When I first started this blog, I was an unemployed costumer attempting to create period gowns and costumes with very limited means. Although now employed, I still try to be as thrifty as possible. I am still "The Broke Costumer"!

In addition to posts about the outfits I make on a budget, this blog includes short research articles on fashion, history, accessories, styles, or whatever interests me at the moment.


I hope you enjoy my journey into the land of inexpensive costuming and short articles.




Tuesday, May 21, 2019

SUPER LATE POST -Costume College 2018

I am super late on my post about Costume College at the end of last July, and the great theme of Royalty.   There were five costumed events to attend:

Thursday night poolside party: The Realm of the Goblin King.
Friday night social: A Princess in Paris set in 1890s.
Saturday night gala:  The Royal Coronation Ball.
Sunday morning: The Royal Breakfast.
Sunday afternoon:  Queen Victoria's Fancy Dress Tea.

Phew!  That's a lot of events.  I could only attend four.  I had to miss the Sunday breakfast because I was in charge of the afternoon tea, and needed to get everything ready for 130 guests.  So I came up with four costumes.

SUNDAY TEA
The Sunday tea was easy.  I wore my outfit "The Bluebird of Happiness" from my fancy dress fashion show in October 2017. See previous post about dress  Here are a few photos from the tea, taken in our photobooths.


















THURSDAY NIGHT POOL PARTY

For the Thursday night pool party, I wore my Aquawoman costume from Comic Con the week before.  This was a super easy costume, all bought pieces.  I found a pair of green mermaid leggings on Amazon, added a green chiffon high-low skirt over it.  I used my green belt from my Green Lantern costume, and swapped out the buckle for an official Aquaman one from Ebay.  An orange T-shirt covered with a black fishnet T-shirt to represent the fish scales in the cartoon version.  I had regular green gloves, but didn't want to take them off and on all day to use the phone and camera, so I got some green fishnet gloves at Party City.  Also at Party City I found a gold "goddess" crown.  I glued a shell and seahorse on it and sprayed it gold.  I got a cheap $8 wig on ebay, that was better than the $22 one I bought and didn't like.  Finally, I made a trident from a black plastic pitchfork from a Halloween store I had for a few years. I glued shells on it and sprayed the whole thing gold, then glued a jewel on it.  Here are a few pics from Comic Con and Costume College.



















FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL




The Friday night social was fun!   The social chairpersons Kristen and Joyce and I wore Paris themed 1890s blouses.  We used the Truly Victorian 1894 shirtwaist pattern.  I used the 1898 flared skirt pattern.  I am not sure what skirt patterns Kristen and Joyce used.





For the blouse, I bought 3 yards of Eiffel Tower fabric at Walmart for about $15.  The skirt fabric was from the L.A. fabric district and only cost $12.  Buttons were about $3.  I had a bright pink velvet ribbon which was attached to the back of the neck and went down to about hip length.  My purse was Fifi the dog, bought on ebay for $10 shipped. I decorated a boater hat with left over ribbon and fabric and a buckle.  Below are construction photos and to the right, one with Kristin and Joyce.


Putting the blouse together.  This was a very easy pattern.  I used a few layers of netting in the sleeve heads to make them poof out.   Not a big fan of the huge sleeves, but for this outfit, I wanted them, as it was more of a "fun" look than historical. 



 Left:  Almost done!   I did end up using a wider belt.  I added black velvet ribbon to the seam lines to give it some pop. I added large black buttons where the two seams meet on the bottom fronts.





 
Below:  Isn't Debbie cute in her red Eiffel tower hat? She took the other two photos.


 SATURDAY NIGHT GALA
I didn't have a lot of time for sewing and wanted a simple but elegant royal gown.  Originally I was going to wear this to the Friday social, but was invited to the Royal gala dinner by Val.  In fact, the lovely velour fabric was a birthday gift from Val!  I used this Simplicity pattern, but extended the bodice in front in order to be able to pin it together under the bust.  Now that I think of it, the pretty gold trim was purchased from Val's stash. For the dress, I used a cream cotton with gold dots. 
 
I made a few Royal orders to attach to the sash.  Yet again, Val added to this outfit by gifting me with a lovely Order, with my initial. Look at Debbie's beautiful Russian outfit!


















Above, my royal friends Birda, Joanne, April and Debbie.

And as all Royals do a a party, here I am with April doing "The Time Warp"





Another wonderful year of Costume College done, and it went by so fast. See you next time!

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