Costume College 2017: Thursday

I’m home sick with a cold today. But because I can never fully sit still, I guess this is a good chance to catch up on blogging. When last I left off on event recaps, it was just before Costume College. Now that has come and gone, and it’s time for me to recap again (and of course, I’m way late…).

I’ll start with this photo, which is my traditional pre-convention packing explosion in my guest room. Laying everything out is the only way I can remember what to bring (and I still forgot something, but more on that later).
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Waiting in the airport on Wednesday morning. Traveling in a Star Wars skirt makes me happy.
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Fast forward to Thursday morning. Angela, Stephanie, Sabrina, Bethany, and I rented a car to go hit up the LA Fashion District. (Photo courtesy of Angela.)
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We started at Home Fabrics, because we knew they were having a sale on silk. And, oh man, were they ever! (Unfortunately, the prices are so low because they are discontinuing their stock of silk.)
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So many pretties!
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You should have seen us and the many other costumers who were there pawing through all the silk. We formed lines for fabric cutting that were four or five deep. Some folks mailed home boxes of silk (*cough* Taylor and Carolyn *cough*). I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!
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Later we went to Memo Fabric. They also had some amazing deals! Including certain colors that were already running low at Home Fabrics (like blue).
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Our trunk full of our resulting fabric haul
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I was reasonably restrained in my purchases. A patterned stripe, some matching silk satin, and some lightish green taffeta from Home Fabrics, plus some dark green taffeta from Memo. All silk. Also, I guess I was on a green kick that day.
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After shopping, it was time for the Thursday Pool Party. I wore one of my oldest costumes, which is still one of my favorites. I made this back in 2007. I accessorized with some coral jewelry that I made more recently. I think that’s why I keep wearing this dress: it’s easy to change the accessories and feel like I have a new outfit.
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At the Pool Party
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I love this vintage/Star Trek mash-up group! Featuring Vivien, Natalie, and Kelsey.
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Elizabeth, Jen, and Angela
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Lindsey, Kate, and Stephanie
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So many Snow Whites! Featuring Rebecca and Sabrina.
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And that’s it for Thursday! On to Friday!

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Regency Picnic

Jenni’s 4th Annual Regency Picnic was a great success. The two of us went to a small, yet charming, park near Jenni’s house. We shared a nice lunch and then took a stroll around the park, exploring. We talked costumes, movies, food … it was a great time! We also continued scheming for Costume Con. We’re thinking a road trip of New England costuming buddies (as originally suggested by Sarah) is in order for that event!

To all you New England costumers: you know you want to join us next time!!

Hem Me!

I have finished with the new dress except for hemming it. I just don’t feel like doing that right now. I have a couple of so-so pictures.

Plus, I just got a copy of Past Patterns 001 (1820s/1830s stays) in the mail. Jenni got me thinking about a romantic era dress, so I thought I would take a first step in that direction.

More Progress

I finished up the sleeves and made the bib. Now I just need to figure out if I have enough fabric to make the skirt as full as the pattern calls for, or if I have to improvise. It looks like it will be close. I guess that’s what happens if you buy fabric for one pattern and then decide to switch.

New Bib Front Gown

I finally got around to starting the bib front gown that my last one was just a test run for. I cut out the lining on Friday, and actually got a lot done over the weekend. I was even able to set in the sleeves during the Oscars last night.

I got the fabric at Sewfisticated Fabrics for $3 a yard. Reproduction Fabrics used to sell it for $8 a yard, but now I think Makower UK has discontinued this line.

Here’s the lining. I apparently can’t make things symmetrical to save my life, so I had to make some adjustments.

I’m really liking this print. Although if you look at it long enough in poor light, it makes you dizzy.