Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I've been scanning...

Being a librarian, I sometimes come into possession of books.

No. Really?!?

Shut up.

Anyway...

When my library decided to save space by getting rid of some of the very old back issues of magazines, I jumped at the chance to get some.

That's how I ended up with bound copies of Good Housekeeping from 1911 to 1920.

And since that time period puts them firmly in the public domain here in the US, I decided to scan them! (Well, the fashion pages, anyway.)

I then decided to share the fruits of my labors with my fellow costumers, since I have gotten so much from others over the years.
It will be a long process, but here are the first results -

Good Housekeeping fashion pages from 1915 in PDF format.



Jan 1915

Feb 1915

Mar 1915

April 1915

May 1915

June 1915

July 1915

Aug 1915

Sept 1915

Oct 1915

Nov 1915

Dec 1915

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I'm a pretty, pretty princess!

I left you in suspense after my last post talking about my recreation of Kinuko Craft's Cinderella costume...

And now, the big reveal!!

The original illustration:                                                     







 And my dress:







41 yards of fabric
3000 glass pearls
180" hoop skirt
50 yards of ribbon and lace trim
dozens of hand-sewn ribbon roses
13 pounds


I'm tired.




But it was all completely worth it when Kinuko Craft came backstage and saw me!
Look how she reacted!  I even managed to keep my dignity and not to act like a fangirl!




(Oh...and I also leveled up from Journeyman to Master with this dress and won a free entry to Costume Con 2019.)



Success.