So at last my 1860s ballgown is finished! I got to wear it, hoop skirt and all, to a Victorian ball this summer, and it was a hit! It took a little getting used to, dancing with such a gigantic skirt, but it was just so much fun!
Besides my floral hair wreath, I accessorized with some simple pearl earrings (leverback, so not technically historically accurate, but close enough) and a blue cameo strung on a black velvet ribbon. I also had short white gloves, but had abandoned them by the time these pictures were taken– just as well, they kind of made my hands blend into my skirts, which looked weird.
All in all I’m very happy with the dress– it’s got just the right silhouette and the embroidery makes it extra-special. Looking forward to wearing it again sometime!
6 thoughts on “1860s Embroidered Ballgown, Part VIII: Finished!”
Regarding lever back earrings not being historically accurate. I own a pair of lever back earrings from the 1840’s so I think your OK with that. The main thing that did stick out from your ensemble besides the beautiful gown, was your wrist watch. Beautiful work on your gown; you looked lovely.
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Nice to know about the earrings! I didn’t even think about the watch because I started off the evening wearing gloves. It wasn’t until I took them off to take photos with my phone that the watched showed at all! 😉
*watch* not watched…
Beautiful work once again!!