This past Saturday good-sized group of us Great Basin Costumers invaded the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, for their afternoon High Tea. There was no set period for costume, just a "come in whatever you'd like to wear," and so we had Steampunks, Civil War folks, a couple bustle girls, and an elf. :-)
I finished my 1879 gown just in time, putting the last stitch on the hat around midnight the night before. I'm happy to say that on its first outing, the gown wore quite well. I *loooove* Natural Form. I think it might be my new obsession - I already want to make another one!
After the tea, several of us wandered down to The Nugget for the Battle Born Civil War Reenactor's annual Christmas Ball. We had a lovely dinner, danced a few lovely dances, and in general had quite a nice time (although I didn't get any pictures, sorry!). I didn't change into 1860s evening attire, oh well. The BBCWR are a very accepting, fun-loving group that would never look down on such an anachronism.
It was a lovely day, a lovely evening, and now back to the sewing table for the next project!