Between the smartphone and the 10 lb Nikon, I got some photos, but I was really pretty lazy about it, so many of these photos are from other attendees.
|Thursday night - everyone has been arriving all day. There was a pool party, and a lot of vintage happening. From left to right: Elizabeth, Vivien, Kaila, Natalie, me, Breanna. Photo is by Laurie Tavan|
|First full day - Friday - during the day I wore this crazy plaid '50s thing. I was lazy and skipped the proper underpinnings and fluffy bits, but I wish I'd done the full thing now. Really fun to wear, though. Photo by Laurie Tavan.|
|My first "limited" class was on Friday - learning how to block wool felt cloche hats. Here's the start of mine - the felt hood had been steamed and stretched on the hat block, and I was perusing inspiration images.|
|At the end of my cloche hat class, I had finished my hat! I am so happy with how this came out, as I am always disappointed in modern cloche hats. Now I know how to block them myself, so it's time to make and/or fix all my old hats!|
|Friday evening was the Ice Cream Social. I started my dressing ritual with buttoning up my new boots - "Renoir" button boots for late 1850s-1880s, which worked perfectly with the 1879 day dress I brought for the evening.|
|At the Ice Cream Social - Rebecca, me, and Kaila, bustling in our bustles. Such fun to wear! Note to self: make more bustle and natural form everything.|
|The Ice Cream Social is the first opportunity to show off your costuming goodness - all periods are present, and even some fantasy. Here we have 1820s, 1920s, and a Kings Landing gown from Game of Thrones|
|Kaila and Merja - still trippin' on the bustles. Just so gorgeous. These two were both made from the Janet Arnold "Patterns of Fashion" example, but are so completely different.|
|I managed to squeeze myself into this gown from last December (yay!). The bodice was made from Wearing History's 1879 Dinner Bodice (Resto-vival ePattern), and I can't wait to use it again. Very versatile. Photo by Laurie Tavan.|
|At the end of the night, it all comes off so much quicker than it goes on!|
|Abby's hair making a break for it, at the end of the night|
And so ended the first day and a half of Costume College. Stay tuned for Saturday's shenanigans....