I have gobs and gobs of photos to show you, and stories to tell, from my recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Where do I start? How shall I structure these posts!? Eeek! How about one dress at a time? Although I made the Chemise gown last, I wore it first, so let's start there!
One of my favorite things about "living" in costume for a week is discovering the how and why of clothing through first-hand experience. Williamsburg is located in tidewater Virginia, which is basically Hell. It's hot and raining, or cold and raining, or just hot, or freezing cold, humid all the time, then raining. UGH! But boy does all that shape the choices women made about their attire.
|We were really happy to be there, and really happy it wasn't 100 degrees!|
|So so so happy with this gown. I made mine short enough that it didn't suffer from mud-creep, but I still ended up with splatters on the back, just from walking and sitting.|
I paired the Chemise with a black sash, black corsage, black Dunmore shoes, and my *huge* black silk market hat, along with Thomas Jefferson around my neck. The black accents against the white gown looked sharp, but I love that I can pair this gown with any other color or mix of accessories for a totally different look.
|To say I was really excited about this hat is an understatement. You'll be sick of it by the end of all my CW posts, because I wore it every day!|
Hooray for the Chemise, then! I wore it two days and fussed neither of those days, which I cannot say about the other outfits. As far as recommendations go for what kind of dress to take to a place like Williamsburg in the Spring and Summer, I wholeheartedly say the Chemise a la Reine. It's easy to make, easy to wear, looks great, and is fantastic in warm and wet weather.
- For all of my posts on this gown, start to finish, click here
- For the Market Hat pattern, click here
- For black wool "Dunmore" 1770s-1790s shoes, click here.