My 1865 Pink and Lace ball gown, the project I've been dreaming about for years, and working on for over a month, is now actually, truly, really, done!
You know, it's a strange feeling when a project this big is finally, actually done. There's a feeling of excitement, yes, but also a bit of a feeling of let down.
After spending hours upon hours working on a project, it's suddenly done. Complete. Finished. The fun of making it is over. And you don't know what to do with yourself anymore. The ball gown no longer needs to be worked on. Weird feeling.
Ok, so actually I do know what I should be doing now - working on Christmas presents - but still, having completed this ball gown, having it done, is a very strange feeling!
And isn't the finished gown beautiful!! It turned out just as I'd hoped - and my sister more than does it justice!
Here's a painting of the original ball gown, worn by the original owner - Countess Wilhelmina Von Hallwyl.
A little bit of bling - the perfect finishing touch!
A day or two after the dress was finished and the jewelry was acquired, it snowed. A thick, beautiful, white, covers-everything-in-sight, snow. My sister and I decided it was the perfect backdrop for a few quick photos of the dress.
So, my sister dressed up and we trooped outside to freeze and snap some pictures. It was worth it. Despite the cold.
This dress spins beautifully! I love the way the lace flares straight out when spinning!
I can't wait to see my sister dance in it on stage this weekend!
The lines are all memorized, the costumes are all done (barring any last minute alterations), and A Christmas Carol is ready to be performed!
Just like this dress, it's been fun for me to see the play come together bit by bit over the last few months.
And I know, that just like with this dress, once it's all over Saturday night, there will be a lot of excitement, and a bit of let down. What next?
Now, just in case you've missed any of my previous posts about this dress and have any questions on how it came to be:
You can find my introduction to the project here.
Discover how I tracked down the original ball gown here.
Read about the bodice construction here.
Learn about the bertha here.
And see the skirt come together here.