I just got paid and, as I feared, when I returned to the fabric store there was no more of the semi-sheer white stripe left. All that means is the dress will be 1) drawstring and not bib-front, and 2) closer to 1802 and not 1812. A simple round dress is much easier to hand-sew. Much easier to get the bodice fitting correct. And it gives me the opportunity to go all crazy-nutzoidal with color and pattern on the bib-front gown when I get to it.
However, that brings me back to the neckline issue. Fichu for sure. I like the way they look, both tucked into the bodice or worn more like a pelerine (which spell-checks to peregrine, which would be an unfortunate and somewhat dangerous fashion choice). Not sure how I’ll wear the fichu yet, but it’s most definitely going to be there.
I have my eye on a period Georgian brooch that would look very nice on a fichu worn outside, over the shoulders, like the white dress on the right. Don’t know if that was done, but it’s easy enough to find out.
The dining/cutting/sewing/writing table is cleared and we are ready to rumble.
In a proper, genteel and ladylike manner, of course.