Despite all my personal drama leading up to it, I had a nice time at the Pumpkin Tea on Saturday. It's amazing what good friends, lively conversation, fun food and a new frock will do for a girl. :> Pictures can be found here:
I'm still not quite sure how it happened but my new linen dress turned out wonderfully. I'm in shock about it really.
It was a close thing though. Dispite being up until 2am the night before, I woke up Saturday morning without sleeves. By the time I got to them Friday night it was way too late to be cutting fabric and/or sewing sleeves. So I got everything else I could do done and went bed. I finished the last stitch at 12:15 (the tea started at 1pm).
Thanks to my parents, who are made of win and awesome, helping with fittings (Mom) and sandwich making (Dad) I got to the tea right on time and not nearly as stressed as I should have been. :> My family is the best!
As much as I loved my dress, I was possibly more excited about my underpinnings. After years of cheating with modern slips, Victorian petticoats, etc - I was wearing proper Regency under things! A Regency shift, a high-waisted linen petticoat and of course my new stays. *sigh* I really should be less lazy about underpinnings, I love the feeling of wearing the proper ones so.
Speaking of my stays - I'm super pleased with my new pair! They were really comfy and the way they shape my bust is SO much nicer than the original pair. They were even more comfortable to drive in than my old ones - yay! I had another party after the tea, a non-costume event this time, but since my friends didn't care what I was wearing and my outfit was so comfy I didn't bother to change until I got home late that evening!
*sigh* I love Regency.