I wore my old plaid 1890s on Friday evening (no pictures of that, because I've worn it so many times), wore the 1830s during the day on Saturday, brought out last year's turquoise gala gown on Saturday night, and wore my new burgundy/mauve stripey bustle on Sunday. Unfortunately, the festival was really not great this year, but we've all kind of committed to attempting to make it better next year. If that fails, then I might not go again. 

Saturday, I attended a lecture on the history of the buildings in Port Townsend, wandered around the shops for a while, went to tea, and participated in the fashion show while wearing the 1830s outfit. I actually did wind up sewing on the bit of lace around the neckline, but even better, I was loaned a lovely antique piece of lace to fill in the neckline, which went perfectly! And the bonnet wound up being pretty perfect, too. Then I changed to the gala dress, went to dinner, and to the dance. The ball sucked this year, so I literally danced half of two dances before someone ripped out 5" of hem ruffle, and then it put me in a mood. I stayed maybe 30+ mins more before calling it a night. Sunday was better - I donned my new dress and we went out to Fort Worden to take pictures - it's my favorite backdrop for pictures, since it has lovely old buildings and goes out to a point with a beach on either side. We were only there for a bit, but it definitely made the weekend end on a much better note. 

Anyway, here's what you really want - pictures!

If you would like to view the rest of my pictures, please click here.
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On Saturday, January 13th, a few of us from the Puget Sound Historical Costumers Guild (Agnes, Mara, DodiRose, and myself) met up to visit the corset exhibit at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn and go to tea in Sumner. The corset exhibit was a little disappointing (mostly because I think it perpetuates a lot of the unfortunate corset myths), but we also took pictures in the area of the museum that has an old town setup. I wore my plaid 1890s dress. I should probably make another day dress of this era, since I feel like I wear this one so often. 

Here's a few of the pictures, and the rest can be found here

I sewed!

Nov. 7th, 2017 07:58 am
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Actually, I've been doing a fair bit of sewing. I have about 2/3 of the trim on the commission at this point, and I managed to make myself a new spencer after all!

Last Sunday, the night before I left on a work trip for Las Vegas, I mocked up a sleeveless spencer (based on the pattern I used for the back and under-part of my bib-front dress, with the front altered into more of a deep v). Then I cut it out of some red velvet I had laying around, and flatlined it with some leftover ivory silk. I sewed the five pieces together by machine, and sewed one side of the binding down around all the edges. Then I threw it, some trim, and my handsewing kit in my bag for Vegas. I whipped all the bias down, and added trim around the neckline, and was able to wear it Sunday night for the Regency ball!

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Port Townsend was lovely. I got up there about 3:30 on Friday, and met up with Val at the hotel. We went out to the antique stores in our muggle-wear, and though I was tempted by a ton, I was good and only bought a $5 vintage white eyelet apron. Then I changed into my skating dress, and we joined Mara for dinner.

Saturday, I wore my green wool winter dress. Val and I joined [ profile] vanessa_lynne and her husband to walk around town for a bit before tea, meeting up with Mara partway through. After tea, I visited the Jefferson County Museum, and then took part in the fashion show along with the other ladies (and a few gents). I changed for the ball, and we all went out to a tasty dinner before heading to the ball. The dancing was fun, and Mara made a good partner. We also met a couple other local ladies in beautiful dresses who we have hopefully now recruited to come to our events. It's always nice to meet well-dressed people!

On Sunday, I wore my skating outfit again, and Val and I took a tour of some of the historic buildings downtown. Honestly, visiting the Hastings building may have been the highlight of the weekend. It was built in 1889 as an office building, and was used for housing during WWII. Since then, the upper floors have been mostly vacant, though the owners are hoping to eventually open it as a hotel. It was absolutely fascinating to see. I've included a couple pictures here, but most can be found in my facebook album.

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I wore the giant turquoise ballgown on Saturday night for the Victorian Festival ball in Port Townsend. Overall, it was a success, but it definitely wasn't perfect.

For one thing, I'm really glad I made a modesty panel - I don't know if my corset was not laced down enough or what, but I had about .5" gap in most of the lacing. And then the weirdest thing is that from the waist down, it couldn't lace closed at all. I think there was a good 2" open at the very bottom. I'm not sure why that is - I took the pattern from my old ballgown, which is worn over the same cage crinoline (though I was wearing it with one less petticoat). Anyway, I don't really think there's any way to fix that, even for version 2, but if anyone has any suggestions, please send them my way!

The only other weird thing was that the top of the bodice kept trying to ride down in front. I know it wasn't the waist shifting, and I had bones in the CF that went up to the bottom of the bust, but above that, the bodice wanted to scrunch down, which showed my chemise a little on top. Again, not sure how to fix that. The scrunching will be hidden by the bertha, and I do plan to add more bones in the seam allowances, but I don't think that will solve it riding down.

Other than that, though, I loved it. It was very comfortable, and despite the small sweep in back, it was just fine to dance in. I'm excited to see what all version 2 will hold, though I'm probably going to take a small break, and make Designer Disney Snow White before I go back to it.

Here's pics!

I made it!

Jan. 21st, 2017 07:44 am
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I'm attempting to post from my phone, so I'm not sure if this will work. I'll do a full wrap-up when I get home.

I did finish the skating dress about 1:30am on Thurs morning, packed after work, dyed my hair after rehearsal, and sewed the 17 buttons on my quilted petticoat at the airport. I managed to sleep a couple hours on the plane, and a couple more once I got to Elizabeth's house, so I wasn't completely dead yesterday.

We went out to lunch, and then to the Hill House, and took lots of pictures. Here's a couple for now - the rest are on my Facebook. It's so fun so far, but I wish you all were here, too!

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The basically finished green wool bustle gown was worn yesterday for our outing to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. It was so much fun to wear, and I got so many complements! It was also pretty warm, which is good. We had to stand outside in line for an hour in probably mid-to-high-30s before we could get into the exhibit, and though my toes were freezing (even in my carriage boots), my arms only started to get cold in the last 10-15 minutes, and the rest of me stayed nice and warm. That should be good for MN, because if the weather prediction stays true, it should be the same temperature there. Also, it turned out the quilted petticoat was the perfect body for this dress. I wore it over the lobstertail and a bum pad, and didn't need any other petticoats.

And now what you've really been waiting for - pictures!

They had this 2x scale dining set, which was very fun to try to sit on!

There was also a corner mirror, which we naturally stopped to take lots of pictures in.

There's just a couple things I still need to do to the dress. Someone stepped on my skirt, even though it was bustled up, and one of the bustle ties tore out (luckily, I don't think it tore the fabric at all). So I have to fix that. Also, while I decided I like it better without any additional trim on the dickey, I've decided to add the three large buttons on either side of the overskirt (on the dressform, that area was hidden by the bows, so I didn't bother, but there's room for them when I wear it). And if I'm able to acquire more of the green velvet trim, I'm going to add it to the sleeves. But even if I can get more of it, it won't be before the Little House Party. So luckily, there's not much left to do for now!
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Well, we didn't win the Disney Trivia night, but we had a lot of fun, and I did win the costume contest! Surprisingly enough, I think it's the first time I've ever actually won a costume contest, so that was nice. I'm also debating about switching out my 1912 dinner dress in my CoCo lineup for Rapunzel, instead. The real issue is transporting that wig when I already have so many other costumes to pack!

Here's a bad pic from the event:

Oh, and I did no sewing today. I better get on that tomorrow! 
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The event today was lovely. There wound up being seven of us in total, which is a great turnout for an event planned one week prior! We all walked around the fort for a while, looking in all the buildings and exhibits. Two of the buildings date to the 1850s - I think one of them is supposed to be the oldest wooden structure in WA. We took some nice group shots, and then we headed right outside the fort to a picnic area, and had a lovely lunch!

Here's some pictures:

I also started row two tonight on my skirt. I'm about 1/4 of the way done with it at this point. It's going a little slower than I hoped it would - I was really aiming for 1/3 done, but I absolutely love how it's looking.
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I finished the first row!!!

Only four more to go. On the skirt. Not to mention the rest of everything. *Sigh*

But honestly, I think the binding is the hardest part, and it is considerably smaller on the overskirt than on here. (Only 21 points instead of 31!)

Anyway, we went to see Love and Friendship yesterday, and it was mostly wonderful. The men's costumes were pretty darn perfect (and omg at one point I was so distracted by how freaking amazing the portrait buttons on his jacket were that I don't think I paid attention to that scene). The women's costumes were mostly good, with the exception of most of Chloe Sevigny's (weird home dec size stripes, and oddly cut bodices), and Kate Bekinsale's. Hers were the real problem. They started out pretty good, but got worse and worse as the movie progressed. I also think she stopped wearing stays partway through, because they started fitting her very weirdly. But they also started to totally lose era-appropriate fabrics (like one dress with a tulle overlay), and era-appropriate shapes (one looked like a bad Simplicity Victorian bodice). On the other hand, most of the outfits the more minor characters were wearing were lovely!

There were a few weird issues that someone should have caught, though. In the opening sequence, they do a closeup of each person, with their character name and a brief description. On one lady, her shoulder was worn to the point of being threadbare. Later in the film, Chloe Sevigny is walking outside, wearing a petticoat with a ruffle at the hem, but the ruffle had torn off the hem for at least 1.5" along the front of the skirt. And then as Reginald DeCourcy is standing in the doorway of his bedroom partway through the movie, there is what looked like an Ackerman's Regency fashion plate from what looked like the 1810s behind him on the wall. Whoops!

But overall, it was very funny, most of the costumes were great, and I highly recommend it!

Tomorrow we're having a Victorian day at Fort Nisqually. And I will be wearing the same fabric I was yesterday for the 18th c event. I guess that's the problem with making summer dresses out of the same fabric. ;)
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I had so much fun this weekend at my Harry Potter marathon. I had one friend stick it out with me the entire time, which was awesome, and three others (inlcuding [ profile] vanessa_lynne) came for some but not all of the movies. We started about 9:30am yesterday, went to around midnight, and then started again around 11:30ish today and finished around 3pm. 19.5 hours of Harry Potter total!

We crafted during the first few movies, making a Ravenclaw banner, chocolate frog boxes (my friend made chocolate frogs that we stuck in the boxes!), and Bertie Botts boxes (which we filled with regular jelly beans). We also built a lego fortress. And we had a ton of awesome food, inlcuding butterbeer cupcakes, regular butterbeer, alcoholic butterbeer, and tea, of course. :) I also made Ryder a 3 minute Dobby costume, which was adorable!

Here's some pictures.

Tea day 1, and tea day 2

We brought out the diadem for Deathly Hallows, and Ryder wore his costume both days.

His costume didn't phase him at all. And Laura and I both wore Ravenclaw uniforms on day 1. On day 2, I wore my new HP skirt.

My friend Laura, and her awesome chocolate frogs!

Our banner craft, and the crafts in progress

And then tonight I dyed my hair for the show (it's so dark brown it's almost black, which is both exciting and scary), and I'm about to go finish the last 20-30 mins of sewing on Princess Sofia. 
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My bf and I had a lovely pre-birthday weekend at the Victorian Festival in Port Townsend this year! We drove out Friday, and arrived around 4pm, changed, and headed out to Fort Worden. We had so much fun at the fort last year that we definitely wanted to enjoy the beautiful beach again. I wore my new sheer dress, and he wore his new Civil War Signal Corps uniform. We played around at the beach for a while, taking lots of pictures of each other, and then headed back into town for the end of the shanty singalong.

On Saturday, I wore my cream and green bustle gown. I did a little browsing, then Sean and I attended Val's lecture on how to wear watches, which was super informative! I'm glad I caught it here, since I missed it at CoCo last year. I attended another lecture, too, then met up with DodiRose, and we did a little shopping before I headed back to grab my things for the fashion show. It was pretty fun being in the show this year, mostly because I got to hang out backstage and chat with friends most of the time. I wore the green and cream, then changed into my new black bustle gown for the second half. Afterwards, we joined up with DodiRose again, and she and Sean and I all went out to dinner before heading to the ball. The ball was so much fun this year! Good dancing, and again, lots of time to socialize. I think we were the last table to head out at the end of the night.

Today, I wore the plaid 1890s dress, though by the end of the day, I had had to remove all three of my taller feathers because of the wind! We did a little more shopping with [ profile] vanessa_lynne and her fiance earlier in the day, then many of us went out to tea at the Commander's Beach House. It was a lovely time, and I really hope this event continues next year!

Pictures under the cut )

The rest of the pictures can be found on my facebook page:
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My bf and I went to the SITU Black and White ball on Saturday afternoon. It was... interesting. The dancing was almost nonexistant, which was quite disappointing, and the food was definitely lackluster. Still it was nice to dress up and see friends, like [ profile] vanessa_lynne. I got lots of complements on my dress. I did my hair at home, which fit nicely in the car, and then got dressed at the ball.

Here are a few pictures! It doesn't look like a garbage bag anymore!

I'm really looking forward to wearing this in Port Townsend next month, when I actually get to dance!


Dec. 9th, 2015 11:52 pm
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My Titanic/Downton Abbey dress was finished in plenty of time. Okay, maybe not plenty, but I finished it last night without stressing or staying up too late. So I call that a win. I also lucked out, and was able to have help doing up the 5 or 6 h&e that I couldn't reach in the back. That said, unfortunately, all the hooks with thread bars on the chiffon part of my bodice wound up coming undone by the end of the event, when we were taking all the pictures. Oh well. Luckily, my phone takes such blurry pictures that you can hardly tell in the photos! It was fun getting to wear so much sparkly jewelry, and I liked the fit of the bodice enough that I decided not to wear the sash with it. I'm waiting for the official event photos from KCTS9, in the hopes that I'll get some better ones, but here's a few that we took with my phone tonight.

I was pretty proud of how huge I got my hair, though it definitely got messier as the night progressed. They also gave us a goodie bag afterwards, with all this stuff, plus they gave out books called the Wit and Witticism of Downton Abbey.
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On Saturday, my bf and I went to Steamposium, and it was pretty fun. It was in the waterfront convention center, so the location was good, and they had great vendors, many of whom were even very reasonably priced! I attended three lectures - one was a vocal workshop, which was kind of neat, one was a panel with four contestants and one judge from Steampunk'd (very cool, because they told quite a bit of behind-the-scenes of what goes on in making a show like that), and one was a terribly innacurate lecture on corsets. (I kept wanting to correct her. Eventually I just left). The ball was a big dissapointment - nothing like the elegant balls they had at Steamcon when that was still going on. But my bf and I did a little swing-dancing to the few songs that were actually danceable. Then we left.

There were also some really cool gadgets there though! Definitely the highlight were the two working robots - one, a dalek, which was actually made by a friend of mine, though this was the first time I've seen it. It was so cool! It lit up, and she could talk through it with a voice changer, and it wheeled around and blew steam and stuff. And the other was a Steampunk R2, whose barrel body was actually a working beer tap!

Somehow, Sean and I didn't get any pictures of each other during the day (I wore my green and cream bustle), and we have one selfie of us with a friend. But he did take pictures of me in my new ballgown bodice! The neckline turned out kind of gappy, and I'm not sure how, so that was slightly disappointing, but I'm still quite pleased with the rest of the bodice, even though I didn't have time to sew in any of the boning except the very CF.

But here's several pictures anyway:

Oh, and I bought a thing. One of those reasonably priced vendors had so much cute stuff! It was between this one, or a watch whose top had been taken off and had Toothless on it instead. Here's a link to her store if anyone is interested. It doesn't look like there's really anything in there right now, but she does take custom orders.  Sorry, I don't know why these pictures are going in upside-down.

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