I finally have photos for you. The chemise a la reine (CalR) is finished!
While these photos weren’t taken at a costuming event, we decided to go back to the garden I filmed the knotting shuttle videos for some nice photos and have some fun. We also took some video, but that will take a little more time for me to get that online.
If you remember, I used the Lavoisier portrait as my first inspiration to start. I made some changes here and there, but when I saw her hair I just had to consider that my starting point.
There are some issues that bother me, but overall it was a fun project that was very interesting to try. It’s also the first time I wore a wig, along with my own hair!
Some things that bother me a little:
– The sash and arm ribbons aren’t an exact match, but I was limited on time and had a hard time finding what I needed. I do have some silk ribbons that are a little closer match in color, but they’re wider than I wanted.
– The sash slipped during the car ride over to the gardens. It was a bit too loose and ended up spreading out on my waist (width) more than I meant it to.
– We tried rag curling my hair (the longest part of the hairstyle) for the first time, and it didn’t work out very well. There might have been too much moisture, but my hair is very long. Regardless, it wasn’t comfortable to sleep in. I may try a curling iron next time since I won’t be doing this style too many times.
– My shift fell off my left shoulder and I didn’t even know it until we got back home. I’m surprised we missed it since you can see through the CalR fabric. I was also running around for some action photos, so I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised by things moving around.
It sounds like I’m nitpicking, but they’re just some things I want to keep in mind for the next time I wear it.
I’ll put up a costume page for some of these items later, but for now I wanted to finally share photos with some of you. I know you’ve all been waiting a long time to see the CalR. Thanks for being so patient!
And I especially want to thank my sweet husband Christopher for all his help!
Here’s a photo from this morning:
Click the image below to see all the photos of the CalR!