Dress U started off on a pretty sad note for me. My planned roommate, Lisa, couldn't make the con due to a sudden illness. Sucky, both because she was sick and because I had no one I knew at the con and no one to room with. I was determined to not let it faze me, though so I headed off for Pennsylvania. After a 6 hour drive I arrived at the hotel a little late but in plenty of time to get dressed for the Welcome Reception on Friday night. I decided not to, though, because I was a little scared of not knowing anyone and being the only person dressed up (crazy, I know) so I went in my traveling clothes. I'm kinda glad I did, too, because my hoop probably wouldn't have fit in the room when it got packed with people.
|The Welcome Reception and all the pretty dresses!|
A lot of the days and events seemed to have an unspoken dress code, and Friday night's was 18th century. There were many pretty dresses!
|A "Costumer's Handshake" at the Welcome Reception|
After a successful night I headed off to bed and a restful night's sleep. The next morning I got up and dressed in my Regency dress. After a fitful walk up to the classroom I found someone to button me up in it and started listening to my first class: Choosing Period Fabrics. I followed it with Fitting Yourself by Yourself and Taming the Stash. After taking a break and skipping the Gibson Girl Pool Party for lunch I joined a workshop on Making an 18th Ct. Silk Muff.
|The muff making class in progress|
|The picturesque staircase at the bottom of the hotel . . .|
|. . . and all the people taking advantage of it :D|
After that I stacked some more classes. The first was "Extant Gowns Up Close, which was very successful.
After that I went to "19th Century Parasols and Umbrellas", "Characteristics of Civil War Fashion", "Costuming in the Internet Age", and "Good Movie, Bad Costume".