I got lots done on my short gown and petticoat last week while we were on holiday, so, as promised, here are some photos of a fitting I had the other day to mark the pleats:
Needless to say, the neck is in it's untrimmed state in these photos :)
I think I will roll my cuffs down a little bit, the sleeves look a bit short to me here. Otherwise I'm very pleased, I love the red and blue together, and it's so comfy! I think, with smaller hoops, or even just multiple petticoats, this will be a nice lower class outfit for next season too. I even managed to make a new cap while we were away, in fact I was so productive I quite scared myself! Of course, this week has more than made up for it! I've been so exhausted from work that Wednesday and Thursday I got in at 7:30ish and was in bed by 9:30. So poor little Emmy only had her mummy for half an hour in the morning and less than two hours in the evening. I'm still so tired, and it's only going to get worse for the next few weeks until the play is over :(
My next project for Williamsburg is probably going to have to be new stays, my old ones are falling appart, and they're not the right shape any more either. I've been trying to find reed, but have so far only found one UK supplier, and never having seen reed in the flesh, I don't know if it's the right stuff?! http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/Flat_Oval_Reed.html
# does it look right to you guys? if not, any suggestions of US suppliers that might ship to me?!