|Played with filters to make it look more autumnal (and me less blindingly white. That's difficult)|
There was an 8-person group of us this year and we stayed in an Air B&B house outside of town (which was an experience...suffice it to say I won't be doing that again. It's a good thing we're a group of very laid-back people who can just roll with it!); we rolled in Friday afternoon/evening, dressed Friday and went to the Victorian Photography Studio to get tintypes, and then went to the Friday night ball at the Gettysburg Hotel. Saturday was another tintype and supposedly the parade, but due to the aforementioned monsoon in combination with other factors, we bought a stack of pizzas and went back to the house to get ready for the Saturday night ball rather than hanging round town and getting wet...ter.
I only participated in the group tintypes, as I've not yet made a dress I want to document that badly in a really period way (they're fabulous and entirely worth the money, but not exactly cheap), but some of our group were tintype fiends, so there are some really great individual ones floating around out there! If you follow Dames a la Mode or Koshka the cat on any social media you've probably seen the group shots, but for those of you who don't, I'll post them here (and for my own satisfaction! I never tire of seeing how the colors look in tintypes vs. in person):
|Friday in color - and yes, the image reverses in wet plate photography!|
|Saturday in color! If you look closely you can see the very wet skirts on some of us... (Not mine...my wool was relatively water-repellent so I'd dried off by the time we took the group!)|
In terms of costumes...Friday daywear was the 2014 candy-stripe plaid taffeta dress, and Saturday daywear was the exceptionally boring grey wool My First 1860s dress from 2011(!), which is borderline-embarrassingly-constructed dress...but it's a nice quality lightweight wool, which is good to have since the seafoam/fuchsia flannel dress from last Gettysburg weighs somewhere in the 10-12lb range! Which makes it not really fun to wear when it's any warmer than about 45F.
|This dress is so old I hadn't quite figured out the dropped shoulder seam yet, since I was coming from 18thc sewing...so it's not dropped. *hangs head in shame* Hence the sontag usually worn with it nowadays...|
|I did finish the wrapper properly for this year, with closures and all...and again got no pictures of it! Ooops.|
|In case you can't tell...yes, that IS two women in hoops on a swing set. Yes, I am one of them. No, we didn't really fit!|
|Back of the bonnet.|
SilkBaron, one of my favorite taffeta suppliers (they aren't exactly cheap and they very rarely have sales, but they have free shipping and are consistently high-quality, so they're always the first site I check! This green is actually scraps from my 1810s pelisse..); it's trimmed with paper roses, obnoxiously green ostrich drabs, and more SB taffeta scraps. The ties are plaid silk taffeta that I hemmed; I tend to favor hemmed silk strips over ribbon for ties, partly because you can't get silk ribbon for cheap nowadays, and there's much more variety in fabric!
|Dramahhhhtic shawl trailing...love that shawl! Bought it for 2011 Gettysburg, which was one of my better costume purchases. 100% wool, lightweight but delightfully warm and cosy! Well worth the spendy.|
|At least it was nice and sunny ONE day. Katherine and Alice were delightfully coordinate-y!|
|Stuck on the other side of the road!|
|Robin was the alphabet, Alice was an oak tree, Katherine was a rainy day, and I was...lame.|
|I mean, I still had fun because I love balls, but...lame.|
|Can't take some people anywhere. ;)|
Saturday night was the Prince of Wales/"crystal" ball, where light-colored ballgowns, tiaras, white flowers, and generally sparkly things were encouraged. Oh-so-conveniently, my current ballgown is silvery satin, so it fit the theme perfectly!
|It does start out the night slightly more on the shoulders, but tends to work its way down over the course of a night of dancing. This was towards the end! I'm a very enthusiastic reel-er, which doesn't help...|
Hey, what's the fun in dancing in a satin dress over a hoop if you're not bouncing all the time? No fun at ALL!
Up next in actual sewing adventures is probably the vintage tea I'm planning for the second weekend in December. The nice thing about a vintage tea is that whatever I end up making, I'll absolutely wear afterward for everyday... ;)