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Costume College 2015 Friday

Friday was the first day of classes at Costume College! For the morning several of us dressed in our Downton Abbey maid costumes, and attended our very first class, a panel hosted by Lauren Stowell of American Duchess, Abby Cox of Colonial Williamsburg, Cathy Hay of Your Wardrobe Unlock’d, and Mela Hoyt-Hayden, milliner and costumer.

DSCN1602 DSCN1603I previously posted more pictures and details about my outfit here.DSCN1616I was very excited to see Jen Thompson’s Grey Lady of Ravenclaw costume!

DSCN1628And Loren’s Rita Skeeter costume, complete with a moving Quick Quotes Quill, was another great Harry Potter costume!

DSCN1635I only wore my maid outfit for a few hours, because I changed into casual clothes for my Pomatum, Powder, Cushions, and Caps! class, taught by Abigail Cox, Janea Whitacre, and Nicole Rudolph. It was a great class, and we all left with a cushion for an 18th century hairstyle of our choosing, and powder and pomatum supplies. Plus, we had hair ready for the Friday Night Social!

The lighting washed out the details on my dress, but it is a silk dress inspired by 18th century fashion, but in a shortened version. It has faux pearl beading, lace, and silk and ribbon flowers, with a sack back super hero cape! I wore it with brand new, super pretty Dunmores from American Duchess. Abby helped me a lot with my hair.

DSCN1664Here is a slightly better photo, taken at home. I made this dress a while back, but this was the first time I wore it with panniers instead of round petticoats.

IMG_4996There were so many gorgeous outfits worn that Friday night!  Here are Rebecca, Breanna, and Lauren, spanning several time periods.


Gretchen’s bustle dress was so sporty.


Amanda, Natalie, and Kaila always look lovely.DSCN1687 DSCN1694

Abby’s large hat was full of awesome.DSCN1645Aimee and Loren wore beautiful Game of Thrones dresses.DSCN1649It was great to see Nicole’s jacket in person!DSCN1644Katherine’s entire ensemble was quite pretty.DSCN1662More of my photos can be seen at my Flickr account.


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8 responses »

  1. Love the 18th century lolita dress, would like to make something similar but was not sure if I should wear petticoats or pannier. How big are the panniers you are wearing?

  2. All of the costumes are lovely. The maid costume turned out great!

  3. What fun!! You ladies in your maids uniforms look fantastic!!! Your white gala dress is wonderful! I love how short the skirt is!! Very well done!


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