Sunday, January 19, 2014

Fairy Godmother's Suggestions

Cotillion Dance 1771 - Lewis Walpole Library
My Dear Cinderella, 
I received your request for a ball gown, high hair and a coach for the evening of February 22nd.  Unfortunately, I am currently on the run from that polar vortex Jack Frost threw in our direction. Cold weather is not good for magic wands. 

My good friend, Glinda and I are enjoying the warm waters in Atlantis while we recharge our magical powers.  I hate to leave you in the lurch, so I'll offer a few suggestions.......

As Claree Belcher so aptly remarked in Steel Magnolias, "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize."

Why not try a few things to jazz up what you have.  A sheer white apron, maybe in a window pane or sprigged pattern.  You know Cinderella, not all aprons are made for working.
Dorothy Quincy by JS Copley

How about adding a small sleeve ruffle of fine linen to your shift sleeve and while you are at it, maybe add cuffs to your gown.

Don't worry about your hair,  add some height and a crisp new cap in the latest style.
Mrs Izard by JS Copley 1775
Finally,  how about a black silk ribbon around your neck set off by a lovely sheer handkerchief.  You''ll look marvelous!

Enjoy the ball and stay out as late as you like.... there is no spell to break.

With love, 

Your Fairy Godmother

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