The Time Travelers’ Ball is this weekend. Today is the last day to get tickets.Tuesday, I went out in my underwear to see if I could sell some tickets to the general public. Not that I would have gotten arrested for indecent exposure. I had on a pair of old bloomers and petticoat from my Dickens’ Fair days and my princess line slip, right side out this time, underneath my 1860s corset. Generally my corsets are pretty plain, since I wanted to attract some attention, I decorated it so it would match my hat. This hat used to be black, but I recovered it in red. The pattern is from Denise Dreher’s excellent book, From the Neck Up.
It’s being worn by a tiny lamp in the photo. Having lent it to a friend for a hat contest, I can’t take a photo of it on my head. Anyway, it looked good with the red and black stripes I put on the corset.
Feeling a bit busy, I decided not to go all out on my costume. In fact, I was originally going to just drape some silver knit fabric into a sort of Egyptian/toga inspired sarong.
While cleaning out my closet, I came across my garden party/tea gown that I made to wear to the IWC Fashion Show, four years ago.
That’s the same fabric which I used to make my first attempt at the Princess Line Slip.
Trying on the dress, I didn’t like how it fit. The underdress just needed a little taking in. I removed the beaded trim and bottom part of the over tunic because I thought that I could still use them.
Then one thing led to another. I bustled the fabric but decided it I wanted a real bustle.
Fortunately, I found this bustle pillow pattern on the web. I added some boning to make a cross between the bustle pillow and a small traveling bustle. Looks like a little duck tail to me. However, it really brings the back of the dress out.
I also cannibalized a necklace that I had made, which I used to kiddingly call The Orb of Tesla, sounds like just the piece of jewelry a good time traveler would have.