Attend Classes at Costume College!

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My first costume was completed in 2010. Since then, I have improved my costuming greatly, from researching, to patterning, to construction. I have learned to sew by hand and machine, made my own accessories, and styled my wigs and makeup according to contemporary paintings.

To me, this has been great progress, but I still have many gaps in my knowledge base. I have primarily focused on 16th century in the SCA, but I sometimes dabble in other periods as well, where I am less knowledgeable.

In November, I was awarded a scholarship to attend Costume College, a three day conference in California in July, featuring about 200 classes on historical, modern and creative methods of costuming.

 There will also be social events to wear my best work and network with other costumers - a great chance to learn tricks, receive feedback, become known as a costumer, meet others with the same interest, and make friends. 

In addition to attending classes, I hope to teach two beginner classes on 16th century Florentine women's wear, and share the knowledge and tricks I have picked up while studying this period.

The scholarship covers the cost of the event plus one night's hotel stay (~$300). All other costs are my responsibility. I have signed up for the event's roommate matching service to find a roommate to share the cost of the hotel room, but worst case scenario, the hotel would cost $450 for the duration of the trip. A roundtrip flight from New England to LA is approximately $450 (economy). That makes the basic requirement $900, not counting pocket expenses and extras. I have set a goal of $1,000, just to have a little extra in case of unforeseen expenses.

I am asking for help because I am a full time student and any little bit helps. Any part of the costs that are not funded will come out of my own pocket, through side jobs, sales of miscellaneous items around the house, and any other way I can earn money. Due to the location of the event, I will not be a frequent attendee of Costume College, so I am very excited to have received a scholarship that makes this educational trip a little more affordable.

Any extra funding will be applied towards attending classes with materials/attendance fees, attending the Costume College gala and dinner ($75), and/or one of the tours offered of local museums/points of interest.

If there is a significant amount of extra funding, I may plan an extra night's stay and attend museum(s) that are not included in the tours, such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Costume College scholarship applies to 2016 or 2017. I will do everything I can to attend in 2016. I reserve 2017 attendance as a last resort, emergency only, backup plan.

**NOTE: I will also be travelling to Florence, Italy over spring break as part of a school study abroad. There I will be viewing the costume collections and museums to further my study of 16th c Florentine clothing. This will be funded through student loans and will not affect the funds for Costume College. If I’m frugal in Italy, I may have leftover to apply towards CoCo!
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It's been a hectic couple of months since Costume College, but here's an update finally. I had an AMAZING time and met so many new friends at CoCo! Some of these new friends are from the East Coast, so we are making plans to get together for costuming events here at home. Others are friends from afar that I hope to see at next year's Costume College.

Yes, yes, I'm addicted now and I am applying for another scholarship for next year. I also hope to see some of the local Scadians at Costume College too - many have been delighted hearing my tales and seeing pictures and a couple are considering attending next year!

Back to this year's event: Thursday night was a "pool party" but no one went in the pool or wore beach wear! I did not have time to make my retro bathing suit, so I wore civilian clothes for the first evening. All to the best since I would have been the only one in beach wear.

Friday was classes during the day, with a social in the evening. I wore my Regency gown and felt so beautiful. After the party, I went to a room party with some of the "famous" costumers I follow online. I got to know them, as well as others, and had a blast!

On Saturday, I wore my yellow sottana for classes to "rep" my classes on Sunday. Then I changed into my new orange silk sottana for its first wearing for the gala. Since I gained a fair amount of weight since making it, the fit was a bit off, with discomfort beneath the arms where the armscye was digging in. Theoretically, when I lose weight, the armscye will be in the correct place and it will fit well. Either way, it looked amazing! I sat at dinner with the president of Costumer's Guild West (the host organization of Costume College) and had a blast laughing and enjoying the company of the other scholarship awardees. Sadly, after dinner, I did not stick around for the dancing due to the pain in my armpits. I don't dance, anyway, and I had been in garb all day, so I was ready to relax.

On Sunday, my time was focused on teaching my two classes. They were back to back, in my yellow sottana, and on my feet teaching, so I was beat afterwards. I got myself a dessert from the bar and then went back to my room to relax. The classes went swimmingly, though. Both classes were basically full and people were very interested and asked thoughtful questions. For next year, I am considering teaching my Intro to Florentine Clothing class as a demonstration of myself being dressed. I think this will be much more informative than a lecture format, as students will get to see each garment as it goes on.

Next year's theme is 1960s, and I'm toying with ideas already.

Most importantly, THANK YOU to everyone who supported me, financially and emotionally. You have encouraged me to do new things and strive to be a better costumer. My eternal thanks.
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Thank you to those who have supported me, financially or in spirit! Through outside efforts, I now have the funds to cover the rest of my trip. To be honest, it was weird asking for money, but I'm glad I did because I was touched by the support I received! Thank you guys!

I will keep this gofundme open until after I post a wrap up of Costume College for those who are following along at home.
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Costume College approaches quickly - the end of July! I now have two roommates, which means the hotel should cost about $250, and I have $150 saved for incidentals. I have started a new job that I hope will cover the hotel costs, otherwise I will have to resort to borrowing money from family to cover my trip - I hope not!

I am putting the trim and decorations on the Regency gown, but I likely won't fit into my orange silk sottana for the ball. I will have to try it on with stays to see if it shrinks me down enough.

Costume College is nearly here!!!

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Hello! I'm getting more excited the closer we get to Costume College. Unfortunately, my only Limited Attendance class has been cancelled, but everything else is a go.

All that's left is the hotel and incidentals. I am still waiting on the roommate matching service, which will determine how much the hotel is going to cost.

I have made a regency gown to wear to CoCo, but there is still more trim to be added before it is complete.

Thank you to those who have supported me!
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Raised by 4 people in 27 months
Created December 7, 2015
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