I got to go to Returning Heroes Ball this past weekend. It was a great time! I learned some new contra dances and got to wear my newly finished 1860s wool day dress (both day and evening dress was allowed at the ball).
Carly is in the white dress standing next to me in this pic (thanks for this picture Carly!)
Pics of my finished dress are below. There was some last minute sewing drama, where I screwed up the waistband and had to remove it. I ended up attaching the skirt to the bodice without a waistband. But I was still able to finish by Friday night (the ball was on Saturday), so it all worked out.