It was a nice (if small) event, and Ringwood Manor and its grounds turned out to be excellent for photos! We brought a picnic lunch (and ate far too many scones with clotted cream and various curds - yes, that is how we do), took a tour of the manor, and tried not to melt in the heat! It was only about 50% humidity and there was a lot of shade, but it was still in the mid-90s, so by about 4pm we were all pretty well wilted, and ready for a parking-lot strip and drive home in air conditioning!
|The Usual Suspects. Very melted by the end of the day, which this was.|
The construction is very straightforward: tucks hand-sewn in the front of the skirt, and the rest of it pleated up to the waistband. I did end up buying the buttons, as there are 7 on each side plus I wanted to make sure I had the same ones in case I make the top half of the dress someday...that's just more buttons of one type than I have stashed! Not a big button-stasher. The white cotton lace was what I bought months ago when I was still planning to make a summer whites dress; it's English lace from ebay.
The hat was inspired by the lady in the center of this plate. I already had a plain straw hat (from an antique store that had bins of $5 hats, yes please!) that I just cut down the crown a couple inches, tricked out in velvet ribbons and clearance floral from the craft store, and called it Good Enough!
Wearing History pattern that are hilarious because the crotch flap really is at your knees. I intended to make a corset cover as well but...didn't. Maybe next time! Also wore my teens corset (from Corsets & Crinolines) and...the hoop petticoat that goes over my short fancy-dress 1860s hoop. Yes, really. LOL. It's not perfect but it was definitely my best option!