Finally, Sheila's dress is essentially done and gets to wear her dress at the Mt. Dora Powwow in Florida.
Here she is with the shawl removed and tied at the waist.
Every once in a while you meet someone like Sheila, who is just as excited about your projects as you are.
She will take you call at early morn or late at night when you are bone tired and finger sore, frustrated beyond all hope of ever finishing what you have begun.
Just when you are ready to throw in the towel, she calls and has found just what you need, or had found someone to help in the project.
She never lets you quit or backslide, she is always holding the hot iron to your feet.
I look forward to many more years of research with my lovely friend, we already have at least three more dresses to make, a Native Girdle, (belt), a Headdress or two and we want to goof around with a fiber set of shoes too.
What a Gal, what a friend.
Here she is getting ready to take part in the "Round Dance", (Sheila was so excited, she forgot her moccasins, but she looks so good in her new dress, no one will even notice!
This was a great project that I enjoyed more than I can say.
Sheila has been my inspiration and support as I have plodded my way through tons of historical documentation looking for the Sauratown dress, and others).
When I was lost or confused or just plain fed up with the lack of information, or if my path was blocked with paperwork, she pushed me on encouraged my endeavors
Although the true Sauratown dress was probably a great deal more brief in design and function, Sheila wanted this dress made this way to fit her dream and since I wouldn't ever say no to her wishes after all she has done for me!
As you can see below, this dress surely can dance and did!
|This dress can dance!|
Later we will be adding shell bead work and a headdress, but for now at least, she gets to enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Now, on to finishing my Elk Two Hide Dress!