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My first complete Regency dress…Oh, dear got the costume bug!

So as you might have read I have been attempting for over a year to make a regency dress. But really struggled with getting anything to fit/not look like a bedsheet. I did finally come up with 2 ‘outfits’ using the same dress as a base. Used my original mock up (bed sheet) as a petticoat. And made my white dress into an open robe.

I wore the yellow dress, bonnet and green spencer. The spencer I actually made the morning I was meant to travel to Bath. Got an old military style jacket I had only worn a few times since I bought it over a year ago and cut the bottom off to raise the hem.

I even unstitched the detail on the back and moved it up.

I also created a sash from the material left over from the bonnet decoration.

That was my promenade dress. For the Dance workshop my open robe came into play. as you can see the sash and yellow scarf came in to play with my cameo broach doing sterling service. I also got to break out the ‘paisley’ shawl.

I must have looked authentic as got asked for lots of photo’s.

I’m already starting to think about ‘next year’ and if I could go again….and of course make another frock…this time a ballgown. I’ve got my heard set on something in Duck egg blue and gold.

To read more about my time at the Jane Austen Festival, Bath in 2012 see my blog

About the author: I’ve always hand sewn but never created garments until recently. I love the retro/vintage style. Its so much more stylish and flattering than modern stuff. For my dancing escapades and folk music http://thelearningtoclogblog.blogspot.co.uk/ For sewing, craft and general blog http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns September 23, 2012, 1:29 pm

    How exciting! You did a great job with your costume, and there’s nothing like the Jane Austen Festival to inspire you to make some more outfits! The setting is just perfect for the Regency era, too – lovely photos!

    Happy sewing,


    • LadyD September 24, 2012, 5:31 am

      Thank you Katrina.
      Are you tempted to go to Bath again?
      I am starting to look around for ‘balls’ to go to so I can get the most use out of my outfit. Although I think I will dye my white open robe dark green.

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