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.
March 13, 2016
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….)
February 26, 2016
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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!)
–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 wings 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2016
February 23, 2016
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.
February 15, 2016
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!
All of my photos are here.
February 11, 2016
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!
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!
Later we had dinner at the Blue Talon Bistro, one of my favorite restaurants. I ate so much. But it was worth it!
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.
What a wonderful weekend! All of my photos are here.
January 31, 2016
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!
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.
January 30, 2016
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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!
January 25, 2016
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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.