Do you happen to remember the Civil War ball last year? Eh, it was a short post. It needed more photos. So, since I skimped last year, here are tons of photos from this year!
Of course, for each ball I can't go without doing something new to each dress. This year, it was mostly little constructive stuff on my own red dress, but Camille's needed more fancy stuff. Here is what it looked like from last year (notice the hoop rungs):
Still looking very pretty, but she wanted a little more....stuff. Here it is from this year (notice the lovely un-rungs, due to only one petticoat vs. none):
It's driving me crazy; it was too late to fix that weird bubbling-thingy on the one side, and I have no idea how to fix it without cutting out an entire other piece.
Not terribly different, but she really wanted a berthe (the pointy collar). It also needed to be lengthened this year, and it was wayyyyy too tight. So she did a wonderful job doing a blind-stitched hem, and I sewed a strip down the back so it didn't need to be laced up all the way.
Here is a better idea of what the color looks like in person (and that pretty black trim)
The nifty, invisible berthe closure:
I also rotated both sleeves on both dresses this year, so we could actually raise our arms up. It worked on mine, it was a flop on Camille's because I didn't rotate it far enough.
And...drumroll please.....dancing pictures!
Of course, I couldn't miss the photo of Abraham Lincoln...
And just because I have very few pictures of my awesome red dress...
I was complimented a lot at the ball by the way I twirl...which is an odd compliment, but it was all due to the dress.