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CoCo Freedom!

I signed up for NO LIMITED CLASSES!  None!  Not a one!

I took two last year and one was pretty good (mostly because Leia was there with me!) and the other was bleh (and I had to miss Elizabeth's dancing class which everyone loved).  I had way, way more fun in the unlimited classes and of course the best part was just getting to hang out with everyone, so I decided that this year I wasn't going to tie myself to any class and would just go where the wind blows me!

Can't wait!  I'm even SEWING if you can believe that!

Ditching the Francaise

I have had silk taffeta set aside for a very specific francaise for some time now, but I just can't get over the fact that I don't wan't to make it. I don't like the style of the Francaise, I don't like making them.  I'm just not feeling it.  So I said to hell with it and I'm going to make this instead:

I just LOVE it.  It's so luxe with the weird proto bustle and the super long skirts, the narrow banding along the edges.  It's impractical and gorgeous.  I wants it.  I have many yards of a fantastic deep purple silk taffeta, so this with be more of a plumb color, but Samantha was able to come through with a few yards of yellow taffeta so I can at least keep within the color scheme.  It SHOULD be easy, because I already have a good 18th century bodice pattern and there isn't any crazy trim or anything.  Let's see if I can pull this off in the next few weeks!

See y'all at the francaise dinner!

On the hunt for fabric

Hey all! I'm on the hunt for a remnant of fabric!

I'm looking for 1-2 yards (or a little more, if you have it), of this fabric:

I know a few people used this apple-green stripe a few years ago, so hopefully someone has some bumping around in their stash!

Velvets are in!

For those of you who expressed interest in velvet ribbon, I've just listed the first 9 colors in my Etsy shop! https://www.etsy.com/shop/damesalamode?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Don't forget to use the coupon code "ljfriends" and you can take 10% off your order!

This is just the first blush of 2-inch wide ribbons, mostly in darker colors. There's an amazing purple and an awesome gunmetal up now!

I don't know what I was thinking buying all this damn ribbon! It's going to take me forever to photograph it (and where am I going to store it? Shit!). Anywho...take a look. More coming soonish, let me know if you have any requests of stuff you need RIGHTNOW!

Victorian Skating/Falling Down Party


Furred pantaloons!  I needs them!  Who will dress up like a doofus with me and fall down on the ice a lot????

Costume College Change of Plans

Thank you all so much for the kind words on the house!  I'm very excited, and it looks like we'll be moving in at the end of the month, a week before Costume College.

Even though the house technically didn't need any work, we're doing some anyway.  We are doing a bit of remodeling on the bathroom and laundry rooms downstairs (and by little bit, I mean they gutted the whole thing), we're having the floors refinished, and we're repainting everything.  There's also an unending list of little annoying stuff, like changing out light fixtures and swtch plates, re-painting the cast-iron security doors, minor landscaping.  We've spent every free moment over there, and will continue to do so until we move in.

So I've changed my Costume College plans.  I have no time to make anything new, so I'll be trudging out the old stuff and giving it another wear!  I'm oddly OK with this.  The last thing I want to do is stress about sewing right now, so I'm just going to wear old stuff that I love, whip up some new fabulous jewelry, and have an awesome time learning and visiting and admiring all of y'all!

Yay!  I know it's all about the costumes, but isn't it REALLY all about the company?  That's how I'm choosing to look at it!


Oh right, Costume College!  I thought that was like 7 months from now, but it turns out it is just around the corner!  Fun fact:  100% of my costumes, fabric, and sewing supplies are totally inaccessabile in the back of my storage unit!  YAY!

But there is one thing I didn't store, because I was worried about it being damaged, and that is 9 yards of a magnificent grey velvet.  You know what costume I've always wanted to do?  The Grey Lady from Harry Potter!  And hey, isn't the theme this year something about literature?  YAY!  Thank you fates, for smiling on me this once.

Yeah, but here's the thing:  I know approximately dick about anything prior to about 1740.  So....what the hell is this dress, anyway?

Is this Italian Renaissance?  I don't even know!  I always think fluffy sleeves = Italian Renaissance (how's that for some scholarly costume research, eh?), but I really have no clue.

Other funny things:  This dress is not Velvet.  Rowena Ravenclaw lived in the 12th Century, and I KNOW this isn't 12th century.  So I'm doing a totally inaccurate version of a costume that was totally inaccurate in the movie.  Lawlz.

guh so busy

The best way I can describe how busy I am is thusly:

Four yards of copper SILK velvet arrived to my house on Tuesday, and I haven't even taken it out of the package yet.

Is it Smarch yet?  I could really use an extra month between now and yesterday. 

Tiara day?

There's a Tiara Day going on over on the Facebooks (https://www.facebook.com/events/1540081522905178/?notif_t=plan_user_joined)

So I made this:


I was inspired by this one over at Bonhams: (http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/10798/lot/240/)


This is a test run for a new item I'm thinking about offering in my shop.  There are metal combs wired to either end, and it is flexible in the middle, so you can wear it several different ways.  I would charge $55 for them.  I can customize the colors, too!  Think it's worthwhile to offer these?
Y'all, Y'ALL.  I think the tiaras are going to happen...with one huge caveat.  They will be really expensive.  Here's the post from my Facebook page:

"Friends! Please read! I need your input. I'm in the middle of very, very exciting communications with an 18th-century metalsmith/jeweler to have tiaras made. These will be exquisite reproductions, all handmade, of high quality gold- and silver-plated steel. These aren't going to be "good enough" or "ok" but true museum-quality reproductions. But, they are going to be expensive. Likely upwards of $200-$250 each. They will be customizable as far as the stones I use, so they can be made in many colors. So here's my question: would you be willing to pay that much for a reproduction tiara. We've got to figure out if the market is there before we outlay the considerable up-front cost and time. And please be honest and open- you won't hurt my feelings! Thank you!"

So...what say you?  Crazy expensive?  Potentially worth it if they are awesome?  Shut up and take my money?


Did you see that chain mail bikini?
Taylor Shelby

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