So as you all know, I spent the long weekend in L.A., attending Costume College, which was, is, and shall forever be *fabulous*
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.