Mid-year 2014 I did a recap video of projects and I'll add to that and post again. Family and friends enjoyed seeing it all together and it made me happy to see it all in one place. But that will be a bit later as right now I have some catching up to do.
Catching up on blog posts! I have to blog about the costumes for Steampunk unLimited in Lancaster PA last fall, the SASS Convention in January, and the Victorian Dance Cruise in January. All fantastic events with wonderful friends!
Right now I'm planning the costumes for the event I've organized - Party Like A Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC in April Party Like A Vanderbilt Blog Post followed by the San Diego Vintage Dance Week in Asheville Vintage Dance Week Website. Then Costume College a few months later. I've submitted proposals to teach two classes at Costume College and I hope they are accepted! Another few months and I'll be attending my husband's daughter's wedding and then a month after that the National Remembrance Tea and parade in Gettysburg, PA. With luck, the SASS Convention again in December. A very enjoyable year ahead!
So the short term planning is for the Biltmore Estate weekend and Dance Week in April which is 11 costume events. Yes!! 11!! Fortunately, many of these can use costumes I made during the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 Challenges so I'm a bit ahead. Thank heavens for the Historical Sew Fortnightly!
Here's the plan (as always subject to change):
One of the first items for me is creating the attendees' badges so that we can all recognize each other over the weekend. The Dogwood Blossom is the North Carolina state flower and this gold with Swarovski crystal blossom with satin ribbon is my plan. These will go in the welcome bags for each of the 30 attendees for the weekend.
Friday evening Historic Trolley tour of Asheville - The 1899 bodice and hat I made for two Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenges in 2014 and finally got to wear at the SASS Convention Victorian Silhouette Show. This should be perfect as I play the Trolley hostess serving wine, champagne, and snacks. I've found some small black tassels which I'm adding to the lower point of each of the bodice appliques.
Sunday afternoon - Time Traveler's Tea - George Vanderbilt lived from 1862 to 1914. He opened Biltmore House in 1895. We will celebrate his life with costumes from all eras in which he lived and enjoy the variety and color of the fashions while enjoying a fabulous Tea at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. This is another chance for me to wear a Historical Sew Fortnightly creation - the Edwardian Tea Gown and hat.
Of course there will have to be a fabulous headpiece to match the sparkle of the dress and a beaded headpiece following this pattern will be my beginning.
On Monday our group divides into those that will head home and those that will stay for the Vintage Dance Week. One day we will tour Biltmore House again and I will finally wear my "Downton Abbey" fabric dress made for an HSF Challenge last year.
The only gown still on the undecided portion of the plan is the Wednesday evening Belle Epoch gown. So far this one is a good contender since I have 16 yards of this wonderful 19" wide lace already in the stash.