Costume College 2017: Saturday Daytime

Saturday started early again (because yay, still jet lagged…). And that morning was when I realized that I had forgotten my long-sleeved shift for my 1740s Provincial Belle costume. I ended up just wearing my usual short-sleeved shift instead, but it didn’t fill out the wide sleeves of my jacket the way the long one would. Ah well, hopefully I will remember it next time. Stephanie and I started the day by going outside to take photos.

I based this costume on art by Wickfield. My shoes are red Kensingtons from American Duchess.
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I accessorized with a simple coral necklace. I sell similar ones in my Etsy shop.
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I love the sparkle of Stephanie’s crossover gown.
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The sweep of her skirt is so elegant.
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After taking photos, we headed inside to see who we could happen upon in the hotel restaurant. We found a group to chat and have lunch with.

Lindsey looked so glam in her 1960s Roman-esque ensemble. Also, she sort of looks like Megara from Hercules!
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After lunch, a few ladies wanted to go back outside to take photos, and I happily obliged.

Katherine looks lovely in blue check. And those buttons!
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Ginger‘s detail work is beautiful.
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Then, I wandered the hallways a bit to see if there were any folks hanging out there.

Angela has so much sparkle!
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I found Sarah and Francis, leading an impromptu sewing and shoe-making circle.
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Jenny-Rose in her beautiful black sacque gown
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Carolyn patterned her vest off of an original that appeared in the recent exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant” at the DAR Museum. She produced a scaled pattern that appears in the exhibit catalogue.
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Lauren made the same vest, but in black. Twinsies!
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Regency Wedgie photo!
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Later that afternoon, I went to a class taught by Cindy of Redthreaded on taking accurate measurements. She had a number of great tips, and we got to practice filling out a full measurement sheet.
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Up next is the post you’ve been waiting for, the Gala!

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My Costumes at Awesome Con 2017

This year I decided that I had time to make only one new costume for Awesome Con, which meant I would be re-wearing two older ones for the other days. I waffled on what my lineup should be, but in the end decided to embrace my historical costumer side and wear my Rockford Peach uniform on Friday and my Claire Fraser Outlander ensemble on Sunday. Saturday was reserved for the debut of my new costume, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, mid-1700s style.

Friday
I’m glad I opted to wear my Rockford Peach uniform on Friday, because I was unsure how much of a zoo it was going to be, given that the con was instituting new bag inspection policies. Our entry to the convention center was pretty smooth, but it was nice not to have to worry about weapons check, since I had no props. I had originally considered wearing my DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman costume, but that has a bat, and I did not want to run afoul of any prop weapons policies.

For photo taking, Mike and I found an area with large plate glass windows on the top floor of the convention center, which afforded great light. However, it was a little warm, as the AC wasn’t as strong up there and several of the windows were in direct sun. We returned there for photos on Saturday and Sunday, and by that time they seemed to have turned up the AC.
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For the second year in a row, Maggie joined me as a Rockford Peach. I love the reactions we get when people see us on the con floor. And we continued our record of having someone sing us the Peaches fight song!
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Maggie and me, goofing around
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Mike requested “Anime Fingers,” per usual. That may have been the first time we sprung that on Maggie during a photo shoot, though! We had to explain what Mike meant.
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Saturday
On Saturday I debuted my new Provincial Belle costume, based on an illustration by Wickfield (Nina S.). I’m very happy with how it turned out! In addition to referencing Nina’s art, I also took inspiration from a number of images of 1740s-1760s middle and lower class women.
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I am so happy with this photo. I had a vision of how it should look, and Mike worked with me until we got it.
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I did not have an 18th century French book to tote around (nor would I necessarily want to subject a book that old to a convention environment). So instead, I used my vintage copy of Sir Percy Hits Back, one of the Scarlet Pimpernel sequels by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. It was the right color to stand out in photos, and I thought a pulpy, romantic story set in France was appropriate for Belle.
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I’m wearing a ribbon-tie coral necklace, which is available in my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
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Lastly, I had to try and recreate the original artwork that inspired this costume. A huge thank you to Nina for creating such a wonderful illustration and for graciously agreeing to let me cosplay it!
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Sunday
On Sunday I re-wore my Claire Fraser costume. The only new part of this outfit is the cowl, which I knit using a pattern in the book Highland Knits. I thought my last cowl was a little too small. But I only wore the new one for pictures, because it was so warm that day. The old cowl came in handy for wearing in the expo hall, to still get the look but without such a large layer of wool around my neck.
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With my friend Andrew, who was also cosplaying Outlander, but in the Star Wars universe, not from the Diana Gabaldon books. Here you can see my smaller knit cowl.
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My friend Rebecca met up with me for a couple photos. I love how these came out with a slightly atmospheric, foggy look to them, even though we were in a hallway in the convention center.
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And that’s it for my Awesome Con recaps! If I’m not mistaken, I am now totally caught up on costume event blog posts. Which is great, because Costume College is next weekend. I will definitely have a bunch of photos to share when I get back from California!