Sherlock Holmes 2015


This character was played by Carissa Burns. The character was a young woman, applying for help to Sherlock Holmes, to find her fiancee. Her parents did not approve!

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Abi made this dress, it was created out of cotton. It is two pieces, plus the belt. The hat is a boater we used in last years Prohibition, and will be using in this years Prohibition as well. I have also used it with my Gibson Girl Golf outfit. We have gotten a lot of use out of this hat!

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The cape was used at the beginning, and taken off when she got to 221B Baker St. It is velvet, and was originally made for Dickens Christmas Carol, many years ago.

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Nelly did a wonderful job on the hair for this production. It really tied the characters together with the costumes, and made them complete.

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Erin Drazin played Tilly Bristol, the spitfire young women who was bent on making Sherlock pay for sending her brother to prison.

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This outfit consists of three pieces. The blouse, the skirt (attached to a under bodice) and the jacket. It is a tennis outfit, I drafted it out of a book (Authentic Victorian Fashion Patterns: A Complete Lady’s Wardrobe). It was meant to be a bit looser, so you could actually play tennis in it, but the waist was ridiculously large, and we added some darts to the back of the blouse. The blouse was made of linen, and the rest of the suit was silk. Maybe not the best choice for a sports suit, but we had to stick with what was in our stash. I made the hat out of velvet, with the really crazy organza bows, but her hair kind of blended with the bows and tamed the whole thing down.

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Lizzy Riley played the mother, Imogene Scott. And she was right to distrust the fiancee, as he ended up being the murderer! This outfit is a walking gown, it’s made of silver figured silk, and plum (I’m not sure what, but I know it’s not) silk. I was mostly pleased with this outfit. The vest is part of the jacket, so the whole thing is only two pieces. I did not like the gaping in the front with the hooks and eyes, and the skirt needed a touch more fullness in the front to hang properly. I modified the sleeves, as the actress hates the huge leg o mutton (which were included with this pattern). This one has a nice puff without being so ginormous!

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The hat is made of buckram and wire, and covered in silk. I wasn’t going to add flowers to the back, but the little riser to make the hat tip forward needed something!


Inspector Lestrade, inspecting one of our Revolutionary War guys that came up to check out the play.WIN_20150307_171534We didn’t get to many pictures of the gentlemen, because we didn’t spend nearly as much time on their outfits. We mostly just put things together out of what we had, and ordered a few things like coats and hats online. The ladies stuff had to be fitted, and we make nearly all our ladies clothing in house. Next time, we are hoping to take character pictures of everybody!



Costume College 2014!! Warning…picture heavy!!




 The highlight of my costuming year is Costume College. I look forward to it all year, and feel very blessed the my work sees fit to send me! Costume College is an annual conference of costume geeks just like me! There is a whole range of people that go. All levels of talent and knowledge, beginners to advanced. It’s exciting to see the beginners learn and grow, and bring better and better costumes each year, and fun to see all the bloggers that in our costume community are like movie stars! It must be weird to them to be followed around and whispered about and have all kinds of fans, when at home they do their day job and find time to blog about what they love in between making costumes. It must be kind of fun though! 



 There are all kinds of classes and workshops and lectures, and while there are disappointing ones once in a while, most of the time they are fabulous and wonderful and I can’t get enough of them! I must add that most of the time if it’s disappointing it’s only because the description isn’t quite right for the class, so you are expecting something else, or it’s more of a beginner class, and you didn’t realize it until you were already there. Those classes are very necessary though, because this year we added 100 new people to our conference (at least, I think that’s the number I heard)!


 One of the workshops I took was on 18th Century Ribbon Chatelaines. You often see the metal ones for sale, but as far as I’m aware, they are more Victorian. I was very excited to take this class, and got my Chatelaine done by the end of class. I think it turned out rather cute! IMG_2148

 I also took a workshop on ribbon cockades. I have made cockades before, but it was nice to learn a new technique. This was before I stitched it down and added the button to the center. But keep a look out for some new fabulous cockades on our cocked hats!IMG_2016


This is the back of the cockade. 



Here are picture of some things in the display room. They were all fabulous, and it is always such fun to see others hard work up close!

I was most impressed by this Elizabethan (I think) doll. The first day we went she was fully dressed, and the next day she was in her underwear! Which was too beautiful to keep covered, so I’m glad they let us see it!











Unfortunately I did not get the name of the person who made this wonderful doll. 

This hat was just beautiful! It had lace inset and I really wanted to walk off with it! 



Abi loved this cloche, especially because of the snail! I think this is a vintage piece.



There was a whole table of American Girl dolls, all dress up in different costumes. I loved this little bathing suit. 



The butt ruffle is excellent, and next year my 4 year old daughter might just get one made for her!



I could’t resist Queen Elsa, my daughter wouldn’t have forgiven me!



One of the displays that was most impressive in my opinion, was this one. A costume group or guild had taken a painting of 9 (I think) ladies, and each one took one dress to recreate. They had a binder talking about each dress, and the person who recreated it. I would love to do this, but as it’s just me and Abi, it would be a very small painting!





You can see the painting in this picture. Unfortunately the larger picture of the painting had so much glare on it I had to leave it out.



Then there were the people in their fabulous costumes! 

Here is Merja on the left, of the blog Before the Automobile. I recognize the other lady also, but am blanking on her name at the moment. Merja is one of the movie star types I was mentioning earlier. Lauren of American Duchess and Jennifer of Historical Sewing are a couple of the others. 








Jennifer of Historical Sewing




This fellow won a bonnet in the raffle, and he kindly modeled it for us!







This ladies dress was amazingly fun! It had a giant hoop in it, and it was like walking around in the middle of a table!



Abby from Colonial Williamsburg. She is an apprentice in the Margret Hunter Millinery Shop. I was privileged to go to some of the workshops she was involved with. This is how I want my 18th century impression to look!




My husband and I right after we got done dancing at the Gala. I snagged some stuff from Prohibition (which conveniently concluded the weekend before Costume College!), and we got to dress fancy!











Abi! She took lots of selfies while we were dancing! 🙂



My feet didn’t last long in those heels, they rubbed my little toes raw, so stocking feet it was!



Abi is wearing a dress I made for the last minute store girl replacement for the last Prohibition. It is a scarf dress. I didn’t have any scarves though, so I made some, then made the dress!






Abi started out in the blue dress, but when we went back up to the room after the red carpet she changed, planning on staying in the room. I snagged the dress, made her wear the scarf one, then dragged her down to the dance!




I started out in the green one, but it was too big and I didn’t feel good in it. The blue one was a bit snug, but a much better fit!








Here are some of the outfits we wore during the day for classes. This is a regency I made last year for Christmas Carol. 





Abi in the striped 1920’s I made, that didn’t get worn until Costume College. 





Abi and I with a charming suffragette we met at the Ice Cream Social Friday night.




Abi in 1920’s. I love this hat!!








Me in my Gibson Girl golfing outfit. All I need is a golf club! And shoes….I need shoes…from American Duchess….*sigh*





Well, that’s it for this years Costume College. That’s not all the pictures I have, but all I have the patience to upload to the blog (my computer takes forever to upload pictures to wordpress)! See you next time!