During our trip to PAX East I took some time out to see the Think Pink exhibition at the MFA. This is a neat little (one-room) show focusing on the use of pink in fashion through time, with pieces from the 18th century to the present. It runs through May 26, 2014, and I highly recommend a visit. It is included in general admission to the MFA, one of my favorite art museums of all time.
April 23, 2014
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April 21, 2014
Mike and I attended Awesome Con DC on Sunday. Wow, this con has really grown from the first year! The space dedicated to exhibitors was larger by an order of magnitude. There were more panels, more vendors, more media guests, and more attendees. It was pretty impressive for a con that started so recently.
First stop was our friend Janine K. Spendlove‘s booth. We wanted to check out how sales were going for her and have Janine sign our copy of Time Traveled Tales. Then I got a picture with Janine. You can just see Jay Justice photobombing us in the background!
Next up was a panel, where Janine led a Q and A with Timothy Zahn. It was really well run and interesting. Both Timothy and Janine are great speakers. At the end of the panel Mike and I were picked (by random number) to win a free copy of Time Traveled Tales. Doh! But we redirected the book to the lady sitting next to us, who unlike us did not already own a copy.
After that we went to a 3D printing demonstration given by Sean McCoy and Natasha Spokish. I had not seen a 3D printer in person before, and definitely I learned a lot. If you have an opportunity to attend this panel at another con, I highly recommend it.
Of course, Mike and I also took a break to photograph our costumes. I wanted to do something easy to wear, so I combined some of my Catwoman accessories (cowl, goggles, whip, boots) with some Catwoman-appropriate clothing (leather jacket, leggings, bustier). The result worked out pretty well.
Mike wore “Lazy Sunday” Hawkeye, AKA what Clint wears when he’s bumming around the house. It’s actually pretty accurate for one of Clint’s outfits in the recent ongoing series. (Note we removed the bowstring so as to adhere to the con weapons policy.)
All of the photos are here.
April 19, 2014
Last set of cosplay photos from PAX East. I wore my Rask Pony costume on Saturday. It went well for the first wearing (I don’t think I’ll make any changes next time), and the Bruins won that afternoon, so I will consider it a success. Again, this is based on the art of My Little Blackhawk, and the plushie is made by Hockey Pony Plushies.
April 17, 2014
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Mike and I wore our Hawkeye and Catwoman costumes again, on the Friday of PAX East. I only made one change to Catwoman this time: I replaced the craft foam belt buckle with a new one made of Wonderflex. The old buckle was starting to split in a couple places. Wonderflex is much more durable than craft foam, so I think the new buckle should last longer. For Hawkeye I tacked the straps of the knife holster to Mike’s jeans, to prevent sagging. And Mike switched out his boots for purple Chucks. No other changes.
April 16, 2014
Here are photos of the many cosplayers I saw at PAX East, with a couple of myself and Mike mixed in (I will do full posts on our costumes later). As usual, there were some amazing costumes to see from all genres. Gaming, movies, comic books, tv shows…. So much inspiring work to see!
April 16, 2014
I’m back from Boston and PAX East! It was a busy but thoroughly enjoyable weekend. There was catching up with old friends, fabric shopping, gaming, good food, cosplay, museum exploring…a ton of my favorite things.
And of course, I took a lot of photos, about 600. After editing and culling, I got it down to a little over 300. Which of course means a series of picture posts!
Let me start with photos I took of my Rask Pony plushie. I figured a trip to Boston was meant for Rask Pony photo ops. He’s based on Ali of My Little Blackhawk‘s renditions of Tuukka Rask (the Boston Bruin’s goalie) as a My Little Pony. The plushie itself was made by Holly of Hockey Pony Plushies on Etsy. I highly recommend checking out My Little Blackhawk because Ali’s art is adorable. And furthermore Holly’s plushies are of very high quality.
And after a long weekend at PAX, time to chill at the hotel. Rask Pony made out like a bandit from Pinny Arcade pin trading.
April 6, 2014
Last night I went to another ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum with Mike, Maggie, and Isabella. This dance was in honor of the meeting convened by Major General Edward Braddock of five colonial governors at the Carlyle House in Alexandria, VA in 1755. As usual, the dancing was a great deal of fun and there were a number of beautiful outfits to behold. Lots of francaise gowns in a variety of fine silks. I was able to meet several other local costumers and a number of reenactors.
All of my photos are here.
April 6, 2014
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Thank you to Fashion Through History! She has beautiful work from a variety of eras; check her blog out!
2. Nominate 10 other bloggers, and notify them of their award.
I thought I would highlight some folks who I have been lucky enough to meet in my costuming travels around Boston and Washington DC. Both areas are home to a variety of talented costumers. We all know the great blogs/websites that paved the way for sharing costuming on the internet, sites by folks like Maggie of Costumers Guide and Jenny Rose of Jenny La Fleur. Here are some others whose work I have also admired:
Isabella: in addition to fun posts about sewing, she also talks about her adventures in cooking and baking. She is a research fiend, able to dig up lots of interesting tidbits on the internet.
Learning to Costume: Judy is a costumer who is a more recent convert to historical stuff, but she is learning by leaps and bounds. And she is open to tackling many different eras.
A Dedicated Follower of Fashion: Amanda is a really creative seamstress, who makes beautiful, often hand-sewn, garments. I especially love her 18th c and regency work.
Sew Loud: Not only does Robin make wonderful outfits (including menswear for her husband!), she is also just a ton of fun to hang out with.
Madame Modiste: Kat makes AMAZING bustle-era outfits. And then proceeds to style them with hair and accessories to make them even more impressive. In more recent years she has branched out into regency and 18th c to great success.
Dames A La Mode: I met Taylor back when we both lived in the Boston suburbs, and I was very impressed with her beautiful 18th c work. Happily, she moved down to the DC area about the same time as I did! Her jewelry is to die for.
Sarah(lizzi): Sarah is the most meticulous hand sewer that I have ever met. Hands down. Her hand sewn garments and accessories are so perfect!
The Mantua Maker at Midnight: Carrie makes gorgeous and highly researched 18th c and early 19th c clothing, along with other eras. Her tutorials on 18th c techniques are very helpful!
A Fractured Fairytale: Aubry’s francaise gowns are some of my favorites of that style. They are always so well fitted, use gorgeous fabric, and are perfectly accessorized. Plus the victorian gown she made for costume con a couple years ago was equally stupendous.
Historically Dressed: Jenni and her awesome website was the one who introduced me to historic costume. My life has never been the same!
3. Come up with 10 questions you want your nominees to answer.
I don’t know if I can come up with 10 questions…but I’d like to know the story behind your favorite garment that you’ve made. What did you make it for? What inspirations did you use? What did you learn in making it? Would you make it again?
4. And lastly: Answer the questions you received from the one who nominated you.
1.When and how did you get into sewing?
I wanted to make a Halloween costume in order to dress up as Lizzie Bennet back in 2006. I had bought a sewing machine a while before then, but I had barely even touched it!
2.What was your very first garment (historical or other)? And what did you learn from it?
My first garment was the aforementioned Lizzie Bennet costume. Above is a bad picture of it. It was a simple regency-style gown made using the Sense and Sensibility regency pattern. I had no idea what I was doing, but I did end up with something that was wearable. I learned a lot about the basics (cutting, reading a pattern, the controls on my machine, etc). Then I immediately started on another regency dress, and the rest is history….
3.Do you have a dream project? And what it is? (Picture?)
Depends on what day you ask me! Lately I’ve been thinking more of the practical, event-driven projects. But I have also been daydreaming about making a long-sleeved 1790s outfit. With a huge fichu:
4.Which of your costumes are your favorite and why? (Picture?)
Again, it depends on when you ask me. Thinking back, I’d have to say a simple 1840s dress that I made a couple years ago. I found the shape flattering, and it was fun to wear.
5.What will be your next big project?
I’m in the middle of a c. 1910 day dress, but I would not call that “big.” It’s a pretty simple outfit. This summer I may switch gears to a comic book costume. I am hoping to make something new for Baltimore Comic-Con.
6.What part of costuming do you enjoy the most (the planing, patternmaking, sewing, details etc)?
I’d say it’s a tie between the planning phase and the hand sewing phase (particularly when I am sewing cotton). I do not like lots of machine work.
7.And what part would you rather not do?
Cutting! I am always afraid I’m going to mess something up (and I frequently do something like cut out two left sleeves instead of a right and a left).
8.Do you have a costuming role model or muse (historical, fellow blogger or other)?
I find lots of bloggers inspirational, and I feel blessed to live in an area with many other active historical costumers and cosplayers. The ones I nominated above are a small sample, but there are really too many to mention! The costuming community is amazing.
9.What’s the reason you decided to start your costuming blog?
I started out in order to meet folks online, and later in order to have a record of what I had done. It’s nice to be able to look back and see the progression over the years.
10.What is your best advice for anyone wanting to get into historical costuming?
Just go for it! Make what you like! Pick an era that you’ve always been curious about and start researching. You’ll be hooked before you know it.
April 5, 2014
Small shop update. I found these little coral teardrop beads that were just asking to be made into earrings. Also a couple necklaces are back in stock.
March 21, 2014
I have completed a 1770s waistcoat for Mike. After not making Mike any new historical clothes for three years, suddenly I have made him two waistcoats and one coat in the last six months. I guess this is my time to catch up.
I used some leftover navy silk taffeta for the front and linen for the back and lining. I started with Butterick 3072 for the basic shape, then modified it to more closely follow waistcoat number 17 in Fitting and Proper by Sharon Ann Burnston. I also looked at the c1765-1790 suit in Costume Close Up, which coincidently is also numbered 17. I put in functioning pockets, as the Butterick pattern only had fake pocket flaps.
I am happy to have this done, as Mike had no pre-1780 waistcoats before now!