No rest for the wicked, so today I made 2 new 18th C petticoats to wear over my bum roll for UTR. A purple and white striped cotton one, which wound up being somewhat on the short side! And a white linen one, made from some linen I bought hoping I could make kerchiefs or a shift but turned out to be very course, it's still sheer, but not at all fine, still, works as a petticoat except under white muslin when the purple shows through!
Then I ripped panels for my Indian print outfit. Like many on my Flist I fell in love with the white floral cotton dress from The Duchess seen here: http://periodmovies.blogspot.com/2009/07/georgianas-floral-print-dress.html
based on the dress from Williamsburg. My fabric is green and blue, and a much more condensed print, but I'm using the same style ideas.
Since I only have 5 yards to play with I'm not making a frill mounted on the skirt with the skirt hem showing, (I don't like it very much any way) my frill will be the hem of the skirt, and I think it may end up a little bit on the skimpy side, but never mind ;)
Only trouble is, while looking for references on the Duchess costume I kept being tempted by the green Gaule she wears! I was thinking, "I'd love a dress like that, shame I can't afford any fabric" but then I thought of the brown spotted silk I bought in LA that I used to line my brown velvet spencer, it would be lovely as a Gaule I think. Only thing is, when would I wear it?! Everyone says don't wear silk at UTR, except in the evening when I want to wear my sunflower, so when? I am going to a Playford Ball in a few weeks, but would long sleeves be suitable I wonder? Or there is another Playford Ball in October, long sleeves in winter is logical, hmmm... I want it NOW!!!
And the huge question of the night is, how do I do my HAIR!! It's nearly waist length again, so a hedgehog is presumably out!! Maybe I'll do something like Jenny-Rose's lovely do for her tea party - an early turban with tall ostrich feathers? And I can make a black taffeta sash from the stash, with maybe a paste buckle? Oh dear, looks like I'm adding another one to the list!