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And here we have the grand finale of my Costume Con wardrobe: the pink 1870 ballgown!
1870 ballgown

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Just one pic of the flapper outfit I wore to the Friday Night Social:

I bought this dress at a rummage sale years ago at a cost of about 50 cents, and I just altered it to make it look 1920s. I adore it, and it reminds me of one Lady Mary wore on Downton Abbey, so I wore it with a black wig and a jeweled headband in an attempt to look like her. I don't think I was successful in that, but it was a cute outfit and I had fun wearing it, and people liked it, so that's what's important. :)

(Apologies for the crappy mirror selfie- the lights were turned down at the social so you couldn't really get pics. Please ignore the room full of fabric in the background!)
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Here is the 1898 green cotton summer suit I made, which I wore on Saturday:

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After a crazy busy weekend of last minute sewing, all my dresses got done, got worn, and won ribbons! I didn't compete any of them in the Masquerades, but getting hall costume awards for all three of the new outfits I made was a nice surprise and I'm so proud of it. I saw so many amazing costumes of all kinds over the weekend, learned new things, and the Masquerades were the best ones I've seen at any convention. And I met Theresa LaQuey! (I didn't realize it till the after the con ended, but she actually designed the very first doll dress pattern I ever made back when I started out sewing! *nostalgic sniffles*)

Anyway, on to the pics! Here is my early 1870s walking dress, aka Dream Dress #1, which I wore during the day on Sunday:

1870 day dress

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Okay, Costume Con is finally over. Whew! I wish I could say it was totally awesome, but mostly it was just exhausting! But I did see some pretty cool costumes, and I even won a ribbon in the doll contest! I didn't end up wearing any costumes myself, so I don't feel so bad about leaving it all to the last minute any more, but I do wish I wouldn't have done so much marathon sewing in the last few days, because it made my eyes hurt all week for no reason!

I tried to wear the medieval dress that was supposed to only be the mock-up for the pattern I was drafting, but after three hours in a hot, dark room listening to a lecture, I totally gave up, and tripped on the over-long hem a million times in my rush to change back into real clothes! I did finish my 1790's dress, which is very white and floofy, as 1790's dresses are supposed to be, but I worried it would make me look like a marshmallow and chickened out about wearing it, which I now regret, because I felt very left out at the Historical Masquerade, which was the only place where EVERYONE dressed in costume. Otherwise NO ONE dressed during the day except the Steampunk people.

The most totally disappointing thing though was that my brand new digital camera did not work in low light AT ALL, and the hotel had heinous low lighting everywhere. Honestly, you could barely see your hand in front of your face in the hallways and the ballroom. Seriously, Hilton, can't you afford a few light bulbs??? Or is all the money going directly to Paris Hilton's shoe & miniskirt fund? So I didn't get any pictures! *cries*

But there were a few good lectures and workshops, and I found out about a nearby living history event I might be able to attend in a few weeks, and I bought some most awesome fabric and patterns in the Dealer's room. $6 a yard silk twill, for crying out loud! I just wish I'd have got the $6 silk brocade that matched it! My mom talked me out of it, for which I have not yet forgiven her!

Also, I had two entries in the doll contest; I used the whole day the night before finishing the dresses for a pair of dolls to represent the Binney sisters from John Smart's 1806 portrait, and didn't have time to do their hair at all, but I figured since I'd killed myself making the dresses I'd enter them anyway! I also entered a doll wearing the 1820 pink fleur-de-lis dress I made a year ago, and it got me an Honorable Mention! I won an award at Costume Con! It's an actual Masquerade ribbon with a certificate and everything! I couldn't believe it, since all the other entries were really well done; one guy did a Jedi outfit on a ball-jointed doll that was unbelievable in it's minute detail, and he totally deserved that workmanship award!

But I think the best part of the weekend was stopping by the Milwaukee Art Museum, where I saw Raphael's Donna Velata in person! *squee* I couldn't believe what luck that it was there right when I was, because it's my favorite Raphael painting and it almost never leaves Italy. Her dress is a much lighter and more delicate pink in person than any photograph can show, it was just awesome. And I did a mad dash through the rest of the museum like a kid in a candy store trying to get through it in time to get back to the Con. Living as I do in the middle of nowhwere, it was the first time I'd ever been to a proper art museum, so seeing all the stuff in person that only existed in books for me before was just too cool. I nearly cried standing in front of the Caillebotte painting there. He used such large canvases that standing in front of one is more like looking through a window. You could totally imagine being right back in the scene he painted, what the grass and the wind all felt like, what the water sounded like as the boats floated toward you. And then there was his signature, clear as day in the corner, and it dawns on you that a real human hand made these images, standing where you stood a hundred or so years ago, and it gives you a little thrill down your spine. Very cool. Also saw a Sofonisba Anguissola painting I'd never seen before (yay!) and drooled over the furniture displays, and couldn't believe how Art Deco a lot of the Biedermeier furniture looked. I wondered for a minute if I was reading it right, and if it was really 1920-30 instead of 1820-30! I wish I'd have had more time to take it all in!

I also had the best beer-battered cod I've ever had in my life on this trip, so between that and the art and the costumes, I guess it was a pretty successful weekend. :)
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Okay, after seeing people's photos from this year's Costume Con, I feel a) green with envy and b) inspired as heck! So much pretty! And so much amazing work! I'm completely in awe of [ profile] koshka_the_cat's fuschia 1860's dress. It's just unbelievable. So now I've got a year to make myself a wardrobe for next year's Con, and I can't wait to get started! I think I have too many ideas, though; the hard part is going to be deciding what to make!

On the TV front, Little Dorrit was just fantastic. I did feel that the last episode could have been a little neater, it had so many ends to tie up that I think it got a little disjointed, but still, fabulous. Did I mention how much I love Fanny and Sparkler? Because I do. So funny. But the whole thing was quite funny; generally Dickens minis are rather dark, but I loved how this had a sense of humor pervading the whole thing. Even Arthur Clennam, stolid Dickensian hero, was adorably comical with his indestructable politeness. But it could still break your heart; poor sweet John Chivery! And Mr. Dorrit! Totally heartbreaking! Plus the whole production was gorgeous. More English novels should have parts set in Venice! But everything about it was just stellar; it's definitely on my list of favorite period dramas!

And thanks SO much to [ profile] solidor for introducing me to [ profile] beatonna's Hark! A Vagrant. It's the funniest thing I've seen in ages! If you love history and have a sense of humor, you need to give it a look. Hark! A Vagrant!
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I've actually started drafting my own doll dress patterns! We'll see if any of them turn out!

Meanwhile, I've been pretty unproductive on the 'people costumes' front. I really do want to do one for the Simplicity contest, and I've GOT to make a medieval dress for the upcoming Camelot faire in September, but I can't use the sewing machine when my mum's asleep, because it's too loud, but when she's asleep is the only time I HAVE for sewing! Curses, curses.

It's strange trying to read two books at once; I'm currently in the middle of the first group of Lord Peter Wimsey short stories, and the latest Georgia Nicolson book. Quite a combination! Murder investigations and Viking wedding disco inferno dances merge in one's dreams. Not altogether unamusingly, though!
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Been reading lots more Wimsey novels, and therefore, not sewing. I have, however, done some accessorizing with my twenties scarves and cloche hats and jewelry since I cut my hair, and found out I need to make a cream colored twenties evening dress, and a green twenties lounging frock. (All this of course, was brought on by the aforementioned Wimsey novels, since they're set in the twenties!)

I really should watch or read something Victorian instead, to get me in the mood to make an 1880's ball gown. Simplicity has a nice 1880's ball gown pattern, and I was probably going to make that up for their costume contest, as it's the only excuse I'll probably ever have to make it up! And I've been saving my black and red floral brocade for it all these years! I wish the rules didn't require you to use a current Simplicity pattern though, because I found my pink and black striped fabric, and if I made up the 1914 Ascot dress in that, it could SO win. ;-D
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I would be sewing right now, except that it's so darn hot I think I would die. (Since when does it get to be in the 100s in Wisconsin?!) Sitting in front of the air conditioner and reading is the only option! Just finished the second Wimsey novel; such fun I could die. No nasty melancholia in this one, and high society scandals are so much more my thing anyway! Cheerfulness is back, and I'm officially a Wimsey fan now! And a fan of the Dowager Duchess! She's such a great character! I love this one line she has, it's something like "you may call it deductive reasoning, but I call it mother-wit, and it's so rare for a man to have it that if he does they write a book about him and call him Sherlock Holmes". To be sure, nobody, even Sherlock Holmes, ever had a mother as cool as her!

I have the most smashing idea for a 1912 at home gown for myself, and best of all it would use up this strange yellow paisley fabric I previously had no idea what to do with, but the pattern I was going to use is missing, and the fabric is in the bottom of a stack of bins, and I have no idea what happened to all the fake fur which I would need for the trim. And I have no idea if we have any red fabric that would be suitable for a turban. I used to have a red scarf that would be perfect, but it's totally gone. (Much like my perfectly gorgeous pink and black stiped fabric that I was going to use for my 1914 Ascot dress. And I bought all the matching jewelry for it already! Truth be told, I think both pattern and fabric are in the basement. The damp, moldy basement. I'm so scared right now I cannot even express it. Oh, the woes of a costumer who has just recently moved! You can never find anything again once you move it to a different house!)


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