When we first meet Nell she is a grubby little barmaid and is wearing an unadorned muslin chemise and a calico corset (this was actually the trial corset we made for fittings and to work out the pattern, but waste not want not!)
|Pretty Nell in the dressing room sporting calico corset|
By the second act, she has found favour with the King and is sporting altogether more beautiful garments like this brocade corset and lace adorned chemise.
|Detail of Nell's pretty corset. Probably a pressie from the King|
|Lace sleeved chemise|
|The real Nell Gwyn displaying a fair amount of cleavage!|
|Before - In need of some TLC|
|After - Looking much more like it.|
This is Mrs Marshall's final dress in which she collects the theatre shares for herself and Nell. It is a shot purple/black silk with a pink satin stomacher and has a separate white underskirt. Whilst rummaging around for some black lace for the waterfall sleeve trimming, I came across a bag full of this purple taffeta crimped trimming. It was the perfect match so it went around the sleeves and the bodice. I made some little bows of graduating size from some lovely worn black and white grosgrain ribbon and finished the edges off with some narrow black ladder lace (very useful stuff. I've used loads of it over the years but have nearly run out now!).
Well, the show went up last night and was a great success and next week I will post some pictures from the final dress rehearsal. All that is left for me to do now is clear up this chaos!
I would also just like to say a huge thank you to all my volunteers without who this would not be possible. At all! So thank you to Romilly for corset wrangling, Julia for saving the day in the snow, Eileen for being amazing and always there and to Judith, Behira, Clarissa and Sarah. Also a big thanks to Mary for re styling Nell's and Mrs B's wigs and to Bella for doing the hair and make up and not forgetting Chrissie and her army of dressers.
Back next week for production piccies...................
In the meantime, do come and see the show if you can.