|Playing graces! This kept us amused for a very long time.|
We were fortunate enough to have really lovely fall weather the day of the market fair, and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Just a really pleasant day to be outside.
cross barred. That link gives you a pretty good idea of what this type of pattern was used for, and there are a few surviving cross barred silk gowns out there. My dress is a little less solidly historically accurate, as you'll notice those gowns are silk...and mine is wool. I'm not a reenactor, though, and the pattern was too perfect to pass up when I saw this wool on sale a few years ago! Plus I really really like a nice wool. ;) This is a nice, lightweight one.
|Stupid face! I'm really good at those.|
|I've learned to accept wrinkly sleeves in favor of having more arm movement, at least in everyday dresses! This proved useful while launching a hoop with sticks...|
A couple of in-progress shots...I was thinking of doing a tutorial as sometimes en forreau backs can be confusing to people new to the 18thc, but then I decided this isn't the best fabric to demonstrate that with...
|Back all pleated and sewn down|
|Spaced backstitch - my favorite stitch! Spaced backstitch ALL THE THINGS|
|Admire the not-quite-lined-up plaids|
|Topstitching the wool side-back pieces over the skirt pleats|
|Getting there! Front skirt panel's sewn on and pleated, just needs to be sewn to a tape here.|
|Being ungraceful at graces. ;)|