Another Costume College has come and gone, and wonderful memories were made again. Its so nice to visit with people I only get to see in person once or twice a year. The theme this year was Hollywood 1920 to 1955. Yes! Finally I can go to CoCo with no bustles, wigs, petticoats and polonaises. I had six costumes, and they were all between $8 to $20! Here is what I wore:
Thursday Night Pool Party. Five of us decided to go tiki themed. My friend Cat and I were in the LA fabric district several months ago, and we shared the cost of six yards of a cotton tiki print we found on sale at Island Fabrics (3 yards each). I can’t remember the exact cost, but it was not more than $5 a yard (so about $15 for this dress). Val got a similar Tiki fabric, and April and Joanne were lovely in blue and green tropical dresses. The theme of the pool party was Carmen Miranda, and there were plenty of ladies with "tutti fruiti" hats!
Friday Day. The Bottle Brigade! This was a fun project that snowballed. Joanne and I were shopping at Yardage Town one day and found the cutest retro bottle print. There were two background colors, cream and pink. I think this dress cost me around $20. Well, I was a natural for the pink and Joanne bought the cream. I told Cat about it, and she said "I think I have that fabric too!" Sure enough, she had it in the cream! She also made hers up first and added some vintage blue rick rack. She gave me some to put on my dress. I then told April about our dresses and said she should get the pink to even us out. She did!! Here we are, a matched set. (Note, after CoCo, a friend asked if she could be in the bottle brigade, as she found the same print in a turquoise background! Yay! Now we need one more blue to even us out. Any volunteers?) Cat made darling cigar box purses, and brought a ton of them up with us. Look at our cute purses!
Friday Evening. Ice Cream Social. I love Barbie dresses. I have always wanted one with pink roses. This dress fabric was only $1.50 a yard, so the whole dress only cost around $7.50! I lined the top with scraps, and wore a pink crinoline I got at a thrift store for $6 under it. Joanne wore her lovely Regency gown to the social.
I used Vintage Vogue 1957 pattern number 2903. Now, I tried to make this a week before leaving for CoCo, only working in the evenings. I admit I rushed through it, and when I got to the sleeves, I messed up. I was trying it on after sewing in the sleeves by pulling it over my head. I got stuck. Bad. That dress would not go up or down, and my arms were straight up in the air. I hollered HELP!!! Jerry had to inch it up my arms to get me out of it. Once out, after gasping for air, I threw it in the corner and decided not to fix the sleeves. Five minutes later, I just ripped off the sleeves and made it sleeveless! It fit fine without them. Oh, and these cute pink shoes? Joanne found them for me in a thrift store for $3.50.
Saturday Day. Class Time. Since I was wearing my pink crinoline under everything I was glad my class on Saturday was - making your own crinoline! I wore my cherry dress, which was only $1.50 a yard so this dress was about $6. This was retro 1952 Butterick pattern number 5033. I wait until Butterick has their $1-2 pattern sales, and I just buy about 3-5 every sale. I love pinup hair, so out came the Victory Rolls again along with a 40's hair net for the back of my head. I actually popped into a 40's hair class just as they were discussing this very look! This picture was taken in the hospitality suite which was decorated in a USO theme. It was really cute! Below I am with Val in her gorgeous Edwardian pink and white stripe Summer gown.
You can see from my picture how tired I was by Sunday, but I love this dress!!! Joanne looked lovely in Regency. This was the perfect ending to a wonderful week at Costume College.
This year I was the assistant tea mistress to Val, who did a great job planning this year's tea. Next year's Costume College theme is Cavaliers with a touch of Pirate - and I will be tea mistress next year. Gee, wonder what my tea theme will be????
I had a wonderful weekend, and enjoy reading other attendees’ blogs and stories. You can read Val's blog at timetravelingincostume.blogspot.com