Wooo hoooo! We achieved liftoff yesterday, and the Fifth Annual Francaise Dinner is now finished. Thank you to my two fellow organizers, Maggie and Stephanie, my husband Mike and Maggie’s husband Doug (who pitched in on a number of tasks), our raffle/goody bag donors, and most of all, each and every one of the attendees. It has been an honor to help organize this event for the past two years. I am sad that I cannot organize next year, but I am looking forward to seeing others put their unique stamp on the dinner.

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Photo by Angela B.
Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner Group Photo
Photo taken by BWPW Photography, editing by me.

Thanks to all who attended the Fifth Annual Francaise Dinner! And for those of you who could not come this year, we missed you! Next year!

(More photos are on the way….)

MAGFest

Here are some notes on the Rainbow Dash costume I wore at MAGFest. I made the decision to throw this together rather late in the game, so a lot of the components were bought from Amazon (yay, prime shipping!)

Purchased materials:
Leg Avenue Rainbow Dash Costume (I had this already on hand, because I bought it to use in a Halloween horse show last fall. For a picture of how that outfit turned out, see here.)
Light blue hooded sweatshirt (pullover, not zippered, I used the “sky blue” color)
Blue gym shorts with white contrast trim (I used the “brilliant blue” color)
Rainbow thigh high socks

The first thing I did was more firmly attach the ears to the headband that came with the packaged Rainbow Dash outfit. Hot glue all the way! I used the wigs as-is straight from the package.

Next, I removed the cutie mark patch from the costume dress. It was sewn on there in only a few places, so some quick but careful seam ripping was all that was required. Once the patch was detached, I sewed it to the front of the hoodie, using white thread in a hand back stitch. I recommend a back stitch because it has a little give due to its overlapping looping structure. That elasticity helps keep the stitches from pulling out when the knit fabric of the sweatshirt stretches.
Rainbow Dash

Then it was on to the wig and tail. The Leg Avenue costume includes a rainbow wig and a tail (the latter of which is actually just a small ponytail attachment, like you see on anime wigs, but without a jaw clip). They’re decent quality, but quite frizzy and curly. You could leave them as is, but I wanted a straighter look.
Rainbow Dash

Enter several pots of hot water (four pots, to be exact). I followed these instructions on Alexa’s Style Blog. The only thing I did differently was I used the stand for one of my dress forms instead of a camera tripod to hold the wig. Once the wig and tail were fully soaked, I left them to dry in the shower.
Rainbow Dash

After they were fully dry, I worked some hair gel (Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Serum) through them and sprayed them with hairspray.
Rainbow Dash

Rainbow Dash

At that point I was pretty much done. I removed the drawstring from the shorts, because they stayed up fine without it, and doing that eliminated some bunching at the waist. I sewed up the drawstring channel holes, although that wasn’t necessary.
Rainbow Dash

The rainbow socks had a small hole in them when they arrived, but I did not have time exchange them, meaning I had to darn that myself. I wore them over thick dance tights, and they stayed up just fine.
MAGFest

MAGFest

Overall, this was a fun and easy costume to both make and wear. Although the Leg Avenue outfit looks cheesy, I found that it worked well in terms of providing base materials (wings, ears, wig, tail, and cutie mark patch) to work from. Considering the money and effort required to put together a wig, tail, and wings from other sources, it’s not a bad place to start from. I may make or buy fancier wings and a wig later, but this was great given the time I had to make this costume.

Here are some photos of other cosplayers at MAGFest last Sunday. There were fewer costumers than I often see at cons, but still some great work to admire.

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

Last weekend I went to MAGFest (the Music and Gaming Festival) for the first time. I went with Mike and his co-workers Katie and Kate on the Sunday. We drove together to the National Harbor. It was somewhat quiet, as things often are on the last day of a con, but we still had plenty of stuff to do. There were areas set up for playing table top board games, video games, and computer games. Plus an arcade with lots of classics on freeplay, and a vendor room that made for good wandering. Overall, thumbs up! I may go for more days next year.

I dressed as Rainbow Dash!
MAGFest

Katie playing Crisis Zone in the arcade
MAGFest

Mike teaching Katie how to play Ticket to Ride
MAGFest

MAGFest

The dealer hall
MAGFest

Mike trying out an indie game demo
MAGFest

MAGFest

All four of us
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Last Saturday was this year’s installment of the Birthnight Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, a 1790s ball in honor of George Washington’s birthday. As with last year, we started with dinner at the nearby Warehouse Bar and Grill, and then walked to the museum for a lovely couple hours of dancing. Great fun, as always!

The opening dance demonstration (a minuet)
Birthnight Ball

Maggie and her husband Doug. Maggie wore a necklace from my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
Birthnight Ball

Mike wore with his black wool tailcoat (which I have reworked the collar of, yet again!) and a linen checked waistcoat.
Birthnight Ball

I wore my silk blue overgown for the first time in a while, accessorized with a festoon necklace that I made.
Birthnight Ball

Birthnight Ball

Birthnight Ball

Birthnight Ball

General Washington, addressing the gathered assembly
Birthnight Ball

Group photo courtesy of Maggie. Along with me, Mike, Maggie, and Doug, we were joined by Taylor and Carolyn.
Birthnight Ball

All of my photos are here.

I had a wonderful few days in Williamsburg last weekend. Thank you Stephanie for organizing such a great time!

We started on Friday at the Williamsburg Antique Mall, which has a lovely tea room. The lemon pound cake was amazing!
Williamsburg Trip

The shopping at the mall was pretty good. I got a vintage fur stole, still in good condition, and several scrap pieces of vintage fur that I can use as trim. And then we found this, mixed amongst the vintage and antique pieces!
Williamsburg Trip

Later we had dinner at the Blue Talon Bistro, one of my favorite restaurants. I ate so much. But it was worth it!
Williamsburg Trip

The four of us at dinner
Williamsburg Trip

The next day we went to the spa. I got pampered with a facial and a massage, which was awesome. Then we went to dinner at Shields Tavern at Colonial Williamsburg. We met up with Samantha and Emma, who were great to hang out with. I wore my yellow anglaise again, with my new ruby paste Queen Anne necklace.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Then the next morning we went shopping! I bought a bunch of bits and bobs in the historic area. There are always so many cool things to look at.
Williamsburg

And there is an ice rink set up this year! Who wants to go ice skating in costume next time?
Williamsburg

What a wonderful weekend! All of my photos are here.

Yay, I finished something new for a short trip to Williamsburg next week! I haven’t had the time to really dedicate myself to a sewing project, so something smaller had to suffice.

I have been working on and off on this piece for quite a while (like over a year a while). It took me a bit to figure out how to make the pendant, and then to get the right materials for the rest of the necklace. But this morning I finished!
Necklace

Here is the necklace next to an inspiration painting, a portrait of Anne Fairchild Bowler by John Singleton Copley, c.1763. The pendant, with the cluster of three rhinestones and the center hanging rhinestone is sometimes called the “Queen Anne” style.
In the Long Run Designs

Necklace

Here is a beautiful sculpture from the Baltimore Museum of Art. It is by Philippe Laurent Roland and dated to the late 18th C. I love her hairstyle!

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Here is another family group from the Baltimore Museum of Art, from the studio of Allan Ramsay, c. 1765-1767. I had never seen this image of the royal family before. I love cute little George in his lacey dress, and Queen Charlotte in her beautiful pink saque gown.

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore, January 2016

Baltimore

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