My Stephanie Brown Robin cosplay is almost finished, which is great, since I need it this coming Sunday.

Here you can see my first try-on of the dress and cape.
Robin Cosplay

Re-winding a bit, last time I posted, I left off with a dress that had no sleeves. I started on the sleeves by constructing the little arm pads that Robin usually has. These are probably one of the stupider parts of Robin’s costume. They protect such a little area of the arm, but are a pain to sew. Grr…

Sewing the pad.
Robin Cosplay

Attaching piping to the pad.
Robin Cosplay

The first sleeve after being set in with the arm pad attached.
Robin Cosplay

Moving on to the cape, here I was draping the cape body.
Robin Cosplay

Drafting the collar for the cape.
Robin Cosplay

The collar in the fashion fabric.
Robin Cosplay

The finished cape.
Robin Cosplay

The dress with the second sleeve and the mock turtle neck attached.
Robin Cosplay

Embellishing the belt. I sewed a strip of cotton sateen edged with piping for the belt itself.
Robin Cosplay

The finished belt.
Robin Cosplay

The last sewing part is the gloves. I have one glove finished, just need one more! I also need to style the wig, and that’s it.
Robin Cosplay

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In the Long Run Designs

I listed several pairs of earrings, after finally finding time to take photographs. Available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun

Georgian Earrings

Georgian Earrings

Georgian Earrings

Georgian Earrings

Georgian Earrings

Georgian Earrings

Rhinestone Cluster Earrings

Georgian Earrings

Georgian Earrings

I like the bright fabric used for this piece.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

I love the plaid waistcoat in this ensemble. And the silk braid decorations on the chest.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

I found these photos in my files today; they are from the “All Dressed Up” exhibit last September. It is nice to see children’s clothing displayed, since we do not get to see that as often. The dress is for a ten year old.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

On the last day of our trip (in fact, on the drive back home), we stopped at Berkeley Plantation. Berkeley is a very interesting site, because it touches a lot of different periods of history. The 1726 house itself is famous because it is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a former governor of Virginia, and William Henry Harrison, the ninth US president.

The land that the plantation was later built on also served as a landing site for English settlers in late 1619. Indeed, the settlers are believed to have engaged in a short prayer service upon disembarking, which Berkeley today terms America’s “First Thanksgiving.”

Skipping forward, the land that would form Berkeley was purchased in the 1690s by Benjamin Harrison III as a plantation and a tobacco shipping operation via the James River. Benjamin Harrison IV built the manor house in the 1720s, which later passed to Benjamin Harrison V.

As time passed, a number of the Harrison family, particularly younger sons like William Henry Harrison, moved west, becoming involved in the settlement of the Northwest Territories. The plantation was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War, and afterwards fell into disrepair.

In the early 1900s the plantation was purchased by John Jamieson, and his son Malcom with his wife Grace dedicated themselves to restoring the house and grounds. Today the house is run as a museum.

I enjoyed the visit to Berkeley. Tours are led by costumed guides, and I will admit that their attire is a bit cheesy. But despite that, our guide was quite knowledgeable about the house and the Harrison family history. He was frank and honest about which parts of the house had been changed from the original Georgian designs, and which furniture and artifacts were original versus not. The grounds are beautiful. There is nothing like seeing the vast views of the James River on a sunny day.

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

1726 date stone
Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation

Williamsburg

Thank you Beth for hosting such a lovely tea today! We invaded the British Bell Tea Room in Newark, DE for afternoon tea. I had a nice cream earl grey tea, a super yummy scone, and a variety of tasty tea sandwiches and pastries. We had so much food that we had to take some to go with us. The d├ęcor at the tea room was very elegant, perfect for a costume outing. The tea room does happen to be in a strip mall, but honestly that just means we got to take a couple of wacky modern/period juxtaposition pictures, which I love. A fun day!

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Newark Tea 2014

Mike shopping for PS3 games at Game Stop
Newark Tea 2014

Mike does not approve of the new Madden 15
Newark Tea 2014

All of our photos are here.

This year’s installment of the Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum was last night, and I had so much fun! I was very happy that several new folks could attend with us, including people who drove down from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We had a great evening of dancing and conversation, and everyone’s outfits looked beautiful.

I wore my recently completed blue ballgown. I am happy to report that it was quite comfortable, and the full skirts had a nice twirl on the dance floor. This was a project where I tried to push myself to make a different style of regency dress, and I think I succeeded.

On to the photos!

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

Jane Austen Ball 2014

All of my photos are here.

Last night I sewed the final few stitches on my gown for the Jane Austen Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum taking place tomorrow. I was worried about finishing in time, so I’m very happy to be done! Below are some in-progress photos.

The pattern layout for cutting out the bodice. The bias rectangle is for the bodice overlay.
Blue Ballgown

Assembling the bodice. I sewed most of it by hand, working from the center front seam outwards.
Blue Ballgown

Sewing piping for the bodice overlay and bodice edging.
Blue Ballgown

The overlay mounted on the final bodice.
Blue Ballgown

The points that I made to decorate the top of the sleeves. These were not originally part of my design, but I thought the sleeves needed something “more.”
Blue Ballgown

Bodice with the sleeves set in.
Blue Ballgown

The finished product! The ruffles took longer than I anticipated. I hope to have better pictures from the ball.
Blue Ballgown

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