I will need to complete this project in the next 2 weeks in preparation for an event Dec 5th. It will be an 1860s gown for a Christmas event in the Historical District. I just quickly went out and purchased a pattern and faux silk taffeta from Joann's. As usual I was saddened by the assortment of fabric (not sure if I will make it to the fabric warehouse this weekend). I was hoping for a red or green low luster taffeta of some sort but settled on a maroon and black plaid type. I haven't bought the trim yet. I'm not a big fan of fringe but will probably give in and get some on Saturday. I was hoping to make it a little more Christmasy in some way...hmmm...... I am additionally excited about this event because my sweet fiance said he would come in costume!!!! Unfortunately I don't think I will have time to make him something from scratch so I think I will make a stop at goodwill this week. I will probably alter a vest and coat to make it more period appropriate. Last things to look for: Possible corset on ebay and a top hat for my sweet. YAY!!!!