Victorian Picnic 2017

Kat threw another amazing Victorian picnic this year. Every summer, when June rolls around, I’m always excited to attend Kat’s party. The food, the conversation, the fun…it’s a great time every year.

Kat has so much awesome tableware!
Victorian Picnic 2017

Judy in dramatic black and white. She is wearing earrings she commissioned from my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
Victorian Picnic 2017

Our hostess, Kat!
Victorian Picnic 2017

Cheers!
Victorian Picnic 2017

Steve hamming it up for the camera
Victorian Picnic 2017

Michael
Victorian Picnic 2017

Carolyn made an amazing new dress and hat for the occasion.
Victorian Picnic 2017

The fit of Lara‘s gown was amazing.
Victorian Picnic 2017

Steve, looking very dapper
Victorian Picnic 2017

I rewore an old outfit from the closet, which consists of a thrifted 1980s silk blouse that passes for early 1900s, and a wool 1910s skirt I made.
Victorian Picnic 2017

Victorian Picnic 2017

Ashley went all out trimming her hat!
Victorian Picnic 2017

Victorian Picnic 2017

Judy directing traffic during the croquet game
Victorian Picnic 2017

Victorian Picnic 2017

I love the red and white stripes of Kat’s gown!
Victorian Picnic 2017

Victorian Picnic 2017

Group photo
Victorian Picnic 2017

The gentlemen of the party
Victorian Picnic 2017

The ladies, having perhaps a bit too much champagne! (But let’s be real, you can never have too much champagne.)
Victorian Picnic 2017

Judy and Steve are hilarious.
Victorian Picnic 2017

Victorian Picnic 2017

A cool edit of the group photo by Tammy Lynne.
Victorian Picnic

All of my photos are here.

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Winterthur Point-to-Point

Mike and I attended the Winterthur Point-to-Point for the first time last May. It’s a group of steeplechase races held annually on the grounds of the Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Not only was it a cool event in terms of costuming, it was also a unique equestrian experience. There were demonstrations related to fox hunting and carriage driving in addition to the races themselves. Winterthur is a lovely setting, featuring lots of open space on the grounds of a house formerly owned by Henry Francis du Pont in the early 20th century.

The only hiccup was the weather was pretty cold. Somehow I managed to go to the warmest Fort Fred Market Fair in years, followed by a cold and rainy Point-to-Point a week later. Welcome to spring in the Mid-Atlantic, I guess!

Judy and Kat had one of the swankiest tailgating setups!
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Kat’s hat and coat were showstoppers!
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

I said it was cold! In order to keep warm I wore a jacket under my stole and wrapped a shawl over my head. Plus I had another scarf under there somewhere. I also wore two pairs of thick dance tights.
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Drinking tea. Judy brought a contraption that used heat packets to boil water. It sort of worked!
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

I wore a 1940s-esque modern dress with a 1960s fur stole that I bought at the Williamsburg Antique Mall a while back. Topped off with a little fascinator hat I trimmed for the Lit Up Ball a couple years ago and some paste glass rhinestone earrings that I made.
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Mike wore a thrifted tweed jacket and a fedora for some vintage styling.
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

A junior rider in the pony race
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

More from the pony race
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

What a cute pony!
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

The parade of foxhounds
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

This hound was a straggler.
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Sidesaddle riders (Sara Gartland and her sister)! Someday I’ll try sidesaddle.
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

The carriage parade
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

One of the races
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

An outrider
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

A rider withdrawing from the race
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

The kids competing in a stick horse race
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Check out their faces. Some of them are pretty intense!
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

At the first fence of one of the races, a rider fell off (I believe she was okay). The horse continued the whole race on its own.
Winterthur Point-to-Point 2017

All of my photos are here.

Fort Fred 2017

After missing the Fort Frederick Market Fair last year (because it conflicted with PAX East), I was excited to attend this year. I had missed the shopping! The one downside was it was the hottest weather it has ever been since I started attending the fair in 2011. So we had to take it slow in our walking around, and several of our planned group ended up not attending. Ah well, there’s always next year!

I made a new chintz gown for the fair, so I insisted on wearing it, even though it was a bit heavy for the heat. Thankfully, it’s machine washable! (The fabric is “India Garden” from Colonial Williamsburg.)
Fort Fred

Fort Fred

I made a lapis necklace and earrings to coordinate with my dress.
Fort Fred

Jess in her spring-y jacket and petticoat
Fort Fred

Me with Ashley, in her beautiful striped gown
Fort Fred

Rebecca made this zone front jacket new for the fair. It’s only her second 18th C outfit, and it turned out excellent!
Fort Fred

Cap ribbons on display
Fort Fred

Kerchiefs hanging at The Silly Sisters
Fort Fred

Clouded stockings at 96 District Fabrics
Fort Fred

More stockings at 96 District Fabrics
Fort Fred

Basket of threads at 96 District Fabrics
Fort Fred

Caps on display at Fashions Revisited
Fort Fred

Robert Mouland performing period music
Fort Fred

Fort Fred

I bought myself a turquoise blue bonnet at the fair, and it went perfectly with my outfit!
Fort Fred

All of my purchases: the aforementioned bonnet, some silk ribbon and dress pins from 96 District Fabrics, wool tape from Wm Booth Draper, a straw hat from The Silly Sisters, some leather stocking garters for Mike, a fichu from Smiling Fox Forge, and a cap from Fashions Revisited
Fort Fred

And one more photo of the lovely cap from Fashions Revisited
Fort Fred

All of my photos are here.

The Big-Ass Hat Tea

Combine amazing 18th C costumes with fabulous food, and what do you get? Jenny-Rose‘s “Big-Ass Hat” tea! The idea was for everyone to wear 18th C costumes, accessorized with the largest hats possible. The folks who attended definitely delivered. Plus, Jenny-Rose and her family were such great hosts. We were treated to an absolutely scrumptious tea menu.

My pretty place setting
18th Century Tea

The food was soooooooo good!
18th Century Tea

Jess, Adrienne, and Samantha seated at tea.
18th Century Tea

After tea, we went into the yard for socializing and picture taking.
18th Century Tea

I love the stripes of Leia and Carolyn‘s gowns.
18th Century Tea

Alice and Katy
18th Century Tea

Adrienne’s hat is so beautiful and dramatic!
18th Century Tea

I really like the lavender trim on Katherine‘s dress.
18th Century Tea

Samantha and Ginger with contrasting hats in black and white
18th Century Tea

Maggie in her lovely silk jacket. She commissioned the fan from my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
18th Century Tea

I rewore the dress I made for the Francaise Dinner, because it matched the one 18th C hat I already had. Plus, I liked the fit of this dress so much, I wanted to wear it again.
18th Century Tea

I made myself new earrings from these large acrylic pearls I had in the stash. (I also have a pair for sale in my Etsy shop.)
18th Century Tea

Robin and Amanda playing graces.
18th Century Tea

Amanda looks like a Fragonard painting! Her chintz gown is perfection.
18th Century Tea

18th Century Tea

18th Century Tea

I love the cream and pink colors of Samantha’s ensemble.
18th Century Tea

Robin modeling Carolyn’s amazingly large hat.
18th Century Tea

Sara looks perfect in her dramatic blue ensemble.
18th Century Tea

I LOVE Carolyn’s hat!
18th Century Tea

Sara and Aubry chatting at the end of a wonderful event.
18th Century Tea

Thank you for an amazing time, Jenny-Rose! All of my photos are here.

My Costumes at PAX East 2017

I brought three costumes to PAX East this year: one new and two old. The rewears were DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman and Princess Luna (though I did make a new crown for the latter). The new costume was one of my dream projects: the purple Jim Balent-style Catwoman design. All three worked well, but I’ve already started on a new version of Catwoman. The cowl I had is a bit too small for me, and the bodysuit could be longer through the torso. But I was still happy with the resulting cosplay at PAX!

The only major hiccup I had was I forgot my belt for Batwoman at home. Mike and I searched everywhere through our luggage for some sort of replacement. (Of course I discovered the problem only the Friday morning of the con, not when I went fabric shopping the day before). We hit upon a white balance card lanyard that I promptly sacrificed for the cause by cutting apart.
PAX East Trip

I was able to sew the ends of the lanyard together around myself. I think it worked out okay!
PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

A selfie after the photo shoot
PAX East Trip

On Saturday I debuted Catwoman!
PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

And a big shout-out to BelleChere, whose Catwoman cosplay was one of the inspirations for mine. Her styling was just spot-on, so I tried to emulate it. I have a print signed by her hanging in my sewing room.
Catwoman

On Sunday I went with a casual, comfy costume: Princess Luna. Other than the new crown, I had worn the costume before.
PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

I had a wonderful time at PAX East this year! And I was even able to salvage the white balance card lanyard. Just a few stitches, and it was good as new!
PAX East Trip

PAX East 2017 Cosplay Hall Photos

And now for the hall photos we took of cosplayers at PAX East. Overall, I would say that we saw fewer cosplayers this year than last year. But the ones we did see had a number of impressive costumes and still represented several different fandoms. I did notice that Overwatch appears to have overtaken League of Legends as the most popular game to cosplay from.

McCree from Overwatch (I believe this is the American flag skin)
PAX East

Thor
PAX East

Abyssal Cosplay as D.VA from Overwatch
PAX East

Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn
PAX East

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The only kind of horse allowed in the Expo Hall!
PAX East

Final Fantasy group
PAX East

Not totally sure, but this may be Marth from Fire Emblem.
PAX East

Batgirl
PAX East

Ahri from League of Legends by Lily Spring
PAX East

Samus Aran from Metroid
PAX East

Chell from Portal
PAX East

Mei from Overwatch
PAX East

Pizoobie as Mercy and Bonnies Cosplay as D.Va from Overwatch
PAX East

Me with an adorable gender-swapped Harley Quinn and Joker pair
PAX East

Hanzo from Overwatch
PAX East

Zelda and Link
PAX East

Agent 47 from Hitman
PAX East

Assassin’s Creed
PAX East

Black Canary
PAX East

PAX East 2017

I managed to take a nap, but now I’m back awake and back to blogging. I’m on to our trip to PAX East back in March. I’ll start with a general recap of the con itself, then follow with posts of cosplay photos.

The traditional “I’ve arrived at Logan Airport” photo. It’s still a little weird remembering that this isn’t my home airport now. I flew in and out of here so much back when we lived in Cambridge.
PAX East Trip

The Thursday before the con I took my yearly pilgrimage to Sewfisticated Fabrics (in Framingham). Man, I miss this fabric store! I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have it until we moved.
PAX East Trip

Of course we had to stop by the sporting goods store to get some Super Bowl LI swag.
PAX East Trip

We also swung by the New England Mobile Book Fair (which appears to, sadly, be slowly going out of business). And I found this gem in the remainders section. How many things wrong can you spot with her outfit?
PAX East Trip

Then, because you can never have too much fabric, we also stopped at the Sewfisticated Fabrics location in Cambridge, my old home store.
PAX East Trip

Friday we arrived at PAX just around the time the doors opened, but were met with a long line that snaked around outside, where it was pretty cold. So we went and sat in the lobby of the adjoining Westin to wait. After a little over an hour, the line was still there but moving quickly, so we went in.
PAX East

The first of many shots of the crowd on the Expo Hall floor. This was Friday. Friday, people! Wait until you see Saturday….
PAX East

One of the coolest vendors we saw was Level Up Dice. Their multi-colored aluminum dice are works of art. The salespeople were giving an interesting demonstration explaining the “optimal” randomness of the dice, as they are specially balanced. And yes, I did ask questions about the statistical metrics they were using to define optimal randomness.
PAX East

PAX East

The PC gaming area, with the tabletop area beyond it
PAX East

On Saturday we started the day with an advanced casting and molding panel given by LeeleetheBunny Cosplay and Glitch Cos, with sponsorship from Reynolds Advanced Materials. It was very informative, and they did a life casting demo right then and there.
PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

The resulting face cast
PAX East

And now, the crowd shot for Saturday
PAX East

Did I mention it was crowded? I used to get a bit freaked by the number of people at PAX East. These days I’m used to it, though it does mean I have to be prepared to stand in lines for things. Thankfully the con and convention center staff are pretty organized, which cuts down on bottlenecks and confusion.
PAX East

The traditional Chessex dice photos
PAX East

And then Sunday! While we were waiting in line for a panel, some folks came by and started some impromptu games with those in the queue. This guy wearing a chicken hat was one of the game runners.
PAX East Trip

I think Mike won a sticker from the game? I can’t remember.
PAX East Trip

We went to a very informative panel about cosplay tips and tricks, which included Lucky Grim Creative, BelleChere, and Lodaim Cosplay on the panel.
PAX East Trip

PAX East Trip

One last crowd shot
PAX East

And on Monday we flew home!
PAX East Trip

Williamsburg Spa Trip

I’m home sick today with a cold. But I can’t fall asleep. So what else is there to do but catch up on blogging?

Next up in the event recap queue is our visit to Williamsburg for a spa weekend back in February. It was kindly (and very capably) organized by Stephanie.

We started things off right on Friday with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Blue Talon.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Saturday morning we went to the spa. I got a massage and a facial, and I’m feeling more relaxed right now just thinking about them.
Williamsburg

It was really warm outside. Shorts, in February!
Williamsburg

Last minute costume prep.
Williamsburg

Saturday evening we went to Chownings Tavern for dinner.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg

The shepherd’s pie I had was excellent!
Williamsburg

Our whole group
Williamsburg

Kat and Judy. Judy is wearing a pair of earrings she commissioned from my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
Williamsburg

Erin and Stephanie
Williamsburg

Stephanie and Jess
Williamsburg

Ali and Isabella
Williamsburg

Me and Erin. Yes, I forgot to bring my contacts!
Williamsburg

I adore the riding habits that Judy and Kat made!
Williamsburg

Stephanie had a super snuggly silk mantel.
Williamsburg

Erin made a lovely new redingote.
Williamsburg

I rewore a dress I first made in 2009. Still fits!
Williamsburg

My necklace is a copy of pieces appearing in a few different 1760s portraits. I have one for sale in my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
Williamsburg

What can I say? It was late.
Williamsburg

The next day we went shopping in the historic area. Where there was ice skating, even in the spring-like weather.
Williamsburg

Dresses on display in the Mary Dickinson Shop
Williamsburg

Jess checking how the closures and construction work on this gown
Williamsburg

More from the Mary Dickinson Shop
Williamsburg

The shop window display, including American Duchess Dunmore shoes
Williamsburg

Carriage horses. The grey was really friendly, but his partner, not so much!
Williamsburg

Judy and Kat looked smashing in their redingotes!
Williamsburg

Now I just need a dog.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg

All of my photos are here.

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots January Meetup (Others’ Photos)

Yup, I’m still here. And still very behind in posting recaps from costume events. When last I posted, I shared photos we took at the DC Cosplay Photo Shoots‘s January general theme meetup. Now, here are the photos that others took of my cosplay. The location was the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel costume, which has some nice color to it. Makes for some fun photos!

I love the ethereal mood of these photos by Dan Arango Photography.
Photo by Dan Arango

Photo by Dan Arango

Dan often brings a tribble plushie to shoots, and Hipster Ariel had to get in on the fun!
Photo by Dan Arango

This photo by Billy Whitfield makes it look like I’m standing in a garden, not just inside a museum.
Photo by Billy Whitfield

I especially like what Camera 58 did with these shots in the atrium fountain. He asked if I was okay with getting my feet wet, and I said I was game!
Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

I like the asymmetrical framing of these two pictures by Corrinne.
Photo by Corinne

Photo by Corrine

These photos by Daniel Kelly have a cool, dark/moody look to them.
Photo by Daniel Kelly

Photo by Daniel Kelly

A tale of two photos: one all proper-like, and one of me goofing around. I love the color and contrast that Inverted Chameleon got.
Photo by Inverted Chameleon

Photo by Inverted Chameleon

A classic head shot by Pruitt Allen
Photo by Pruitt Allen

Last, but definitely not least, these awesomely lit photos by Munchkin Photos
Photo by Munchkin Photos

Photo by Munchkin Photos

A big thank you to all of the photographers I worked with!

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots January Meetup (Our Photos)

Mike and I attended another meetup at the National Portrait Gallery with DC Cosplay Photo Shoots back in late January. (I know, I’m still really behind on event recaps.) This was a “general” shoot, meaning there was no set cosplay theme. The variety of fandoms represented was impressive! Below are photos that Mike shot, and then we tag-team edited.

I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel cosplay, which I have only worn once before (PAX East 2016). And this time I brought Flounder!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Mike commented on this one: “Next time we have to make sure Flounder is looking at the camera!”
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

That floor is cold, BTW.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

First time we met local cosplayer Metro Rey!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I’m imagining her in an Old Republic temple here.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Mike was excited to see folks cosplaying from The Wicked + The Divine. Here are Lyn Cosplay as Lucifer and Alyce as Amaterasu.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

And last but not least, here is Goodbye Midnight Cosplay as Black Widow. She had some great dynamic poses.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The group photo
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Ernie of The Fan’s P.O.V. hamming it up
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Thanks to all of the cosplayers who worked with us! You are all super talented!