Friday, June 10, 2016

Welbourne 1865

It's been a long time since I last wrote and I still have photos from the Welbourne Plantation Civil War era immersion event last fall to share with you!

After a delicious dinner prepared by the talented Cheyney McKnight we retired to the sitting room to discuss local events, read and prepare for an evening of parlor theatrics. 

Above: Nancy and Keri talk to a dinner guest in the parlor.

My mother, Nancy, looked lovely in her red silk dinner dress. The dress has a matching red silk fichu to cover the neckline for daytime, and pagoda sleeves that attach beneath the double puffed short sleeves for day wear.

Gaye wore her original pearl grape cluster brooch and earrings, a gold watch chain and hair work bracelets.

Lori, Anne and Annette pour over books searching for poetry worthy of reading aloud.

Lisa and Nancy contemplate poetry.

Above: Jen D'Onofrio, The Needleworker, in her brown sheer dress.

Amateur players rehearse a parlor theatrical. Jess Craig, the event's coordinator, wore a lovely pale pink silk dress.

Jen and Annette watch the theatrics.

Lori's blue silk dress with black silk trim was one of the prettiest reproduction dresses I've ever seen! It was based off of a fashion plate. The black dots are all silk covered buttons.

It was a lovely evening with lots of camaraderie and laughs.

My outfit - pictured at the top of the page - was a green-red shot silk taffeta skirt worn with my usual sheer silk organza bodice and an olive silk satin Swiss waist with gold polka dot. The top of the Swiss waist is trimmed in pleated red-green shot ribbon from M&J Trim in NYC. A fancy box pleated silk taffeta trim was created and applied over top of it. The outfit was worn with an original blonde Chantilly lace shawl and original gold Etruscan style jewelry.

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