Victorian Seaside Party

Because of our family vacation getting switched to August due to one niece becoming a teacher and getting out of school late, I had the silver lining of getting to go to Kat’s Victorian picnic, which this year had a Seaside theme. It was nautical and really fun.

At first I wasn’t sure what I had that would work, costume-wise, especially for a hot summer day. Though a bustle gown is on my someday list, my sewing time/mojo these days is at an ebb. Edwardian was on the table and I thought maybe my Jump dress, but the beading on that is so heavy that it had stretched out the fabric and I couldn’t walk in it. (I did ended up fixing it later on by moving up some of the beading but I didn’t have time for that.) Then I remembered! I had bought a Fan Plus Friend Boarding Suit, because the price (I think I even got it on sale) was so good I couldn’t pass it up.

http://fan-store.net/edwardian-era-titanic-roses-blue-white-jacket-long-skirt-travel-outfit/

All it needed was a shirt and tie, and I figured I could do without the giant hat.

Since it was going to be a million degrees, I wore a t-shirt under it, no corset, and I made a dickey out of an old thrift store men’s shirt I had originally used for my Harry Potter costume. It was really big on me anyway, so I didn’t mind sacrificing it. I didn’t have an accurate tie, so my husband gave me his darkest one, which turned out to have dinosaurs on it, but those were a nice hidden Easter egg that didn’t show. I had screen accurate earrings and a tie pin and I wore American Duchess shoes and wore my Titanic comb, and used my replica bag and I was good to go!

Since then I did find a dickey that is perfect and close to screen accurate so I will look even better next time!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019MR61OU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also bought this tie:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R3YV0VO/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Kat kindly gave me use of her giant hat! And I used my little ebay Victorian-ish umbrella for the first time.
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I also did use my “Miss Fisher-esque” sunglasses that Judy found at (I think) Forever 21.
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Gloria!
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The decorations were so fab!
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Kat had beautifully puffy sleeves:
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I think this is Kat’s photo? Mike’s? I lost the photo credit on it somewhere. Let me know if it’s yours.

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Same with these:
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I love these American Duchess shoes!
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Better shot of tie pin and earrings.
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With the hat:
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Group pic with the Fabulosity Club flag!
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Full group pic:
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And croquet!
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Then this happened:
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This little girl came running over to fan Kat!
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After the party, Mike, Gloria, and I changed and hit a cafe – the food was great, but I loved these brunch specials on their menu! Very Leslie Knope.
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It cooled off a bit by evening and I really wanted a walk, so we headed over to a local college and strolled around campus.
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Pretty houses.
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