Well, with some minor handwork the day before going to Dicken's Christmas Faire, plus the bonnet I finished the dress. I was really happy with the results and wearing it was like a dream! Even with my corset shattering under the stress of wearing it (I will explain later), the dress was comfortable! As I may have said before, I like to think that I am making historical clothing so I prefer my clothes to fit, look nice but also be comfortable - in other words I prefer that I wear my dress and not my 'dress wear me'. Here is another image in the context of the faire:
|With friends @ Tavistock House: The two gentleman are friends visiting from England and one of my dear girl friends|
Now, to the 'shattering corset'. So, my pretty little corset taught me a very hard lesson. Ladies - do not make a silk corset and not interline it so that the bones are b/w the interlining and the lining. I had cloutil and silk and that was it. The bones began to eat through the silk. Yes, I know, what was I thinking? Well, I wasn't. I really took my time with the corset, too! But for whatever reason, I just didn't think it through. So, I will have to make another - a bit more sturdier. Sigh.
I am on to Christmas gift making and decorating but I have a few historical clothing projects in the works:
Regency day dress and Pelisse. I hope to use American Duchess' turban how-to video to provide a headpiece.
Late Renaissance/early Jacobean embroidered jacket.
More to come. Cheers!