A long overdue post on a rather splendid ball we attended in London, in December.
The theme was Gilbert and Sullivan – so a lot of suitably theatrical attires were in evidence, from very elaborate to very simple.
The night before a workshop was held where we practised our steps, and had the first glimpse of the location.
For this occasion I wore my 1883 grape dress – and let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy thing! Since we arrived late at the hotel, we had a very limited time to eat before the workshop. Pizza Hut time.. A mistake – especially if one has to wear a corset straight after. Here is my corset on just after the meal, and 10 minutes later photo:
Necessity is the mother of invention – and so I discovered it is much faster to button up your bodice using the button hook usually reserved for the boots!
Still, the energetic dancing dealt with the heavy feeling after the pizza swiftly, and the workshop went very well.
For the ball itself, I settled on a circa 1895 evening gown. I had been hoarding that particular silk for quite some time, and the pattern seemed just right. Plus, it looked simple.
Well, at least the skirt was – I used the Ripple skirt pattern I used for my wool skirt the year before , and it worked a treat.
The bodice looked simple – but it wasn’t. I paired the silk damask with a gray silk velvet, loosely basing the bodice on this existing gown from the MET
The front has a few layers that have to work together – but to cut a long story short, the bodice fastens in front with hooks and eyes, as well as a buckle. Am very pleased with the final result, although some bad language occurred while hand stitching the slippery velvet…
And so, the gown was all I wanted it to be – light, comfortable, and perfect to dance in. The skirts don’t have a train to tread and stumble over, the bodice is hugging closely but breathes well, and the big sleeves mean I have a full range of movement – ideal for dancing!
And dance we did – it was a super evening full of mirth and excellent music:-)
A few more photos from the event – no doubt you will recognize a few faces from our own ball 🙂
as you can see lots of fun was had….
And I was sorry to take off my 1895 finery – I even got to wear the winter coat i made the previous year:-)
Needless to say, I am insanely excited about our own Victorian ball this May – just a few weeks away. With a crinoline sub-theme, it will no doubt mean there will be some big skirts around! I will report on who wore what after the event…. 🙂