Monday, August 19, 2013

Shortgown Gets In On the Action

The lovely thing about a shortgown?  After a night in a tent with the world's crabbiest baby, during which you sleep maybe 4 out of the 8 hours you're trying to, you can just throw it on.  And that's that until you get up the fortitude to get into your stays.

The treacherous thing about a shortgown?  Sometimes that fortitude never comes.

Look at that face.  Someone else was tired, too.

Fortunately, it doesn't look that godawful.  Better with stays, of course.  And not really correct without them. But still.  Better than nothin'.  

And as I walked down a couple of camps a friend stopped me--she had a petticoat in the same fabric!  I was worried that the effect of the two together would be overwhelming, but it was actually rather fetching with a sheer apron over it.  And even stayless, the whole outfit looked like I actually meant it.

Pinning myself back together.

And I leave you with a shot of our two cannons readying for artillery demo.  I'm on the ground with the lantern--hard to see the full ensemble, but you do get a nice glimpse of my red American Duchess shoes peeking out in the grass!

So I'll say, first wearing of the shortgown is a success.  And the friend from whom I borrowed the petticoat?  She got the ensemble the next day, added a brilliant ruffled cap with matching blue ribbon and a kercheif, and looked smashing.  We've decided--it's the Sisterhood of the Travelling Chintz.