Friday evening at Costume College was the Friday Night Social, with the theme “Run Away to the Circus!” A lot of people went all out on the theme, with beautifully bright costumes. I went the other direction, wearing my Outlander-inspired outfit, which is a brown jacket paired with … wait for it … a brown and grey petticoat. But I remain very happy with the fit and function of that costume, even if it was not exactly circus-y.

A sea of colorful costumes!
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Stephanie in her fun green and orange dress
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Angela looked beautiful in 1920s
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The well dressed trio of Jenny-Rose, Taylor, and Loren
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Look at the amazing work Loren did on her redingote
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Vivian in her super chic cocoon coat
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Llyra Lee as red riding hood, fresh from battle (victorious I assume!)
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Aubry and Katherine, take one
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And take two, adorable!
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This woman had a lovely circus-themed 18th century ensemble.
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What a colorful trio! I really like Vanessa’s lolita pirate costume.
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Jen, so pretty in 1860s
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See, I told you, I was pretty boring on the color spectrum.
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Hotel room selfie, showing off my new cap and half-tiered the necklace I made (based off a portrait by John Hesselius)
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After the social, a number of us went to Taylor and Cynthia‘s trunk show, to see some of the beautiful things they had for sale. So much bling in one hotel room!
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These corsets and stays were gorgeous.
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Lots of goodness on my first full day at Costume College! For classes, I took three: Samantha‘s lecture on the oorijzer/ear iron, leather mask making, and tips for running your own costuming business from Lauren and Cathy. All of them were very informative and well worth my time.

In terms of costuming, I opted for simple Regency, so I could change to street clothes before the mask making class (which involved using paint and dye). I had a great time seeing everyone else’s amazing creations. The Star Wars group was an obvious highlight, but there was also a lot of other fantastic work to look at. Photos below!

Stephanie in her beautiful yellow regency gown
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Such pretty trim!
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My day ensemble
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I wanted to go with all coral jewelry, so I picked out some of my favorite pieces I have made. I need to make more of these, as I love the look! I have sold some in my Etsy shop before, but it has been a while since I have carried them. Soon!
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Samantha explaining the oorijzer
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The whole Star Wars group
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Loren in her mod take on Darth Vader
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Check out her amazing 3D printed purse!
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Katherine in her wonderfully embroidered Regency Bespin Leia
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Jen as Edwardian Kylo Ren. Although I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite of the Star Wars gals, I will throw my vote in with Jen. Such a great interpretation of the original movie costume!
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She sculpted the handle for her parasol out of polymer clay to be a lightsaber hilt.
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And isn’t her purse great?!
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Ginger as a perfect Medieval A New Hope Leia
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Llyra Lee in her super cute BB8 dress
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Jen and Bunny
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Stephanie and Taylor
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Aubry and Jenny-Rose
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Mask making class!
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The finished mask, which I think I will use for my Stephanie Brown Robin costume (I smooshed the previous mask I had made).
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Loren and Merja
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Lauren and Cathy teaching their class
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Mela Hoyt-Heydon‘s table in the marketplace! So many pretty hats and bonnets! I may have bought one….
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I just processed photos from the Thursday night pool party at Costume College. (Of course, the only reason I was able to do them so quickly was I only took a few….) The theme was 1960s “It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World,” and there were some really cool interpretations! I was excited for my first taste of Costume College, and it did not disappoint. I met so many fun people in just a couple hours, and I got to talk to some folks that I had not seen in person for many years.

I had nothing that fit with the theme, so I just wore my Rockford Peaches uniform again. Which I still love. It’s very comfy, and it traveled well in the suitcase. The perfect costume for the first event of a con.

On to the photos!

Stephanie (foreground), Rebecca, and Leimomi
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Angela, Ginger, Bethany, and Taylor
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Jen, Loren, and Ginger
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Bethany and Angela
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Merja
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Me, at the end of the party
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And with my roomie, Stephanie!
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Last night I finished editing the photos from Kat’s wonderful Victorian picnic, which took place in June. This year’s theme was “seaside,” and Kat went all out with the nautical decorations. Plus, a lot of attendees wore blue and white costumes, which added to the mood. The weather was decent, not too hot and no rain. Kat’s party is always a highlight of the summer, and this year was another one to remember!

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I re-wore my 1910s princess line dress, which I made for a Downton Abbey event a couple years ago. The lightweight cotton was good for the warmer temperature, and afterwards it laundered by machine very easily. Bonus!
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All of my photos are here.

In preparing for my first Costume College, I thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate with a sale in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun.

From now until August 31st, use the code “2016COCO10” for 10% off your purchase! Note that the shop will be closed from Saturday July 23-Monday August 1.

Below are photos of some of the items I currently have listed:

Festoon Necklace By In the Long Run Designs
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Mike and I did re-wears at Awesome Con this year. I had plans to debut a new Black Canary, but my work schedule got in the way of finishing that costume (it is about 90% done now, so I guess it is in the hopper for Baltimore Comic-Con). So just Rainbow Dash and Hipster Mr. Marvel. But even with the repeat costumes, we had fun wearing them and meeting other cosplayers and attendees.

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Now for our hall photos of cosplayers! Check out the amazing variety! It was so great to see so many wonderful costumes. Some of these photos are from the DC Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup on Saturday.

Green Arrow and Black Canary
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Cinderella (Meg Cramer)
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Boba Fett (Bryan Curtis)
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Elsa
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Captain Marvel and Hipster Mr. Marvel
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X-Men
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Bucky/Winter Soldier (Red Costuming) and Captain America
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Squirrel Girl
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Red Hood
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Rogue (Life of Cosplay)
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Zero Suit Samus
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Cinderella (Sara Cosplays)
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Not sure who this is, but she had a lovely wig!
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Iron Man (Zach Williams)
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Fun with exposure!
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Scarlet Spider (Toshi Cosplay)
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Spider-Man (MelPool Cosplay)
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Count Dooku
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Deadpool!
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Harley Quinn
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Nightwing
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Joker
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Agitha from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
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Bombshell Wonder Woman (Ema Griffin Cosplay)
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Bucky/Winter Soldier (Red Costuming) and Captain America
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A cavalcade of Spideys (including Toshi Cosplay, MelPool Cosplay, and Mikomi Chan)
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Ms. Marvel (Kimono Jones)
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Hawkeye
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Captain America: Civil War
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Ms. Marvel and Hipster Mr. Marvel
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Belle and Gaston
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The Flash (Equinox Cosplay)
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Ms. Marvel
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Knightmare Batman
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Arrow
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Check out the hand drawn designs on his bow!
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Nathan Drake and Catwoman (The Jungle Nook)
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Elsa (Jennifer)
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I was very happy with how this edit turned out! There was this glass/stone sculpture hanging from the ceiling and we couldn’t resist snapping a photo.
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Bespin Leia
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An adorable Harry Potter pair
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Merida (Becki Turner)
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Assassin’s Creed
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Supergirl (Laney Feni Cosplay)
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Nightwing
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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (awesome idea!)
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Captain America, Sam Wilson
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Nathan Drake
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Black Panther (Bill Johnson)
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Green Lantern and Black Panther (Bill Johnson)
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This year’s Awesome Con was the best one yet. Mike and I have been going to this con since it started in 2013. Every time it has gotten bigger and bigger, but even with the crowds it has continued to be fun. This time we went on both Saturday and Sunday. The organizers appear to have put a lot of thought into the programming, with panels covering many different geek interests and aspects of pop culture, from TV to comics to gaming to crafting to science. Furthermore, the array of vendors and artists in the expo hall was really impressive. And the cosplayers were legion. Everywhere we went there were great costumes! I appreciate going to a con where there is such a large variety of things to do and see.

This post covers the con generally. I will follow up with hall photos of cosplayers and pictures of my and Mike’s costumes.

On the walk in, I met this adorable Pinkie Pie cosplayer, who asked for a photo.
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At one of the booths you could take a photo with the shield used in Captain America: The First Avenger.
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On the back it was signed by cast members of several Marvel movies/shows.
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On Saturday afternoon, DC Cosplay Photo Shoots held an informal meetup. Here’s one of the organizers, Life of Cosplay, hamming it up with another Rogue cosplayer (The Jungle Nook).
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More behind the scenes at the photo shoot meetup
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A pair of Rainbow Dashes
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This tiny Rey cosplayer was adorable. She was really shy, but was excited to get her picture taken with Rainbow Dash.
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Maggie and her colleagues at the James Webb Space Telescope panel. It was really informative! I’m so glad Awesome Con invited them to participate in the science track of panels.
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The foam armor panel with Kati Coe and Morgan Elizabeth
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All of my purchases and swag. Maggie gave me the NASA sticker (and she gave one to every waiter we ran into at Zengo, where we went to dinner on Saturday–she may have had some extra stickers…) and Jay Justice signed my badge.
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On Saturday of PAX East Mike debuted his “Hipster Mr. Marvel” (based on Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan), and I had my first wearing of my Ariel, The Little Mermaid costume (Kiss the Girl dress). We were pleased with the results. The only real issue I had was that my red wig tangles easily. It took me a couple hours of brushing to revive it later. I also wish I had had time to do a better fitting of the bustier, but it works fine. Sometimes I have to accept that with limited time to sew I can not finish everything as I would like. The alternative would have been to have no costume to wear, and that would not have been as fun!

Also, I have to give credit to Oh! My! Glitzy! for her very helpful post on how she made her Ariel costume. The skirt she suggested, a worship dance skirt made by Body Wrappers, was the one I used.

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Mike let me borrow his glasses to make Hipster Ariel!
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On the Friday of this year’s PAX East, Beth wore her new Rey and I wore my Rainbow Dash (with newly upgraded wig, ears, and wings from Yaya Han). Beth did a great job making a wonderful Rey costume on a short timeframe, including a nicely detailed staff. She’s taken some time off from cosplaying, so I was very happy that she decided to join me this year!

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