This year Downton Abbey comes to a close on Masterpiece. Our local PBS affiliate is having a gala to celebrate the show and some friends are going to the gala with us. I have been working on my friend’s gown for a very long time. Chiffon fabric and hand beading make for quite a project, but I think she’ll look lovely. Almost done with the beading and final touches.
Now I have to figure out what to wear myself. I love the illustration here:
I purchased the instructions, but find that the instructions are for the generic dress of the period, not specifically for this illustration. Can I figure it out? Yes. Did I want to be futzing around? No. I’m only out $7.50, but I guess I didn’t need to spend it, as I could have figured it out from the picture independently.
The body of the dress will be black slipper satin. Here are pictures of the lace and trim.
I also purchased opera gloves, an antique clutch and period-ish shoes… I will still need a headpiece and a coat or cloak. This soiree is in March. In the Northeast. Outerwear required. Unless we dress at the hotel, which I guess is a possibility. I’m very excited about making this gown, and even more excited about wearing it! Stay tuned for each step of the way, along with pictures from the gala. Did I mention that I’m excited?