I finished my “Curtain-Along” dress in time to wear to Colonial Williamsburg, but it rained the day I had planned to wear it, and only donned it for a couple hours, so I thought it a swell idea, given the beautiful Fall colors outside this time of year, to take some nice photos.
Mr. Chris and I went to our favorite local park and took a few snaps. I wore the skirt of the gown down, and dragged it mercilessly through wet grass and dirt, but yay for cotton! it washed right out. I like to see wear and tear on my gowns – Maggie and I call it “patina” – as I think it adds “life” to the dress, or the idea of age and use and authenticity.
The hedgehog hairstyle is done with mostly my own hair – the ponytail down the back is added on with two hanks of “ponytail” hair from the beauty supply. I sprayed just the front of my hair with a spray-on silver color, but it came out too sparkly and shiny for my liking, and I much prefer the white spray color, to mimic powdering.
We were almost a *bit* early for the Autumn colors, but I liked the mix of green and reds, oranges, and yellows, the “transitional” rather than the full-on (that is another photoshoot, with another dress, another day!). I was happy to see the Virginia creepers in full fire – absolutely my favorite sort of vine, so much so I crawled into it for a snuggle.
For accessories, I tried a beret originally made for Regency styles. I took my new historical-dog-headed cane (not pictured), and wore red silk clocked stockings with black Kensington shoes, and Dauphine shoe buckles. You can get the stockings, shoes, and buckles in my shop – www.american-duchess.com
I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. I feel like it’s the first dress I’ve really ever gotten it “spot-on” with, in terms of fit. I can actually raise my arms, such a novelty!
For those of you lovelies who are also making Curtain-Along garments, please post links to your finished or in-progress projects! I would love to see the creative ways you used the fabric. 🙂