In July of 2011, seven ladies from Northern Nevada loaded up in my mom's van and drove down to LA for Costume College. It was my first year, and we had a blast! There were many, many wonderful classes, great people, and lots of opportunities to dress in costume. What a fun weekend!
|On our way down south!|
|My mom teaching one of her classes.|
The first main night of the weekend, they always have an Ice Cream Social. It is a time for everyone to dress up if they want to and socialize. I decided to wear Vintage 1940's.
|Regina and I dressed for the Ice Cream Social.|
|I just had to take a picture of these two. It was literally about two weeks before this event that I even learned who Dr Horrible is!|
|This gals wings were awesome!|
|My mom and I at the Ice Cream Social|
|LOVE this gal's hat!|
|Tron costume. All the light up bits were EL wire. It was a great costume.|
|Loved everything about this gal's outfit!|
|Victorian Vampire Slayer!|
The next set of pictures are some of the things you'll see during the day at CoCo.
|In a class - looks like she's doing the macarena, but really she's showing us her sleeves ;-)|
|Class time. This is one I passed by. Notice the gal in center in yellow. That's a costume. Some people wore costumes all the time.|
|This hat was in the exhibit hall. Beautiful!|
Gala night pictures!
|Getting ready for the Gala.|
|Lisa and I fixing Mom's dress. Have there ever been two such well dressed servants? |
|Mom sure is having fun!|
|This dress has inspired me to make whatever it is I am making for next year's Gala!|
|Hmmmmm...maybe that's why mom was having so much fun in that other pic!|
|Mom and I|
|Lisa and I - the Regency girls|
|Paige, Lisa, Sherry, Me, Mom, and Regina - 6 of the ladies who came from Northern Nevada (Jennie had already gone to bed)|
|With my masquerade mask|
The next day...
|My hair for the afternoon tea. Had to do it early b/c I wouldn't have time later. Found these flowers in the hospitality suite on a food tray. They matched that day's mundane outfit beautifully!|
|Going to classes. Had to be dressed early if I didn't want to miss some great classes.|
|Regina and I waiting to go into Tea.|
|Other Tea Patrons|
|Taking some time out later in the day to do some journaling.|
On our last day, we took the day to go shopping in the Fabric District.
|A trim store! Each one of those boxes had trims and appliques an buttons, etc. There was an example glued or taped to the front of the box. It was like a treasure hunt!|
|This is the fabric my mom found for 2012's Gala dress.|
|The fabric I found for my 2012 Gala dress|
|When you buy this much fabric, it takes teamwork to get it folded!|
|Take a close look. Yes, the last person is standing in the hall. An yes, this fabric is already doubled over. That's a lot of fabric!|
It was tons of fun. And here it is already February of 2012. I am researching patterns and styles to see what I want to make out of that beautiful silver fabric. It's gonna be another awesome year!