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Costume College 2015 – Part 2

Part 2 of Costume College photos!

I’ll start with the photos from the Costume Exhibit Room. The last few years, Judy and I have entered something to be displayed, but this year, we totally forgot. I will endeavor to remember to submit something next year!

These 2 matching Victorians were my favorite outfits on display.

Costume College 2015 – Part 1

So I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon big time. I think I need to work on accepting that it won’t kill me to make in-progress blog posts. I always feel like I need to finish a project before I can write about it, and these days, every sewing project takes forever…

Anyways, I decided to get back on the wagon by posting my Costume College photos.

Judy, Mi and I drove down Thursday, leaving super early so we could swing by the Los Angeles Fabric District.

Game of Thrones Costume Event in Napa

Last month, the GBACG held a Game of Thrones costume event at the Castello di Amorosa winery in Napa. It’s an entire medieval castle smack in middle of Napa and it was the perfect backdrop for Game of Thrones costumes.

game of thrones costume event
game of thrones costume event

I actually hadn’t watched Game of Thrones yet when I bought my ticket to the event so I was on a clock to watch the show, pick a character, and make a costume.  Thankfully the seasons are short and the show is really good.

So then it was time to make a costume choice and I really liked Margaery (although I have to admit I barely remember her from the books… but I read the books a long long time ago). Margaery has gorgeous outfits in the show, but I didn’t want to do a named character, so I went back over her scenes and checked out her handmaidens in the background. They all had outfits very similar to hers which was perfect. I chose elements I liked and designed my own. (More photos of my costume this way if you’re interested.)

game of thrones costume event
game of thrones costume event

Tea at Pemberley

2 weekends ago, the GBACG had a regency tea event in San Francisco. I never  pass up a chance at having tea, and being in costume always makes it that much more fun. The theme was “Tea at Pemberley” which is apparently a Pride and Prejudice reference. I only know that because Mi told me… it’s been way too long since I’ve read any Jane Austen.

I had planned to make a new regency: Judy and I purchased a gorgeous striped voile from India and got new patterns (the Fig Leaf Apron Front Dress) to try out, but she’s busy cramming her masquerade costume for SDCC, and I’ve been having fun quilting and making bags, and didn’t really want to stop to make a new costume. I decided to re-wear an old dress, and I hadn’t worn my blue sari open-robe dress to a GBACG event yet. Thankfully early regency dresses are something I can still wear comfortably. (Feeling very blimp-like these days…)

The tea was held at Dartealing, which I’ve never been to, and I really liked it! I wish it were closer so I could go more often. They had an amazing earl grey vanilla tea that I purchased  to drink at home. I also purchased some of their earl grey lavender which I haven’t tried yet. But it’s earl grey and lavender… how can you possibly go wrong?!

Here are some photos from the event!

My first Robe a la Francaise

I finally made my first robe a la francaise! I was supposed to have made this for costume college last year but you know how that goes. GBACG had a Bal de Carnivale event this year which became my new deadline. I pulled out my half finished corset and got cracking.

I actually had a lot of trouble following the JP Ryan pattern so I ended up taking copious photos and writing up notes for myself for the next time I make one of these. Because… yes, I already have fabric for another one. =D If anyone else is going to be using this pattern, feel free to check out my notes… they might help!

I did manage to get a wearable dress by the event although there were a few almost all-nighters in there. (I’m getting way too old for that btw. LOL) The only thing missing for the Bal was the trim which Judy and I finished later for a lovely photoshoot at Gamble Gardens.