A big thanks to Kat for another awesome installment of her annual Victorian/19th C themed picnic. The new innovation this year was archery, and it was a total hit! Plus, as always, the food, costumes, and conversation were wonderful. I’m already looking forward to next time!

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

Victorian Picnic

All of my photos are here.

Here are photos of Mike and me at Awesome Con, as promised.

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Mike and I went to Awesome Con DC again this year. This is the third time this convention has been held, and it has grown exponentially each year. This time they had a lot more space in the convention center, especially in the exhibit hall. We spent a couple hours on the show floor, and did not get even close to seeing everything. But despite the large size and large crowds, I found that we could get around without too much trouble, and we did not have to wait in lines that much, which was great. Of course, we were only there on Sunday, which is usually the least busy day. But we had no issues.

And there were lots of cosplayers! Marvel Comics characters seemed particularly popular, probably because of the recent Avengers movie release. But there were also all sorts of other costumes too. I wore my new A League of Their Own Rockford Peach uniform. (Unfortunately Maggie was not able to join us as originally planned because she was not feeling well that day–but we will have an outing in our Rockford Peach uniforms together another time!) Mike wore his Hawkeye again, which was very appropriate with all the Avengers fans wandering around.

Overall, it was a fun day! I’m looking forward to next year (June 3 – 5, 2016).

Here are photos of the convention generally. I will post photos of our costumes later.

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

The judges for the group costume contest, which was a little more abbreviated than I expected (there were no masters category entries). But there were still a number of cool entries.
Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

The area they had for playing tabletop games
Awesome Con

The game library
Awesome Con

A panel by folks from Studio Cosplay, which is opening a communal studio space in the DC area aimed at cosplayers
Awesome Con

Awesome Con

Awesome Con

What I bought: a trade from Third Eye Comics and a Robin logo necklace from J.S. Basta Designs
Awesome Con

I always forget how enjoyable it is to play whist, but then Jenny La Fleur throws a party, and I am reminded in the most delightful way. It helps when I get to play while munching on delicious food and hanging out with a fun and fabulously dressed group. Thanks for a lovely evening Jenny-Rose!

Taking photos out on the lawn
Regency Card Party

I wore my dark blue striped evening gown again, and this was the first time I was able to get pictures in daylight.
Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Maggie and I, showing off fans from my Etsy shop
Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Mike and I made candied almonds for the party, following this recipe from Colonial Williamsburg Historic Foodways blog
Regency Card Party

Let’s play cards!
Regency Card Party

Mike keeping score
Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

Regency Card Party

All of my photos are here.

Due to Maggie‘s influence, I recently made a Rockford Peach Uniform based on those worn in the movie A League of Their Own. These uniforms are so cute, and Maggie told me there was a pattern available that went together easily. When I floated the idea of us dressing up together at the next Awesome Con DC, a plan was made. Maggie has finished her costume already, and posted about it here.

On Maggie’s advice, I used the “Peaches” pattern by Muffin Head Patterns on Etsy. It worked really well. The only modification I made was to gather the back bodice piece only towards the edges of the yoke and skirt, leaving everything laying flat at the center back.

Also on Maggie’s suggestion, I used Moda Bella Broadcloth in pale pink from Fabric.com as the main fashion fabric, and purchased these socks and belt in the red color from Amazon. Maggie also kindly gave me extra buttons she had left over for the closures and the extra fabric she had left over from her bloomers/shorts so I could use the excess (she got that fabric from Amazon here). I drafted the shorts pattern from these instructions from Make magazine on how to sew tap pants. I made them about 2 inches longer than called for in that tutorial.

For the hat, I wanted an unstructured baseball cap that did not stand up too stiffly. I ended up getting this one from Amazon. I purchased a set of embroidered patches from Little Diva’s Creations on Etsy. For the shoes, I bought a pair of generic black canvas sneakers on Amazon from here. The wig is this pin up style from Vogue Wigs, modified to fit my larger head (I had to add extra elastic to the back of the wig caul).

The first wearing will be at Awesome Con in a few weeks!

A League Of Their Own

This was my first time satin stitching on an applique by machine, for the numbers on the back of the uniform. It went okay.
A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

The fabric for the shorts was a bit annoying to work with, since it shred easily and was very off grain. But with a lot of pressing and serging, I tamed it.
A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

A League Of Their Own

I pinned hairnets over the victory rolls on the wig to keep them in place. And added a large dose of hairspray.
A League Of Their Own

Another year, and another fun installment of the Fort Frederick Market Fair. The weather this time was only okay–a bit cloudy and cold. But we still had a nice turnout and some great shopping. It was great to see everyone who could come (though others were missed, of course). Mike and I were both shopping–he bought about as much as I did!

Mike got a pair of green stockings from Burnley and Trowbridge, plus a watch and a set of leather garters from other sutlers. I got a set of sleeve ruffles, also from Burnley and Trowbridge, some ribbon and fabric from 96 District Fabrics, and a chatelaine from Sheldon Pewter.

Fort Fred

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

Fort Frederick Market Fair 2015

All of my photos are here.

I just finished this cameo parure (necklace, bracelets, and earrings set) for a customer. I used up the last stock that I had of these beautiful resin cameos (and sadly, my supplier is all out of them as well). This was the first time I had attempted bracelets like these, and I am very pleased with them!

(The last necklace I have with these cameos is listed here. After that one, these are all gone!)

Regency Parure by In the Long Run Designs

Regency Parure by In the Long Run Designs

Regency Parure by In the Long Run Designs

Regency Parure by In the Long Run Designs

Regency Parure by In the Long Run Designs

Just a quick shop update. I have some new listings up at https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun. Thanks for looking!

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

In the Long Run Designs

Rhinestone Cluster Earrings

In the Long Run Designs

Ahhh…middle school. Like many others, I experienced a lot of growing pains back then. But, even at that point I was already interested in historical costume. And when my grade did a project about the American Revolution, and our teachers told us we could dress up during the group presentation, I was pretty excited. I had my mom make me a “colonial” dress using what I’m pretty sure was some version of the current Simplicity 3723 pattern. I loved it, zipper and all. (I wish I still had that dress, but I believe we loaned it to someone else for another school thing, and it sadly never came back.) I knew that some day I wanted to sew myself more costumes.

Here is picture proof (sorry for the quality; this is a cell phone picture of a physical film print). For some reason I’m winding yarn off of a swift, but I don’t remember why. And OMG braces.
School Photo

I was invited by the lovely folks of Silence in the Library Publishing to participate in their newest Kickstarter campaign: a beautifully illustrated edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

The interior illustrations will be done by Eisner Award-winning artist Janet Lee, who has previously done work on Marvel Classics’ comic book versions of Emma and Northanger Abbey.
JanetLeeIllustrationP&P

The beautiful cover will be done by watercolor artist Jean Masetti, who has painted wonderful portraits of historical costumers in the past.
JeanMasettiCoverP&P

In terms of my contribution, I am making three limited edition hand fans that people can purchase as a Kickstarter reward. They will be similar to previous portrait fans that I have produced, but instead feature a lovely image of Pemberley, drawn by Janet.

Here is a mockup of the fan design (click for larger):
PrideandPrejudiceKSFanLandscape

When finished, the fan will be hand-embellished with sequins, like this other example of mine:
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I am also making pins and magnets featuring Jean’s striking cover art as a Kickstarter add-on:
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If you are interested in supporting this Kickstarter, please visit the link here. There are a variety of other really neat rewards and add-ons to choose from!

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