This year’s Halloween costume was inspired by Sarah telling me I had to do this, and the ladies in Bella Donna doing a black-and-white movie theme for the 2014 PEERS Bal des Vampyres. Since my friends there would be in somewhat related costumes, I acquiesced to Sarah’s demand (which was based on my super-short, post-chemo
Off & on for the past 20 years around Halloween, my husband & I have held a party we call the Famous Dead Person’s Ball. There are only two rules in this afterlife: You must come as somebody at least marginally famous & at least temporarily dead. We’ve had friends come as everyone from Che
I had an amazing time at the Greater Bay Area Costumer’s Guild’s Last Dinner on the Titanic, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking on April 14, 2012. This costumed dinner & dance took place at the Bellevue Club in Oakland, CA. Everyone was seated at tables of 10, & our group decided
Sometimes, you just want to go to an event, even if the historical era is not your bag, baby. Maybe you’re trying something new, maybe the event sounds like fun because it’s at a fabulous venue or it has a great combo of activities, or maybe all your friends are going, or it could be
This is something of a belated Halloween costume — it’s what I wore to the annual PEERS Bal des Vampyres. I wanted to wear something pretty, gothy, and yet somewhat comfortable (specifically, uncorseted!). The gown was made by the ever-wonderful Donna for me to wear at the Costume College Gala two years earlier. It’s a
At the Art Deco Society of California’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon 2009… See the rest of my Gatsby pix on Flickr.
After buying the pictured jewelry on eBay and a pink paper parasol that I may paint black stripes on, I mostly ignored this project for a week. Well, at some point I did finish the sash and make rosettes on pinbacks as closures/trim. And then, finally, last night, I hemmed the dress. With pink silk.
I actually sewed this morning, before going to work. Shocking! Thomas had to leave an hour before I did (very rare; he usually leaves an hour after I do), which woke me up. Instead of laying around in bed listening to NPR (one of my all-time favourite activities, but one that I do fairly frequently),
This time, it’s stripey! But still a big black sack! The most unattractive dress shape possible! But it’s historically accurate, it technically fits, and I’m going for it! I can never get the hang of mirror pix, but it does look better on me than on the dressform. Marginally 🙂 Just need to hem it,
I’m half an hour into an one-hour dress for Gatsby. By the way, the one-hour dress pattern takes me about two days to make, though I did just finish all the “tricky” patterning, and I even bumped it up a notch by trying the two-piece pattern this time. It’s from a 1925 pattern booklet that
Don’t know if this will actually happen in time for this year’s ADSC Gatsby Summer Afternoon. But I bought a new hat at Convergence 15, a lovely hot pink confection trimmed with big black feathers and a whole bird, made by Caveat Emptor. Which is ’20s-ish in style and makes me reallyreallyreally want a dress
Shortly after Gatsby 2005, I bought this dress off eBay. It was listed as 1920s, but I think the style is more ’30s. It’s a somewhat transitional shape — neither fully straight nor fully fitted in the bust or waist. The waist is dropped, and the handkerchief hem is just around the knees. The dress
My first and probably only occasion to wear this gorgeous antique was the Time Travelers Gala at Costume College 2006. The event’s theme was Tango Argentina 1910s, so this gown fit right in. I accessorized the dress with a rhinestone and pearl headband atop my hair piled on my head. I wore long, dangly rhinestone