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Victorian Picnic [Jun. 4th, 2013|02:57 pm]


On Sunday, June 9th, we will be having a Victorian picnic at Como Park in St. Paul. We will be meeting at 1 pm in front of the Conservatory. We will be picnicking on the grounds and enjoying the summer weather which will hopefully have finally arrived by then, with the option to stroll through the Conservatory and the zoo for those who wish to. There is no charge for this event; simply bring your own picnic food and a blanket or chair to sit on. Those who wish to may bring dishes to share with the other attendees, but that is not required to attend. Attire is Victorian daywear. This will be a simple little event, just an opportunity for us to wear our outfits and have a pleasant afternoon with others who share an appreciation of the nineteenth century.

Questions or directions? Comment here! Or visit the facebook page for this event:
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Historic Recreation Society [May. 29th, 2013|03:25 pm]

Since the Twin Cities Costumers' Guild officially dissolved a few years ago, this community space has been pretty abandoned.  But as community admin, I would like to repurpose it.  This is a space where any members can share any Twin Cities area costume events and news.  Let's use it that way!

For my own part, I plan to use this space to share events of the newly (re)formed Historic Recreation Society, a group formerly known as the Northstar Victorian Society.  The group has some exciting events planned - you can watch for info here or on our facebook page:
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Picnic photos [Jun. 5th, 2011|01:35 pm]


A few photos from our picnic at Irvine Park yesterday.  

I also posted these to my own journal, so apologies for any F-list cluttering repeats.

Looks like Pink Stripes was the theme of the day!

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The weather was nice, the park was beautiful, and I think we all had a great time!  The next time we do this is not soon enough.
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Picnic This Weekend! [May. 31st, 2011|12:24 pm]


We'll be having our Victorian Picnic this weekend!

Saturday, June 4th, 10:00 am
Irivne Park, just outside of downtown St. Paul.

Dress from any part of the Victorian era, pack your own picnic lunch, and join us for pleasant conversation.  

You may want to bring along a picnic blanket since the park does not have picnic tables.

We did not formally reserve the park, so it's available on a first-come, first-served basis.  I checked the city's calendar and it seems that no-one else has reserved it, either, so hopefully we will have plenty of space.

In case of rain, we might try to stick to the gazebo, or if the rain is heavy, we could all meet for tea instead.  (Location suggestions?)

If you want to be on the list to be notified of rain plans, just leave contact info in the comments (screened for privacy).
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Steampunk Ball [Mar. 30th, 2011|10:32 am]


I just ran into this listing for a Steampunk Ball coming up soon, April 9th, at the Celtic Junction.

Go here for more: 
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Save the Date: Victorian Picnic [Mar. 20th, 2011|11:05 am]


Saturday, June 4, 2011, 1:00 pm

Pack your own picnic and join us! Dress from any part of the Victorian era, c.1840-1900. Modern attire is welcome as well!

We are thinking of picnicking in historic Irvine Park, on the edge of downtown St. Paul. It’s a small, quiet park with a lovely gazebo, surrounded by Victorian houses.

Other options are Como Park, which has plenty of picnic space but can be a bit crowded, or Hidden Falls Park, which is lovely and has the advantage of having bathrooms.  If anyone has another idea we are open to suggestions!

More details as the date approaches. 

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We're still here! [Jan. 27th, 2011|11:58 am]

Hello all! It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted here. I went on maternity leave over a year ago, and other members had life issues of their own, so the whole Twin Cities Costumers’ Guild kind of quieted down.

The primary instigators here since we started up have been myself and undycat . I think we’ve realized some of the mistakes we made in trying to make this Guild thing happen. We spent a lot of time talking about things and not enough time doing things. We threw a few successful events, taught some classes, and held about a million meetings.

Here’s what we see for the future of this space:

A couple events a year that we will organize.

A posting place for any other events any area costumers want to share.

A near-total breakdown of the formality of a Guild structure.

We’ve got one event in the works which I’ll detail in a separate post.
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Draping class at MCTC [Jan. 1st, 2010|01:47 pm]

Just thought I'd mention that MCTC is offering two classes from their Apparel Design program as part of their Continuing Education & Training program's Spring semester.  Each class has space for 15 students.  They've offered other classes in the past, but it seems to me that they were mostly about fashion sketching and not about construction.  This is a good opportunity to get some professional guidance.  You can register for either class by calling MCTC and asking for the Continuing Ed department. 

Beginning Sewing Methods
Dates: Mondays, Jan 25 - Mar 1
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Cost: $209
Instructor: Vicki Johnson

Description (from MCTC's website): Designed for those with limited or no sewing experience, as well as home sewers interested in fine-tuning their skills, this course will introduce you to basic sewing techniques and industrial sewing equipment. You'll have the opportunity to learn about and practice basic garment construction and equipment operations through a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience in our Apparel Technologies lab. You will produce a sample book and a small project. At the end of this course, you'll be able to define sewing terms, operate industrial sewing and pressing equipment, and perform cutting techniques. You'll need to bring the following supplies to class: machine kit (available at for $20), 3 yards of muslin, 2 yards of knit fabric, fabric scissors, thread clippers, 2x18 see-through quilt ruler, tape measure, straight pins, and pencils. The book "Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing" is an optional supplement to this course.

Draping Techniques Workshop

Dates: Mondays, Mar 22 - Apr 19
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $209
Instructor: Mark Caligiuri

Description (from MCTC's website): Draping is the art of designing garment patterns directly on the dress form. This course is geared towards apparel design students, professional designers or experienced sewers and will provide you with the opportunity to work on professional dress forms while creating patterns of your own design in muslin (bleached or unbleached cotton). You will learn basic and advanced draping techniques through a series of demonstrations and individual instruction. You must supply your own muslin (5 to 10 yards depending on design), 1 1/2 inch quilter's pins, scissors and pattern making supplies (straight and curved rulers).
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Articles in Threads [Sep. 22nd, 2009|03:59 pm]

Hey all,
I noticed the last two issues of Threads magazine have had some great articles that could be put towards costuming.

August/September 2009 issue has an article on re-covering shoes.
October/November 2009 issue has an article on re-covering umbrellas, which could be used for making parasols, as well as an article on making gloves.

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Photos from Picnic [Jun. 21st, 2009|07:56 am]

Hi everyone,

I've added my photos from yesterday's 18th Century Picnic to the Tccostumers photobucket account. They can be viewed here.

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