The Downton Gala is next weekend! The dresses are pretty much complete. Using the illustration I posted, along with the basic One-Hour Dress directions courtesy of our good historical friend, Mary Brooks Picken, here are some pictures of my dress along the way.
I trimmed the neckline with the fringe lace I showed you as one of the first trimmings I purchased for this dress. It seemed a little too simple though, so I added some flatback black Swarovski crystals (leftovers from a tutu I made years ago for my daughter).
I added a lower lace skirt as in my illustration.
And lace sleeves which are open along the inner arm.
This buckle makes a lovely embellishment to the lace belt.
I will be styling this with a long silver and crystal necklace, a crystal headpiece, a small evening bag, opera gloves (to be worn until dinner) and 1920's style T-strap shoes. I'll post pictures from the event of the dress in full glory. For once, I think the dress looks better on a live person than on Betsy, my ever trusty dress form!