We had a great time. Thank you to everyone for their encouraging words, they spurred me on no end. And I am so happy with my dress,
I also thought Stuart looked great as Mr Darcy! His costume was easy to put together ultimately. I cropped his jacket to give a regency look.
The raw edges were simply encased in bias binding, and the cut out shapes turned upside down to be added to the back of the jacket, creating tails! Nice and easy.
The trousers I cropped, taking in the side-seams to narrow the leg. I then used a drawstring at the new hem-length to gather them in under the knee. I thought he looked fabulous: very sexy!!! The best bit was the crotch bib which I made with that fabric cut off from the leg. His "flap" got lots of laughs on the night, though it did make going to the loo somewhat hard work!
Some friends made their costumes too, whilst others hired; but everyone made a real effort - about 80 revellers were present, all dressed up to the nines. Fabulous.
Going to leave you with a few pictures of my dress, as I'm just so thrilled with it...
The best thing about making your own made to measure dress? I was the comfiest I have ever been at a big do. Often at weddings or big parties, you buy a lovely ready-to-wear dress, but spend the whole night fiddling with the thing. I felt fantastic wearing this, like a princess!
But, I can't wait to sew something normal now. So, what next?