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

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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.
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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.
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The beautiful cover will be done by watercolor artist Jean Masetti, who has painted wonderful portraits of historical costumers in the past.
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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):
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When finished, the fan will be hand-embellished with sequins, like this other example of mine:
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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!

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)
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Beautiful cameo chocolates donated by Maggie’s friend Gen
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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)
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I wore the same gown as last year, but with my new wig
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The new tailcoat I made for Mike, with its button cuffs
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Katy regaling us with song, accompanied by John Douglas Hall
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All of my photos are here.

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.

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With Monika Lee
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With Bellechere (who was dressed as a zombie clown as a tie in for the Downward Viral booth)
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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.

1770s Wig

1770s Wig

1770s Wig

1770s wig

On Friday of this year’s PAX East, Beth, Mike, and I did a group cosplay as characters from Ali Lawrence’s My Little Blackhawk art. My Little Blackhawk is a great crossover between My Little Pony and hockey. The results are adorable. And totally cosplay-worthy. Beth, a lifelong Rangers fan, was Lundqasus (Henrik Lundqvist) and Mike was Bergerasus (Patrice Bergeron). I went as Rask Pony (Tuukka Rask), as I did last year.

First we decided that Beth needed to recreate this picture, poking fun at the buildup of ice shavings that formed in Lundqvist’s crease last year during a playoff game
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After that we thought a goalie fight was in order
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Things got pretty heated
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Bergerasus did not approve
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Bruins versus Rangers!
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Post-game head butt
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And a brohoof
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And here is the second batch, from Saturday and Sunday. I’ll post photos of what Mike and I wore later.

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The cosplay just keeps getting better and better at PAX East! We saw so many people in costume, from many different fandoms. A lot of big props this year–I admire folks for carrying those all day. Here are photos from Friday. Enjoy!

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Describe cosplay in three words. No more, no less.

“Fun with friends!”

And that’s a wrap.

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