More on that later - right now I'm uploading the pictures. Make your own narrative. It's like that picture book The Snowman. Only with the SCA and a lot of silly poses. **sorry guys. I added words! **
(And for those of you thinking me vain - Keziah was the Beauty)
Beauty and the Bees consisted of myself, Fortune St Keyne, Syele von Heidelberg (also our model), Simona bat Leon, Bianca Anguisolla, Gritta Vulselin, and Keziah Planchet.
We did a ton of prep for this event. We researched portraits, read dress diaries, timed ourselves sewing. I made excel spreadsheets of supplies and we divided the work into things we HAD to complete, things we wanted to complete, and bonus items. All of these are then divided into hand and machine categories and the fabrics, supplies, and notions needed for each item were listed out. Sometimes I realize I do have a lot more engineer in me than I think. If only WPI had a textiles department.
The Main Event was the dress, split into bodice, skirt, and sleeve tasks
Then the underthings: the petticoat which was cartridge pleated. The hemd or chemise which was smocked. Stockings and the shoes. We never got to the Lenburg style bra and underwear.
Then accessories: telerberet, goldhaube, collar necklace, and brustfleck.
We also made sure we brought comfortable chairs, snacks, water, and cups.
We were allowed to draft patterns ahead of time, so Keziah drafted the brustfleck embroidery pattern and I spent a night at Syele's house drafting out a pattern for the high necked gown were chose.
She did a mock up goldhaube and shoes as well. We each took copies of the patterns so there was less chance of forgetting them.
You wore the crown if you made a mistake. Once someone else made a mistake, they wore the crown.
I wore it a lot.
Also Simona had 6 month old twins. And forgot her pump. So hard to get special permission to leave and get one. Lest she explode.