I had a wonderful time at Colonial Williamsburg this past weekend. Thank you to Stephanie for organizing such a great trip!

We arrived on Friday, which was clear but cold. And…we discovered that three out of six of us had forgotten swimsuits. Which was a problem, because we were going to the spa the next day. Enter a quick run to Target, where we picked up swimsuits and some other necessary supplies (wine, champagne, and gummy bears!).

Once we got back from Target, it was too late for us to get dressed in costumes for the chamber music concert we had tickets to. So we decided just to wear street clothes with tiaras. (Except Isabella, who was able to dress up super quickly.) The concert was beautiful–we were treated to music on the violin, viola da gamba, flute, and harpsichord, along with vocals.

After the concert, we went to the hotel lounge for some dinner
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Judy shows off the kids tiara she picked up at Target
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Erin and me at dinner
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The next day, Saturday, we went to the Spa at Colonial Williamsburg. It was so relaxing! I got a massage and a facial. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie)
Spa day

After that, we went to the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museums
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Judy with punch
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I kid you not, this is a cucumber slicer
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Really cool carousel cat!
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For dinner we went to the King’s Arms Tavern. I had a game pie and lemon ice. Delicious!
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Jess and Isabella conversing with Christina Campbell
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Syllabub!
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After dinner, we took some photos back at the hotel. Here is Erin.
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Jess
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Isabella
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Me and my new yellow silk gown
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Judy being Judy
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Stephanie and her new pink mantle
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The next day, Sunday, we did some shopping and stopped by the Margaret Hunter Millinery Shop
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The “cat bed” calash
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Jenny explaining some of the wares on display
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Beautiful checked jacket
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And then it was time to head home. What a great weekend!

Just a little over a year ago, I opened up my store on Etsy. Thank you to everyone who has supported me this past year! To celebrate, I am having a sale, this week only. Use Code FEB15 for 15% off $25 or more (not counting shipping) until midnight EST 2/28/15.

In the Long Run Designs

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How many wigs do you own? Which is your favourite?

I’m not sure how many wigs I own, but I’ve filled a couple small storage bins with them. I wear wigs often, because my hair is difficult to curl or put fake color onto.

In terms of which are my favorite, I do like wigs from Arda Wigs and Epic Cosplay. The blonde wig I have for my Stephanie Brown Robin is from Epic, and the short wig below is from Arda. They are good quality and reasonably priced. I also get costume wigs from Vogue Wigs.

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I first cut out the pieces for this dress over a year ago. And then I did nothing with them. But when Stephanie proposed a Williamsburg trip, I figured it was time to sew this up.

It’s nearly finished now (which is good, because I need it this Saturday); I just have to finish some interior seams. Everything is hand sewn except the long skirt seams.
Yellow Silk Anglaise

I still dragged my feet on sewing, even after I had committed to finishing it. Less than two weeks ago, I only had some of the bodice together.
Yellow Silk Anglaise

After the bodice had been constructed, lined, and boning placed in the center front
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And then there were sleeves.
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Skirt pleated and attached. This was a pain to get to lay flat, but after a couple tries I got it.
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Trimming.
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First try-on, when I had only trimmed one sleeve so far.
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Any unfinished costumes? Will you ever finish them?

Do I really have to answer this question? Isn’t it obvious? If you sew (or craft) at all, you will have unfinished projects. Forever.

I went to this year’s installment of the Birthnight Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum last night, meant to recreate the 1799 birthday celebration of George Washington. Our group was Maggie and her husband Doug, Stephanie and her husband Mat, plus me. Unfortunately Mike had to stay home as he was feeling sick, and Isabella could not make it out from her place due to the weather.

We started the night with dinner at the Warehouse Bar and Grill, which was quite tasty. Lots of nice seafood on the menu. Then we went to the museum to dance for a couple hours. It was a large crowd, which meant the dances were kept pretty simple. Since Mike was not there, I danced with a number of new people, which was a nice change.

Opening dance demonstration with Corky Palmer
Birthnight Ball

Birthnight Ball

I wore my new net overdress and a ruby red queen anne rhinestone pendant (in honor of Valentine’s Day) that I made last year
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Birthnight Ball

Maggie in her beautiful new evening gown, plus a spangled fan from my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs
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Maggie and Doug
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Hedgehogs on the dessert table dressed in honor of George and Martha Washington
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The General and Mrs. Washington!
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All of my photos are here.

The cosplay you put the most effort into

Probably that would be my Stephanie Brown Robin cosplay. I learned a lot of new skills making this outfit, and did a lot of detailed sewing. Here’s a photo where you can see the gloves I sewed by hand.
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Your most comfortable cosplay and most uncomfortable cosplay

My most comfortable cosplay is probably my Pikachu. The tail means that I have a built in pillow to sit and lean on if I need a nap!
Gloria as Pikachu

As for my most uncomfortable cosplay…several of my cosplays have uncomfortable aspects, but they aren’t awful. Most of my problems have been caused by the combination of a certain costume and unhelpful weather. Like when it’s really hot and I’m wearing non-breathable fabrics. That was the case when I wore my Victorian Catwoman at Dress U a couple years ago. I was really toasty.
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Your most expensive cosplay

I haven’t really kept track of expenses by project lately. But certainly anything with a lot of pricey fabric would be up there. Anything with a lot of silk for instance, as that is frequently $10-$25 per yard.

I finished this yesterday to wear to the Birthnight Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum next weekend. I had a hiccup, where despite my mockup, the back piece of the bodice ended up too wide. The net had stretched more than I anticipated. So I added a seam there. After that fix, it fits. My other mistake was burning a hole in a front piece with my iron (I had forgotten that it was on the high linen setting, so it singed the synthetic net even through a press cloth). Luckily I had enough fabric to replace that piece.

I used a vintage net dupatta that had metal embroidery and beading on it. The embroidery is not in perfect shape, but it’s good enough unless you look closely. I sewed the pieces together using flat felled seams, and then bound the edges with velvet ribbon. The waistband is made with cotton tape, covered with more velvet ribbon.

Net Overdress

Net Overdress

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