My hand hasn't been as bad as I feared! The only trouble is I've not had much time to try it out :( I have nearly finished my gala dress though! This is an old pic of the bodice front:
it's one section of the antique lace, the rest is now an overskirt. The underdress is a goldy browny greeny satin and the overdress is this greeny grey chiffon. It's not elaborate or fancy at all and kind of looks a bit frumpy actually, but wheni showed it to my dancing friends they said "ooh, is that an original?!" so I must have done something right ;) I do think I'm going to be the boring country cousin of our little group though :(
Next on the cutting table is my riding habit. It is going to happen if it kills me!!!!!!!!!