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I had to get up bright and early on Saturday so that I could dress in my Little House ensemble and go to [livejournal.com profile] ashamanja_babu's dance class. It was so much fun and Elizabeth is incredibly graceful and a great teacher. I think I may have 2 left feet though and certainly my too-long skirt didn't help. A dress up to my neck and a corset also made dancing hot and difficult for deep breathing (I feared an asthma attack), so I sat most of the class out, but joined in again at the end. [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson got a fabulous pic of me with my bodice unbuttoned and my skirt hiked up to my knees to cool down. Scandalous!

Afterward, our Little House group got together for pictures. Elizabeth wins the award for "most Little House authentic" for having a book of Tennyson AND having knit lace for this ensemble. Classic Laura stuff. :)

We all get points for historical wedgies though! ;p

After pictures, I was a slacker and took off my costume and didn't go to any more classes, but hung out with friends by the pool. I wore a t-shirt and jeans and had my entire head in curlers. I didn't get any pictures of that, but there are some floating around...

I needed lots of curls for the Gala. I was very pleased with how my Gala Little Mermaid gown turned out. I hadn't actually tried everything on together, so it was nice seeing it all come together just like I envisioned. The only problem was that, because I made my train's waistband too small, I had to waist rather tightly to get it to fasten. You could have seen me in the bathroom at one point with my bodice undone so that I could loosen my stays because they were really digging into my ribs. :p

Aside from having to put my hair in curlers and then later take them out, my hair was super easy. It's just 2 pony tails, 1 higher than the other. The flower ornament is shaped like an upsidedown U and it covers the elastics and is just pinned in. You can see sort of similar hairstyles on my Pinterest board, especially this plate.

There were SO MANY gorgeous ladies at the Gala! I loved [livejournal.com profile] girliegirl32786's big butt and billowy skirt:

Jen and [livejournal.com profile] nuranar made an awesome Grandma Wolf and Little Red:

These early bustle dresses by Elizabeth and a lady I met named Christine were so ruffly bustly wonderful! I now need an early bustle dress even more than I needed before! Conveniently I made a Garment District purchase that will help with this. ;) (You can also catch a glimpse of half of [livejournal.com profile] the_aristocat in her 1880s court gown in the back right of the picture. Needless to say, she looked stunning!)

[livejournal.com profile] llyrafantasyfae and [livejournal.com profile] gilded_garb made incredibly clever, cool, and sexy burlesque Captain America and Winter Soldier costumes. I made them have a showdown so I could take a pic:

We had lots of laughs and danced up a storm. There was a small midnight photography session before heading to bed. Good stuff!

Date: 2015-08-08 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atherleisure.livejournal.com
Your little mermaid came out so prettily, and I wish I could have joined in on the Little House fun. I can't tell you how many times I read those as a girl...except The Long Winter, but I made up for it by wearing out my copy of Little Town on the Prairie. I'm glad you had fun.

Date: 2015-08-08 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thank you! I love Little Town! Well there was discussion of potentially having a Little House event some time in the future. Maybe it'll be closer to you and you could join!

Date: 2015-08-08 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atherleisure.livejournal.com
I'm pretty close to Jen so if it's near her, I might be able to join in the fun.

Date: 2015-08-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashamanja-babu.livejournal.com
I am so glad you liked the dance class! Even if you were a bit warm, you were such a picture dancing in your pretty little calico dress. Little House FTW!

Date: 2015-08-08 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Aw thanks! Definitely Little House FTW! Too bad Carrie is such a bitch, laughing about Mary going blind. ;p

Date: 2015-08-08 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girliegirl32786.livejournal.com
I loved your little mermaid dress! It really came out beautifully!

Date: 2015-08-09 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm hoping to make a different, more period-looking underskirt one day and add a dinner bodice to change things up.

Date: 2015-08-11 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sadievale.livejournal.com
You look so pretty and happy!

Date: 2015-08-11 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Aw thanks! I really did have a great time.

Date: 2015-08-12 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wanda-victorian.livejournal.com
Your dress is FREAKING AWESOME!

Date: 2015-08-12 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thanks Dawn!

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