Well, except for the dust ruffle or Balayeuse, which I hope to complete this week. Here she is in all her Dandilion Fluff glory! I have placed on her my new Royal Orders and fun jewelry. I still have to make the Order Sash, but will get to that later.
I am wanting to pose in the dress as the young lady in the painting is doing. I have an antique, ivory silk shawl with sweet pink violets embroidered on it that I think I'll drape over my arm and other fun accessories to add....can't wait!!
I tried and tried to make the bustling in the back with a puff, but alas, the dupioni silk did not lend itself well to cooperating with me. I tried one puff, then two puffs and it just looked like I needed a diaper change. After three days of messing around with the stupid, frustrating, infuriating thing, I scrapped the idea of the puffs. I went online and typed in "Natural Form Era Ball Gown". The very first image that came up on my Google feed was the gorgeous pink NFE dress, also from a painting, made by the fabulous Merja of Before the Automobile. Her train was smooth and simply fell from the waist and sooooo did NOT look like she needed her diaper changed! I clung to that image of a smooth, elegant train like a drowning lady clings to a life raft and thought it was a great idea and so adapted it for my train.
Hopefully, this weekend will see the completion of this dress. I have decided that most of my next projects will be from the 1890s as there was a decided lack of pleating and fuss in those years. They were a more tailored look and right now, after all this Dandlion Fluff, that is so what I am yearning for!
Be Blessed my friends!!