We came, we played, we sewed, we learned, we (didn’t) sleep much, and it was Fantastic!! Simply a great Costume College event!
Being my 13th year attending, you would naturally expect some years to be great and some so-so. But honestly, the last few Colleges have been really good! It comes down to “it is what you make of it.” Keeping a positive attitude and letting things go when the time crunch came made all the difference.
So what can you do & see & learn at this 3+ day educational weekend when you’ve attended for so many years?? A lot! Let me show you from my point of view:
…So you move on to your first class as quickly as possible. Hidden at the back of the room you take down notes on the class handout of sources for wool to make a Regency tailcoat for your husband.
After class be sure to take pictures in the hall of other costumes with your giant 21st Century camera (aka. tablet). Oh – and extra points if your friend stands next to you and does the same thing (Lauren M. and I are so cool!)
But don’t bowl over another friend while she’s mourning after your flurry of picture taking!
Just call her the Merry Widow! But perhaps she has inspired you to make your own black gown… for research, you attend the 100 Years of Mourning Fashion class put together by Val L. and oogle and ahhh over the really stunning, but despondent black dresses. Truly a fabulous class, mainly because you have all these somber outfits together in force right before your eyes.
Later, you rush back to your room to inhale some snack or such and head off for dessert at the Ice Cream Social.
Afterwards, you grab a real dinner from Ruby’s across the street, sew a bit more on the gala dress, then fall into (a very comfortable) bed. zzzz….
Next morning your roommates look awake, are you?
Of course *I* am – I’m dressing in my comfy cotton 1830s dress and large poke bonnet. hehe 🙂
Most of Saturday is taken up with teaching classes, shopping in the Marketplace (do I really need *another* pattern and more books???), and finishing the last minute sewing on the gala dress.
Which… takes you four hours to finish, BUT I will say I only used one safety pin in the whole costume – yay for (nearly) finished costumes!!
You made it to dinner – but then you go crazy because you’re just so tired and having a great time. (I think my other Gemini half was coming out. Rock on!)
But honestly – the dinner was superb: we learned to eat the British way and Red.Velvet.Cake. Visits in the hallway were many; the Time Warp danced with delight; photographs taken till the batteries gave out. Whew! What a night!
Sunday dawned early… but these students were fresh faced and ready to learn in the Victorian sleeve fitting class (which I will definitely be putting in for teaching in 2014!).
After YEARS of being double booked you finally make it to Bridget & Lana’s hair class. Oh the resources!! (Did you know you can boil fake hair?)
They did each other’s hair in a Cavalier style in about 15 total minutes. Gosh! I wish all period hairstyles went together *that* quickly. But now with new knowledge of hairpieces they can. 🙂
At this point you really *ARE* crazy from all the ideas spinning in your head! Oh my gosh, make it stop!
But first, let’s have Sunday tea! That’ll help.
Then you manage to drive home with a fresh Starbucks Mocha in your cup holder to keep you awake and grand plans to get all the sewing done *before* next year’s Costume College. um… yeah….
Not with how your sewing room looks now!
For my full photo set from the event (the best ones of course), you can visit my Costume College 2013 Flickr set.
Did you attend Costume College in 2013? Are you planning on attending in future years? Hope to see you there!