Sewing bee

Nov. 14th, 2015 09:33 pm
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
Things I plan to bring to the costumers' sewing bee tomorrow morning:

- Muslin and pattern to mock up a new winter coat for myself. I'll cut and sew this at the sewing bee and do the fitting later at home.

- Muslin and pattern to mock up 1860s pants for my HB. I have some neat wool plaid, just barely enough to squeeze pants out of, and it's been a few years so I want to be perfectly sure of the pattern before I cut.

- The dotted swiss LWD. I set this aside when I got sick and overwhelmed before costume college, and even though I don't have any deadline or event coming up, I am sick of unfinished projects hanging around. It would be nice to finish it and get it out of the sewing room. Might bring my Regency stays along too just in case.

- Supplies for the kids felt sewing class I am doing with The Girl in the afternoon.

- Snacks!
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
We had such a lovely time last weekend at our picnic! We had 20 people altogether (21 if you count the baby!) which is an amazing turnout, considering that 18th century is not nearly so popular here as it is other places.

We arrived at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum around 11. The gardens were already mobbed. We found a shady spot and laid out our picnics.

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Debbie was period perfect in her handsewn shortgown.

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Gary, Sue, and Erin had such an amazing setup, with china, pottery, and homemade period-appropriate food.

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Lot lots more! )

We had a fabulous time. I wish we could have stayed all day, but by 4:00, I was pooped. That hot sun just sucks the energy right out of you! Can't wait until our next one!

p.s. for the curious and dress-obsessed out there, I plan to spill all the dress details in a separate "new dress!!" post.
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
A lady in my local group emailed this out a couple weeks ago, and I need it here so I can refer to it. Also for the benefit of anyone local or semi-local!

May 16, 2015 to July 6, 2015 Wisconsin Women of Style, Prairie du Chien, WI
This clothing exhibit will showcase garments and gowns from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society in the various rooms of the Villa Louis Mansion.

June 20, 2015 to September 20, 2015 Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,
Paine Mansion, Oshkosh, WI

Thursday, July 16th 4:30-Dusk on the lawn of the Stillwater Courthouse Ice Cream Social and Amatuer Talent Show

June 27, 2015: 18th Century Picnic, 11 AM to 4 PM, MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN
Pack a picnic lunch and join us for a delightful afternoon in the gardens.

August 13-14, 2016 Pipestone Civil War Days, Pipestone, MN
The Pipestone Civil War Days brings the Civil War to life for visitors of all ages.

August 15-16, 2015 Home Sweet Home, Fort Snelling, MN
Recreating the Civil War troops coming home in July of 1865

September 12-13, 2015 Civil War Weekend, LeDuc House, Hastings, MN
Civil War reenactment weekend

September 19, 2015 1890's (probably) Ball presented by the Historic Recreation Society, Triune Masonic Temple, St. Paul, MN
Dinner and dance in period clothing. More information to follow.

September sometime Constitution Day 18th c event at the Leduc house.

Victorian Christmas Friday, November 20th 6:30-9 pm Saturday, November 21 10am-4pm Sunday, November 22 11am-3pm.
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
So, it's Tuesday, and I feel like I am the last person to get my weekend photos up. How weird is that? Modern times.

We went to the Netherfield Ball this weekend organized by the Historic Recreation Society. I wore my green voile from last year. I had big plans for a new yellow silk dress but after making Glinda and the purple plaid I was a little burned out and postponed it for another time. I also had plans for the HB but I decided to wait until I have the new-ish Laughing Moon men's regency tailcoat pattern so I can do it right. So her wore his blue 18th century suit from last spring.

It was really cold and snowy that night, and my HB asked me if I was sure I would be okay wearing that thin dress. Silly man! At least I didn't dampen it, like a certain hardcore reenactor in attendance.

Anyway, pictures!

A goofy selfie was required.


The ball was pretty well attended. Lots of lovely ladies and dapper gents all dressed up! Not everybody was perfectly in period; a lot of the men were in their Victorian evening wear, but who cares because they like to dance!


Lots more! )
elizabeth_mn: (seaside)
Oddly, I was the one taking most of the photos yesterday, so there aren't many.

I think the suit deserves its own post, so more on that (and the other costumes) another day.

More!! )

Well, it wasn't perfect, but we had fun. I hope we can keep doing this event and make it bigger and better every year!
elizabeth_mn: (blue silk back)
So the meeting last night with the costume group went really well! It was pretty much everything I wanted to do with the TCCG, but I think we can actually make it work this time.  SO much easier trying to instigate change from inside an existing group than to start up from scratch.

We all agreed to keep the structure limited, and that a board and elections and bylaws and constant business meetings were just a waste of time.  Mostly we discussed what events to have and when to have them.  Most of the people in the room had experience planning events and we all know the rule about choosing a date: you can try to find consensus, but at some point you just have to choose and stick with it.  And whatever date you choose, SOMEONE won't be able to come, and that's just how it goes.

So, the events we've created for the next year's calendar:

June 9, 2013 (yes this is just a little over a week from now); Victorian Picnic. Yeah, I really wanted it to be 18th century this time, but then I'd have been on my own because nobody else currently has an 18th c getup.

Sometime in June: La Boheme in the park, performed by the MN Opera.  I am vague on the details for this one because I am not an opera fan and I'm skipping it.

Sept. 14, 2013: Regency Soiree.  Probably an intimate house party. This is on the calendar partly to tie in with the next thing. . .

Nov. 23, 2013: Ball at Netherfield.  I would never miss a ball!  Still, Regency is still not quite my period, so I'm going to try to make one dress do for both events.

Jan. 11, 2014: Winter Ball.  This is the group's big annual event.  During years where participation was low and not many events were happening, this is still the one they have always held.  It's looking like the Twelfth Night at Balmoral Castle theme is out in favor of a Winter Masquerade.

March 22, 2014: 1880s Ceili.  This is one of mine - I've been wanting to host an Irish ceili dance in the 1880s style, reflecting somewhat on the immigrant experience here and also just as a chance to let our hair down and have a dance that is less formal.

June 15, 2014: 18th Century Picnic.  I proposed keeping the second weekend in June our annual picnic date, with a rotating theme.  I hope this one is planned far enough out that folks will make things to wear!

I am so excited to finally have all these plans in the works!!  Exciting costume stuff is happening in MY city! I know we don't have anywhere near the kind of numbers that some other groups have, but I no longer have to feel like EVERYTHING cool is going on somewhere else.

p.s. I plan to take over the old TC Costumers LJ space to adverttise Historic Recreation Society events.  Or if you want the real deal, the group's facebook page has more info and contacts.
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