Costumers’ Lost Weekend recap

I’m still recovering from a great weekend with fellow costumers. Costumers’ Lost Weekend (hosted by the DFW Costumers Guild) was full of fantastic costume and knowledgeable costumers willing to share their craft.

I am still a newbie when it comes to historical costuming so the opportunity to learn from others was something I could not pass up. The panels offered in Civil War clothing and Edwardian hair styles gave me direction for current & future projects. I had never stopped to think about the shape of the sleeves or how the shoulder is dropped for Civil War fashion. And Edwardian hair? Oh my gosh! I have some rats to make! I had always thought, oh, I can use my own hair. But even with long hair, it’s easier to recreate the hairstyles of the 1910s with hair pieces.

I got some pointers from the photography panel too. I have never really done any studio photography. All my photography has been nature or candid photography. Most important statement from the photography panel for me? “You’re taking photos of the costume, not the person”.

The prop making, SciFi & adding lights to props gave me lots of ideas on how to improve my costuming in SciFi and Steampunk genres.

The Mourning Party was a hoot! I wore my mostly finished 1887 Bat Costume (minus the wings & a couple of rows of pleats). I had my fortune read by Madame Cyn. My next month will be “boring”. I chatted with old friends and got to know new friends a bit more. Although George (my sister’s skeleton) probably got more action than anyone else in the room!

The Time Traveler’s Brunch was a good way to wrap up our weekend. I wore my The Woman robe from The End of Time episode of Doctor Who & Kayle wore her 8th Doctor cosplay (she also wore it to the Mourning Party).

Overall, it was a great weekend and I learned a lot & had fun doing it!

To see the rest of my photos, check out my photostream.

Just add fichu

The corset & skirt are not complete, but I’m not going to add more pleats until after Costumers’ Lost Weekend. I still need to add the polonaise and fichu but I’ll do those tomorrow. The wings will probably not happen in time, but I will have them done in time for the masquerade ball at AnimeFest,

2nd row pinned (and not pinterest!)

Today I went with Tereasa and joined other VPLL 1912 Project participants for a day of sewing & crafting. Becky was gracious enough to open her home to people she’d only met on-line. Others that joined the party were Cassie and Lynn.

Becky was excited over the 1920s treadle Singer that Cassie brought down to her. Lynn brought some vintage feathers that would look great on any hat. Tereasa worked on a hat & some hat pins. And I did the hand sewing on the waistband of my bat skirt and pinned the 2nd row down. The heat wiped me out after we left Becky’s, so, I’ll tackle more on the bat skirt tomorrow.

One down, five to go

The first row of pleats are sewn down. The pattern recommended to cover the seam where it’s sewn on with the overage. The difference of fabric colors is because the taffeta is two colored – dark purple (almost black) and a lighter purple. This first row took just about 5 yards.