I caught them up and quite a few others to take a scandalous photo of us displaying the hard work that went into our individual corded petticoats. To find out more how to make your own, please see the Corded Petticoat report.
What a collection!
I managed to finish my dress (the closing hooks/eyes and neckline lace) Friday night exactly as Lily arrived at my house. We then hopped into the car to head north to San Francisco.
I'm very pleased as to how it turned out. The waistband could have been about 1/2" tighter but was just fine for wearing. The armholes, however, could have taken that extra 1/2" as they were very snug on my upper arm.
The front draped pieces were taken from a couple of period examples from Costume in Detail.
The wonderful bonnet I cannot claim as mine as that is one of Mela's hats (Mela Hoyt-Heydon who is a professor at Cal State Fullerton and is a long-time instructor at Costume College. She is widely known for her fabulous hats - many of which reside in my sewing room.)
The last-minute frustration came Thursday night when I realized that my basic gathered sleeves would not get small enough to fit into the armhole. I decided to pleat them in because I did not have time to cartridge pleat them. Both are period appropriate techniques. I think the pleats look terrific! I can see now how for late 1830s fashion, women stitched down the upper sleeves folding these small pleats flat and tacking to the inner sleeve.
All in all - a very fun weekend and wonderful completed project! This will definitely be entered into the Fair next year, although I may add a few black accessories to pull off a "Victorian Witch" costume so that my historical sewing work might be better appreciated as a modern costume. (See the post below for this year's results and awards.)
For more photos, please see the Cloak & Corset Flickr album.