Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Completed Civil War ballgown!!!
Okay...the dress needs a little bit of ironing (and I may go back and do a bit more trim), but it's done.
I have to admit that it's pretty much as uncomfortable to wear as it looks (good lord, how did women dress in these things???). So let's see...underneath the dress, I'm wearing a chemise underneath my corset so the corset doesn't rub my skin, my hoops, a petticoat, and then the heavy lined and boned dress. There's even a little bit of padding in the bodice so you can't see my corset line. I had on so many layers that I was sweating after five minutes, and couldn't quite manage to lift my arms up. I think a comfortable day dress (cotton!!! And not 18 yards of fabric!!) is moving up on my wish list.
It is pretty, though, isn't it? And it does fulfill that girlhood dream of a HUGE dress.