I’m not sure if a regency dress counts as ‘Retro’ but wanted to get as many opinions as possible. I’m going ot Jane Austen Festival, Bath this year. And last week I thought I’d put off making the dress long enough. The date had been rushing towards me and I haven’t event thought about the dress.
I didn’t get far had my usual problems with regency fashion (its really not designed for me). I did have a little rant and got some suggestions about alterations. But after undoing and re-sewing seams by hand and having the stupid material fraying a lot. I decided to put it to one side till I calmed down.
Then last night I had a brainwave…Instead of shoehorning myself into a pattern that didn’t fit from the start, I thought start with a modern pattern that fits and try to make it regency-ish. Used a basic pattern I’d made from a non stretch top I found comfortable.
More Pictures can be found on my blog (photos taken with me wearing my corset underneath)
Now the question I have is to make my current ‘design’ more regency looking (I want an impression rather than absolute historical accuracy)
- how much higher should I make the back than the front?
- did all dresses have those circular seams? do they serve purpose or are just decorative?
- Is my neckline too high?
And last of all am I close to looking regency?