The final ensemble (but not the final post) was for the formal ball, themed to our weekends "Trip to the Moon". There was a grand Civil War era brass band playing while we walzed, polka-ed, did the Virginia Reel, and so much more. This is where my skirt lifter became absolutely necessary, clipping the long train up so I could dance. Though I did manage most of a waltz with it down!
The gown was based on Worth-style gowns of the late 1880s- particularly the infamous red one from Vintage Textile. I am wearing a full length, very large bustle underneath along with an extra ruffly petticoat. The base skirt, which is completely covered, is light blue silk taffeta. Over that in front is a piece from a sari which I purchased six months ago and designed most of the dress around, keeping a starry sky in mind. The back bustle and bodice are silk satin with a slight iridescence (the wrong side is mint). Finishing off the bodice and peeking out from the skirt is changeable silk chiffon. The jewelry is all family antiques- all starburst shapes. I made the fascinator from coque and biot feathers which I found in the absolutely most perfect colors to mimic a crescent moon shape. This was all meant to pair with Gwendolyn's Dark Lady of the Night gown.
The bodice lower edge is finished with piping, the interior flat-lined to a sturdy silk weave with bones on each seam. The back spiral laces shut with silk cord and the drape hooks to the other side to hide the top. The skirt hems (both under and top) have deep facings from cotton. I stiffened the outer one with gum tragacanth, which I can't recommend enough. There's also lace gathered onto the taffeta underskirts hem facing. I'll eventually do a post detailing the insides and under structures of all of my outfits.
From here down there is no more text. Gwendolyn and I went out to a local antique store called Charlies and spent quite some time taking pictures (be sure to check her blog for more!). So much fun and the perfect location. And, yes, that is a weeping angel.