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COSTUME COLLEGE!

In all caps, because it’s taken me so long to write about it! Costume College happened, and it was tons of fun, as always. I got to hang out with old friends and meet new people, and teach some classes, and go to some classes, and flog the wig book!

First, though, I want to echo what everyone else has said. Although I had a blast hanging out with friends, it definitely felt like there was less interacting among individuals and groups. As with everyone else, it’s the usual things: you’re teaching, or running around, or out of class whenever everyone else is in class, or sick, or what-have-you. For me, I had the added layer of book stuff. I only sold and signed my books on Friday night, but it still meant that I could only make it to the social for about an hour, and couldn’t make the court dress meet-up, and then I was selling books for most of the night. And Sunday, I was in a limited class all day. So, I do think a part of it is just scheduling.

I also feel like as historical costume blogging has grown, so too has Costume College, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I spend most of the weekend in visual overload over how much Completely Frickin’ Amazing costumes everyone is wearing… to the point where I’m so overloaded that I probably don’t even tell you that how amazing your costume is, because there are SO MANY amazing costumes, and it just becomes this whirl. CoCo has always been a place to strut your stuff, and now that there are so many more of us, there are so many more costumes. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my conversations went something like, “Oh my god, I love this — SQUIRREL!”

Also, I’m really happy that so many people are blogging about costume. It means there’s so much fabulosity out there, and so much information. But, it used to be fewer of us, so there would be about 5 people who you’d stalk and say, “Hey! I know you! Online!” Now, there are SO many bloggers that I know a lot of us have a hard time keeping up, and captchas and spam make it hard to comment, so we’re probably interacting less online. Which then means, there are a gazillion people you might recognize from online, but at the same time you might not feel as close to them as when there were fewer. So, I now spend half of CoCo going “I think I know that person?” And it’s not til later, when I’m looking at pictures or whatever, that I realize “Hey, that was so&so!”

I’ve also given up on trying to take too many photos, since we’re all getting great formal pics from the official photographers. I like that it frees me up to just relax and socialize. But at the same time, it means I miss those opportunities to have a quick squee and pic that I used to; now I’m more likely to sit on the other side of the room and mutter, “Wow, that’s a seriously good dress” than run over.

So yeah. A bigger CoCo, more costumers, all of these are good things. But it does change things somewhat, and I know I for one miss being able to have longer, better chats. So, if we missed connecting, please know that it’s not you, it’s that I’m overwhelmed! I’m not sure whether there are obvious solutions. Some people have talked about reinstituting an LJ meet-up, but I don’t know if I even qualify for that anymore, since I’m hardly ever there!


I mean, just look at all of this pretty!

Okay, on to my CoCo report:

Thursday night I only made it to the pool party for a brief time. We drove down that day, and I was super blown, so there was a bit of chatting and hanging and then I hit the wall.

Friday morning I had to be up bright and early to teach a hairstyling demo. In the class I showed how to do one of the styles from my 18th Century Hair & Wig Styling book. I only gave myself two hours, which isn’t enough to do a hairstyle well when you’re in front of a bunch of people… and yeah, I actually did a really crappy job. But luckily those who I spoke with her happy to see the techniques, even if I didn’t fix and futz to make it all look pretty.

(C) Toni Wilhelm Tumbusch

Later that day I went to Janea and Abby’s class on 18th century dressmaking terminology, which I loved because I’m a terminology geek. There are so many terms we use now to refer to 18th century dress/dressmaking that are totally not used in the era, and then there’s the whole French vs. English thing.

That evening, I wore my this-old-thing (to me) white caraco a la polonaise. I definitely felt the pressure to bring my A game in terms of wigs, but I didn’t want to wear my Kick Ass Wig both Friday & Saturday nights, so I whipped out a quickie 1780s style based on the Balloon. I got about an hour of socializing in before it was time to start hauling books down for my signing & sale. Jennifer Rosbrugh was also there signing her publications, and I felt very verklempt to be supported and celebrated in that way by Costume College.

(C) Laurie Tavan

Saturday was pretty flexible for me. I had one lecture class to teach (on 18th century hairstyles), nicely in the middle of the day, so I decided to make some effort and dress up. I wore my vampire bride costume, which was an easy one to throw on (and hey, one of the very few things I made last year!). I taught my class, I had some lunch… with the cast of Ab Fab, because my friends kick ass like that. Trystan was Edina, Sarah was Patsy, and Karen was Bubbles.

Photo by Andrew Shotwell

What happens when you leave your roomies alone.

Bubbles takes notes.

Oh, also that day, Merja wore the wig that I made for her as her reward for donating big during the book’s Indiegogo campaign. She picked the style, and I made it. She wore it with her STUNNING striped polonaise, and I think the striped bows that she added to the wig just really took it over the top.

Merja - she made the dress, I made the wig.

Merja - she made the dress, I made the wig.

Saturday night was the gala. I didn’t have time to make anything fabulous this year — I knew I wanted a kick ass wig, but beyond that, I just about killed myself to get the book done in time. So I banged out an 18th century sultana — a posing gown, based on Ottoman clothing but interpreted through European eyes, specifically inspired by this painting of Hester Thrale:

Hester Thrale by Joshua Reynolds | Wikimedia Commons

I bought a really pretty ivory and white silk sari on ebay and went to town. The top of it is pretty Ottoman, in fact, and I ended up hand sewing it in bits on the couch. I decided to pleat the skirt to get more fullness, and ended up machine sewing most of that because I was in a hurry. The sash is a bit of red silk organza with gold stripes from Renaissance Fabrics, and I was shocked to find that my last minute hunt for gold fringe was successful — at Beverly’s, of all places!

For the wig, I took down and washed out the wig I made for France. I completely restyled it, adding more hair and making a different frame. It’s not a literal version of one of the book wigs, but it uses the same techniques. I was inspired by this wig, with its silly dangling ringlets, from Gallerie des Modes (I think 1779?):

Gallerie des Modes | Boston MFA

Meanwhile, Trystan had come up with the idea to do a book-themed costume, and Karen and I decided to join in. Both of them wore the wigs they modeled for the book, and we decided to put miniature books in our wigs, which I flogged my husband into making (ah, the joy of hot gluing the night before leaving for CoCo!). Trystan made us mini book jewelry (necklaces & earrings), and for her outfit, she even made a printed-on-silk stomacher with the table of contents, and paper roses made from print outs of the book pages.

Photo by Andrew Shotwell

Photo by Andrew Shotwell

Photo by Andrew Shotwell

Photo by Andrew Shotwell

This was my first time attending the gala dinner in a number of years, and I was glad I did, although a lot of YOU skipped it which made it harder to hang with you! But you guys. There was SO MUCH COSTUMEY GOODNESS.

Loren & Sarah both did gold Marie-Antoinette-inspired 18th century outfits. Leia looked like 18th century Snow White in her stunning francaise (and wig she made based on The Book). Photo by Andrew Shotwell.

Two empresses in Edwardian court dresses.

Sahrye as Madam Vastra — I had no idea that was her!

Fabulous 1830s — the dagging!

Beautiful bustle-y goodness.

Fabulous robes de style.

Merja. You’d hate her if she wasn’t so nice.

I am kind of obsessed with this late teens amazing-ness. It would never suit me, but hot DAMN.

And, unlike the rest of us laggers, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Katherine kicked some serious ASS in their stunning, over the top, beautiful 18th century court gowns. All three are just drop dead WHOA.

And, my friends, that is just the tip of the iceberg on the AMAZING costumes that were worn all weekend. Every era was there. Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, the list goes ON. I would need a week to track down all of the amazing-ness and post it here, so instead I’ll just send you to the official photographer’s gallery.

Sunday, I had an all-day limited class with Candace Kling. I’ve passed up (just through sheer laziness) the chance to take workshops with her before, and now I am REALLY sorry I did. I was exhausted, but it didn’t matter. That woman knows her stuff!! We made some GORGEOUS ruched trims, and I got so much out of it. I’m really inspired to take more classes from her. She had all these amazing ways of making ruches, pleats, and gathers more interesting that I never would have thought of!

And so, that’s mostly it! It was a great time and over too soon.

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Costume College – OMG Too Much Stuff!

I just printed off my packing list for Costume College and started hyperventilating — I have like 7 different costumes!  WTH!  And I actually need to bring 6 of them!

In other news, I’m teaching only one class:  “Hairstyles of the 18th Century.”  FYI, the time has been changed due to conflict with tea set up — now it will be Sunday 3-5pm. The quick schedule will have the right time, but the big book won’t.

I’m terrified nobody will come, since it’ll be the end of a long weekend, so if you’re thinking about coming make a mental note!  Save me from an empty room!

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Yay! Costume College + Secret Gala Project

I had an absolute blast at Costume College this year, which has totally reinspired me to want to blog! It was so much fun to reconnect with everyone and get to spend quality time with friends, and to play dress up and talk shop!

The down side was the tickle in my throat on the day I packed developed into a full-blown cold, which meant I wasn’t sleeping much (from coughing) and progressively lost my voice so much that I couldn’t really talk at the gala!

On Friday, I taught one class — 18th century dress variations.  I made my OWN eyes cross multiple times putting together the presentation, and the class did an admirable job keeping up with the numerous styles we discussed.  I decided to focus it somehow by including only the dress styles that appear to have been popular — there are just so many, we would all need a lie down to talk about them all.  I think I talked about at least 15 different styles…  I was inspired and so wore my Pre-Raphaelite/Gothic Fitted Dress, and it felt fun to dress up for classes — in something that didn’t require a corset!

Friday night, we had our usual Pretty Pretty Princess Party, which was tons of fun! Lots of people in silly Pink Drink Commando uniforms, plus some people still in costume from the Ice Cream Social.  I skipped the Social this year — last year it was so crowded that I just got overwhelmed and stressed out.  I’m kind of bummed I missed seeing all the pretty costumes, but given that I was sick and my roomies were tired, it was probably good we conserved our energy for the party!

Saturday I taught two classes. The first, on 17th/18th c. beauty patches, had massive technical failures and I ended up not having a projector.  Luckily I’d put lots of images in my handout, but they were cropped and black & white, so it just wasn’t the same.  Thankfully it was a short class!  I know they’d never fit all the classes in, but it would be so great to have a decent chunk of time between classes to set up.  The instructor before me went over time, and then had a lot of stuff so it took her a while to pack up; meanwhile we’re tripping over each other as I’m trying to set up.

I had 30 min. before my next class so went out in the hall to try to get my projector to work, but no dice — I think it was a cord issue.  Luckily Francis saved the day by bringing down his laptop and (importantly) projector cable, and I was able to have images for my Social History of Hair (18th c. – Regency) class — yay!  I was pretty stressed out nonetheless, so didn’t enjoy teaching as much as I could have, although there were a lot of interesting questions and I enjoyed the discussion part.

Saturday afternoon I hung with the Bitchy Romans for a while — I didn’t have time OR anything in my stash to make anything, so I just admired them, then I was off for a nap (see again about not sleeping well) before it was time to start prepping for the gala.

I have been sewing up a storm, but like I’ve mentioned, had zero desire to blog about any of it, so that meant my cool Gala costume idea ended up being a secret project.  A while ago Sarah, Trystan, and I were talking about doing something different than straight historical for the gala.  They tried to sell me on 18th c. sea creatures, but I couldn’t get excited about it.  I remembered someone I’d seen post on the LJ Vintage Hair community a while back who had done a 1920s black & white starlet costume for Halloween, where she’d done greyscale makeup as though you were watching her on screen.  I thought it was a cool idea, and as I was fishing for something other than sea creatures for the gala, hit on the idea of doing a costume from the 1938 Marie Antoinette with Norma Shearer in greyscale.  S&T liked the idea, even more so when I suggested that we didn’t all have to do the same movie, and plans were made!  I enlisted Leia to help me shop for fabric in NYC, and she got excited about joining in, but doing a current 1930s starlet look.  Sadly, life intervened for everyone, and they weren’t able to join me, which was a little sad because it’s always fun to do things like this with other people, but I’m glad they didn’t stress themselves out or wear something they weren’t excited about.

I’ve posted a write-up about the project here, but I’ll expand on it:


Being an 18th c. nut, I love the costumes in this movie — but it took me a while to like them!  I only first saw the movie about two years ago, and while the wigs jumped up and hit me in the head with their fabulousness, all I saw with the costumes was the lack of historical accuracy.  When I hit on this idea to do 18th c. thru the 1930s lens, suddenly I saw just how fab all the costumes were, and I had a hard time choosing.  I almost went with a dress of the Duchess of Polignac’s that is covered in a gazillion ruches, but that seemed too similar to a real 18th c. dress, so I decided to go with something even LESS historically accurate:  the piece de resistance from this movie, the so-called Rocket Dress!

The original dress is made in gold lame, but I really don’t think our modern crappy lame is the same thing — I think vintage lame must have had some silk or real metal in it.  I just couldn’t see making this dress out of crappy materials — sure, it would be cheap, but it would look it, plus I hate wearing synthetics and didn’t want to sweat to death all night.

When I went shopping in NYC, I came across some silver silk duchesse satin for a really good price (can’t remember what it was, but it was seriously affordable), PLUS the same shop had embroidered silver tulle yardage also for a good price!  Obviously duchesse satin is a totally different weight and look than the sheer, metallic look of the original fabric, so I immediately gave myself permission to make a dress that was very-heavily-inspired-by, but not a strict recreation.  Also, I am no Norma Shearer figure-wise, and trying to look exactly like here was never going to happen.

Now that I’d found fab materials and a vision, I decided to make this as fast as I could while keeping it as nice as I could.  That meant I ended up with a mixture of 18th century, Victorian, and modern techniques.

Again, I’m no Norma Shearer, so I’m wearing a Victorian corset underneath. The bodice is patterned in a Victorian style, with bust darts, and I tried to follow the lines of the original movie gown as much as possible. The back closure is an 18th century court approach, with the lacing built into the lining, and the silk layer separate and laid on top — but there are metal grommets and a placket in there!  I tried to bag line the bodice for speed, but of course things didn’t line up perfectly, and I ended up having to set in the lining by hand.  All the lace appliques are cut from the yardage and hand applied.

The skirt was draped using a ginormous rectangle and Katherine’s 18th c. court skirt tutorial, with some modifications for a different hoop shape. It’s all mounted to an underskirt of grey cotton, with two layers of silk satin on top.

I was originally going to try to stick to the swag drapery in the original dress, but apparently I have Teh Dumb when it comes to swags, because they refused to happen (the dress almost went to boarding school because of this). Luckily, I draped the lace yardage over the dress on my form when I went to bed, and I realized in the morning that the lace was beautiful enough on its own, so went for swags of lace instead. Also, I misread (visually) the top swags to think they were a separate layer, only to later realize they were yet more applied swags, but oh well, it all ended up fine!

Everything was covered in silver sequin star appliques, as in the original costume.

For makeup, initially I tried using Kryolan’s Aquacolor, of which I’d heard good things, but it seriously looked like calamine lotion when applied. I ended up using Supracolor, which is an oil-based makeup and SO much easier to apply. I used white mixed with a little bit of black for grey, covered with setting powder and finishing spray. The rest of my makeup I did with grey and black eyeshadows and eyeliners.  Leia helped a lot with figuring out the makeup approach, and it was really good to have someone hold my hand!  I didn’t get to 100% desaturated color on my skin, but I’m pleased enough with what I achieved, esp. given this was my first try at any stage makeup.

For the wig, I started with a long silver wig, to which I added wefts where needed to (mostly) cover my hairline. I always have problems having wigs fit, and this time I figured out that where I’m missing is along the hairline — the hairline itself just isn’t long enough to cover me from temple to temple. Since I’d had a hard time matching extra hair to the wig (you’d be surprised how many variations there are, even when you’re working with the same color #), and since I was too lazy to head back to the wig store for wefted hair, I worked with the loose hair I had and hauled out my hair weaving frame that they gave us when we took the 18th c. wig class at Colonial Williamsburg and hand-wove extra wefts.  It actually went pretty quickly, since I only needed about 3′ of weft.  I built out the wig base in front with netting, sewed the wefts to that, and then styled the wig itself over a wire frame with separate, glue-set rolls.


And now, back to the CoCo writeup!  I was definitely dragging Saturday afternoon, but rallied and managed (with Leia’s help) to get makeup’ed, wigged, and dressed.  And despite basically having lost my voice at that point, I had So Much Fun!  We’d skipped the dinner, which we did last year, and which has actually worked out great because it means we show up during dinner and have no line in the photo room.

Once the gala opened up to us non-ticketed losers, we went in and got to see everyone’s costumes.  I didn’t have a camera last year as my husband killed our’s with a water bottle, so I have only a few crappy iPhone photos to prove just how amazing everyone looked.  There were tons of gorgeous 1930s bias gowns straight out of Anything Goes, tons of 18th c. fabulosity (including a few 18th c. Disney princesses!), Victorian fancy dress, bustle gowns, lots of 1910s evening elegance, and more more more.  It was tons of fun to wander around the room checking everyone out, and then I joined my peeps for some cocktails and a lot of dancing!

Of course, being sick, I hit the wall around midnight and while some of my roomies were off socializing until 2am or so, I attempted to sleep… I didn’t have anything scheduled Sunday, but was planning to A) sleep, B) hit the dealer’s room, C) maybe attend some classes, and D) socialize… but when I woke up Sunday morning (after a semi-decent sleep-in), I realized I wasn’t good for any of that.  I could barely talk, and I was so tired, that all I was honestly going to do was lounge/sleep in my room.  My husband threw out the idea that I could fly home early, which suddenly sounded enticing, given how useless I was and the fact that my roomie had to leave that day and so I had to pay for the room on my own.  When I mentioned this to Sarah & Francis, who I was supposed to drive home with, they realized that they’d had a blast and while staying would be nice, they also wouldn’t mind leaving that day — so we hustled, packed in 1 hour, and were off, texting goodbye to our friends.  I always love the mellow hangout fun of Sunday night, but I was really not up for it, so leaving was the better option, altho I wish I could have said real goodbyes.

So, now I’m home, and inspired, even if I’ve spent the past 2 days on the couch blowing my nose and sleeping!  I have lots of costumes to catch you up on, so I’ll be doing a lot of posting over the next few days.

Hopefully I’ll get some nice photos out of the official photographers, plus many friends still haven’t posted their pics, but for now, here are some shots of my Marie Antoinette costume:

Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette (1938)

(C) American Duchess - posed with Marilee as Theda Bara

(C) Aimee Major

(C) Aimee Major

(C) DA Sandoval

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Quick Update – Bling & CoCo

Just a quick update to say thanks for your feedback on my bling issue and Costume College teaching ideas!  You all sold me on the white Indian choker set… but then some BASTARD stole the auction away from me!  I then spent the past week stalking ebay, where I found various sellers selling the same set but in different colors, until this morning when another white set popped up and I grabbed it.  Now I just have to wait for it to ship from India.

And, in CoCo news, I proposed the following three classes:  social history of hair (1770s-1820s), 18th c. dress variations, and 17th-18th c. patches.  Yet again, 18th c. court dress gets no love — I’ve thrown that out before online and only get crickets back — someday I’m going to foist it on you guys anyway, and I can teach it to the two people who show up!

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Costume College Teaching Thoughts

I’m trying to decide what to offer to teach at Costume College this year.  Here’s a bunch of ideas — I’d love to hear feedback on what sounds interesting!  Some ideas are fleshed out, some are still rudimentary…

Social History of Hair in England, 1770s-1820s

The changes in English hairstyles from the Georgian to the Regency will be traced, focusing on their social, cultural, and political context. From women’s gigantic “poufs” and men’s wigs of the late 18th century, through the “natural” and classical styles of the Regency, hairstyles underwent significant stylistic changes. These represented shifts in politics and society and served as a locus for debate around issues of gender, class, and politics.

18th Century Court Dress

The origins and developments of women’s formal court dress in France and England from the late 17th century through the early 19th century.

18th Century Dress Variations

What’s the differences (and similarities!) between a mantua, robe a la francaise, and a robe a l’anglaise?  How did those three main 18th century dress styles change over time?  For that matter, what’s a Brunswick, polonaise, sultane, or levite? Come geek out over 18th century dress! We’ll look at their origins in the late 17th century, trace the major styles throughout the century, and discuss as many of the weird variations that we can fit in!  This class will make far more sense to you if you have a basic idea of 18th century women’s costume, as we’ll be tracing individual styles over time, rather than going through a chronological rundown.

Hand Sewing Some Basic Garment

I keep thinking of doing some half/all day workshop where we hand sew some small basic garment (a partlet would work really well) and in the process learn the basic handsewing stitches and treatments… but I don’t know if this is too basic!

18th Century Patches (or Cosmetics?)

I want to do more research into 18th c. beauty patches, but I don’t know if there’s enough to make a full class, so maybe as part of a discussion of cosmetics?

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Maja Done – at Least Enough for Now!

Whew!  I sewed and sewed those last few weeks, but I got there!  There are still somethings I would add/fix if/when I decide to call this Officially Perfect… but aren’t there always?

On the bodice, I:

  • Decided the back seamline spangle patterns should match the sleeves (ie 2 rows instead of 1), so I ripped out the CB and redid that.  Yes, I’m a dork, but I’m really glad I did it, as I think it looks great.
  • Put the sleeves together and attached them.
  • Ripped out the spangle trim around the arm when I realized that 1) the angle actually parallels the neckline trim, and 2) I didn’t have enough spangles to do 2 rows on the CB.
  • Hemmed, hawed, and hemmed again about the armhole trim.  You can see that it definitely Vs, and I couldn’t figure out a way to do that that didn’t involve doing the flying geese pleating pattern.  It looks very similar to this trim on an extant Spanish man’s jacket, except somewhat looser.  I followed that as a model, but spaced things out a bit more.  I also added the occasional spangle on top of the trim, which you can see in super high res versions of the painting.
  • I finished the 10,000 miles of lucet cord.  Why did I ever think it would be a good idea to make my own cord?  Ok, I’m glad I did b/c it looks really great, but it took FOREVER.  And, of course, now that it’s done I think the silk cord I picked is too cream.  Bah.
  • I attached all the pompoms and cords.

On the skirt, I:

  • Hemmed and hawed about how the skirt trim would be attached.  You can see very clear scallops on scallops, and they almost look flat against the skirt.  However,  you can’t sew the trim on in a wave pattern without some kind of gathering/pleating (unless you cut the skirt trim in waves, which is SO not an 18th c. thing to do — such fabric waste!).  I looked at a lot of extant pieces and was hoping I’d be able to slightly gather and then ease the trim… but no such luck, as it pulled when it went over the curves — so I had to officially gather it.
  • Pleated the skirt and sewed it to 2 strips of linen tape for a waistband.
  • Hemmed the apron, and pleated and sewed that to a strip of linen for a waistband.

Accessories!

  • I bought some marcasite earrings that had the same look as those in the painting (altho those are very fuzzy, so there was guesswork involved).
  • I strung a gazillion pearls into a choker, which ended up sitting a bit too loosely on me, but oh well.
  • I could never find a silk organza/gauze/chiffon that had the right satin plaid, so I used my on-hand striped silk gauze for the fichu.
  • I attempted to drape the cap, which took WAY too long and was WAY too annoying.  Finally, I drafted up the men’s cap from Costume Close Up and messed with that.  I sewed the cap in the car on the way to CoCo, and attached some vintage millinery trims.
  • I originally wanted to skip the Dorky Pink Snood, but Trystan said I had to have one.  Now, she did say I could buy a crappy renfaire snood, but you know I couldn’t do that!  I’m guessing the original was knotted, but I didn’t have the time or mental energy to figure out how that would work, so I went with knitting since I already know how to do that.  I got some pink lace weight alpaca/silk, looked high & low for a snood pattern that would work, couldn’t find one, used a DOILY pattern instead… so yes, I am wearing a pink doily on my head.  And I knitted it in the car/at CoCo!  I found some pink satin/shantung at Stone Mountain that I used for the band.
  • I tracked down makeup (particularly a light peachy lipstick) that echoed the look the Marquesa is wearing in the portrait.

And it all came together in the end!  I think those who’ve read my blog obviously knew what I was doing, but I think those that don’t may have been scratching their heads a bit.

I did get some really nice photos taken where I am pretty closely posed the same as the original painting, although those aren’t yet online — I am, however, irritated to realize that the people I had posing me didn’t notice that she’s holding her jacket open with her fist — so the jacket is laying differently.  Bah.  I will have to dress up in all this and get my hubby to take pics.

So, until the fancy pictures are available, here are some from my camera (and 2 stolen from Jen)!

(And, here’s all my CoCo pics)

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Fly By Post

I’m deep in the Costume College crunch!  Been sewing like a madwoman with lots of progress and various bits of rework, plus a recalcitrant hat pattern.  I thought I was ahead of schedule and would be mostly done yesterday, but of course things took way longer than I thought, and thus in about 30 min. I’ll be mostly done (minus the hat and snood, which I can easily do in the car/in classes).

SO!  No real content here, just some pics of how things were looking earlier this week.  After CoCo I’ll post about the specifics.

In other news… tomorrow I need to pack!  Trying to decide what to bring for the Fri. night social — either the 1780 polonaise, or the Gwendolen day dress.