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

By on September 21, 2012

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

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Regency-fying a Dress

By on July 20, 2012

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?

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