I can finally say that my costume is complete. The skirt and slip were hemmed last week and a mop cap and apron finished over the weekend. A dry run with the full costume and shoes revealed that another slip was required to keep the muslin petticoat from clinging to my tights. So today I whipped up a quick slip from some suit lining fabric.
Back when the cast list was first released, I knew I just HAD TO make a shawl for the costume, so that was the first item I made. The Flower Basket Shawl was an obvious choice, since I'd made it before and loved the symmetry and simplicity of the lace pattern. I really think the contrast between the charcoal grey and the deep oranges of the vest, apron and mop cap really pop and will look great under the stage lights.
There is one point where I will be standing with my back to the audience for a significant period of time. Don't you agree that the back of the shawl will be a much more interesting item to look at than the vest and skirt? Or my backside, for that matter.
For those of you who are curious about the lack of faces on the blog - that is the one restriction my DH put on my blogger activities - no faces and aliases for the children. A small price to pay for blogging freedom.