May 18, 2015
Posted by quincy134 under costume events
I always forget how enjoyable it is to play whist, but then 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
I wore my dark blue striped evening gown again, and this was the first time I was able to get pictures in daylight.
Maggie and I, showing off fans from my Etsy shop
Mike and I made candied almonds for the party, following this recipe from Colonial Williamsburg Historic Foodways blog
Let’s play cards!
Mike keeping score
All of my photos are here.
May 16, 2015
Posted by quincy134 under rockford peach
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!
This was my first time satin stitching on an applique by machine, for the numbers on the back of the uniform. It went okay.
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.
I pinned hairnets over the victory rolls on the wig to keep them in place. And added a large dose of hairspray.
April 27, 2015
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.
All of my photos are here.
April 23, 2015
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!)
April 12, 2015
Just a quick shop update. I have some new listings up at https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun. Thanks for looking!
April 7, 2015
Posted by quincy134 under old photos
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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.
April 6, 2015
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.
The beautiful cover will be done by watercolor artist Jean Masetti, who has painted wonderful portraits of historical costumers in the past.
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):
When finished, the fan will be hand-embellished with sequins, like this other example of mine:
I am also making pins and magnets featuring Jean’s striking cover art as a Kickstarter add-on:
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!
March 30, 2015
Whew, the Fourth Annual Francaise Dinner is a wrap! I am exhausted, but very happy with how things turned out. In the end we had 38 attendees, which was a highly unexpected increase in size for the event. When we started planning we were worried we wouldn’t get more than 25 people. Gadsby’s Tavern Restaurant turned out to be the perfect period-appropriate venue, and we were very happy with their service. We also held a smashingly successful raffle, raising a goodly amount of money for next year’s dinner. Thank you to the many folks who donated amazing prizes! And tons of props to my fellow organizers, Maggie and Stephanie. Without them, I would not have made it through Saturday’s festivities.
Thank you to everyone who attended!
Without further ado (because, honestly, I’m too tired to write much more), here are my photos.
Here is my version of the group photo (Beth of BWPW Photography actually took this picture in five frames, and then I stitched them together into one panorama)
Beautiful cameo chocolates donated by Maggie’s friend Gen
Raffle prizes arrayed on the mantle for display (we had donations from American Duchess, In the Long Run Designs, The Lady Detalle, Costumer’s Guide, Dames a la Mode, Jenny-Rose, Portmanteau Fashions, and Sarah Lizzi)
I wore the same gown as last year, but with my new wig
The new tailcoat I made for Mike, with its button cuffs
Katy regaling us with song, accompanied by John Douglas Hall
All of my photos are here.
March 17, 2015
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I wore this again, this time at the Saturday of PAX East. I very much enjoy this costume, and it travels well (easy to fit in a suitcase–no large props or wings!).
Plus, that Saturday I got to meet two awesome cosplayers: Monika Lee (who appeared on Heroes of Cosplay) and Bellechere. I admire the work of both of these ladies a lot, so I was pretty excited to take photos with them and to get their autographs on my badge.
With Monika Lee
With Bellechere (who was dressed as a zombie clown as a tie in for the Downward Viral booth)
March 15, 2015
Posted by quincy134 under wigs
I wear wigs frequently for costuming, but I try to get away with only styling them in pretty simple ways. However, that doesn’t cut it for fancy 1770s hair, so I decided to get over myself and try something more complicated. Enter the book 18th Century Hair and Wig Styling by Kendra of Demode.
I highly recommend this book. I read the entire history and techniques sections, and the research presented there is impressive. Then I tackled the Dorothee style, which is appropriate for the mid- to late 1770s. This was an adventure, partially because I lacked some of the proper materials. But with Mike’s help (a few things were easier with four rather than two hands), yesterday we made a bunch of buckles (rolled hair curls) set with glue, and a wire frame. Today I attached the frame to the wig and assembled the style. The results are not at all perfect, but wearable and still pretty.