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Pretty Fabrics and Trims, CoCo Souvenirs and Costume College 2015!

I recently received this lovely sari trim in the mail. It will be part of a gown I am still accumulating materials for, but will become my Next Big Project. I love the golden threads and tiny pearls!

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It reminds me that I’ve acquired a number of pretty things at Costume College, either in the vendor’s hall or the bargain basement, that I still haven’t posted about.

First up is some silk fabric! The cream fabric on the left is a very thick taffeta. There is not a lot of it, but it is rather sturdy, so I am thinking it could make a nice corset or stays. The fabric on the right is a striped yellow and light brown taffeta. I am not sure yet what it is going to become, but I am leaning towards a jacket or a fancy petticoat of some kind.

DSCN1178I also got a woven upholstery fabric.  I like the color on both sides, and I will be cutting out some of the medallion motifs for the Next Big Project since the fabric is too heavy to use as is.

DSCN1180This is a netting trim, decorated with lace and polished cotton, that you might recognize as having found its way into my Gatsby Picnic Daisy Dress.

DSCN1184One of these vintage flowers, made in a country that no longer exists, was used for my Gatsby hat.

DSCN1191I also bought some yellow French ribbon from the same vendor, but didn’t end up using it on the hat. I did use it to tie up my hair for the gala.

DSCN1193From the same vendor I found this beautiful embroidered velvet ribbon. I have no idea what I am going to use it for, but I couldn’t pass it up! If anyone has some ideas, please let me know. Here is a picture of the front and back.

DSCN1195I also picked up some delicate green lace. I plan to cut apart the leaf motifs.

DSCN1187From the same vendor of vintage trims I bought this beaded lace. I have very little of it, so it may become a belt and cuffs on a dress.

DSCN1189At the Ladies Ascot Day tea party we were given yellow flowers to wear, commemorative notebooks and fake racing tickets.

DSCN1197 DSCN1204 DSCN1205 DSCN1207This is the badge and the ribbons I accumulated. Since my friends and I were called the “Rowdy Table” at the tea, maybe we should pass out “Rowdy” ribbons next year.

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I pre-ordered my 18th Century Hair and Wig Styling book, and had Kendra sign it at CoCo.

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At CoCo we all received these purple tote bags to carry around our loot!

DSCN1216Here is the flyer for next year’s Costume College 2015! The gala theme is Handsome Heroes and Legendary Ladies. The ice cream social theme is Around the World in 80 Days. (Perhaps I could dress up my hot air balloon ensemble). The pool party theme is Atlantis (but I already have a secret group costume in mind). The tea party is Nancy Drew. I think that is a good excuse for a 1930s dress, but I don’t have one at the moment. Sunday morning is Breakfast with the Bennets, and I already have a regency gown I can wear, but will need a fichu. I’ve got a lot of sewing to do!

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AAGPBL Kenosha Comets Uniform (A League of Their Own Baseball Costume!)

“There’s no crying in baseball!” -A League of Their Own

The most comfortable thing I wore at Costume College was my reproduction AAGPBL (All American Girls Professional Baseball League) WII-era uniform. There was no corsetry or special undies other than a pair of shorts, plus it was easy to pack (and wash afterwards!)

A group of us decided to do some DIY uniforms and dress up as the Kenosha Comets! (I am on the far left).

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We decided to do their white home game uniforms instead of their light green ones because we had trouble finding the right color twill. We modified a basic shirtdress pattern by extending the front so that the dress buttoned off-center, like the ones in the movie, and added belt loops. I modified Simplicity 1880.

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Our team and arm patches were made by Emily, a team member, and Barbara of Of Corset.

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I was number 8, which was Pauline Pirok on the 1943 team. Sorry, my mannequin does not have scoliosis, I just put the uniform on funny.

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I added a pocket to the side, which wasn’t part of the original design.

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My hat was a custom order from The Turnip Seed, an Etsy seller who does monogrammed hats. I sent her a picture and she was able to do exactly what I wanted. Some of the other girls on the team got plain wool baseball hats from eBay and made their own patches.  Some other people bought the officially licensed hat from K&P Weaver.

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Underneath the costume we all wore green satin shorts. I drafted my own, but a pair of men’s silk boxers would probably work as well. From beginning to end the shorts took about an hour, and I think you can tell! I was rushing to get these finished, and was afraid my sewing machine was dying, since the tension started doing some weird things.

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For “cleats” I got a cheap pair of black sneakers at Target because I don’t like wearing very casual shoes, and didn’t see myself getting any use out of them the rest of the year.

We had a blast at Costume College, and plan to do it again next year! (The rest of the team photos are by Andrew Schmidt, official CoCo photographer).

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Did you spot the lonely Rockford Peach?

Improvements for the next wearing:

  1. I need to hem the dress shorter. I tend to make my skirts a little longer for modesty, but it’s pretty clear in the team photos it’s much longer than everyone else’s dress.
  2. New socks. I need to get some darker green ones.
  3. New belt. I made mine with D rings based on an example picture, then looked at some more old photographs, and found that most of the belts had buckles. I didn’t have time to make a new one.
  4. I had to order my materials online because I was home sick for a while with the flu. The “twill” that arrived in the mail was a lot thinner than what I was expecting. Part of me wants to remake the costume more properly with the right materials, but realistically, I’d rather use the time for something else!

Project costs: Although having to pay for online shipping for a lot of things upped my cost, overall this was not too bad. My general goal is to stay below $100 for each project, unless I am doing something extravagant, and I got to stick to my budget, even with shoes included!

  • Pattern: $4.99
  • Cotton “twill”: $22.39
  • Spruce Green Kona cotton: $4.62
  • Hat: $12 + $5 shipping
  • Buttons: $6.36
  • D rings: $1.09
  • Green satin: $5.89
  • Patches: $12
  • Socks: $5.99
  • Shoes: $14.99 + tax

Costume College: 1920s Tea Party Dress

The dress I wore to the Ladies Ascot Day tea party at Costume College is one I made a few years ago, but it’s taken several wearings to accumulate all the accessories.

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It was my first 1920s dress, and I didn’t have a pattern. If I was making it all over again I would make some small changes in the construction, such as to the hipline. Overall, it is a very simple tube-like shape. The dress is made of a semi-sheer green fabric. The bodice is 2 layers of the sheer, and the slip underneath is made of the same fabric, with 2 layers as well.

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The neckbow, hem and waist are trimmed with a pink lace.

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The waist has a bow, accented by a rhinestone brooch.

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The back of the bodice is plain, but the pleats and trimming on the skirt extends all around.

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I made the cloche out of the same mint green fabric, lined with a very light canvas. It is decorated with flower appliques and pink ribbon.

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The cloche is a little small. One day I’d like to make another slightly larger one.

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The purse was a last-minute, hasty project the morning of a Gatsby picnic, so it’s a little crooked. (Shh!) The handle is made of several silver metal necklace cords twisted together.

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I think I may have obtained the pink satin gloves at a swap party, and the shoes are an eBay find.

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The ivory necklace is vintage, and features a cool climbing monkey clasp!

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Project cost: I don’t know. I made the dress a while back, and didn’t keep any receipts. I did get all the materials from Fabric Depo in El Sobrante, and everything is synthetic, so it was probably quite a bargain. I remember the brooch was $1. Aside from accessories, I wouldn’t be surprised if this cost around $50 or less.

Costume College: Costume Highlights

There are too many wonderful costumes to post here, but my Flickr albums for ThursdayFriday, Saturday and Sunday contains the rest. Some of my favorites from the weekend follow!

Elizabeth’s French court gown is a showstopper.

DSCN0946We had a lot of fun with our outfits.

DSCN0962Here is Natalie in her fantastic embroidered Game of Thrones dress.DSCN0822Check out those sleeves!DSCN0824The colors on these bustle dresses by DodiRose and Rebecca are wonderful.DSCN0864

Kim’s yellow Regency dress and hat are so charming.DSCN0914 Sahrye’s makeup was impressive.DSCN0968Merja’s work is always so expertly tailored.IMG_2351Chrissy’s 1830s gown and hair were lovely.DSCN1008 I loved this beautiful 1920s dress.DSCN1015This lady in white, and Gina in black were so beautiful!DSCN1018I liked Samantha’s ensemble . . .IMG_2301. . . especially the blackwork!IMG_2302This lady’s hat was by far the largest at the tea, and all weekend.DSCN1104 This gentleman was having a great time, and all the ladies whooping at him were too!DSCN0983

Costume Planning for 2014

This is a tentative list of items I’d like to complete next year. Looking at this all typed out it seems a little ambitious, so I’ll have to see how much I get done!

Navy Regency pelisse and matching bonnet

I have all the materials and I cut out the pieces, but stopped when the event (GBACG Tall Ships Adventure) I was making the set for got cancelled. Then I got too busy with work and baby things.

Deadline: TBA

1830s Romantic ballgown

The group of ladies who did the Gibson Girl dresses last year have decided our theme for the April Gaskell Ball is 1830s. I am planning to use the Truly Victorian 455 pattern.

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Vintage 1940s AAGBPL baseball uniform

I haven’t decided on a team, but it will be something cute and comfortable to wear for Saturday classes at Costume College.

Deadline: CoCo 2014 (August 1-4, 2014)

18th century court gown

This is for the Saturday night ball at Costume College. I have no idea whether I will make something from scratch or reworking this gown if I run out of time.

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Pastel Regency gown

There is an ice cream social at CoCo, and I would like to wear something that has a dessert color scheme.

Fancy bloomers

I already have a corset, and need some spiffy bloomers for the “Sunday Undies” breakfast at CoCo.

Fantasy Tea outfit

Most likely I will recycle an existing outfit for the tea party at CoCo, but with some new accessories if I have time. I may wear my silk 18th century-inspired cream outfit.

Image(Photo by Sally Norton)