Because I'd been to an exhibition and was rather inspired by this knitted ensemble by Tao Kurihara... well perhaps not the woolly knickers but I did rather like the bodice, which for some reason made me think of Marie Antoinette.
And so my knitting grew with more cables and a few bobbles... mostly made up as I went along, with an idea to create a bodice for the Austrian Queen of France.
I added some crochet edging...
And I had the idea it would be fun to add a whole pile of knitted cakes as a play on her alleged statement "Let them eat cake".
But somehow the cakes didn't work so instead I made lots of sugary coloured flowers trimmed with lace and pearls because she loved her garden and flowers and fancy trims were very much the fashion in the 18th century