Friday, March 1, 2013

The Re-Made Regency Gown

So, here are some pics!

A yellow wool shawl (piano scarf? maybe?) I found at the thrift store seemed to go pretty well with the dress (the embroidery is machined though, sadly). And I tried out the mitts.


Conclusion: Mitts are way too enormously huge. I think if I take the seam in about an inch they will fit much better. And I can take more away from the top side of the mitt so that the embroidery is more centered on the hand. It all works out.

I am so much happier now with how this dress fits. It feels right. That isn't very technical but if you've ever worn something that doesn't feel right you know what I mean.

The only thing I don't like is how the skirt kind of pulls a bit at center front. I think it is because the bodice rises up a bit at center front, pulling the skirt with it, so it makes the skirt lay weird across the front. However, this is certainly not a "nice" dress and would have probably been worn for home activities and work. I will likely wear an apron with it when I do wear it so the state of the skirt is not a huge concern at this point.

Since I shortened the waistline a bit the skirt is consequently a bit shorter, too. But, that is okay too. #1 Skirts were worn a bit shorter in this period. #2 An "active wear" dress would have had a shorter hem length anyway.

I did my front hair in pin curls this morning and by lunch they had dried enough to take them out. Fluffy hair. Not sure how I feel about this style yet but it's better than a modern hairstyle, anyway. Dratted half-grown-out-bangs.

I am really glad I remade this dress. It's a great feeling. There are only a few months left in the regency costume challenge so I need to devote the remaining projects to things I really don't have - a nice basic silk bonnet, a coat of some kind, very plain. Perhaps another apron since the white one will easily soil and something in a check and a darker color would be very practical to have.

Love,
Sarah

11 comments:

  1. Good job for actually altering an older, unhappy dress! I tend to just want to start from scratch. This looks great on you. :)

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  2. Beautiful job remaking it! With the dress and the curls, you look just like Lizzy Bennett from the 6-hour Pride and Prejudice! =)

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  3. Dear Sara,

    What a remake; what a difference! The dress has life now, and the bodice treatment is very handsome on you.

    Sure, if the waistline pulls a little, so be it; I am sure you could pin it at certain points to your stays across the front if you were fixed on fixing it in one spot :}

    Frankly, I like the hairstyle. It's free and becoming. Maybe it bothers you to have curls bopping in the way while you work: that's something a bandeau would take care of :}

    Hugs,

    Natalie

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  5. Thank you!

    Christina, you certainly seem to be quick to agree to any criticism of these mitts, ever since their initial construction. I hope you were able to see the discussion on facebook concerning these; where you stated they were not accurate. The common consensus is that they are indeed accurate for most of the 18th and into the early 19th century.

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  7. I think the dress turned out incredible! So lovely, as usual!

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  8. Looks like a cosy, practical dress (I wish I could make one that looked as nice). And I like the hair it looks regency to me. Although maybe if you are not happy with it you can wear a cap as a married woman.

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  9. It looks so beautiful on you. I actually really like that hairstyle on you, looks very much like Elisabeth Bennet to me. I love the deep green and how it looks with that why fichu. The lines are just beautiful. I love re-making things. I feel like I conquered a mountain or something when I do that. You last couple of posts inspired me, I am going to rip apart my own regency inspired dress with problems and make it perfect!! :)

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  10. Wonderful, Sarah! I have to also tell you how fantastic the photo is that you have as the head picture for your blog! Gorgeous!

    That quote from Proverbs...Our 17thc. reproduction wedding rings are inscribed with it around the circle in Olde English...
    Hugs,
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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Thank you for your lovely thoughts!