Um, what??? YES PLEASE!
Actually, it was quite providential that while Saturday and Sunday were filled with prior commitments, Friday night-the evening of the dance-was open. It was meant to be. But of course, there was just one glaring question at hand: What was I going to wear? My only formal dress though it is not floor-length, is lovely--but it's not "breastfeeding friendly." And since my little guy still nurses quite a big, and he would be accompanying us that evening, I knew that I needed a dress with easy nursing-access. Of course, I could wear a non-formal dress that was Regency-era-ish,but I didn't have one of those, either.
So, a few days before the event, I hunted through 3 different thrift stores. Nothing like procrastination, right?? No formal dresses that I found met my criteria. I couldn't find any dresses that looked like they could pass as "Regency-era-ish," either. On Wednesday evening, in a final attempt to find SOMETHING to wear, we took a trip to a thrift store that I had already visited.
I rummaged around and found, to my delight, a short, white high-waist dress that would be perfect as an overlay over a long skirt! But...my tummy area and hips were a little too big for the dress-too many Whoppers Robin Eggs, perhaps? ; ) I figured I could probably add fabric to the white dress to make it larger, and I sped over to the skirt section. Nothing useful there! But, in the bedding section, I spied a lovely bed sheet that was similar in color to one of my husband's ties. Perfect!
|You can't really tell in the picture, but the sheet is a minty green color.|
The next day, I began my work.
|The white dress.|
|I used scrap fabric from an old, holey skirt to make a "pattern" of sorts.|
It worked fairly well, though I still made all the pieces too big and
had to keep ripping out, trimming it down, and re-sewing things together.
I felt a little bit like Dr. Frankenstein as he intensely stitched together bits and pieces to make his creature! Since I couldn't get to a store on Thursday, I simply had to make do with what I had around the apartment. So, the buttons on the back of the dress are bright red, because that's what I had on hand, and I didn't want to take the time to figure out how to make fabric-covered buttons.
|Bright red buttons.|
|This is real life. My little guy eating/playing with cucumbers and hummus|
while I frantically cut and sew a dress together the day before the event.
We danced, we talked, we munched on food, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. It was a really fun event, the first dance hosted by a small Jane Austen club at a local college. I loved that the event was a fun, family-friendly event, with a very inexpensive ticket price ($3 a person or $7 a family) and a coloring area for little kids. And, there were even some women who held their babies while dancing! The decorations were simple and lovely, and we had a fun time.
There was music for slow dancing and waltzing, music we could swing dance to, some Disney songs that the little kids especially enjoyed, and we were all led in the Virginia Reel a couple of times! The club members also performed a short Regency-era dance that they had learned, which was very pretty nifty. I think it would have been neat to learn more big group dances, though the Virginia Reel was challenging enough for all those in attendance that it was probably all we could have handled.
It was a great evening, and even though the baby inevitably got mad each time we danced the Virginia Reel (my husband and I would trade off holding him during that particular dance, as we weren't sure if he'd be happy playing by himself for the entirety of the song), I think he had fun, too. My bed sheet dress managed to hold together the whole evening, which I think is a success, since it was very loosely and poorly stitched together (because I had to keep ripping it apart while making it). All in all, it was a great way to celebrate during the Octave of Easter!