I have till the end of september to finish all of the applique on the skirt.....time to speed things up a bit. The dress bodice and sleeves will not take nearly so long to do because of their size - not as much to do and so much easier to handle. The skirt is getting heavy now and needs manhandling to go around the corners and reverse bits on the pattern. But I have finished all of the black on the back of the skirt and am nearly a quarter along skirt side one. I have also been madly couching on the emblishement - and I think it is really starting to take on the character of the dress.
Thanks to everyone for their positive comments, here are dome more pictures for you.
So cant wait to wear this to the November Crown Victory Ball.
In the Society for Creative Anachronism I am known as Lady Rose Pennyngton, an English Lady residing in Elizabethan London.
Sixteenth century English and Florentine costume are my main focus areas, and I particularly enjoy the challenge involved in creating garments based on portraits. I have also made garb from other eras as they were required for particular events, and bits and pieces for people as needed.
In the future I intend to kep working towards period authencity and completeness of costume from head to toe. And of course, continuing to have fun costuming :)