While we've been to a bunch of balls at Gadsby's Tavern, we'd never been to one at Riversdale House before. We did take a tour there and had a picnic this summer - but this was our first chance to see what their balls were like. This one was a slightly belated Twelfth Night ball and it was so beautiful! Getting to see the house all lit up at night and decorated for Christmas was so cool. There was a light supper, which was delicious and used period recipes - and two sets of dancing. So many people had really great costumes too. Overall, the event was really cool and I would definitely go to one there again.
Doug came along. I actually bought most of his outfit because I didn't have the time or expertise for men's wear.
Gloria helped me out with a pattern she had for a late 18th century waistcoat (straight lower edge) that works for 1780s/90s. I made it out of green dupioni (not super period) from the stash. I used it because the coat I had bought him on etsy had a green lining so it matched perfectly! Thanks, Gloria, for the tutorial and all the help!
I bought drop-front breeches from this seller. Gloria has bought from them too for her husband and this seller is reliable and makes really nice breeches. Quality is good, fit as expected.
I bought the coat from this seller. I'm really happy with it.
Gloria gave me an extra shirt she had that didn't fit her husband, though I really need to make a cravat for it. Oh well, next time.
I wore my black sari gown - it was sorta new since I wore something over it for the pumpkin tea.
Since I had the time (I spent the day finishing the waistcoat), I spent the day in curlers, with this result:
I pinned the hair up in the back and wore my deco tiara.
Fan by Gloria. It has my girl Mrs. Russell on it. https://www.etsy.com/shop/inthelongrun
Here's Riversdale House all lit up with lanterns! So pretty!
The musicians for the ball:
The closet where everyone stored their tophats:
Supper! Beef pies and mac & cheese and salad. Period recipes! It was really tasty!
Dessert - a pear spice cake and cream. yum!
Mrs. Calvert, our hostess: