Returning Heroes Ball 2017

A few months ago, I had the privilege of being present once again at the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers’ annual Returning Heroes Ball. It was a lovely evening full of dancing, admiring the well turned out ladies and gentleman, chatting…and lots of dish washing (that’s what happens behind the scenes at these things–someone has to do all of the dishes.)

Here are two very similar views of the ballroom. I thought I’d include both because you see different dresses in each one and that’s one of the things that I greatly enjoy about attending historical events!

I didn’t spend all my time watching, however. Here I am participating in a quadrille. I wore my most recently constructed mid-19th century dress, Eleanor. I was grateful that the only change I needed to make after the first wearing was shortening the hem one turn so I didn’t step on it while dancing.

I made my refreshing apron a few years ago, but since then others have joined me in my apron endeavors (they really are quite practical when doing dishes, filling punch bowls, and setting out refreshments!). Aprons in a row!


About quinnmburgess

Quinn M. Burgess creates reproduction and costume historic clothing. Her inspiration has a strong foundation in history: historic dress, social history, and material history. With the addition of clothing construction knowledge, her passions converge in an imaginative world of creative history that she loves to share with others.
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8 Responses to Returning Heroes Ball 2017

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  2. Helen Fratena says:

    All so lovely, Quinn. I would love to see all your exquisite Barents in person.

  3. Doris McEwen says:

    Always good to hear what you are up to and to know that you are enjoying yourself. Thanks for sharing. Love you, Aunt Doris

  4. It looks like a lovely event, and the aprons are great!

  5. Emma says:

    I wish I could have been there too- Returning Heroes is always special!

  6. Black Tulip says:

    Lovely to see the dress (and apron) in action!

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