The second I got back from Costume College we started moving, hence the total lack of exciting-ness around here. DSL should be coming on the 11th, so look for my Costume College pictures plus updates to my Venetian diary then.
In the meantime, I can report that I had a faaaabulous time at Costume College this year. I actually ended up taking few classes, just going to the ones that I really wanted, and skipping those of mild interest — and spent much more time socializing, which is always the best part. I had a great time talking shop with similar-minded people, and plotting evil froufy explosions for Costume Con 26 (2008, in San Jose).
Anyway, class-wise I went to (dredging up memory here): Bustle-Era Hairstyles (which I taught, and which seemed to go really well — lots of interest, plus many in the audience had practical suggestions); Corset Cover Construction (of which I was only able to attend about an hour, but which made me buy some white embroidered lace insertion in the dealer’s room, and which consequently got me way too excited about making fancy Edwardian undies and getting going on my Room with a View suit); Basic Bodice Draping (again which I taught, and which also went really well, except for me totally underestimating how long it would take everyone to finish draping; everyone got their front and back draped, and did really well, even the people who initially were nervous); German Renaissance Cranach Gown (where I discovered that the four yards of orange silk damask that I bought off ebay because it was too good of a deal has a fated purpose, but which I’m a little bit leery of as I don’t like the bust silhouette); Modifying Shoes (she builds the heel into the correct shape using FIMO, and then she BAKES THEM! Wow! Must experiment!).
Side note: moving has been good, as we have a bigger place now, which means while I still don’t have a whole sewing room, there is less in the bedroom — which means that any room not taken up by the bed is now MINE for sewing. Yay! No more sewing in the living room! Plus I was able to dredge out my bought-for-$40-at-a-garage-sale-and-it-WORKS treadle and actually put it out where it can be seen.
Costume College class schedules arrived this week and I, like so many other costumers, am all aflutter. (For those not currently signed up, the class list should be posted online sometime early next week if you’re interested in perusing). My a-fluttering has been a wee bit dampened, however, by the fact that the class I REALLY want to take directly conflict with the classes I’m teaching. rraanncnzzzznreaknzakfdndf!!! (I am teaching a lecture overview of women’s hairstyles of the bustle era, and a hands on Victorian bodice draping).
So my choices for limited classes are: 1) German Cranach gown construction/fitting (a period that I’d love to do), 2) Edwardian corset cover hands-on making (I’m hoping this will help me conquer my fear of tucking and insertion and all the bazillion little things that make up Edwardian whites), 3) Wig restyling (I forget the title, but it’s all about manipulating wigs, something I need to know more about), and 4) Modifying shoes (conflicts with one of my other choices, but the only other one I’m interested in so it’s here as a backup). No tours for me, as none catch my fancy and I’m skipping the garment district this year as my carpool group is short on time, plus I’m be slapping down large sums of money in just a few weeks in gay Paree!
Who’s going to Costume College? And if you’re not, WHY NOT? (Okay, okay, you have no money, but other than that there’s no excuse!)
I have been, however, sick as the proverbial dog since Wednesday. I know you all know, but there’s nothing worse to a costumer than taking TWO sick days and not be physically able to sew. Okay, I did a tiny bit on my Wings of the Dove dress (post forthcoming), but really nothing in the scope of having TWO DAYS OFF. So in non-fever, nose blowing news…
I’ve added a review of A Very Long Engagement to my 20th c. costume movies page.
I’ve caved and decided I am going to Costume College, where I shall be teaching a class on bodice draping and another on hairstyles of the bustle era.
And Sunday I dragged myself off of the couch (outside? there’s an outside?) to go Costume Academy, which is the GBACG one-day multi-class costume workshop. Attended Margo Anderson’s class on courtly women’s costume in the Elizabethan Era, then had lunch and looked at pretties (we had a dealer’s room this year!) and bought some vintage buttons — bought four (I know, they were expensive!) white satin with a little embroidered black flower 3/4″ vintage 1870s buttons, and five 1″ sorta brass colored will-work-for-Renaissance vintage buttons (I’m thinking I’ll incorporate these into my jeweled-belt-for-which-I-don’t-know-the-name for my Venetian gown) — and THEN taught my class on bustle gowns/overskirt (apron/poufs) draping. The class seemed to go well, in that some people said so afterwards, but I was so sick and out of it that I feel like I was very scattered and uninformative. It’s also SO annoying to try to teach an overview class without being able to have a bazillion images. I brought 11×17 color photocopies, but because of cost could only have about 20 images, when I would have loved to have shown much more (esp. undies, more construction details, etc.). I skipped the last class to return to my proper place on the couch.
And now I have to go back to work today! Whine!