Sunday, September 10, 2017

20s tea

Just wanted to quick share this little painting my mom did from a pic from a holiday tea a few years ago!   I did go to AwesomeCon in June and my friend Gloria and I wore our League of Their Own costumes - but I have been lax on the sewing. Just too much going on in real life right now - and I'm still in this slump I guess. :-(


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Riversdale 12th Night

At the start at 2017, we went to the Riversdale 12th Night Ball. The food was delicious - all period recipes - and the chef made all kinds of pickled products, which were all delicious. The gown was new - a simple drawstring gown out of an ebay sari. Not sure the shiny material is as flattering - but the bullion embroidery on the fabric is pretty. :-) I was also wiped out by the time we got to this ball, so I wasn’t as into the dancing.

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Poor Doug still only had the one vest. No time to sew a new one, though now he has a few - our friend Angela, to pay back a favor, went above and beyond with a new fancy embroidered vest, and a striped one. I’ve started a silver silk one, but haven’t finished it yet.

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And of course - the important stuff - the food!

Veal Loaf

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Also, Mac & Cheese with a 19th century recipe, roasted vegetables, assorted pickles, and savoy cake wiith peach brandy syrup and whipped cream for dessert.

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Doug was randomly chosen as king of the ball!

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This is what happened after Mike jokingly asked Gloria if she could look less dead inside. ha! Also, we didn’t purposely color coordinate - but it’s funny we are each wearing a solid contrasting color.

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Victorian Christmas Tea

Who’s in the mood for Christmas? Yeah. I’m still super behind on blogging anything.

BUT I did get to go to a superfun Victorian Christmas tea, hosted by the lovely Carolyn, in the gorgeous Capitol Hill row house that her and her husband are staying in while on assignment in DC. It’s the perfect place for costume parties! The food was also delicious.

I don’t have a ton of Victorian outfits - BUT I had only worn this plaid 1840s gown once or twice very briefly. AND since then, I had gotten real 1840s repro boots, courtesy of American Duchess, but never really had the opportunity to wear them. So I was actually pretty excited to wear them with the outfit I intended to. They were really comfy and I loved how they looked with this long-sleeved dress.

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I also wore Dames a la Mode earrings (https://www.etsy.com/shop/damesalamode), an antique necklace and brooch and bracelet and rings.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

November Ball at Gadsby's Tavern

November also brought a ball at Gadsby’s Tavern to which I finally wore the second of two 18th century jackets I made with fabric bought years ago in Germany. I got one meter each of some pretty fabric, and I was able to very carefully turn them each into a jacket. I completed this a while ago but only now wore it. I whipped up a quick petticoat in gold silk taffeta to go with, and grabbed some “dead dino” a.k.a. synthetic fabric for a sash. I believe this is the reverse side of the fabric I used to line my Pirates of the Caribbean gown! The necklace is by my friend Gloria: https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun, and I wore antique earrings you can’t see very well here.

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We had dinner at the Columbia Firehouse. I forget what kind of cocktail this was, but it was good. Also squash soup, and crab cakes. Doug got a pasta he didn’t care as much for. I gave him a crab cake. :-)

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At the Gadsby’s giftshop, a chocolate Gadsby’s Tavern!

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The traditional cheese hedgehog:

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Jess:

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Carolyn:

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Regency Pumpkin Tea

Back in November, I had a lovely time at a friend’s Regency Pumpkin tea! Here’s a bunch of photos!

Amanda:

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Kat:

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Judy had the cutest military jacket and hat:

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Jess:

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Ashlie and Carrie:

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More below the cut!