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Georgian Picnic!

Yesterday was the guild's 5th annual Georgian Picnic.  I had such a fun time!  The weather was darn near perfect - sunny, dry, and warm.  Well, maybe just a touch too warm, but everyone seemed to take that in stride.  We had a good turnout from our regulars, and some new folks from the Jane Austen society joined us too!  There was a lot of good food, drinks, and conversation.  It was a really great way to spend the afternoon!

I wore my chemise a la reine.  I was pretty short on time so making a new dress was out, and this is only the second time wearing the CalR.  It ended up being a good choice since the day was so warm!  The last time I wore it, my stays kept peeking out around the neckline so I trimmed them down hoping to prevent that this time.  Well...it was better.  Now they only show through at the sides of the back.  *eyeroll*  I think it's about time to retire these stays anyway, and next time I'll be more mindful of the straps and neckline (not to mention the color!)

First, I made a red coral bead necklace.  This will also go with my striped en forreau gown that I wore to last year's picnic, as well as future regency gowns I'll make.  I got the beads on sale at Hobby Lobby, but failed to grab a gold clasp since I was absolutely sure I had some in my bead stash already.  If I do, I have no earthly idea where they've gone.  So I improvised with other stuff I had in my stash.  My silk beading cord has also vanished (maybe it's partying with my gold clasps?) so I used red sewing thread treated with Thread Heaven.  It held up for the picnic and when I find my silk, I'll restring it.
red coral necklace
necklace closure

I also made a miniature portrait.  This will be my entry for the HSF Gratitude challenge.  I used American Duchess's tutorial as a starting point, but due to more disappearing supplies I made it work with what I could find.  I actually think it came out quite nicely!
miniature portrait

I used Collage Pauge, which I already had on hand from a previous project, to glue the picture down and seal over the top.  Allegedly this makes it water resistant, though hopefully I'll never need to test that feature.  I brushed it on vertically, then horizontally so there'd be a slight texture to the finished piece.
dat texture!
These are super fun and easy little accessories!  I had Office Depot print several different mini-portraits so it's pretty likely I'll make more.  Maybe they'll be favors at a future dinner party I'm still hoping to throw...

I also attempted to pretty-up my hedgehog wig.  I decided the frizzy curls needed some trimming up.  Previously they hung almost to my shoulders, and now they're even with the hinge of my jaw as shown most portraits - HUGE difference!  The falling curls needed a complete redo.  Previously I used a whole hank of Yaky hair to make a single fall, which I then tacked to an awkward place in the wig.  I took that out and set it aside to become a hair rat since it's in pretty rough and tangly shape.  I made 5 new wefts, steamed in a rolled curl at the end of each, and sewed them onto the very bottom edge at the back of the wig.  Here's what they looked like after steaming and cooling:
making a hedgehog

I tried steaming them with my Rowenta, which puts off some serious steam.  I had a less-than-stellar experience with using my stovetop steamer on a previous hairpiece and I thought I'd have more control with my iron.  The sweet spot must lie somewhere between the two, because those awesome curls lasted about 5 seconds.
bad hair day
As an added bonus, you can see the problem with my stays/the CalR's neckline.

In spite of those minor hiccups, I had a fabulous time!  Here are a few of my favorites from the day, courtesy of jenthompson:
CalR and hat
Georgian Picnic 2013
Jay and me

Jen was kind enough to do portrait sketches for us.  I am seriously awed by how quickly and skillfully she did them!  Here's mine:
sketch of me

And a final moment of goofiness, lest you think our picnics are all charm and grace:
And no, it's not wine.  It's sparkling cider, really.  ;)

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You look great! Everyone does! So fun to see some curtain-along gowns! I wish I lived closer so I could have come too!

Jen's sketches are really awesome too!

I wish you could have come too. You would have had so much fun!

:-) Hopefully another time!

I had so much fun hanging out with you yesterday! I'm SOOO happy you were able to get home in time to attend. Thanks for the pics of your wig pieces too - it really looked fantastic and I was wondering how you did the tail.

I had a blast too! This was just the sort of outing I needed after two months of no costumes. :) Thanks for the wig compliment. I'm going to have to remove the wefts and try steaming them on the stove I think - I really want those curls to stay!

Wow, you look amazing! The accessories suit the dress so well! And how fun that you got a scetch made after you.

Thank you! I really love that sketch. I need to find a frame for it so I can safely display it!

You look lovely! What a fun time!

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