I completed the dress successfully, and to this day, it is one of my favorite projects I've ever made. Scratch that. It is my single most favorite dress I've ever made. It's not that fancy, but it's so pretty, and it feels the most nearly historically authentic of all my projects. I took extra time to hand-sew all visible seams and to cover the buttons, and while this is not an uncommon practice for many of my seamstress friends, it was a first for me, and I was really proud of it.
The dress's first outing was to the last Regency ball I attended. Unfortunately, the pictures I have of that particular event are few. They are also the last pictures you'll see of me with long hair from 2012 up until the present time.
Photo credit goes to Brandon P.
You can see some details of the back in the following photos. It's nothing elaborate, but I enjoyed making the bias trim and the covered buttons.
As I said, those are the last pictures you'll see of me with long hair. The day after the ball, I cut my hair to the style I had always dreamed of: a pixie cut. It's a long story, but in short, I had always wanted short hair, and I had just been through a difficult break-up and had encountered my ex-boyfriend at the ball, which provided closure for me, and the next day I decided to be my own person and do the things I'd always wanted to do: cut my hair, and travel. So I did both. But more on traveling later.
A couple months after that, I brought the dress out again for another brief outing, along with the jacket you saw in an earlier post. Thanks to Amy W. for the photos.
This was in 2013, and it's the last time I wore the dress out. I was entering a period of my life where I had neither the time to sew nor the state of mind to be involved in things I had been before. Shortly after this, I left for South Korea to study abroad for one semester. I liked it so much that I went back. Besides that, I worked part-time, went to school full time, and assisted in leading an on-campus club, so needless to say, there was no room in my life for costuming or reenacting. I'm hoping that now I'm in a different stage of life (still different than the one before), maybe I can find some time for costuming and sewing again.
What kinds of projects do you think I should start back with?