Thank you so much for your kind responses to my newest frock. You spoil me so! *curtsies humbly* I’m a bit in awe of how well it turned out. I keep looking at it on Narcissa and thinking “I really made that in 2½ days!”. It helped that this was the second time I'd made that exact dress (hence the better fit) but still... :>
Scotchtown turned out to be the home of Patrick Henry. B informed me of the fact just before I left yesterday. I should have known that I guess. *is ashamed* Anyway, it was a nice event. I ended up sewing most of the evening, although I did sing a little (at last my voice is getting over the flu) and danced one set Rufty Tuffy with Tina. It was a modest house but the hall was lovely for dancing. The acoustics in that room were surprisingly wonderful.
I worked on the trimming for my dress after all. It occurred to me yesterday morning that I was going to wear this on Twelfth Night so I really should work on it. I don’t know why I was thinking I didn’t need to wear it again until the spring! Brain-freeze!
It took me a little while to work out what I wanted to do with the trim but in the end I lined my fabric strips (torn off my extra fabric about an 1¼” wide) with two rows of the gold trim. I then used those basting stitches as gathering stitches and gathered the trim up a bit. I pinned it on the frock last night to get the effect and I like it a lot. It's simple but it adds just enough glamour to work.
The trim will go along the neck and sleeves. I also have some sleeve ruffles ready to be cut (to which I’ll add a bit of the gold trim) but I have to run out and get some fray check before I can do that. I also need to find some lace or embroidered organza for the sleeve flounce…