Saturday, January 18, 2014

1860s Christmas Ball

It was lovely to be able to wear my green silk ballgown for a second time. It was made several years ago for a ball at Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, PA, and not worn since. This time, the bodice was taken in at the side seams and shoulders to support the weight of the heavily beaded sleeves. It fit like a dream. The skirt has rows of pinked and gathered green silk, white silk organza, and hand-beaded purple beads with white beaded rosettes at the point of each row. To add more purple to the look I trimmed the bodice with purple moire ribbons, which brought in the purple from the headdress.

Vince wore his tailcoat made by the talented Kara Bartels of Corner Clothiers, the same outfit that he wore for our wedding.

The train made dancing slightly more challenging - especially rowdier dances. Dancing with a train must take a great deal of practice.


  1. Dear Lindsey,

    WOW! Every ballgown here looks so pretty, especially your dress! I love the sage and plum color scheme. All of those rosettes must have taken a long time (and much patients) to make...Though, the result of your work is absolutely stunning! Everything you make is gorgeous!

    Best wishes,
    Anneliese :)

  2. So lovely, you make me want to drive to PA for these awesome events you speak of.