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!

Victorian Picnic

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!
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

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.

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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Marie Antoinette Pin
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In the Long Run Designs
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In the Long Run Designs
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In the Long Run Designs
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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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Awesome Con

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Awesome Con

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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Awesome Con

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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AwesomeCon 2016

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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Awesome Con

Awesome Con

The foam armor panel with Kati Coe and Morgan Elizabeth
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Awesome Con

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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PAX East

PAX East

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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PAX East Cosplay

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Here are the hall shots we took of cosplayers at PAX East. There were a ton of wonderful costumes. When PAX East first started, the number of people coming in cosplay was relatively small. It was great to see so many costumes in the seventh year of this con.

Tony Stark
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Navi and Link
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Mortal Kombat
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I think this is a kimono design of Sailor Moon
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Red Hood
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Male version of Metal Gear Solid’s Quiet
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Catwoman and League of Legends Poro Queen (Little Lulu Puff and AzzyLand)
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League of Legends PROJECT: Leona
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Thor (Bonnies Cosplay)
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Kylo Ren
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Jubilee
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Ash and Misty
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This may be a steampunk Harley Quinn
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League of Legends Star Guardian Lux
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League of Legends Order of the Lotus Irelia
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League of Legends Queen Ashe and Winter Wonder Lulu
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Sailor Chibi Moon
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League of Legends Poro Queen (Little Baby Chan)
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Spider-Gwen (Nearly Farley)
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The Flash
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Jon Snow
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Portal
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Link
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Harley Quinn
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Winter Soldier/Bucky and Captain America
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Lara Croft
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Batman
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George R.R. Martin
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Kylo Ren
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League of Legends Anivia (CFStudios)
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Catch up post! Mike and I attended PAX East in late April. I’ll start by posting about the con, then follow up with costume photos. It was another fun year, particularly because friends who don’t always get to come (David, Melissa, and Greg) attended too. The one hiccup was that we couldn’t get into any of the nearby hotels. So we had to stay near our old apartment in Cambridge and drive to the convention center. But we made it work, and at least the hotel was cheaper and included a decent breakfast.

The biggest logistical challenge this year was they instituted metal detectors to get into the BCEC. Security has increased over the years, accelerating since the Boston Marathon bombing. Last year they started checking bags. This year the metal detectors. On the first day of PAX, this led to long lines. But to the organizers’ credit, they increased staff the next day which cut down on wait times a lot.
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Yay, we made it into the convention center! (On Friday I wore my Rainbow Dash costume.)
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Hello inflatable Pikachu balloon, my old friend.
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Somehow the Expo Hall got even bigger this year. I don’t understand how it’s possible to squeeze all this into the building!
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There were these guys doing this funny bit, walking around and asking people if they needed help with their “PAX Return.”
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Beth filled out her return!
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Mike bought this cool Captain America shirt from Loot Crate.
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Selfie with Beth!
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Chessex Dice booth
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David, Melissa, and Jenn playing Flashpoint.
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Jeremy and Mike playing Dance Central on stage. I have video of this. It’s precious.
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Mike showing off his Robert Khoo pin.
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Minis painted by some of my friends (I think these are Melissa, Beth, and Jenn’s).
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Mike and Beth playing Dance Central. Not exactly synchronized.
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Mike and Beth playing Time Crisis in the arcade.
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Tabletop gaming area
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Jenn and Beth playing King of New York.
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Cool props displayed at a cosplay panel run by members of the 405th.
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We stayed at the Kendall Hotel. Who doesn’t like a place that has fashion plates as part of the d├ęcor?
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Jenn and I were unintentionally matching on Sunday!
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No big costume for Sunday. But I couldn’t help sprucing things up a bit (ears and unicorn horn from Yaya Han). I had one girl ask me if I was cosplaying Princess Luna from MLP, because I was wearing my galaxy tights too. I told her no, but thanks for the thought!
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A colorful display in the Expo Hall
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PAX East

Wooo hoooo! We achieved liftoff yesterday, and the Fifth Annual Francaise Dinner is now finished. Thank you to my two fellow organizers, Maggie and Stephanie, my husband Mike and Maggie’s husband Doug (who pitched in on a number of tasks), our raffle/goody bag donors, and most of all, each and every one of the attendees. It has been an honor to help organize this event for the past two years. I am sad that I cannot organize next year, but I am looking forward to seeing others put their unique stamp on the dinner.

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Photo by Angela B.
Francaise Dinner

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