Thanks to a lovely French friend, I’m going to a Bastille Day Masquerade Ball this weekend! Exciting!
My original thought was that I would finally finish and wear my Marmotte Masquerade stays, because they are so close to being done, but then I remembered the reason I haven’t finished them: the pattern I cut them to is very historical, and if they sat about 1cm lower I couldn’t go out in public in them without breaking decency laws, so even with a chemise underneath they are definitely undergarments.
I gutted I forgot that I’d made the pattern so low when I cut them out. I’d done it because I specifically wanted to try such low-cut stays, because I think the silhouette is more correct, but had intended the pattern for other fabrics, and it just slipped my mind when I cut the Marmotte stays, and I didn’t notice when I tried them on partway through because I was wearing a shirt underneath. Grrrr…
So, Marmotte stays (with, obviously, layers of skirts), are out.
The other obvious options are:
Pros: I love it, it’s incredibly striking, no one else will be wearing yellow, and I could use this as an excuse to finally trim it. Plus, it’s actually pretty comfortable, doesn’t have massive underpinnings, and won’t be trailing.
Cons: Whenever I wear it people say “Oooh, Belle!” and I do not like the Disney movie (Robin McKinley does much better Beauties, and much, MUCH better Beasts). My hair is way too long for 1660s at the moment, and I don’t know if I could get it cut between now and then, or if I even want to. And I don’t like the way it looks with long hair.
Pros: It’s really obvious what and when it’s from, it’s beautiful and striking. I haven’t worn it in ages, so it’s due for an outing. My hair will do 1770s/1780s really well at the moment.
Cons: People will say “Oooh, Marie Antoinette.” I can’t decide if that is better or worse than Belle. It has a train, and requires a fair bit of under-structure, which can make it slightly impractical. Speaking of impractical, 1780s hair…. Also, I will never look at glorious in it as Chiara does. (sad moment)
Pros: It’s deliciously obscure, but still obvious because I have a fan with the Renoir painting on it that I can carry. And it is very beautiful. And I don’t think I have worn it in almost 5 years.
Cons: It’s getting a bit worse for the wear, and is due for a refurbishment. I guess this could be a good excuse, but might be a bit stressful time-wise.
Whatever gown I pick I’m just going to make a very simple masquerade mask for. I like simple.
So what do you think? Which frock should I wear? Which would you like to (hopefully) see oodles of photos of me in?