Here are some of the images:
|Testing out the thin piping at the bottom|
|I've taken a snapshot of the fabric and then blown it up on screen until it was the same size as the fabric in front of me - trying to find the correct proportions of the piping - it is really quite thick. I've fold the fabric and pinned - it almost looks possible. Will need to find a thick cord to play around with.|
|At Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney.|
The Hyde Park Barracks is a brick building and compound designed by convict architect Francis Greenway between 1818–19; originally built at the head of Macquarie Street (1819) to house convict men and boys. The site is managed by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales as a museum open to the public for a modest fee. The site is listed on New South Wales' State and Australian National Heritage registers, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of 11 pre-eminent Australian Convict Sites as amongst "the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts."
|This gown is worn with period undergarments: chemise, stays and a linen chemisette. |
I made the stays many years ago and they're still going strong!
|Dancing in the gown at Redcoats & Convicts Day at Hyde Park Barracks|
|Minding a stall at the Redcoats & Convicts Day when a handsome gentleman comes by to visit... |
in the blue wool tailcoat I made him a few years back. So nice to match at last!
|Piping the neckline trim. All piping was hand sewn.|
|Pinning the trim in place - figuring how to make them lie flat.|
|Attaching the piped ruffles to the skirt.|
|Before adding the sleeves|
|Back of the dress - second attempt. I tried pleats at first but gathers were best with such a ruffled hemline.|
|Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra|