Crema Art show: photos up for another month

The owner just called me and they had a cancellation so she asked if they can display my work for one more month. So if you wanted to check them out they are still up :)

There website is currently down but here is their facebook page: Crema fan page.

And address:
950 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126-3134

Costume college: Pretty Pretty (Pink)Princess Party

Here are some of my photos from the awesome Pretty pretty princess party. Thank you to all of you who hosted the event. I had a fabulous time and enjoyed it thoroughly!

The final stitching on a Gala gown during the party:
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Costume college: day 2- Collections Tour – Lobby display

These outfits were never used for the intended purpose and are now on display in the lobby of Western costume. The sketched one is really neat. The gold-work was lovely to see. It is amazing we can still get this level of work done when needed. I wish I had gotten into the gold work embroidery class. I’m still buying books and bought some supplies to try it out anyhow.


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Costume college: day 2 – Orientation

I am so tried and it was only the first official day of Costume college. I’m going to split the day up and try to get the photos up this weekend. But I fear it won’t happen as planned because of all the fun & work involved in enjoying and learning during my time here.

Anyway, to start the event off right I went to the morning orientation. I’ll just share some photos below:

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Costume College prep: in the workroom

Hmm.. Procrastination can be a great tool to get those nasty non-costuming projects out of the way. Take tonight, at midnight my roommate and I decide we are going to finally get the shelving installed above her station, tomorrow . So we very carefully push aside & blatantly ignore the projects in progress on the work-table/sewing stations that need to be moved away from the wall to complete said project. But of course the wall needs to be painted FIRST since that never got done.

Half an hour later we have the first coat of paint up to dry over night and now have a day of workroom build planned for tomorrow. What, how did that happen? Nothing like an event coming up to pinpoint all the things one can get done INSTEAD of sewing.

My husband also helped me put up 4 more hat pegs as well as radiant heat barrier above my sewing station…..

What are we thinking? Well, assuming we come away from Costume college so pumped to sew, a freshly organized and spiffied up workroom will be the best thing to come home to.

Can’t I just wear jeans and a t-shirt to Costume college guys?

Photos tomorrow after some much deserved sleep. Don’t worry, we are sewing too. Just far, far away from the paint.

Livermore Scottish Games: the Needle’s Eye

Packing for the event:

We had a successful, albeit disgustingly hot weekend up in Livermore, CA this weekend. Our group decided to try out a new theme. We portrayed a tailors shop displaying garments and actually hand sewing portions of garments on site. The goal was to demonstrate and teach about sewing in the Renaissance. I found that people were much more willing to come up and ask what I was doing when working on a beautiful gown rather than when I’m wearing it. Continue reading Livermore Scottish Games: the Needle’s Eye

Costume Colloquium: reception at Pitti palace courtyard café

Nov. 8

One more batch of “social” pictures. I promise I’ll come back to all the days and events in due time. In the Pitti palace camera’s were not allowed so I got to practice my sketching skills and purchased a small booklet with some of the costuming. I’m still not sure if I’m brave enough to share any of the crude sketches.

The auto copyright kept going over the bag so here it is without. Much of the time walking around Firenze you’d notice the black bags, a gift from the Colloquium, wandering around. At first I used them to identify other participants. Eventually I started recognizing faces :) I loved this shot because her shawl demonstrates a technique discussed in one of the classes.

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Back to sewing!

I’m back in town and sewing up a storm. This week a huge amount of progress has been made on a stunning Modern style wedding gown, awedding corset is going through the final stages, a mock-up of a Victorian corset will be made, and a chemise gown is in the cutting stage.

Here is a lovely photo Jeremy took of me on our trip to Colombia:

All the wedding dress and corset photos will of course be held till after their respective wedding dates but I will have a couple photos of the chemise gown to share soon!

Costume Con 26 San Jose, CA

I have so much to write but I’ll start with saying – Wow! I had a wonderful time. I recognized some outfits, some faces, and some names. I need to start adding everyone on Livejournal so I can keep up on your projects! It is very rewarding to see so many costumes in one place.

Here is my badge and some ribbons for hall costuming:

I missed one day but am enjoying searching through the photos on flickr to catch up on who and what I missed. I disappeared Saturday around noon to drive 2 hours to Woodland Scottish Festival for a friends knighting. Spent the night with the new Dame and drove back early Sunday morning in time to start my 18th century hair style. It was my first time putting up my hair solo and it turned out pretty nice.
More photos and details forthcoming…