Okay, I got some permission from more of my models and for the one I did not get, I decided to “conceal her identity”.Here is the crew in order of decades and appearance. There was a 90’s dress and a bathing suit out on mannequins as well. My dress is sitting funny because we were too close to the wall and that made it sit oddly. Glory be, the dress fits. I still find the sleeves to large and I must remember to make note of that on the pattern for future reference. But, it doesn’t bother me enough to take it apart again to fix it. The sun fading is there but again, not bad enough to remove the panel and try to make another with the left overs. I made the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 80’s dress and Shirley made the 30’s and 70’s (which she wore for the show).
Time for the amusing stories. Myself and the model in the 1850’s dress had some work to get used to the hoops. For myself, I needed to get used to how far the elliptical hoops stuck out behind me and for the other model, it was getting used to having hoops at all. Sitting, of course is the biggest challenge. Poor Miss 1850’s ended up knocking her chair over.
We were all very supportive and stood there laughing and taking photographs. She was a great sport about it.
The other amusing story happened to me. I often get asked what I am wearing under the dresses so I asked the audience if they wanted to see. They did, so after the tea and dessert (which I thought was the end of the program) I went and striped. At first I was very pleased, they were interested and I was roasting alive in the dress and therefore much cooler in my undies. I forgot that these teas always end with small gifts being given to the new brides (the tea originally started out as a bridal shower 20 years ago) followed by flowers being given to women celebrating new babies and major wedding anniversaries. Guess who had to go up and accept a flower for her 25th wedding anniversary in Victorian underwear. And yours truly can not keep my mouth shut…even in church…and I said loudly “this is how you keep a marriage fresh!” Had some misgivings about it later but it seems no one took offence and I shan’t be excommunicated or shunned!