girliegirl32786 was fabulous, as always. Not long enough but then again it never is. :<
We spent some of Thursday and all of Friday prepping for the Fete. Mostly thanks to the macarons we spent Friday pretty much in the kitchen and on our feet. It made for a very long day but it was fun none-the-less. Except for the Barney macarons, the ganache with an attitude, and the overwhipped egg whites Baking Day went smoothly. Nothing like a few slight kitchen disasters to keep us humble and entertained! :>
In between there was of course much laughing, evil costume scheming, My Little Pony Gummies and wishing for far away friends (you know who you are!). We also had sewing to do... I had more than girliegirl32786 per usual. *sigh*
When I woke up (too early!) on Saturday my dress was further from being completed than I wanted but thanks to lots of kitchen help from girliegirl32786 and Rachel, Mom sewing up my hem and some pins in place of hooks and eyes it was in wearable condition just in time for the fete. *whew* That was too close!
I couldn't be more pleased with how everything came out. Aubry and I had great fun setting and decorating the tables. I was able to use Great-Grandmother's china and silver and my beloved candelabras. Even the roses I'd bought a few days before were beautifully opened up - perfect! The food also fulfilled my visions. Aubry and I even managed to get the little white/brown bread hearts in the top of the mint & lettuce sandwiches. So fun.
Then there were the macarons. They really were worth the effort. The Mint macarons (which we nick-named "koshka_the_cat macarons" because of the green-pink color scheme) were vanilla macarons with candy cane buttercream. The violet macarons featured violet essence and a dark chocolate ganache filling. The rose macarons had rosewater with a rosewater, rose petal & lemon peel buttercream. Can you tell girliegirl32786 and I had way too much fun coming up with these flavor combinations? :>
The fete itself was wonderful. We ate, we talked, we played Speculation, we took pictures, had a fabric giveaway, ate, talked, and laughed even more. It was a wonderful time with some very special ladies. And we all looked fabulous too! :> It's really been a rough couple of weeks for me, especially with the snow and the house-bound isolation that came with it. I really needed this weekend - girliegirl32786's visit, the party & going to church today. I can't even tell you how much I needed ALL of it. *sigh* Thank you ladies!
So my frock... *drum roll* May I present the Bellini Dress. Otherwise known as my new favorite costume EVAR! I really couldn't be more pleased with the way it came out and to say that I felt like a pretty, pretty princess in it is quite an understatement. :>
I've always loved this early 1790s style, with its very tailored clean lines and almost bustle back. And to make my life easier this gown is basically the dress version of my beloved blue ruffled jacket. Hey why re-invent the wheel? It would have been even easier if I had actually made a finial master pattern of the jacket when I made it but I eventually figured what combination of self-drafted patterns I used to make it. *rolls eyes*
I didn't have enough fabric for a matching petticoat so I decided to make it a "round gown" which was actually really fun to wear. I splurged, using every inch of fabric to put a huge amount in the skirt - 4 panels of 54". So awesome! The back pleats were a pain but I'm so proud of them. I really do have an obsession with tiny knife pleats and pointed back bodices. It's not a good thing!
And my hair - I love it so much! I finally figured out how to do that transitional hedgehog-to-regency-bun ringlet & turban hair. Whoo-hoo! I'll do a tutorial soon I promise...
More photos can be found here: Jenny-Rose