Braddock Day Ball

Last night I went to another ball at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum with Mike, Maggie, and Isabella. This dance was in honor of the meeting convened by Major General Edward Braddock of five colonial governors at the Carlyle House in Alexandria, VA in 1755. As usual, the dancing was a great deal of fun and there were a number of beautiful outfits to behold. Lots of francaise gowns in a variety of fine silks. I was able to meet several other local costumers and a number of reenactors.

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

Maggie with the fan I made her!
Braddock Day Ball

Braddock Day Ball

All of my photos are here.

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10 thoughts on “Braddock Day Ball

  1. Your pictures have been lovely and makes me pine for my costumes events of the past. Would you mind a little suggestion? Back in the days I found cutting the sleeves of my gowns and the uniforms on the bias gave the opportunity to take them in and get a nice skin tight fit with the ability to still move. Give it a try on a short gown and see how it works, I think you will like the effect. With wool its a no brainer! Cheers!

    • Thanks for the comments, Theresa! I’ve usually been happy with the sleeve fit on my dresses, but on this one I actually have a different problem. I put too much width in the bodice, with the problem increasing towards the waist seam. I need to take in the dressform that I draped the bodice on. I exacerbated the problem this wearing by pinning my stomacher about 2 inches too low, removing some support that would normally come from the fabric at the neckline edge. Hence the shoulders slipping out. That’s what happens when you pin on your gown with no access to a mirror!

  2. PS – wearing of feathers in ones hair signified messages. For instance – wearing three white feathers signified your allegiance to the prince of wales. Language like in flowers…cheers

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