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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Regency Dress #1 - Pattern Cutting



Some friends are having a regency ball to celebrate their anniversary next month, so I've somewhat naively decided to make myself a regency-style gown for the occasion. I actually bought the pattern last year, but you know what I'm like with deadlines, so I've only just got around to doing anything about it (with three weekends to go). Another friend is also making hers for the same party, so at least I'm not entirely alone in the crazy quest that is amateur dressmaking.

And I really am an amateur. This isn't quite my first attempt at historical costume-making, but my previous effort was a Roman stola, which is perhaps the simplest dress pattern ever (just two straight seams and some buttons). Although I did hand-sew that one for added authenticity, which I probably won't bother to do this time.

I spent a good chunk of this afternoon tracing and cutting the pattern - I'd prefer not to cut the original, you never know when you might want to make it again in a different size. The guidelines that came with the pattern give me a different size for each of my bust, waist, and hip measurements so I've gone for something in the middle and will tweak it as necessary later.

Next, I really need to find some suitable fabric for both the toile (to enable said tweaking) and the actual dress.




Regency dress pattern


18 comments:

worldinacup said...

This looks to exciting! Good luck with everything, and I'm as excited to see this project unfold as I am to see the finished dress! :)

Elizabeth Braun said...

Ooh, I like this idea! Going as Lizzie Bennet, mmm, yes!=)

Make sure you post a photo of your wearing the finished item too, please!

Jeanne said...

Good luck! Trusting you to post a pic in the finished dress, your hair swept up with a cascade of ringlets. Will Andrew wear a cravat and knee pants?

Lilian Nattel said...

I'm impressed. Where did you get the pattern from? It seems to me virtually impossible here to get patterns anymore.

Stephanie V said...

Can't wait to see the finished garment. Seems like it's costume time...I'm doing Edwardian later this month. Have a deadline attitude similar to yours :)

Jenny Woolf said...

I am impressed. I couldn't make myself a gown if my life depended on it!

Rachel said...

I think the standard Regency gown was either muslin or a light silk. It has to drape nicely, and the gown you've chosen is of the period that was classically inspired, so you're not as far from your Roman stola as you might think!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Goodness, this is a brave venture! Do keep us posted.

Sourire11 said...

Wow. Very cool. I'm excited to see the finished dress!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow this looks like it will be beautiful!

Jamie said...

SO cool that you are sewing your own dress!! I've been making little outfits for my baby girl, due in August, but I haven't even thought about tackling something for myself. Can't wait to see the finished product. :)

Fly Girl said...

Wow, that's a really serious project that would paralyze me. Regency dress lines look simple enough but i know the construction is complex. I'm sure you'll finish it and look like an authentic Regency belle.

Bibliomama said...

You're a braver woman than I. Then again, I can barely sew on a button. Can't wait to see the end result.

Pauline Persing said...

I sewed in one of my other lifetimes but I wouldn't want to tackle making anything from an all sizes in one envelope pattern. In my sewing days we had single sized patterns...10, 12, 14 (U.S.A. sizing).

Charlotte said...

Wow, I give you so much credit for designing your own gown! I'm sure it'll be lovely when it's all complete :)

Charlotte said...

*or sewing, rather. I wish I could sew more than a button on a shirt!

christine said...

glad to see the cutting board is still useful:) x

Chaelen said...

How's this coming along? I have a similar (seriously long-term) project on the go to make an entire Regency ensemble. So far I've done the chemise and I'm halfway through the stays.. I got stuck for lack of materials for a while. I concur with others in asking for photos as and when!

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