We had a hard time moving around with these big things on - tripping going up stairs, standing on each others' dresses, getting caught on scenery. And during the big hanky scene ("Blindfold your eyes ..."), I had a wardrobe malfunction and was unable to retrieve mine from my voluminous sleeves quickly enough to tie it on. And I'm sure my bra straps were showing way too much - so gauche!
Switching into the other costumes was a whole new ball of wax. The dresses actually come on and off easily, but between the corset and the bustle and the hat and pinning my wig up there's a LOT of prep work to do. They really changed the energy among us maidens, though - our final scene's twittering seemed genuinely excited. And I swear I have the most beautiful dress, even though with my hat on I look not just a bit like Little Bo Peep. I don't know what I did to please the costume designer, but he's being very, very good to me.
Finally, after the "Magnet and the Churn," Wendy came up to me and said that if I smiled during my "bit" (for "the needles opened their well-drilled eyes ...") like I did tonight, I'd be breaking hearts every night. Wow! What a compliment! I'm still glowing from it. I've wondered what the right response was to that line, to be happy or sad, but I guess if it's making a good impression on the audience versus being forgettable, I'll go for the big smile every time.