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Last night I went to the Annual Le Bal des Vampires held by PEERS at the Elks Lodge of Alameda. The costumes were beautiful, the dancing fun, the music nice. The grand dance hall is really epic with its stained glass dome (Sadly I forgot to take a picture) I also had my Tarot read, which was interesting. The most fun I had was while chatting/ wandering around with friends. I wasn't really in the mood for dancing until the end- I blame the guy on the bus who played bongos non-stop for 45 minutes.


For my costume I wore my Swiss Dot gown, but tried to do a "crazy vampire bride" version of a 18th C. hedgehog. My hair was not being very cooperative (more rain) But it a way that added to the "crazy". I mixed in some white clip-in extensions.

The full photo set can be seen here:
PEERS Le Bal des Vampires

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On Sunday I was A model in a Regency Fashion show- part of the twelve month "How Austentatious!" reading and lecture program at the Sacramento library. The Head organizer is of the program is Stephenee Borelli and the fashion lecture and the show were organized by Shelley Monson.

To Watch the Fashion show, Hear the lectures, and learn more about the program go to the Library's page"http://www.saclibrary.org/?pageId=1254 They are planning on having an Austen themed Tea in the same hall in the near future. I am not really sure how quickly they will have the fashion show up, but hopefully soon!

To see all the pictures I took go Here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48512843@N04/sets/72157625243689594/

To see my favorites look behind the cut. )
This was the first time I got to wear my bonnet, and it stayed on perfectly!! Ironically, the entire time I was making it it did not want to! I did not even end up using the fancy hat pin I bought...

It was really fun to be in the fashion show, and I enjoyed answering people's questions. I had gotten used to being around other people in costumes- while in costume- it was refreshing to be asked things that usually don't come up in conversation among costumers. You know what I mean? Everyone was very curious!

Afterwords I went with my carpool to get some food, hhhmmmm BBQ is GOOD after a day of corsets and light snacks!

Also, Now I REALLY want a riding habit.
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It took me longer than I expected because I couldn't make my mind up about trim, but my bonnet is now officially complete! Just in time too, next weekend I am going to be in a Regency Fashion show for a Jane Austen Reading program at the Sacramento Library. Now since my bonnet is finished I can make the few small tweaks on my dress I have been wanting to do with out worrying about time.

More Pictures! )

Now that this bonnet is complete I should probably starting thinking about the 1850's Bonnet I started last weekend in a class, or maybe I should finish those corsets...or just do my homework...:/
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Right now I am leaning towards no ties. It looks more sophisticated and less little Bo Peep? The only downsize is it is not as secure, so I will need to add combs, or horsehair to pin the bonnet onto my head. Or probably I should go get some flesh tone or white eave clips. Opinions? Ideas?

More Views and Thoughts )
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I started this Regency Bonnet a few days ago, and was hoping to get it to a "wearable" condition in time for the Mad hatter Tea (I was going to mount my ears temporarily to it) Alas that did not happen, and I am kind of glad because I think the little cap was cuter, and less distracting from the ears than the bonnet would have been.

I Have been following this tutorial Here: http://regencysa.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=sundries&action=display&thread=431 And it has been working really well with a few style adjustments! (Make sure you scroll all the way down to get the full tutorial, she does two different hats)

My Progress Photos )
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A Cloudy Day in Redwood City, a strange cast of character's gathered to celebrate un-birthdays, croquet and Tea.

My Photos from the Event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48512843@N04/sets/72157624868919063/

Despite a few disapproving glares from little old lady's (I think it was the Bunny Ears on the bus ) Today was really fun! The weather was overcast (my favorite when I am wearing so many layers) but it did sprinkle once and get rather windy towards the end. The wind made it a tad tricky to be wearing mini wind sails on my head :)

We played games, had caucus races, trivia contests, read Poems and generally monkeyed around. There was good Tea and AMAZING looking homemade cupcakes! Sadly none for me, the gluten intolerance being a problem for the cucumber sandwiches as well.

The event was Technically Victorian themed, but as the white rabbit I made the excuse that I was VERY LATE :)
It was really fun to wear my new dress, and I got a lot of compliments from people. I really love how the skirt swooshes out as I walk (The wind helped) unfortunately though, sometimes the skirt in the front would split open and flash my petticoat. The gathers on the front shoulder are also still wanting to slip down onto my arm, so I need to add a stay-minor fix. It was an altogether first outing success for my Dottie dress! I hope to wear it to an upcoming Evening Regency Dance. Hopefully once I Apply some Quality/period Bling it will work as an impromptu evening dress.

And yes, I am wearing sneakers, for running of course!

95% DONE

Sep. 2nd, 2010 08:38 am
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Last Thursday I had my final fitting/dress try on with Suzie at Apparel Arts.

BEHOLD the almost completeness!

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More pics+ Info! )
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I wasn't really liking the silhouette I was seeing in my mock-up, the proportions were not super flattering. I brainstormed ideas and came up with adding a waistband.

To decide whether or not to add a waistband, I traced a photo of myself wearing my mock-up and added in all relevant details. I decided I liked it with a waistband better So I drafted one up. Luckily since the skirt is gathered, it didn't make any difference there. I wasn't super sure waistbands on day dresses were period (I had only remember seeing them on evening gowns, or a ribbon) so I Googled it, and they are YAY!!! (Pics under the cut) I suppose that my dress is a little later period now than before. 1820 instead of 1810 like the original pattern?

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Here is my dress!!
Well, sort of. It is completely basted together for my final fitting. But since it fits well, I can Sew it together permanently now ! (Which is easier when it's basted)

LOTS more Pictures! )
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Having class 8:30-6pm on a Monday was a bad Idea, how the hell do people go to work so long!

Anyway, I'v been making fast progress on the regency gown (Well, fast for me!) Public transit has been very helpful in giving me "time" to hand roll the ruffle edges and other hand sewing bits.

As of writing this, I have my bodice cut out and partially basted, skirt and sleeves assembled, and three ruffles left to hem!


More Pictures etc. )
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I started taking pattern drafting classes (In addition to my full-time school FIDM) last December at Apparel Arts (http://www.apparel-arts.com/). It's a go at your own pace program where you learn skirts, moulage, lines (Like princess empire etc), necklines (Where I am) collars, pockets, sleeves and pants. Everything you do you draft to your own measurements, by the time you finish you have several slopers on tag and about 100 patterns custom fitted to you. It is AMAZING!!!

Pattern drafting, and fitting (especially fitting) is still one of my weaker skills, so being in such a specialized class every week has helped me improve bit by bit!

Most of the time you sew the patterns you draft up in muslin. Then, to graduate out of each section you sew two garments up in fashion fabric. For the skirts section I made the skirts below. For the Lines+necklines I am working on two dresses currently.


skirts! )

Dresses! )
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It's official, I picked a dress ( my first Regency gown!) Specifically it's the 1810 Gown from page 158 of The Cut of Woman's Clothes which is an un-gridded pattern with little indication of grain.

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I started by draping the dress over my stays and mannequin, and then I realized I was using grain lines I had assumed based on modern standards, especially around the neckline. So I made a post over in DressDiaries_So:http://community.livejournal.com/dressdiaries_so/20330.htmlam Asking opinions.

Drape etc  )


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